Lexmark has introduced a new line of 2002 Z-line of inkjet printers, which the company claims offers not one, but two industry firsts: 3600 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) resolution and 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution on multiple paper types, according to Tim Craig, Lexmark vice president and president of its Consumer Printer Division. Both are compatible with Mac OS 8.6-9.x and Mac OS X.
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The US$199 Lexmark Z65 is targeted to small office/home office (SOHO) users and high-end consumers. Its dual paper trays make it simple to print on a variety of media, such as glossy photo paper and transparencies. Lexmark’s PrecisionSense technology automatically determines the type of stock in the front paper tray and adjusts the printer driver to optimize output, Craig said. In addition, the Lexmark Z65 boasts print speeds of up to 15 pages per minute (ppm) in color, and up to 21 ppm in black & white.
In both modes, the Lexmark Z65 touts 4800 dpi resolution, while the $129 Lexmark Z55 is capable of 3600 dpi resolution. Both inkjets feature a three-picoliter microfine color drop size, allowing for better color transitions and more detailed textures that will please, among others, photography enthusiasts, Craig said.
Both printers offer Accu-Feed Paper Handling that lets you choose from a wide range of print media up to 150-pound stock, including envelopes, transparencies, card stock, labels and iron-on transfers. And both provide “Regional Color Tables.” Because color preferences vary by geography, Lexmark developed color tables that automatically install by region, delivering output that reflects cultural preferences, Craig said.
Then there’s the new $89 Lexmark Z45 Color Jetprinter for home users. It has print speeds of up to 15 ppm in black and up to nine ppm in color and 2400 x 1200 dpi in black and color on all paper types.
Even less expensive is the $69 Lexmark Z35 Color Jetprinter, which can achieve a maximum 2400 x 1200 dpi resolution and delivers prints speeds of up to 11 ppm in black and up to six ppm in color. And $49 will get you the consumer-oriented Lexmark Z25 that functions as either a single or dual-head printing system. With a color cartridge included in the box, the Z25 can be upgraded to a dual-head, four-color printer by adding an optional black cartridge.
The Z25 offers print speeds of up to nine ppm in black and up to six ppm in color. It features 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution in back and color on all paper types. All the Lexmark printers are due to begin shipping any day now.