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Lexmark Prospect Pro205 Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer
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- Wireless printing—802.11b/g wireless network compatibility gives customers the freedom to print from virtually anywhere within the home and the flexibility to print from multiple computers.
- Lexmark's industry-leading five year warranty with lifetime, priority technical support provides peace of mind.
- Eco Mode includes an energy-saving feature and automatic two-sided printing, which can cut paper consumption in half.
- High yield individual ink cartridges allow customers to replace only the ink that is needed.
- Business card scanning software enables busy professionals to easily manage contacts.
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Be more productive with the Lexmark Prospect Pro205 Wireless All-in-One with Fax. The Prospect Pro205 is a wireless All-in-One with full-feature fax and a convenient 35 page automatic document feeder to easily copy and scan multi-page documents. 802.11 b/g network compatibility gives you the freedom to print from virtually anywhere within the home and the flexibility to print from various computers. Installation is fast and easy – requiring approximately 10 minutes, while WiFi Protected Setup allows you to sync the printer to a WPS-enabled router with the touch of a button. The Prospect Pro205 also features a 2.4” color LCD to easily view and enhance photos. The Eco Mode feature includes an energy-saving feature and automatic two-sided printing, which can cut paper consumption in half. Print fast with document speeds up to 33ppm and 4”x6” photo printing in as little as 24 seconds. This robust All-in-One ships with XL high-yield ink cartridges which use Lexmark’s own Vizix ink technology to produce clear and consistent results. The Vizix ink system uses individual cartridges which can be replaced one color at a time. The Prospect Pro205 also ships with Business Card Scanning software which lets you scan up to eight cards at once, parcel the information, and synchronize it with many popular contact management solutions. All of this functionality is backed by an industry leading 5-year warranty and lifetime, priority phone support!
From the Manufacturer
Boost productivity and expand your business options with the Lexmark Prospect Pro205 Wireless 4-in-1. This multifunction unit includes a full-feature fax, offers fast print speeds of up to 33 ppm, and produces vibrant, laser sharp prints. And thanks to Wireless N technology, the Pro205 can be accessed wirelessly by multiple users from virtually anywhere inside the home or office.
When used with a WiFi-enabled router, this 4-in-1 lets you print wirelessly. View larger.
Print three times more paper between cartridge changes with the included XL black cartridges. View larger.
The Lexmark Prospect Pro205 Wireless 4-in-1 isn't just a printer: it also functions as a scanner, copier, and fax machine, making it an ideal one-stop solution for the home or office. This device features thermal inkjet technology to provide outstanding printing resolution of up to 2400 x 1200 dpi (black) and 4800 x 1200 dpi (color), with speeds up to 33 PPM (black) and 30 PPM (color)1.
Using 48-bit depth technology, the Prospect Pro205 can scan images at resolutions of up to 1200 x 2400 dpi, ensuring that digital reproductions are faithful to the originals. It also has a multi-page document feeder that lets users scan or fax up to 35 pages at a time.
Tomorrow's Wireless Technology Today
With the Prospect Pro205, you can print from wherever you want without being confined to the printer's location. A fast and easy wireless installation allows multiple users to print from virtually anywhere in the home or office2. Wherever you have a signal, you can print.
The printer's WiFi-n connection also provides up to three times the coverage of traditional wireless networks, and its quick transfer speeds ensure that your print jobs will always get through.
To ensure crisp, highlighter resistant mono text, vivid, razor sharp images, and bold colors, the Prospect Pro205 uses Lexmark's patented Vizix ink cartridges, engineered for intense ink-droplet precision and resolutions of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi. And because this unit takes individual cartridges, you only have to replace the colors you need, which helps you save money and cut down on waste.
XL Cartridges Save Time, Resources
To save even more money, this efficient unit takes 100XL black ink cartridges, which let you print three times more paper between cartridge changes3. And because you get more yield between changes, you'll get more done in less time.
Convenient Business Card Scanning Software
The Prospect Pro205 includes exclusive Business Card Scanning software that allows you to easily scan and save information from business cards, such as name, address, and phone number. Scan up to eight cards at once and sync them with your address book software. That's real time saved.
Go Green Automatically
The Prospect Pro205 is Energy Star rated, which means it meets rigorous requirements for energy set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. And because it uses less energy, it can help lower your utility bills so you save money.
To help reduce paper usage by up to 50-percent and save 8-percent on energy costs, the Prospect Pro205 also offers one-touch automatic two-sided printing4 and an eco mode that's accessible with the touch of a button.
Fast, Easy Installation
The printer comes with a full installation guide, making wireless setup fast and easy. A USB cable is also included for users who want a direct connection to their printer.
The Prospect Pro205 is backed by an industry best five-year warranty (registration within 90 days required).
What's in the Box
Lexmark Pro205 printer; printhead; XL black ink cartridge, and one each standard-yield cyan, magenta, and yellow ink cartridges; quick setup sheet; installation software on CD-ROM; quick reference guide; fax guide; networking guide; power supply and cord; USB cable; service information; and warranty card.
