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Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 All-in-One Printer

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Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 All-in-One Printer

Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 All-in-One Printer

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The Bottom Line

Like others in Lexmark's new line of printers, the Pinnacle Pro901 S605 is a good three-in-one printer that offers a large touchscreen that can be customized online with applications tailored to meet your exact printing, copying, or scanning needs. I did run into a few issues getting some of them to work properly, however. The printer is not particularly fast but quality is very good, in particular photos, which looked even better than from some dedicated photo printers. Make sure you use inkjet paper, as cheap copy paper will look saturated and become limp.
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Pros

  • Good quality prints, excellent photos
  • Customizable applications (SmartSolutions)
  • Wireless networking is easy to set up
  • Five-year warranty with lifetime technical support
  • Automatic duplex printing

Cons

  • Slow printing
  • Not all SmartSolutions worked properly
  • Long setup time

Description

  • Color inkjet all-in-one printer
  • Copier, fax, and scanner built in
  • Color print resolution: 5760 x 1440 dpi
  • 4.3" color LCD touchscreen
  • Built-in wireless networking
  • Four inkjet cartridges
  • SD, MS, xD, MMC card compatible
  • Five-year warranty

Guide Review - Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901 All-in-One Printer

Lexmark newest line of inkjet printers is built around a large (4.3-inch) touchscreen that takes ease and accessibility to new heights. If you've ever wished you had a single button that would let you carry out the tasks you regularly have to do on a printer--for example, a healthcare provider printing a doctor's note, or a real-estate professional who needs to send PDFs often to attorneys--this printer will simplify your job. And it's not just for office workers. Need to print your Google calendar? Or a TripIt schedule? No problem--there's a SmartSolution app for that.

Of course, except for the customized print/scan/copy apps, they don't necessarily work quite as flawlessly as you hope. For example, you can access BBC News and read headlines on the touchscreen; you can even launch the full story on your computer. But when I tried to print them, I got error messages that couldn't be overcome. The app library is still growing, and, glitches aside, I think these are excellent additions to a decent printer.

I say decent because the Pinnacle is not a great printer. For one thing, it's pretty slow, with first pages coming out in almost half a minute, and PDF taking about 20 seconds per page, about twice what a Word document averaged. Either way, it's no speed demon. It also took a long time to set up--nearly half an hour to get the software installed and everything up and running. And while wireless printing was easy to configure, once the procedure was complete I found that I had lost my connection to the Internet, requiring a modem reboot. I can't swear that the modem error was a direct result of connecting the printer to my wireless network, but since they happened at the same moment, it seemed too unlikely to be a coincidence.

Black and white text looked perfectly fine, but colored graphics left cheap copy paper a bit limp. Colors were very good, despite the ink bleed into the page (use better paper for better results). Photo prints looked excellent, with deep, sharp colors--I compared prints with those from some dedicated photo printers, and preferred the Pinnacle's.

Free scanning software allows the scanning of multiple business cards at once. There's precious little in the way of understanding how to do that (ultimately I settled on two columns, three rows, that fit inside a 8.5x11 rectangle); this did a serviceable job on some tough cards (lots of logos and graphics), but it wouldn't be my first choice for a business-card scanner.

Lexmark offers a few excellent extras. For example, the printer comes with a five-year warranty as well as lifetime technical support and what the company calls "priority phone support." New ink cartridges are a cheap as $4.99 for black. And there's a handy automatic duplexer, though again, it saturated cheap paper, so the money you save on cartridges you may have to spend on good paper. Still, that's not a bad tradeoff, since paper is fairly cheap.

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User Reviews

 4 out of 5
problem with this printer, Member richiec051

This is a great printer. It is slow when first starting but good quality printing. However i had this printer only 2 weeks and the printerhead needs replacing already. I reviewed this printer and notice there were others with the same problem. Pro: lexmark sending out a new one with the ink . I hope this is not a concistant problem.

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