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Lexmark Interpret S405 review

For all your home office requirements, the S405 makes good business sense

Our Verdict

A very compelling printer, but the price means the feature list isn't quite as full as it could be.

For

  • Nice print quality and a good turn of speed
  • 35-sheet ADF for multi-page photocopying and faxing
  • Good range of connection options including USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi
  • Much cheaper to run than previous Lexmark printers, if you opt for XL cartridges
  • Inexpensive to buy compared with most printers that have similar sets of features

Against

  • Lack of dual paper trays means frequent swapping between plain, letter-headed or photo paper
  • Lacks a colour LCD for previewing photos for direct printing
  • Single card reader slot is limited to SD, MMC, MS and xD formats
  • Standard cartridges supplied with the printer run out very quickly
  • Can't print directly onto CD/DVD discs

Along with HP, Lexmark stuck with the old-fashioned system of tri-colour cartridges with built-in print heads longer than most manufacturers.

But we all resented throwing away expensive ink just because one of the three chambers had run dry, so fixed print heads and individually replaceable ink cartridges, which are little more than basic ink tanks, are the new order of the day.

The Interpret S405 joins the previously reviewed Lexmark Interact S605 in serving up Lexmark's new Vizix individual ink system, more along the lines of the Canon MP640. But whereas most 'all-in-one' printers come up short in office-minded features, the S405 aims to give you everything you need.

Whereas the fun-loving and flamboyant Lexmark Interact S605 is based around 10.9cm full-colour touch-screen, the cheaper S405 has a more hard-nosed businesslike mono LCD for just two short lines of alpha-numeric characters.

This makes it less than ideal for printing photos direct from memory cards, since you can't preview them, although printing is still possible using the USB input socket which can read memory sticks or connect with PictBridge-enabled cameras, or from the single memory card slot which works with SD, MMC, Memory Stick and xD cards.

Even so, with only four inks under the bonnet, photo quality is merely good, rather than fabulous, as colour space is slightly lacking.

Where the S405 really hits its stride is in office duties and, unlike the S605, it adds a 35-sheet ADF (Auto Document Feeder) for scanning, which makes short work of multi-page documents.

Moreover, the ADF teams up perfectly with the built-in fax machine, also lacking on the S605, so you can make mono or colour photocopies, print and send or receive faxes even when your computer is switched off.

Having the right connections is vital in business and the S405 doesn't disappoint. As well as the usual USB 2.0 port for connection to a standalone computer, there's Ethernet for hooking up with a home or small business network and, even more important nowadays, full Wi-Fi connectivity. This is particularly good for printing from your laptop, anywhere around the home.

The S405 is no slouch when it comes to print speeds. In our tests, it outputted mono text pages in seven seconds flat and colour DTP pages in just under 20 seconds. Switch to photo output and you'll get a regular quality 6x4 print in about 30 seconds.

The only real fly in the ointment is that the standard capacity cartridges supplied with the printer last no time at all, but page yield and running costs are average if you switch to Lexmark's XL high capacity cartridges.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)33
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)30
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)25
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)21
Product FamilyInterpret
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameLexmark
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeEnvelope No. 10, Envelope No. 7 3/4, Envelope No. 9, A4, A5, B5 Envelope, C5 Envelope, DL Envelope, Envelope No. 6 3/4, A2 Baronial, A6 Card, B5, C6 Envelope, Custom Size, Index Card, Executive, Letter, Legal, L, 2L, Chou 3 Envelope, Chou 4 Envelope, Chou 40 Envelope, Kakugata 3, Kakugata 4, Kakugata 5, Kakugata 6, Custom Size - 215.90 mm x 431.80 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 101.60 mm x 203.20 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 100 mm x 200 mm, 88.90 mm x 127 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Duty Cycle5000 pages per month
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Height204 mm
Width477 mm
Depth338 mm
Media TypeCard Stock, Envelope, Plain Paper, Transparency, Hagaki Card, Banner Paper, Iron-on Transfer, Photo Paper, Heavy Paper, Matte Paper, Borderless Media
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerLexmark International, Inc
Product ModelS405
Product NameInterpret S405 Multifunction Printer
Product LineInterpret
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part Number90T4265
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lexmark.co.uk
Marketing Information

Enjoy the freedom of wireless printing. Beautiful photos and crisp text with Vizix print technology. Full feature fax with 35 page auto document feeder. Fast speeds up to 33 pages per minute black and 30 ppm color.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)7.76 kg