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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


Speed Test

Speed Test

Print speeds for a 10-page A4 black-and-white (B&W) Word document and a 10-page color document clocked in at about 9 and 5 ppm (pages per minute) respectively. These speeds stack up well against the similarly priced Canon Pixma MX886 that we’ve recently reviewed, which clocked in at about 10 and 5 ppm respectively for the same tasks.

The Genesis S815 also supports automatic two-sided printing. We tried it, and a 10-page B&W document took about 2 minutes and 17 seconds to print, while a 10-page color document took about 3 minutes and 15 seconds. For an inkjet printer, the 4.7 ppm (mono) and 3.2 ppm (color) duplex printing speeds can be considered to be fast - especially when pegged against a more established  business printer like the Canon Pixma MX886.

Thanks to the Flash Scan technology, scanning a one-page A4 color document took merely nine seconds - that's three times as fast as the MX886. The B&W scan was even speedier, clocking in at less than six seconds. While we envision that it wouldn’t take a very long time to copy a 10-page document by swapping each page manually, we couldn’t help but imagine what it’d be like if Lexmark is able to incorporate an ADF (auto document feeder) onto the S815.

Surprisingly, copy speeds didn’t see dramatic performance increases due to Flash Scan. A single-page B&W document took about 13 seconds to copy, while a color document took about 23 seconds. Comparatively, the MX886 took about 11 and 15 seconds respectively. No doubt that the S815 scans faster than the MX886, but the latter’s faster responsiveness and print speed combine to achieve a faster overall timing.

Further testing revealed that the S815's photo print speeds weren't too shabby either. Not many printers can print an A4-sized photo in less than a minute, but the S815 took 58 seconds. The 25 seconds it took to print a 4R photo also compares reasonably against the MX886’s 20 seconds.

Overall, the Lexmark Genesis S815 performed very well in our speed tests, excelling especially in scan and photo print jobs.