Lexmark Interpret conclusion

April 8, 2010 by Sarah Meyer Reads (11,671)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 9
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Good text quality
  • Great rear paper path
  • Decent print speeds for budget-friendly printer


  • One line display
  • Not compatible with 105XL cartridge
  • No photo software


The Lexmark Interpret is a surprisingly good budget-friendly printer. Would I recommend it as a laser replacement in an office environment? No. But the Interpret would fit well in a home office, as a desktop replacement in a small business, or in a dorm room. In fact, if Lexmark offered the $4.99 105XL cartridge for the Interpret, I couldn’t imagine a better printer for a college student.

Sure, the print speeds weren’t as fast as advertised, but the Interpret has a suggested price of $129.99 and prints as fast as the Lexmark Prestige. The photo quality might not be as sharp as other photo printers on the market, but they are good enough for photo albums, frames or scrapbooking.  And the Interpret offers a 35-sheet ADF, Wi-Fi and three-year limited warranty, something you’ll be hard-pressed to find on new printers in this class.

The Lexmark Interpret may not have received a PrinterComparison.com Editor’s Choice distinction, but if Lexmark continues to improve on its inkjet line at the rate they’ve shown during the past year, the next generation may well receive our top honor. I would definitely recommend the Interpret to anyone looking for a solid, budget-friendly inkjet printer.

The Lexmark Interpret S405 Wireless all-in-one printer is available now on Lexmark.com for the sale price of $99.99. The suggested retail price is $129.99.

Supplies and accessories can be found on Lexmark.com as well. A set of four standard capacity 100 cartridges will cost $43.98, while a set of four high capacity 100XL cartridges will cost (when purchasing color combo packs) $74.98.  As of this writing, the 105XL cartridge is not available for lower end Lexmark inkjet models.

Lexmark does offer a standard three-year limited warranty with product registration, which is one of the best warranty offers in its class.



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