- Great features for office printing, fast
- Poor plain paper printing
This versatile unit is a good combination printer for office documents and high-quality photos, as long as you don't mind less-than-perfect plain paper output.
Price$ 99.00 (AUD)
If your criterion for choosing a printer is spending the least amount of money possible to get passable print quality, then the Lexmark Z615 is a reasonable choice. But unless your printing needs are very modest we recommend you invest a little more and get a much better printer.
The Z615 is slow, even for an inkjet. Though it printed text at a respectable 4.3 pages per minute, the Z615 printed graphics very slowly, at 0.5 ppm.
Prints from the Z615 looked better than the output from the more expensive Lexmark Z715, even when the Z715 printed on glossy paper using its optional photo ink cartridge. Still, the Z615's print quality overall was middle-of-the-road. Its text quality, though slightly rough-edged, was on a par with that of most of the other low-cost inkjets we have tested; narrow parallel lines blurred together and exhibited severe banding, and colour glossies looked dark and dotty, and lacked fine detail. (All of our test documents looked worse on higher-quality inkjet paper than on plain paper.) Glossy greyscale photos are the Z615's strong suit; they showed good detail and subtle shading.
As you might expect from a dirt-cheap printer, the Z615's design cuts some corners. The paper trays are flimsy, and the USB 2.0 port is somewhat recessed beneath the blocky power supply, which makes setup a little awkward (the installation process requires you to plug the USB cable in after the power is on, so you have to do some fiddling). Also, you must align the ink cartridges and select the paper type manually. But other than those issues, operating the Z615 is easy. Its drivers display a summary of all the settings you've chosen, and Lexmark includes a detailed manual that covers the driver features, troubleshooting, and special print jobs such as booklets and labels. People in cramped quarters will appreciate the way the input tray folds shut and the output tray slides under the printer to save desk space when the printer is not in use.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG G6 Plus: Full, in-depth review
- 2 First Look: Nikon D850
- 3 OnePlus 5: Full, in-depth review
- 4 Nokia 8: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
Latest News Articles
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
- Hacker hijacks thousands of publicly exposed printers to warn owners
- HP shutting down default FTP, Telnet access to network printers
- Why won’t my printer connect to my wireless router?
PCW Evaluation Team
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
- Huawei Y5 (2017) Review
- First Look: The Evil Within 2
- LG G6 Plus: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - Online PokerNSW
- FTSenior Change Manager / Director, IT & Business TransformationOther
- FTJunior-Mid level .Net/Front-End Developer (Brisbane location)VIC
- CCMultiple Xamarin DevelopersVIC
- CCSoftware EngineerNSW
- FTInfrastructure/ Hybrid Cloud Architect - Government OrganisationVIC
- CCNetwork Triage Operational SpecialistVIC
- FTSenior Software Engineer | Data Feeds | AI & AutomationOther
- FTSolution Architect - Enterprise VoiceWA
- FTSAP ISU Device management-FunctionalVIC
- TPSenior Project Manager - ComplianceNSW
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- FTCustomer Marketing ExecutiveOther
- CCSystems Support Specialist- Network SystemsQLD
- FTJava Application developer - Insurance BackgroundQLD
- TPSenior Security Consultant - WirelessNSW
- FTLevel 2 Desktop Support EngineerOther
- FTLevel 3 Support Engineer (Tibco, Java, J2ee, Jboss)Other
- CCTechnical Business AnalystQLD
- FTSQL DeveloperOther
- FTDatabase ConsultantOther
- FTNV1 Cleared Software Engineer (Mid level) - Defence Projects - North Ryde areaNSW
- CCMitel Contact Centre SpecialistWA
- CCDevOps Consultant - BrisbaneQLD
- FTDigital DesignerOther