Lexmark x3650 All In One Printer

Lexmark x3650 All In One Printer

by J. Liandro
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

I've owned the Lexmark x3650 all-in-one printer for about three years. All in all I'd say it's a dependable printer, but it does have some glitches. I purchased it on sale at Target for $79 in 2009 and it's still going strong.

Features: Front lap top port, printing directly from camera, memory card or flash drive, wireless, copying, scanning, advanced resolution options and easy, one-touch operations.

Prints up to 25 pages per minute in black and white and 18 in color. Set up was very easy - just a matter of inserting the installation cd and letting it do it's job.

Scanning: Scanning is simple and the function works well. You can choose to scan to the computer or flash drive... or both. When scanning to the flash drive I can just leave the drive in the printer and it will automatically copy the file to my computer as well. Printing directly from a memory card also works as it should and I've not had any problems to speak of.

Copying: Copying works well. The resolution options are more than satisfactory and the process is fairly quick even when scanning at the highest resolution. Image quality is exceptional.

Printing: The print quality on the Lexmark x3650 is very nice. There are issues with the paper feed, however. Sometimes it fails to grab the paper as it should and I wind up having to cancel and re-print. If I have
a stack of paper already inserted and ready to go, it rarely gives me any trouble.

If I run out and have to reload, or switch to another paper type...that's where the fun begins. Just setting the paper in the tray properly will not do the trick. In order to get it to grab I have to hover over it the second I hit the print button and jiggle the paper a bit.

Once the first sheet grabs the rest are fine, but it's a real pain to get that first one going. The printer gives you a very nice color print and is exceptional with photographs, but it does use quite a bit of ink.

For documents that are not important I always switch to draft mode to save ink and find that the quality is still very good.

Ink Refills: The Lexmark cartridges cannot be refilled. They've installed chips in the cartridges which make them impossible to either buy refills or refill on your own. I find this very aggravating as the refills are expensive.

Overall I like the Lexmark x3650. I am more than satisfied with the printing results and would recommend it as a nice all-in-one printer. I like the boxy style and the fact that it's a dependable printer. The paper-feed and cartridge (non) refilling issues are irritating though and on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give this printer about a seven.

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