Lexmark X4975 review

Lexmark’s models are invariably kitted out with the very latest features and facilities and this X4975 multifunction inkjet printer is no exception. It’s over a year now since Lexmark decreed that all of its future printers and MFDs would come with wireless connectivity, and the Lexmark X4975’s trademark glowing WiFi icon clearly tells you whether you’re connected or within range of a suitable network. Ethernet is another potentially useful addition.

The range of features doesn’t stop there either. The comprehensive control panel makes it easy to access the many functions of the modern-looking X4975, while the 2.4in LCD allows you to manipulate pictures as you go.

When you print, it even puts up an animation showing you progress graphically – not stunningly useful, but nice nonetheless. The X4975 claims to always be jam-free, due to the AccuFeed paper handling system and, indeed, we never experienced any problems with this during testing.

Duplex printing is included, and you can extend the one-year warranty to five if you register.

The scanner is a touch superior to the typical device found on MFDs. The Lexmark X4975 can comfortably accommodate thicker source material (such as books), while the 25-sheet automatic document feeder allows you to quickly feed in multiple documents. Scan reproduction is pretty good overall, and the ample software bundle gives plenty of options.

However, extensive features can’t hide the fact that the X4975 isn’t exactly stunning in use. While its speeds are fine in draft mode, push it up a quality setting and it struggles for performance – around one page per minute for colour A4 is not an achievement these days.

The output is pleasing, particularly when used with photo paper. On standard A4 paper, though, a little more fizz is needed to improve upon the pale colour palette. Text is rather fuzzy in the lowest quality settings and, even in the highest mode, lacks clarity. For extensive text work, a cheap laser would be a much better option than the X4975.

OUR VERDICT

The Lexmark X4975 is packed with features, but it struggles to convert these into anything other than average performance and decent image quality. Given the (these days) rather high £120 price tag, that’s not enough for us to be able to recommend the Lexmark.

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