1 Printing in draft mode and excluding time to first page print. Visit www.lexmark.com for details.
2 Subject to the range of your wireless router and access to electricity. When used with a WiFi enabled router. Compatible with Wireless certified IEEE802.11b/g/n.
3 When compared on a composite yield basis with Lexmark 100 Cyan, Yellow, andMagenta cartridges.
4 Must be enabled in software for Mac users.
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|Display||2.4-inch Color LCD display||2.4-inch Color LCD display||4.3-inch LCD w/ myTouch||4.3-inch LCD w/ myTouch|
|Auto 2-Sided Printing|
|1-touch Customizable Apps|
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Top Customer Reviews
The packaging of the product is top-notch. The unit was thoroughly taped (at least 10 separate pieces) to protect the unit during transit, and the printed documentation was fancy although I never needed to read it. Of course, the highlight is the aforementioned XL ink cartridges, and the package also comprised of a USB cable, phone lines, and an installation CD which includes OCR software. The installation itself was a breeze, and the video animation was helpful. The construction of the unit has thoughtful touches: a spring-loaded button opens the document feeder casing to clear jams, and the glass to copy/scan documents has clear arrows telling you where to position the document. The unit is made in China, and the ink cartridges in Singapore. Cold start up time is about 39 seconds, wi-fi connectivity about 15 seconds longer if it works (more on that later). Warm start up time is about 6 seconds.
As for print quality, on premium inkjet paper, I'm very impressed. I printed out maps from Bing 3D using "Best" quality setting, and friends could not believe how sharp the prints were (you could see tennis court boundary lines). The cost of the "Best" setting is high ink usage - you can see the ink drain quickly using the software's ink monitoring graphics, but that's probably true for all inkjets. On regular paper, the color quality was not so impressive even using the "Best" option, with pictures lacking vibrance and loosing color accuracy compared to premium paper. The drop-off in photo quality is I think mostly due to the paper. Black text is so-so on either paper - obviously not laser-sharp, probably about average among other inkjets.
My wi-fi connection was sporadic at best even though the wi-fi status light shows green, although I'm not sure if this is because I am using Windows Vista 64-bit on my primary laptop (yes, I downloaded the 64-bit drivers from Lexmark's site). I usually resort to sticking in the USB cable for 100% reliability and faster data transfer. My other laptop running Windows XP had no problems with the wifi connection.
Regarding paper handling, if you're planning on printing on paper thicker than standard, this unit really struggled. Using Avery 4x6 card inkjet paper, which is thicker than standard paper, the unit would either jam, print in the wrong location, or not feed in at all and the unit would start printing on nothing (you can hear the print heading moving and printing). I would have hoped on the latter situation that a sensor would know there is nothing to print on, but no. After printing about 50 sheets on thick paper, the rubber rollers started to peel out particles, like a rubber eraser on a pencil. Occasionally on regular paper, the automatic duplex printing would jam as the paper is reeled backwards, but most of the time this worked.
I am very impressed with Lexmark's customer service. That's a good thing. Why I'm calling customer service right after I bought the unit is not. Any document I scanned or copied would have a thick vertical black stripe across the entire page. The customer service rep had no idea besides clean the glass, reset the printer to default settings, and reboot. But he was nice and polite, and Lexmark had a new unit shipped and arrived in record time - 2 days (maybe it helps that they shipped from Los Angeles and I'm in San Diego). My confidence is slightly shaken, but the new unit does not have this problem and works perfectly so far, except of course the intermittent wi-fi connectivity.
Due to the excellent color print quality, features, packaging, customer service, and stellar warranty at this price point, I'm willing to give the Pro205 4 stars.
Overall I found this to be really good! This is my first Lexmark product and I was a bit skeptical initially. The instalation was a bit rough as its driver clashed with my Logitech webcam's driver. The Lexmark support was friendly and trying to be helpful but they had no clue why the installation was failing. After digging deep into the Windows error, I found from the web what the possible problem could be. Once I uninstalled the Logitec driver, the Lexmark installation was a breeze. (I am yet to re-install the logitech webcam - so don't know what would happen then :))
The installation document and s/w are really top notch - with good graphics and explanations. I set it up as a wireless printer (ofcourse!) for my home with 2 desktops and 2 laptops.
This printer's features have surprised me no end. It comes with full (XL sized) ink cartridges, which is a big plus. Its a true wireless multifunction. I can scan and send the PDF to any of my desktops / laptops wirelessly. It does dual side printing. Its controls are very intuitive.
Lexmark gives a whopping 5 year warranty on their printers, which is a big plus. (Mind you, I have had bad experiences with extended warranties from Comp USA, Good Guys, Wards (remember any of them????) etc. as they folded before their warranty expired :) - hopefully Lexmark is more stable than them.
Overall, I am a happy Lexmark customer now. I keep checking on my printer once in a while and so far can't stop admiring it.
Hope this was helpful.
First things first:
This printer was packed such that the instructions and installation CD, were right on top. No foraging around looking for this essential piece of information. You receive the printer, this folder of information with the CD, a power cord, a USB cord and a phone cord.
