… AND THE KITCHEN SINK

Finweek English Edition - - Communication & technology - BENE­DICT KELLY

LEX­MARK has al­ways been a sta­ple in the world of print­ing, and for those look­ing for an all-in-one de­vice, bring­ing to­gether print­ing, scan­ning, copy­ing and fax­ing for a home of­fice or just for the home, this may be the ideal so­lu­tion.

More peo­ple have more than one com­puter at home and more of­ten than not more than one note­book, and this makes shar­ing a sin­gle printer a dif­fi­cult task. The Lex­mark x9350 inkjet-based de­vice takes the pain out of this sit­u­a­tion by of­fer­ing three dif­fer­ent ways to con­nect to the printer: USB for a fixed in­stal­la­tion to a desk­top PC, Eth­er­net for those places that have a wired net­work, and wire­less net­work­ing.

Con­nect­ing to the printer proved to be quite easy af­ter fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions, but set­ting up the wire­less con­nec­tion can­not be done with­out strictly fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions.

Once con­nected, the sys­tem runs smoothly, as would be ex­pected. When I wanted to scan some­thing, it was as sim­ple as choos­ing scan from the menu on the printer. Some ap­pli­ca­tions will ask you to en­ter a file name, but oth­ers will just ac­cept the scan, mean­ing that you don’t need to be at your PC if the Lex­mark is on the other side of the house or of­fice.

The great thing about wire­less print­ing is that you can po­si­tion the ma­chine next to the phone line and the power out­let rather than worry about where the PC is. An­other nice touch is the in­clu­sion of a me­mory card reader at the front of the printer, en­abling you to view pho­tos on the LCD and print them with­out ever down­load­ing them onto the PC.

At R3500 this is not the cheap­est printer on the mar­ket but you would be hard pressed to find this col­lec­tion of fea­tures else­where.

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