A good printer, undoubtedly still one machine that we greatly needed since the paperless future is still far away dream. However, an all-purpose printer can save a lot of time and energy and very practical to help maintain office and personal need. We compare two inkjets all-purpose printer from two remarkable brands to give you useful insight in determining the best option for your money.
This model is actually better than the previous one, though still lacking in terms of speed and quality compared to the other brands. Software is also improved as well as the visual display. Below is the detailed information about this machine.
The visual appearance can be said borrowing Canon’s trademark of curvy black and silver profiles, while Lexmark prefers grayish profile with a wraparound effect. The printer is designed for printing, scanning, copying and faxing, included dedicated slot for USB and memory card for direct printing. The user also can scan directly to a PC or USB drive that is connected to the machine.The control panel is simple with the basic command buttons on the top, below several specific command button can be accessed for redial, address book and other function.
Lexmark offers quite impressive speed at 13ppm for black text and 3ppm for a colorful graphic page. However, for 20 pages long printing, the speed is down to 6.59ppm. This is due to the extended time before the next page start to print with might be a bit dragging since multi-page documents are printed in reverse order. A test conducted using 5 pages text and color graphic document took 3.18 minutes to complete, while a 15×10 cm photo print took 2.09 from PictBridge camera and 2.22 when the photo is sent from a PC. For scanning, the speed takes up to 600 x 1,200ppi optically.
Unfortunately, the print quality of X5650 is not very impressive. The result is decent for black text with well-defined texture and clear black though on some emboldened characters there is some slight blur around the edge. The colorful graphic looks pale and not accurate but still pretty decent. However, it still needs some improvement on photo prints where the result often shows dither dots in the large area of color. Darker area and tiny detail is not greatly defined but can be said moderately fine.
Compared to Lexmark X5650, Canon TS6020 is more inconvenient in terms of software and efficiency. However, the speed and print quality are much more advanced and more satisfying. Below is the detailed review.
Canon TS6020 is a compact machine with nice classic looks and sleek finish. The printer accommodates printing, duplex print, scanning, and copying with pointed paper trays. Unfortunately, it does not provide USB or memory card slots for direct printing, however, a wireless network connection is available. The printer uses control panel with few basic button but most of the command requires navigation from touch screen panel. Some report the touch screen panel is not that responsive, therefore sometimes can cause inconveniently. The printer offers two paper trays that allow two media being loaded, both of them accommodate up to letter-size paper.
Regarding the speed, TS6020 is considered one of the fastest printers of its league. The back text document takes 9.8ppm, while 5-page documents impressively finish at 30.7 seconds. The duplex printing achieves a good speed of 3.5ppm, while colorful graphic takes 3.1ppm. Furthermore, the photo printing is also not disappointing, making a letter size of glossy print at high resolution in 1 minutes and 54 seconds. For copying, black and white pages only take 9.4 seconds, and color copies need 9.4 seconds. Color scanning reach at 600dpi and around 58.9 seconds per page, beating other comparable models and inkjet average.
The print quality also shows the remarkable result with very sharp and defined letter form on a black text page. Graphics printing does not lose any detail with accurate color display and smooth edges. Using high-quality inkjet paper will enhance the quality, making it very close to laser printer’s result. However, the duplex print can show some paler result in comparison the usual print. In term of a photo print, the result is very beautiful with crystal clear detail and vivid color scheme and natural light showing considerably.