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Lexmark Interact S605 review

Kat Orphanides
13 Nov 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
178
inc VAT

This remarkably versatile printer has great print quality and a big 4.3in touchscreen, but it's let down by high print costs.

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Specifications

colour inkjet MFP, 18ppm print speed, USB, 802.11b/g/n wireless, PictBridge USB, 178x514x358mm

The Interact S605 is a great example of the improvements Lexmark has made to its MFPs.

Ink cartridges with integrated print heads have been replaced by separate print heads and ink tanks. More visibly, it's bursting with features, including an automatic duplexer, wireless networking and a huge 4.3in touchscreen. This guides you through the setup process, although you'll still need a PC to set up your wireless connection unless your router supports push-button WiFi Protected Setup (WPS).

The Interact includes web functionality and support for downloadable apps from Lexmark's SmartSolutions Center website. This also means it requires a bit more maintenance. Once we'd finished installing the drivers, we were directed to the website and prompted to download and install a firmware update.

The S605 has better print quality than previous Lexmark printers, with sharp, black text and vivid colour prints, although colour and mono copies were rather slow at over 30 seconds per page. Scans looked a little cold and some pale shades were hard to distinguish, but fine detail was precisely reproduced.

Colour print speeds were also sluggish at 2.9ppm, but we have no complaints about a normal-quality text speed of 9.1ppm. Photo quality is also vastly improved, with good-looking prints and ink that doesn't come off on your fingers. Photos printed quickly, too, at just over half a minute per 6x4in snap. Lexmark's PerfectFinish photo paper pushes the price of a 6x4in print up to 47p, which is expensive.

Print costs in general are the Interact S605's biggest problem. A page of mixed black and colour costs 9.8p. This is unacceptably high and unless the cost of Lexmark's new ink decreases significantly, we can't recommend this otherwise well-rounded MFP.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Maximum native print resolution4,800x1,200dpi
Max optical resolution1,200x2,400dpi
Output bit depth48-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A418ppm
Quoted speed, colour A411ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.02m 37s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.03m 25s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 802.11b/g/n wireless, PictBridge USB
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size178x514x358mm
Weight8.7kg
Noise (in normal use)50dB(A)
Duty cycle5,000 pages
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle8W
Power consumption active18W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight255gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity100
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity100
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologythermal inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/XP-64/Vista/Vista-64/7, Mac OS X 10.4.4-10.5, Linux
Other inkjet features4.3in colour touchscreen, automatic print head alignment, replaceable print head
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Price£178
Consumable parts and prices510 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 page6.5p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge170 (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)200 (ISE/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Warrantythree years RTB (with registration)
Supplierhttp://www.oyyy.co.uk
Detailswww.lexmark.co.uk

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges4
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges4
Quoted photo durability100 years
Quoted photo durability sourceLexmark

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview10s
A4 document at 150dpi18s
A4 document at 300dpi24s
6x4in photo at 600dpi50s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi3m 43s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.032s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.037s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge supportYes
Borderless printingup to A4
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsUSB flash drive, Secure Digital, SDHC, Memory Stick/PRO, MMC, xD
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Max mono copy resolution1,200x1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolutionN/A

Fax Features

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