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Lexmark X2250

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  • Generic Company Place Holder X2250 All-In-One Printer

Lexmark X2250
Photograph: Rick Rizner

The Lexmark X2250 All-in-One is a simple, inexpensive multifunction printer that costs just $100. The most obvious sacrifice it makes to achieve that price: The control panel on the dark, plain case has no LCD. In addition to the power button, it has buttons for scanning, copying in grayscale and color, and setting the number of copies.

As a printer, the X2250 is mediocre. Text speeds were about average at 4.5 ppm, but graphics printed at a woefully slow 0.5 ppm, half the average speed of the other inkjet MFPs we tested this month. However, the X2250 printed attractive text that earned a mark of Very Good; letterforms were dark, crisply edged, and legible down to very small sizes. Unfortunately, its performance on all of our other test documents merited a score of only Fair. In our line art document, narrow lines were fuzzy and showed obvious banding. Color graphics printed on plain paper looked too orange and lacked sharp detail. And while photos printed on glossy paper were vivid and realistic, the images still appeared grainy and out of focus.

The X2250 is a faster scanner and copier than it is a printer. It copied a page of text quickly in 16.8 seconds--the second-fastest time in our tests. Like most inkjet MFPs we tested, the X2250 made copies that looked fairly sharp and earned a score of Good. Scanning a 4-by-5-inch photo at 100 dpi took 25 seconds, which was about average.

Scanning on the flatbed scanner was also very user-friendly. Touching the scan button on the front panel opens up the All-in-One Center software; there you can indicate the type of document you are scanning, and as a result the software will choose a corresponding resolution. Afterward you can edit the image with Lexmark's own photo editing software. The X2250 also includes an optical character recognition application, ABBYY Fine Reader 5.

With a great price but slow performance and mediocre print quality, the X2250 seems appropriate only for the tightest of budgets.

Lexmark X2250


Print: Rated 14 ppm text/8 ppm graphics, 4800 by 1200 dpi maximum resolution, 100 sheets input, 25 output. Scan: 600 by 1200 dpi, 24-bit external color. Copy: 13 ppm black and white/5 ppm color; 99 copies. One-year warranty, 12-hour weekday and 6-hour Saturday toll-free phone support.
$100
800/332-4120
www.lexmark.com

Lisa Cekan

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder X2250 All-In-One Printer

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