Lexmark X3650 review

Kat Orphanides
25 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT



colour inkjet MFP, 25ppm print speed, USB, PictBridge USB, 175x459x318mm

Lexmark uses this same case for a number of models in its range, so it should come as no surprise if the X3650 looks familiar.

Unlike most models we've seen, the USB port is located on the front of the printer. Laptop users who only occasionally get their printer out will find this convenient, but desktop PC owners will end up with a cable trailing untidily from the front of the printer. Its flimsy extending paper trays make it look and feel rather cheap, too.

Installation is straightforward. You can select various extra utilities, such as Lexmark's Productivity Studio photo and document management software, and Abbyy Sprint OCR. None of these is selected by default, and it's a refreshing change not to be forced to install software that you'll never use. Print head alignment is an automatic processes that involves loading an A4 page and pressing the OK button when prompted by the two-line LCD display.

The scanner interface defaults to Legal rather than A4 paper, but it's easy to save your most frequently used settings to a Scan Presets menu and your last settings are loaded when you re-open the interface. The interface doesn't close after each scan, which makes it easier to scan batches of documents or photos. It's simple to use, but there are few options available to tweak your scan settings. Scan quality was sharp, with clear reproduction of fine detail and text. Colours were also accurate, but the maximum 600dpi optical resolution means that this MFP is of limited use when it comes to scanning photos for editing or printing as enlargements.

Print quality and speeds were very much what we've come to expect from Lexmark's inexpensive inkjets. Draft quality text was dark but fuzzy. With a speed of 8.4ppm, normal quality text printed almost as fast and was much sharper. Unfortunately, although our colour documents looked good, the painfully slow print speeds of 0.8ppm make the Lexmark unsuitable for printing long colour documents.

Photo-printing speeds were fairly slow - it took 12 minutes and 44 seconds to print six 6x4in prints. The resulting pictures, although bright, are fairly poor compared to most inkjets, with ink that's very slow to dry. This can be improved by using third-party papers such as those produced by Ilford, but this printer will never rival the photo quality of most Canon and Epson models.

Although we've recently seen some excellent inkjet MFPs, budget and mid-priced models have been rather thin on the ground so far this year. We can't recommend the X3650 at this price, but if you want an inkjet MFP then look out for our review of Canon's new Pixma MP240 in next month's What's New.

Basic Specifications

Maximum native print resolution4,800x1,200dpi
Max optical resolution600x1,200dpi
Output bit depth48-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A425ppm
Quoted speed, colour A418ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.08m 53s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.012m 44s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, PictBridge USB
Optional printer interfacesnone
Noise (in normal use)50 dB(A)
Duty cycle3000
Power consumption standby7W
Power consumption idle7W
Power consumption active19W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight240gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity100
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity100
Duplex (code, cost if option)No


Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/XP-64/Vista/Vista-64, Max OS X 10.4.4-10.5.x
Other inkjet featuresmono OLED display
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Price per colour A4 page3.9p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge175 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)150 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Warrantyone year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges2
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges2
Quoted photo durability65 years
Quoted photo durability sourceLexmark

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview11s
A4 document at 150dpi15s
A4 document at 300dpi43s
6x4in photo at 600dpi31s
6x4in photo at 1200dpiN/A

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.015s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.01m 25s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge supportYes
Borderless printing6x4in, A4, Letter, A6, Hagaki, L, 2L, A5, 7x5in, Legal, 5x3.5in, B5, 8x4in
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsCF, SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, MicroDrive, Smart Media, xD
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolutionN/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)N/A