THINGS TO SET UP THE FIRST TIME:
When you get this printer, you will need to do the following:
1. Install the SW
2. Update the SW
3. Communicate with your computer during setup
4. Install the Print head
5. Install the inks (4 in all)
6. Hook up to your wireless network
7. Hook up to your FAX if you choose to use it such
8. Run a test print.
And it goes so smoothly you can't believe you did all this!
Key here is to FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.
One of the first instructions tells you not to hook up anything and to follow the directions as to when to hook stuff up. I don't know what happens if you don't listen. I do know that if you follow directions in less than a half hour you will have a smoothly hooked up printer that is not only accessible to the computer you set it up with, but clearly visible on your network.
The directions show up both on your computer due to the wizard you are following during hook-up, but some also are on the printer display once it is active.
I found insertion of the ink cartridge to be a bit questionable. I felt I had to press harder than I would have expected to. I did get a click to confirm, but suspect others might not press hard enough resulting in improperly inserted cartridges.
SUBSEQUENT HOOK UPS:
The first computer we hooked it up with was a wired setup, Windows XP desktop.
The second computer we hooked it up with was a wireless laptop with Windows 7. In this case, the CD did not have the drivers but easily accessed the web for the correct ones and the printer was hooked up, in no time.
The next machine was a Windows XP desktop and it also went well.
Key here in each case we used the installation CD. We did not try to hook up by just looking up the drivers on the Lexmark site. However since in all cases of these setups, the website was polled for either updates or the original drivers, I'm sure this would work too.
We have only printed several items and each was flawless. The two-sided printing was great for minimizing paper. Mind you we all know it is the ink that costs the most. However, this two-page printing was easy to do, within the printer settings.
I've scanned one item (a magazine article) using the OCR capability and it was easy to do and find within the application. Quite easy in comparison to many other printers I have tried to do this with.
I will add to this section as I do more.
DOUBLE-SIDED COPY DILEMMA:
One thing I had to school myself to do, is not touch the paper when it comes forward in the delivery chute until it is done. Since this printer does two-sided copies, it will send a page forward into the delivery chute, prior to pulling it back in, to print the other side. They clearly show you are not to touch the paper yet in the display, but having used single-sided copy printers so long, it was nearly automatic to assume the copy was done, despite the warning. It would be better if the paper did not go right into the delivery chute so visibly.
A quick check around, I did not find the ink at a popular warehouse store. I found the ink online, only at one of the two popular office supply places near where I live. I'm assuming they would also carry it locally. So close to Black Friday, I didn't venture there in person. They do provide an easy link within the printer application directly to Lexmark to buy ink and it is comparatively priced, to the one office store online. However there seems to be a high yield version, that I'm ignorant on, at the moment.
The Standard Black is the typical, twice as much as the separate three colors: Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. A quick check seemed to be inline with many of the other printers out there.
An update, both local office stores have this ink and it is comparatively priced. However the warehouse store still does not.
It is hard to write a summary on a printer I have done so little with so far. I plan to update this review. However it looks sleek, it installed well and so far; it performed well. The lack of ink availability may be due to it being so new.
FEATURES 4 in 1:
This printer has a sheet feeder for the scanner and a flat bed. You can also fax with it as well as copy too. This 4 in 1 set of features was essential to me, having had various 4 in 1 printers for over 10 years now.
You would think for personal use, this would not be handy, but how many times have you had to take document to work to copy or to the drug store at 10-25 cents each.
Also if you have found something interesting in a magazine or book, it is a simple thing to scan in and put it into your computer for later reference. This is great for recipes.
I have also done this with old medical records (>3 years old) when I didn't want to lose the information, but hated having all that paper around. I then back it up with CDs that take up so much less room too.
Though I did not have my previous printer nor this one hooked up to a phone line, it is a simple thing to set it up and hook to a phone line, when I want to send or receive a fax. This also eliminates junk faxes as well.
AN ADDITION TO ORIGINAL REVIEW:
One neat aspect of a wireless hook up is when my son had a bunch of scans he had to do, all he had to do was unplug the printer, bring it down to his room, run the scanner near him, then bring it back up to where it normally is. Since the paper area folds down and the panel pops in, that is very easy to do. It ran wonderfully while he did this and then returned it to it's spot.
I've since done quite a few scans myself, and you can send them to the computer you want. That is really handy.
Also the Fax has an automatic redial if the fax number is busy.
The more I used this cool multifunction printer, the more I am impressed.
PRINT HEAD ERRORS-ADDRESSED AND SOLVED BEFORE I NEEDED TO COMPLAIN:
A few weeks ago, the printer started to have quite a few "print head errors" where I had to remove the print head (easy to do) and wipe it off with a lint free cloth. You would then reinstall it, and it would work fine. However this started happening with each initial series of usage, when it hadn't been used in a few days. Just about the time, I was getting ready to complain, Lexmark came out with an update they sent via email(to my registered user address with them), that fixed the problem. On top of that clicking on the email and installing this update was seamless. Great job and I'm impressed.