Summary: The primary issue with the Genesis S815 is the price. For £400 an A3 printer could be purchased, or a couple of A4 all-in-one printers. The innovations available on the Genesis S815 are impressive, but certainly not worth paying such a high premium for.
Conclusion: I found the Lexmark Genesis to be an easy to use, quality all-in-one printer. It offers all the business features needed in a small office, home office environment including decent print speeds, built-in networking, automatic duplexing, a front side USB port and a 3-year extended warranty. Not to mention Lexmark's SmartSolutions and new Flash Scan Technology.
Pros: Flash Scan Technology, Web-connected, SmartSolutions, Simple paper path
Cons: Not compatible with 105XL cartridge, High initial cost for an inkjet, Over processed photos
Summary: Lexmark’s Genesis S815 (£299.69) certainly leads the way with flair. Unlike any other AIO (all-in-one), this 4-in-1 inkjet device sports a fantastically attractive vertical design that captivates the eyeballs. Full of fresh ideas, this colour printer, scanner, photocopier and fax machine is supported on machines running Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Linux.
Excerpt: We loved this printer; it was really easy to set up and use. The manual is comprehensive. Scanning is incredibly fast; faxing was also quickest. Text and photo printing speeds were average, as was copying. Photo prints were very crisp, with good deﬁnition. At times we found them too sharp, giving a slightly burnt look to the edges. The colours were very saturated. The picture scan impressed. Text copies and prints were clear and crisp. The draft copy was easily legible.
Conclusion: The Genesis S815 is a great looking device capable of some excellent quality output, a super-fast scan feature that actually works and additional benefits in the online content available. £400-ish is still a lot to pay though, and since it loses points in some key areas we think it’ll struggle to really take off.