Lab Test: Lexmark Prestige Pro805

Anthony Caruana
18 May, 2010
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Lexmark’s been a mainstay of the large office, high workload printer for some time, so we were keen to see if it could translate that experience into the consumer and small business markets. The Prestige Pro805 sits near the top end of its all-in-one printer range.

As we’ve come to expect from Snow Leopard, installation was a breeze. Once we plugged the four cartridges in we were ready to print. The 4.3in display is complemented by an array of touch-sensitive buttons for setting up the wireless networking and other tasks.

Printing was quite quick with photos printed to glossy stock and documents on standard paper. Duplexing can be enabled at a per-job level through the printer driver or by pressing a button on the front of the unit.

Scanning was not quite as straightforward. Network scanning required installation of Lexmark’s own software. This isn’t a big deal but worth knowing. Scans from the printer can be sent to a file on the remote computer, the clipboard for pasting into documents – handy if you want to put a photo into a presentation – or to another application like Image Capture.

Paper handling was an area where we expected the Lexmark to excel. However, we found that it was easy to not push the tray all the way in, resulting in some paper jams. Also, there’s only one paper feed so switching between photo or regular printing required switching the paper load.

Print quality was good with our test photos and Pages documents well rendered, although we did find that blacks weren’t quite as black as we’d like.

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Lexmark Prestige Pro805

Pros Fast
Cons Single paper feed; network scanning software
RRP Printer, $499; Replacement cartridges $110 for high yield or $65 for normal
Rating 3.5

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