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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

Lexmark interpret s405

The new generation of Lexmark inkjets is a huge improvement over previous models, both in terms of print quality and running costs. The four-ink system is perfectly suited to document printing, and photo output is surprisingly rather better than from Lexmark's older six-ink models.

We liked

Despite the email revolution, sometimes we still need to send and receive faxes when working at home, and the S405 enables this in fine style, along with a good quality keypad and 35-sheet document feeder.

Printing in normal and high quality modes is massively quicker than most of Lexmark's older printers for photos as well as documents, and the Vizix individual ink system makes for reasonable running costs too.

The provision of Wi-Fi as well as Ethernet connectivity is a bonus, making the printer compatible with pretty much any home network.

We disliked

There's only one paper input tray, which sits at the back of the printer, so it's impossible to load up the machine with standard paper and letter-headed stock simultaneously, or plain and photo paper, as you can with printers like the Canon MP640. There's also no provision for printing onto white-faced CDs and DVDs.

Verdict

As a home office or small business printer, the Interpret S405 makes short work of printing, scanning, photocopying and faxing. It's reasonably cheap to run and print speeds and quality are good, making it a bit of a bargain at the price.

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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