The Lexmark Z816 is a color inkjet printer designed for the home user. It has a sleek, modern design and well-designed software, but its features are not as impressive as competing models. Print speed is decent, at up to 22 pages per minute for black and 15 pages per minute for color, though high quality print settings will be slower. Lexmark Z816 ink cartridges are expensive and a bit confusing.
The Lexmark Z816 has an eye-catching silver and black design that breaks out of the typical beige look so common in many printers. It is also quite compact, though its tall vertical input paper tray can be a bit cumbersome. It measures 17.3 inches by 16.9 inches by 12.1 inches with all trays extended. The unit includes only a color Lexmark Z816 ink cartridge. For the best photo quality, users will need to purchase an additional Lexmark Z816 ink cartridge. Since only one can be installed at once, the two must be swapped when switching from photo to color printing, or vice versa.
The software included with the unit includes photo editing software, which helps users get their photos ready to print. It supports borderless photo printing for most common sizes, but this is a very slow process and uses a lot of printer ink. There is no control panel, with only a power button and a paper feeding button on the top of the machine. This tends not to be a big issue, however, as the software controls all necessary features nicely.
In their review of the Lexmark Z816 inkjet unit, CNET gave it a rating of 3 out of 5 stars. They found its printing speeds to be generally fast and liked its modern design. They found print quality to be lacking and thought its feature set was very basic.
Overall, the Lexmark Z816 is a decent photo printer, but competing models offer a lot better quality for only a little more money, and expensive printer ink costs reduce its value.
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