Lexmark Interact S605 review

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Ink cartridges with integrated print heads have been replaced by separate print heads and ink tanks.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 resolution

4,800x1,200dpi

Max optical resolution

1,200x2,400dpi

Output bit depth

48-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4

18ppm

Quoted speed, colour A4

11ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0

2m 37s

Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0

3m 25s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces

USB, 802.11b/g/n wireless, PictBridge USB

Optional printer interfaces

none

Size

178x514x358mm

Weight

8.7kg

Noise (in normal use)

50dB(A)

Duty cycle

5,000 pages

Power consumption standby

4W

Power consumption idle

8W

Power consumption active

18W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size

A4/legal

Maximum paper weight

255gsm

Standard paper inputs

1

Standard paper input capacity

100

Maximum paper inputs

1

Maximum paper input capacity

100

Duplex (code, cost if option)

Yes

General

Printer technology

thermal inkjet

Supported operating systems

Windows 2000/XP/XP-64/Vista/Vista-64/7, Mac OS X 10.4.4-10.5, Linux

Other inkjet features

4.3in colour touchscreen, automatic print head alignment, replaceable print head

Other inkjet options

none

Buying Information

Price

£178

Consumable parts and prices

510 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 page

6.5p

Quoted life of supplied black cartridge

170 (ISO/IEC 24712)

Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)

200 (ISE/IEC 24712)

Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)

N/A

Warranty

three years RTB (with registration)

Supplier

http://www.oyyy.co.uk

Details

www.lexmark.co.uk

Print Quality

Number of ink colours

4

Number of ink cartridges

4

Maximum number of ink colours

4

Maximum number of cartridges

4

Quoted photo durability

100 years

Quoted photo durability source

Lexmark

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview

10s

A4 document at 150dpi

18s

A4 document at 300dpi

24s

6x4in photo at 600dpi

50s

6x4in photo at 1200dpi

3m 43s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0

32s

Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0

37s

Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0

N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge support

Yes

Borderless printing

up to A4

Direct (PC-less) printing

Yes

Supported memory cards

USB flash drive, Secure Digital, SDHC, Memory Stick/PRO, MMC, xD

CD printing

No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies

99

Max mono copy resolution

1,200x1,200dpi

Max colour copy resolution

N/A

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution

N/A

Fax memory (maximum mono pages)

N/A

Basic Specifications

Quoted Speeds

Tested Print Speeds

Physical and Environmental

Paper Handling

General

Buying Information

Print Quality

Tested Scan Speeds

Tested Copy Speeds

Photo Features

Copy Features

Fax Features

Author

November 25,2021

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