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Lexmark X9350

>> Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Lexmark X9350 is reasonably sized for an inkjet all in one device. It stands 18.3 inches wide, 15.1 inches deep, and 10.6 inches tall, and it weighs less than 23 pounds. Its glossy white and brushed silver body evokes the Apple aesthetic. An ADF sits atop the scanner cover and can hold up to 50 sheets of originals. Using the ADF, you can scan or copy legal size documents the largest original the flatbed scanner can accommodate is A4.

The X9350's paper handling options are basic and straight forward. The input tray pulls out from the front of the printer and holds up to 150 sheets of plain paper. The cover of the input tray serves as the output tray, and a pullout arm helps to corral longer sheets. In the bowels of the output tray resides a small media feeder, which lets you manually insert single sheets of photo paper or envelopes for one off prints (as opposed to swapping out the contents of the input tray).

We had significant problems printing photos via the manual feed tray no matter what adjustments we made, they came out crooked. When we loaded the 4x6 photo paper into the main paper tray, though, we didn't have any problems. You can purchase an optional second input tray for a total input of 300 sheets. You can also adjust the input tray to accommodate a length of tear off sheets for banner prints.

The front of the printer also houses a photo printing "bay" of sorts: four media card slots and a USB or PictBridge port for PC free printing. The media card slots accept all major types of cards, though some may require an adapter. The PictBridge port lets you print straight from PictBridge enabled cameras and also doubles as a USB port for printing from USB devices, such as flash thumb drives.

The control panel is clean and easy to use. A 2.4 inch color LCD folds up from the panel, allowing you to find the best viewing angle. The menu is easy to navigate using four direction keys and an OK key. The alphanumeric keypad lets you dial in fax numbers or change the number of copies you want to make. The Lexmark X9350 uses a two tank ink system one black and one color cyan, magenta, and yellow.

For better photo printing, you can swap out the black tank for a tricolor photo ink tank, giving you six color prints. Lexmark charges $25 for each replacement cartridge. While the two tank system is easier to maintain, we still prefer individual ink tanks because they reduce waste and keep more money in your pocket.

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