The Lexmark Z55 is a color inkjet unit designed for home or small office use. It has a nice, rounded design that stands out from the crowd, and its maximum printing resolution of 3600 by 1200 dpi makes for very sharp prints. Speeds are fast, at up to 17 pages per minute for black and 13 pages per minute for color printer ink. Lexmark Z55 ink prices are comparable to competing models. The Z55se is a similar model.
The unit can connect via USB or parallel, and there are networking upgrades available to allow it to connect directly to an ethernet network, though the upgrade is more expensive than buying a printer with networking already included. In addition to the included Lexmark Z55 ink cartridges, those who do a lot of photography printing may want to purchase the optional photo cartridge, which allows for 6-color printing, producing better photographs. Lexmark Z55 ink cartridges are more affordable than those of previous models, which is a welcome improvement.
The printer is compatible with a wide variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux. It has automatic paper-sensing technology, which detects the type of paper being used and adjusts print heads and resolutions to match. Lexmark claims this will improve quality on different types of paper. The rounded design may not suit all buyers, but it is nice to see manufacturers experimenting with designs that reject the sharp corners and edges of most similar products.
Consumer reviews of the inkjet printer are mainly positive. Users like its fast print speeds and its excellent print quality. Some mention that its draft mode is adequate for most uses and very fast. A few mention problems with the included software and drivers.
Overall, the Z55 has a good combination of excellent document quality, fast speeds and affordable printer ink price. The Lexmark Z55 ink costs ensure that users won't be spending a lot of money to keep it running, either.
Based on our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, Ink Technologies will accept returns of compatible or remanufactured ink and toner cartridges for full credit if the returned product has a valid return authorization number and is received in our warehouse within 6 months of the original shipping date. If there is a confirmed print quality issue, only 1 set of opened products will be accepted for credit returns, and only if less than 30% of the ink or toner has been used.
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