Lexmark Genesis: A First Look

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Just before Thanksgiving we finally got our hands on the new Lexmark Genesis, a multifunction inkjet printer that uses a 10-megapixel digital camera instead of a traditional scanner. We've had a week to put Lexmark's first camera-based scanner through its paces, and this morning we recorded a quick demonstration of its innovative scanner.

The Genesis represents Lexmark's bid to make a printer attractive and inviting, with a sleek touchscreen interface, integrated social networking features like Twitter and Facebook, and a tall profile that's easy to access without hunching over. Yet the most interesting feature must be the 10-megapixel digital camera that instantly captures a snapshot of your document without the iconic grind and whirr of a traditional CIS or CCD scanning mechanism.

After a week of testing, PCWorld senior editor Melissa Riofrio praised the Genesis for competent print quality and a compelling innovation in the form of its digital camera-based scanner. But are "wow factors" like the 10-megapixel camera and Lexmark's Smart Solutions suite of Internet-based apps worth the $400 price tag? Check back next week for a comprehensive look at how Web-connected printers can change your life.

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