The Lexmark Z815 high-performance inkjet printer produces outstanding colour photos and documents. It is the perfect choice for printing your prized photos and valuable documents.
In action, its text quality was good but nothing to write home about. In normal mode, the text was blurred, but perfectly readable even at small sizes. In the higher-quality mode, which is slower and uses more ink, the text was clearer but still only around average quality. Photos were good, however, and even on plain paper were clear, bright and colourful.
It was on coated (glossy) photo paper, that the printer really started to perform well. The pictures came out sharp, with good levels of detail and much higher contrast than on the plain paper. Although on some of the pictures it is possible to see the dots made by the printer, this was only really noticeable close up.
The printer is easy to set up, with a simple step-by-step poster inside the box providing clear instructions, and the included CD contains the driver software, which is also easy to set up and get to grips with.
The only real gripe is its speed. Plain text came out at eight pages per minute, while the full-page photo took over five minutes to print.
Lexmark Z815. Maximum resolution: 2400 x 1200 DPI. Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter): 12 ppm, Print speed (colour, draft quality, A4/US Letter): 12 ppm, Print resolution colour: 4800 x 1200 DPI. Maximum input capacity: 100 sheets. Operating acoustic emission: 48 dB. Compatible operating systems: Apple Mac OS X (10.1.5) Microsoft Windows 2000 (all versions) Microsoft Windows 98 (All...