Lexmark Platinum Pro905 review

13 Nov 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

Slow colour print speeds together with an extremely high price cripple this feature-packed MFP.


colour inkjet MFP, 10ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n, PictBridge USB, 307x465x392mm

Lexmark's Platinum Pro905 is wince-inducingly expensive, but has lots of features including a 4.3in touchscreen, a fax and a memory card reader.

Two paper trays at the bottom of the printer can handle up to 300 sheets of A4 between them. The top tray can also handle 6x4in photo paper and envelopes.

It also has USB, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. If you want to connect to a wireless network, you'll need either a router that supports push-button WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) or a temporary USB connection to your PC. We'd have preferred to configure these using the touchscreen, which can instead be used to download free apps. Most merely add settings that we'd expect the Pro905 to have already, such as scanning to a file and two-sided eco-copy modes.

The scanner interface is basic, but it's easy to use and remains open between scans. Scan quality is good, although scans of photos looked a little cold. Copy quality is excellent and we were impressed that a mono copy took just 22 seconds.

Our 6x4in photos printed in well under a minute and looked great, with rich, vivid colours. However, Lexmark's expensive new photo paper means they cost up to 47p each. Both colour and mono documents looked great at standard quality and even draft text was sharp. Standard-quality text printed at a quick 7.3ppm. Unfortunately, colour documents printed at just 1.5ppm, which is one of the slowest speeds we've seen.

This is a deal-breaker in an expensive MFP that would otherwise be ideal for a small or home office. Canon's Pixma MP640 lacks a fax but can hold plenty of paper and is a far better choice for serious printing, not least because it costs well over £200 less than the Pro905.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Maximum native print resolution 4,800x1,200dpi
Max optical resolution 1,200x4,800dpi
Output bit depth 48-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 10ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 6ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 3m 32s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 4m 48s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n, PictBridge USB
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 307x465x392mm
Weight 11.6kg
Noise (in normal use) 52dB(A)
Duty cycle 10,000 pages
Power consumption standby 5W
Power consumption idle 11W
Power consumption active 26W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 255gsm
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 300
Maximum paper inputs 2
Maximum paper input capacity 300
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes


Printer technology thermal inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/XP-64/Vista/2000/Vista 64/7, Mac OS X 10.4.4 - 10.5, Linux
Other inkjet features 4.3in touchscreen, automatic print head alignment, replaceable print head
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £356
Consumable parts and prices 510 page Lexmark 100XL Black High Yield Return Program Ink Cartridge, £17; 600 page Lexmark 100XL Cyan, Magenta, Yellow High Yield Return Program Ink Cartridges £13 each; 170 page Lexmark 100 Black Standard Yield Return Program Ink Cartridge, £11; 200 pag
Price per colour A4 page 6.5p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 170 (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 200 (ISE/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Warranty five years RTB (when registered)
Supplier http://www.oyyy.co.uk
Details www.lexmark.co.uk

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 4
Number of ink cartridges 5
Maximum number of ink colours 4
Maximum number of cartridges 4
Quoted photo durability 100 years
Quoted photo durability source Lexmark

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 10s
A4 document at 150dpi 20s
A4 document at 300dpi 25s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 46s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 5m 14s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 22s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 34s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 3m 5s

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Borderless printing up to A4
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards USB flash drive, SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
CD printing No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99
Max mono copy resolution 1,200x1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolution 1,200x1,200dpi