When it comes to Lexmark, I’ll just let you know right of the bat that they don’t sell portable printers – but when it comes to wireless printers that’s where they excel. Instead of branching out like HP and Canon they’ve specifically focused on one type of wireless printing. Find out more below.
When it comes to wireless portable printers, Lexmark is surprisingly devoid of any portable printers whatsoever. It seems that unlike Canon, HP or the smaller manufacturers they’ve decided not to focus on making a wireless portable printer but focus more on one model type – simply a wireless printer.
When it does come to their wireless printer designs they’ve really got some pretty fantastic as well as unique looks. To start with they have a range of products starting at a pretty low price – around 50 dollars. This is actually a little on the expensive side but you have to remember its wireless capabilities. They produce a wide range of printers to cater from personal home use to large corporations. However ultimately their printers are very standard and nothing massively special such as when you compare them with AirPrint or ePrint by HP for example.
The advantages are pretty clear, you’re getting a printer which can connect to wireless access points such as your home, workplace or airport wifi spots. It’s cheap, and easy to use and set up. It’s an American based company with primary English speaking technical support if things do go wrong.
Well they actually have quite a few disadvantages so prepare for them to be picked apart. To start with their products aren’t particularly great, they’re cheap, and some of them are uniquely stylish, such as the Lexmark Genesis, but overall looking at multiple reviews and from my own personal experience I can say that they’re just of an overall lower quality. Are they going to break down right away? Of course not, but what I’m saying is that overall their ratings tend to be worse and their reviews more critical.
Although I do admire the ease of use wireless set up, they limited themselves because most they don’t have the additional connectivity extras which some people need such as Bluetooth or Infrared printing. Sure they can cater to wireless access points which is admittedly the majority of people, but we like flexibility and a choice and what Lexmark printers offer isn’t a choice but it’s a very stand set mould.
Now obviously another criticism is their lack of portable printers which comes as quite a surprise. Considering they’re one of the biggest companies in the world you would have thought they’d step down their massive production scale of slightly different wireless printers and focus on different areas. Obviously they don’t have any wireless portable printer devices either and personally I feel like they’re letting the brand name down by not making any kind of an effort to enter the market. It would be different if they did a great thing with their wireless printers but they don’t even do a good job with those particularly. Considering that Brother, HP and Canon are all able to produce good wireless portable printers whilst still superior stationary printers over Lexmark says a lot about the company.
There’s no doubt that Lexmark produce some good, wireless printers which are well priced. But overall their printers don’t outperform their competitors who have much more diverse products such as wireless mobile printers. Frankly I feel that on most fronts they’re a let down and you’d do better going with Canon/HP for a wireless printer or Brother for a portable printer.