Lexmark has long been one of the best names in home printers, and the X5650 is a fine addition (for the most part) to their distinguished line. The X5650 is a Multifunction printer. It prints, scans, copies, faxes, and is a photo printer. (with some limitations)
Let’s look at several things. First, the price is low for everything this printer does. Best Buy sells the Lexmark X5650 for $99.99. However, an old adage states, ‘you get what you pay for’. Is this the case with this printer? Most people who own this product give it good ratings. When one considers that it is made to perform multiple tasks, this is pretty good, actually.
The X5650 prints 25 pages per minute in black, and 18 in color. The highest resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi. (Dots per inch) Like most multifunction printers, the X5650 has an auto document tray for copying, scanning or faxing. The tray will hold up to 25 pages, so you can set it, press start, and walk away.
If you fax many different vendors, you can set up to 99 speed dial numbers. Talk about convenience. You also have the ability to send broadcast faxes, and there is a a caller ID. You can block junk faxes, which are becoming the bane of many businesses, and home offices.
The X5650 allows you to plug in a laptop with its front and center port so you can print documents from your laptop on the fly. You can also plug in a USB flash drive, and print straight from the drive.
Shutterbugs will like this printer for its photo printing features. Resolutions of 4800 x 1200 dpi will give you lab quality prints, right from your camera. Use the PictBridge interface for more convenience.
Setup is straightforward. Take it out of the box, plug in the CD-ROM, and follow the instructions.
However, buyers should always be aware of the good and the bad. Some users report that ink usage is high in this printer. Black ink for this model costs on average $20.99 for the standard capacity, and $27.99 for high capacity. This is one of the biggest complaints with inkjet printers.
The X5650 doesn’t come with a USB cable, so if you don’t have one from a previous printer, you will need to purchase one.
If you plan to use this printer to print out your photographs, the cost of ink and special paper will set you back some $$$ as well. There is no photo ink cartridge available for the X5650, but the cost of a high capacity tri-color ink cartridge is around $33.99.
The drivers available on the CD may be out of date, so you might need to go to the Lexmark website for an update. The files can be rather large, so if you are using dial up, you may be better served requesting a CD to be sent to you. However, this may take some time.
If you are planning to do mostly black printing, faxing, and scanning, this printer will very likely serve your needs well. However if you want to print photographs, the Lexmark X5650 is not what you are looking for.