by October 4, 2000 0 comments

Lexmark Z11 Color 

Thermal inkjet printer. Rs 5,695
Features: Ability to separate print jobs into black/white and color.
Pros: Compact; Good quality prints in Normal mode.
Cons: Color and black cartridges can’t be put simultaneously; no USB support.
Source: TVS Electronics
34 Developed Plots
South Phase, Industrial Estate Guindy, Chennai 600032. 
Tel: 44-2325506, 2325509 
Fax: 2327577 

The Z11 is a compact and portable thermal inkjet printeraimed at home users. It supports resolutions of up to 1,200×1,200 dpi inHigh-quality mode and 600×300 dpi in Quick print (draft) mode. It gave us anaverage print speed of about 3 ppm for full-page text prints with black inkcartridge. The print quality is good in Normal mode, but becomes jagged in theQuick print mode.

Theinstallation is easy. The printer has all the usual printer software to selectpaper size, type, orientation, etc. One drawback we found in the printer is thatit doesn’t have separate slots for black and color ink cartridges. So you canuse only one cartridge at a time. The printer’s software, however, gives youthe option to automatically sort black and color pages in a print task. Thecartridges can that is interchanged during any printing tasks. You can print inblack using the color cartridge as well, but that’ll be much slower, and you’llnot get true black prints. Plus, you’ll waste a lot of color ink. The printeralso comes with a cartridge holder to store your additional cartridges.

The Z11 can print on various types of media like plain paper,photo paper and transparencies. The print quality on photo paper was good. Theprinter driver also features ink level and job status indicators.

We missed having USB support, which is quite common inprinters these days. Another printer in the series, the Lexmark Z51, however,does have it.

There are other printers in this series, namely the Z31 andZ51, that have higher print speeds and also come with drivers for Win NT. Theyalso have additional features like an envelope feeder. The Lexmark Z51 alsocomes with an optional photo print cartridge.

The Z11’s manual is also very precise and simple to gothrough. So any fine-tuning that you need to do to your print settings can beunderstood easily. The accompanying CD has Adobe Acrobat reader and Lexmarkcalendar, an application with a lot of pictures, which can be used to print yourown customized calendar. Overall an average printer.

Ashish Sharma with
Virender Dang at PCQ Labs

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