Lexmark Genesis S815 review

Kat Orphanides
6 Oct 2011
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One of the best MFP interfaces, but scan and print quality is too poor to justify the price



18ppm print speed, USB, 802.11n wireless, PictBridge USB, 420x386x321mm

Lexmark's Genesis S805 doesn't look like any MFP we've ever seen before. Head on, you're presented with a massive touchscreen panel that makes the all-in-one a pleasure to interact with. It takes up more vertical space than most MFPs and also has a large footprint, making it one of the bulkier home inkjets around. There's just one paper tray at the back, which has a rather limited capacity of 100 sheets and is somewhat prone to jamming. Like most high-end consumer MFPs, the Genesis has USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, plus an integrated fax.

Lexmark Genesis S815

The touchscreen provides easy access to the MFP's copying and faxing features, as well as making it easy to scan to a USB flash drive, associated PC or email. The printer comes pre-installed with apps to make it easy to print photos from Facebook and scan ID cards. More apps are available online, including templates for printing sheet music and convenient access to your Picasa account.

As well as providing a home for the Genesis' fancy interface, the front panel pulls forward to leave you staring down the barrel of the scanner's lens. The scanner is rather unusual; it uses digital camera technology rather than a traditional CCD or CIS scan head. This allows it to carry out incredibly fast three-second preview scans but also limits it to a maximum resolution of 300x300dpi. This is fine if you just want to fax the odd document or put a photo on the web, but it may not be up to the demands of amateur artists or photographers. The scanner interface is extremely basic, but functional enough for a 300dpi scanner.

Lexmark Genesis S815 display

The Genesis goes out of its way to make everything as automated and efficient as possible. Multi-page documents are duplexed by default, the scanner automatically generates a preview image of anything on the platen, and the printer attempts - with varying success - to auto-detect the size and type of paper you load into it.