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Lexmark Interpret: A Printer Primed for Entrepreneurs

Dec. 2, 2009

Jeremy Nisen--Online Editor

Lexmark Interpret Printer Review

Printers.

Everyone loves them when they work and curses them when they fail. The pleasure of feeling a warm, crisp sheet of paper coming out in a timely manner is quickly forgotten when one must change the toner. Lexmark makes all sorts of printers for a variety of needs. Here at Tech Vault, we recently tested out the Interpret (S405) model. While we doubt this would be a boon for larger offices with intense and voluminous printing needs, for us and indeed, for most small business and any home-based entrepreneur this could be the Holy Grail.

Th ink about all the things that frustrate the self-dependent small-to-medium-sized business owner or employee. Doesn't do enough? Well, the S405 does faxing, copying, scanning, ad printing. The very definition of all-in-one. Too many cords? The Interpret S405 has wireless functionality. The alternate is an easy USB plug-in.

Too much money spent on ink? The Interpret S405 uses individual ink cartridges, so you only change the color that runs out rather than an oversized, all-color cartridge. That'll save you money in the long run, and it's better for the environment too. Inconsistent or sub-par print results? The S405 serves up nice, crisp blacks; quality photo reproductions, and much quicker than you would expect from a machine in this price range. In fact its impressive: 33 pages per minute for black & white printing, and 30 pages per minute for color jobs. A 35 page capacity autofeeder helps ensure jam-free, no-hassle printing as well.

It's shutter-bug friendly too, with a memory card reading slot and a USB port. The controls are intuitive and the interface with your machine is slick, not clunky like many off-the-shelf printing solutions. In fact, installing the drivers and interface programs via the setup disk is the only thing time consuming about this product, and that's a one-time process.

This is all in a package that most employees can lift without too much trouble.

Factor in that the suggested retail price is a mere $129, the result is a sweet printer for an equally sweet price.


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