Lexmark X6170 can print, scan and fax well in little space

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November 06, 2003|By Kevin E. Washington

More people have been asking me how best to save space on their desktops recently with the explosion of inexpensive peripherals. My best recommendation has been to get one of the good multi-task printers - often called three-in-ones and four-in-ones - that have hit the market in the past year. One of the best I've tested so far is the Lexmark X6170 ($250).

You don't need a PC to run the X6170. For the first two weeks, I used it separate from a PC to test its capabilities. The printer has a 48-bit color scanner with 1,200 by 4,800 dot-per-inch resolution. This is solid enough for most amateur photography (such as digitizing photos from albums) and more than adequate for light office work such as copying.

Easy-to-read buttons on the face of the machine keep you from getting off track when you need to scan or copy.

The normal printer mode (600 by 600 dpi), while not nearly as fast as some other printers', was adequate for simple black-and-white copying. It took about a minute to print out five pages of a text document. Color images required the highest printing mode - 1,200 by 4,800 dpi - to get acceptable results.

If you plan to print photographs, stay away from cheap paper. If you print photos often, get a dedicated photo printer.

The software that comes with the X6170 for use with a PC is up to the task of helping to run your home office. The software control panel is easy to use. You can print from any Windows program to the fax function.

A photo image editing program and Abbyy FineReader 5.0 Spring OCR Software are part of the software bundle.

Information: 800-539-6275 or www.lexmark.com.

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