lexmark_z1420.jpgBy Andrew Liszewski

While Lexmark has never really taken any ‘best in class’ awards when it comes to printers their hardware is relatively cheap which is what a lot of people look for. So it’s no surprise that the company is one of the first to provide a truly affordable model with built-in wifi for wirelessly sharing the printer among multiple computers.

The Z1420 uses 802.11g which should make it compatible with the average home wireless network but it also has a USB connection for hooking directly to a wifi-less computer when needed. It can print up to 24 ppm in black and 18 ppm in color but when printing at the max resolution of 4800×1200 on glossy paper don’t expect it to be quite as fast. And from what I can tell it also uses a single color cartridge which kind of sucks since the whole thing needs to be replaced when one of the colors runs out.

But if you need a cheap wireless printer you probably can’t beat the Z1420’s $79.99 price tag.

[ Lexmark Z1420 ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]


  1. Yes, a black cartridge and a single tri-color cartridge. So if any one of the colors in the tri-color cartridge runs out, you need to replace the entire color cartridge. Other printers from Epson or HP these days use a seperate cartridge for each color allowing them to be individually replaced as needed.