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Lexmark S815 Genesis review

Lexmark Genesis S815 All-In-One Printer - Snap and Print

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Design:
8.5
Performance:
8.5
Features:
8
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Fast scanning
Good print quality
Custom apps enhance usability
THE BAD
Scan quality not dramatically better
Only one paper input tray
No ADF function
More Awards:
Most Innovative Product


Introduction

Scanning Re-imagined

It’s not often that we get excited over a single-function printer, much less a multifunction one. The Lexmark Genesis S815 is probably an exception in recent memory. As you can see from the picture below, it’s shaped unlike most all-in-one (AIO) printers. But its refreshing aesthetics pale in comparison to another radical change that takes place under the hood. To be more specific, the S815’s scanner is powered by a 10-megapixel sensor, and works rather like a digital camera.

Termed Flash Scan by the Lexington-based company, the technology involves a lens, red, green and blue LEDs, and a 10-megapixel monochrome CMOS sensor. During scanning, the LEDs flash in quick succession; and through the lens, the sensor captures the images and composite them into a full-colored image. In layman’s parlance, instead of having the scanner moving across the document to be scanned, it takes photos of the document.

The radical scanning method aside, the S815 is a four-in-one (print, copy, scan and fax) multifunction machine with a 4.3-inch touchscreen LCD. It comes with built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with support for the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) standard for getting the AIO onto a wireless network easily and securely. Direct printing can be achieved via the PictBridge-enabled USB port and multi-card slot. The S815 also has something called SmartSolutions, which are little applets that you can add to the AIO and control via the LCD to streamline repetitive tasks. For example, there are "solutions" for scanning business cards, viewing your Google Calendar, viewing and printing your photos from MobileMe, Photobucket, and Picasa, and reading RSS feeds. If you're an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod touch user, you can also download the Lexmark LexPrint app from the Apple App Store, which allows you to print wirelessly from the mobile device (the devices need to reside within the same network).

 

Key Specifications of the Lexmark Genesis S815

Printer

Speed

Draft: 33 ppm (mono) / 30 ppm (color)

Normal: 18 ppm (mono) / 11 ppm (color)

Laser Quality: 10.4 ppm (mono)* / 6.6 ppm (color)*

* In accordance with ISO/IEC 24734

Resolution 4800 x 1200 dpi (color) / 2400 x 1200 dpi (mono)

Copier

Speed 25 cpm (mono) / 21 cpm (color)
Enlarge/Reduce 25 - 400%

Scanner

Type/Method Flatbed/Mono CMOS image sensor
Resolution 10 megapixels

Fax

Modem 33.6 Kbps

Paper Handling

Input/Output

Input Tray: 100 sheets (75 gsm bond) or 25 sheets of photo paper

Output Tray: 50 sheets

Direct Photo Printing

PictBridge Yes
Card Slots

Accepted Cards: Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Secure Digital (SD) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), xD Card

With Adapter: Sony Memory Stick Duo, Mini SD Card, Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo, SanDisk TransFlash Memory Module, RS-MMC, xD Card Type M, Type H, MMC Mobile, Micro SD Card, SDHC Card

Others

Memory 64 MB
Interface USB, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
LCD 4.3-inch, WQVGA color touchscreen LCD
Power 20 W (avg. while printing)
Noise Level 41 dBA (while printing)
Max. Monthly Duty Cycle 3,000 pages (Recommended page volume: 200 - 770 pages)
O/S Supported Microsoft Windows XP, XP Professional x64, Vista, Vista x64, Windows 7; Mac OS X (10.4.4 - 10.6.x for Intel), Mac OS X (10.3.9, 10.4.4 - 10.5.x for Power PC); Linux (available at www.lexmark.com)
Dimensions 420 x 386 x 321 mm
Weight 8.7 kg