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on February 24, 2012
I needed a scanner but it was more cost effective to purchase an all-in-one machine instead. What made this machine appealing were its multi-function features :auto feeder, wifi, scanner, printer, and color-compartmentalized cartridge design.
Lengthy Set-up - over 2 hours with some success
The set-up of the machine took nearly two hours. Initial set-up involved the following steps take the tape off, install cartridge, install software. Well when I installed the cartridge, I had to re-align the cartridges twice!!! It cant just self-align itself or that it wasn't designed to the right tolerances to be able to handle installation inconsistency. Installation of the software was the longest ever. I had to make sure my mac & printer were connected to the same network for this to work. Their software doesn't take ensure of this . Also, when I was trying to resolve this issue, no documentation was found on the lexmark web page about this product which led me to believe it was a discontinued model but Fry's claims that it isn't so. Many attemps were made to make the wiifi connection between printer and mac and most attempts were software timed-out.
Scanning - paper readily gets stuck in auto feeder
After many install attempts and finally established connection, I attempted to wirelessly scan in 8 pages of document to my mac using the auto feeder. In my first two attempt, my pages were stuck in the rollers. I had to carefully load in the pages and finally they all scanned in. It scanned pretty quickly and resolution was acceptable for a document.
Printing- not so great
I was willing to forget about the lengthy set-up and the sub-prime auto-feeder but the printing was disappointing. I printed a photo from my recent vacation in hawaii. The colors were not representative of the original photo. In areas that were supposed to be yellow-brown, it appeared blue green. Also the photo clearly looked like it was printed from a cheap ink-jet printer
Wireless printing/scanning works intermittently
Wireless connection appeared to work intermittently. When the machine is in sleep mode when not in use, you ahve to physically turn on the machine then reestablish wireless connection between mac and machine AGAIN! I think this beats the whole wireless idea.
The following evening, I returned this machine and purchased the CANON PiXMA MX 410 for $20 cheaper and life was better again :D. It had all the features the lexmark s415 but set-up was way faster and easier, print quality looked like i had professional printing, and auto feeder scanner worked flawlessly. In the end, I highly do not recommend the lexmark s415. I have very little good things to say except that the cartridges may be cheaper for poor quality printing.