There's a model to suit all budgets in Lexmark's extensive range of inkjet printers . At $149, the Z35 is the second cheapest in the range, a fact that becomes painfully obvious the second you take the printer out of the box. One of the smaller inkjets we've seen in the Test Centre, it also felt like one of the flimsiest.
The printer proved itself the perfect plug-and-play machine. The only interface is a USB port but, unfortunately, it doesn't come with the necessary cable. This will seem a minor quibble to anyone already in possession of a cable, but since buying one could set you back some money, this omission lessens the effect of the low price tag.
In terms of specifications, the Z35 is competent, and its resolution support of 2400x1200dpi is more than adequate. It also displays a number of useful touches that belie the cheap price tag. The Accu-feed facility cuts down paper jamming, while the paper tray is versatile.
The Z35 offers four different quality modes, although the lowest mode is below par. The print speeds of 5.4 and 2.6ppm mono and colour respectively are solid, although the significant figures are the ones produced on the second-fastest quality setting. Here the colourful palette and adequate text quality are good results for the figures of 3.9 and 0.5ppm. At the highest settings, the Z35 produces strong results, but the time it takes to output them is interminable.
Lexmark Z35 Color
We were in two minds about the Z35's true worth. Undeniably cheap, it's only in build quality that the Z35 exposes its low price tag. But regardless of this, we found the Z35's value for money wasn't enough to offset the feeling that there were far superior printers to be discovered if only you were prepared to pay a little extra.
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