Lexmark has been a major player in the enterprise printing game for some time. We’ve been waiting for a while for them to take that expertise and translate that to the consumer and SOHO market. The Pro915 shows lots of promise but doesn’t quite cut it, in our view.
Like most of the printers we’re seeing on the market these days, OS X Lion automatically detected the Pro915 and installed drivers via Software Update. The front of the printer is dominated by a 4.3in touchscreen. However, we found that it required quite a solid touch to operate and occasionally seemed to be unresponsive.
Print quality was barely passable in our view. Business documents with text, images and tables were satisfactory but close inspection revealed that some fine lines were uneven. Large blocks of grey were uneven in diagrams and coloured images showed banding rather than even colour graduation.
Photo printing was also disappointing. When we printed an outdoor shot with bright blue sky, the Pro915 gave the sky a flat, dull appearance on photographic stock. Also, we found that the colour reproduction wasn’t quite right. For example, a photo of a silver car in partial shade had a bluish tinge on the silver and a reddish tinge in other parts of the image.
Paper handling was limited as there was just one paper tray. The scanner has a document feeder that can hold about 150 sheets of paper.
One area where the Pro915 does excel is in its extensibility. Using Lexmark’s Smart Solutions service, we could add apps to the printer so that we could automatically scan documents and send the to online services like Box, scan directly to shared folder on the network or add widgets that could be used on the touchscreen.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice:
The Lexmark Pro915 promises a lot but ultimately let us down when it came to the quality of printed output.