April 17th 2007 – Lexmark has just announced their new product line for 2007, and the big thing this year is wireless; 8 of the 12 inkjet models they will be releasing in 2007 will have built-in wireless capabilities. The new printers start at $25 (for the basic Z1300 ink jet model) and include a first: a 3 function all-in-one for under $60. The wireless models start at $79.99 for the Z1420.
Lexmark didn’t release full details of all 12 models, but the five they did release details of include:
The X4550 is a three-in-one multifunction priced at $129.99 with built-in 802.11g wireless and a claimed print speed of 26 pages per minute black and 18ppm color. The scanner is a 48-bit flatbed model. It’ll be available in the second quarter of 2007.
The Z1420 is another 802.11g wireless model priced at $79.91 that Lexmark claim can print at up to 24 ppm in black and 18ppm in color. It can also handle photo printing up to a size of 8.5 by 11 inches and has an optional six color printing feature. It’ll also be available in the second quarter of 2007.
The X3550 is a $79.99 all-in-one model that eschews the built-in wireless, but which can, Lexmark claim, crank out the prints at 24 ppm for black pages and 17 ppm for color. It also includes a one-touch copy feature and comes with Lexmark’s Imaging Studio software for editing and enhancing photos. It’ll be available in the second quarter of 2007.
The X2500 AIO is the cheapest all-in-one we’ve seen at $59.99, with a claimed speed of 22 ppm for black and 16 ppm for color. It can also produce 4 by 6 borderless photo prints.
The Z3100 is a very cheap (under $25) single function ink jet printer that Lexmark claim will manage up to 22ppm in black and 16ppm in color. They also claim that it will produce what they describe as "lab quality" 4 by 6 and 5 by 7 borderless photos.
All of these printers can also participate in Lexmark’s new Lexmark Return Program, where users get an upfront discount for buying cartridges that can be returned to Lexmark for recycling, rather than the more common rebate.