Lexmark X6650 all-in-one printer review

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  • Pros

    • Easy setup, intuitive menus
    • Reasonably quiet
    • Affordably priced

  • Cons

    • Small LCD display panel
    • Ink cartridges are temperamental
    • Low quality prints from PictBridge

The Lexmark X6650 is a feature-rich all-in-one inkjet printer that doesn’t break the bank… a seemingly perfect choice for this holiday season. This printer features a built-in scanner, copier, fax machine, photo printer with a built-in card reader and has wireless network capability to boot for less than $150. Is the X6650 as great as it sounds? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

X6650 Specifications

• Inkjet 4-in-1 printer (print, copy, scan, fax)
• Print speed up to 25 ppm (black), 18 ppm (color)
• Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
• Scan resolution: 600 x 1200 dpi  (optical), 19200 x 19200  dpi (“enhanced”/interpolated)
• 100 page automatic document feeder
• Built-in card reader
• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, PictBridge Certified Port, and 802.11g/b Wireless connectivity

The Basics

The Lexmark X6650 all-in-one is actually a reasonably compact printer tipping the scales at 16.55 lbs.  Its dimensions are 8.1″ x 18.3″ x 11.6″ with the paper trays closed (13.1” x 18.3” x 19.7” with the paper trays open) so it doesn’t take up much more desk space than a regular printer.

The exterior of the X6650 looks strikingly similar to the Lexmark X4975 that we previously reviewed and is mostly done in silver with black plastics. The matte plastics are easy to keep clean and don’t show fingerprint smudges the way that glossy plastics do on Canon printers. Both the input and output paper trays fold into the printer to keep it compact when not in use.  

The rear-loading paper tray can hold up to 100 pages of paper and the output tray can hold up to 25 pages of standard weight paper at a time without risk of a paper jam.

The X6650’s built-in card reader is compatible with SD Memory Card, SDHC, Micro SD, MultiMedia Card (v4.1), MultiMediaCard Plus (v.4.1), RS-MMC, Compact Flash Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card (Type M) and xD-Picture Card (Type H).  It can also be used with mini memory cards but you’ll need an adapter.

There is also a PictBridge port next to the memory card slots.

The pop-up control panel and LCD status display is located on the front of the X6650.  The control panel consists of 28 buttons.  While that might sound like an awful lot of buttons, keep in mind that 12 of the buttons are basically only used for the phone dialing pad used with the built-in fax machine.

If you lift the top up, you’ll find the scanner/copier area.   Its dimensions are approx. 8.5 x 14 inches.

If you lift the scanner/copier area, you’ll find yourself looking at the inside of the machine.  This is where you load the two ink cartridges in the beginning of set-up and when you need to change either the black or color cartridges.
The power cord is connected on the back left side.  If you plan on connecting the X6650 to your network or personal computer through a wired connection, the USB port is located on the back right side.



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