Most budget home all-in-ones (AIOs) offer little beyond basic printing, scanning, and copying. The Lexmark X3550 is typical of its class, though with a few added conveniences. If your PC has a fax modem, the X3550 lets you scan and fax through it. And optional Wi-Fi can be had for $50 extra, giving those who need it the convenience of wireless printing tin a shoestring budget but not forcing you to pay for it if you can do without it. Although it’s weak on text quality and lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF), it delivers decent graphics and photos.
The X3550 is fairly fast for its price, handling our business applications suite in 20:21 (min:sec). Photo print speeds were slower but still reasonable. Text quality was subpar, even for an ink jet, with fewer than half passing our test at 8 points. The output is okay for home use or schoolwork if you stick to standard font.
Graphics and photo output is a match for most ink jet AIOs. Photo quality is adequate for printing snapshots for friends, though the prints are not even remotely waterproof.
Despite its text and photo shortcomings, the X3550 offers a good balance of features, speed, and output quality form attractive price.Price rangeLexmark X3550: This Printer Does Wi-Fi: $79.99Check This Out:HP Officejet J5780 All-in-One: An All-in-One That’s Not for EveryoneHP PHOTOSMART A320: Cheap Portable Photo PrinterXerox Phaser 8560MFP/D: As Solid as Its Ink