Conclusion: Officially, the X7170 is rated at up to 22 pages per minute for black-and-white and 15 ppm for color printing. That's only an extra 3 color ppm over the older X6170, but in our stopwatch tests the newer device proved far faster -- making five monochrome copies of a laser-printer page in 94 seconds versus 165; five color copies of a magazine cover in just under four minutes versus just under nine; and printing a six-page PDF on coated inkjet paper in four minutes versus...
Pros: Fast, full-featured printer/scanner/copier/fax with automatic document feeder, photo printing capability, and versatile document management/OCR/PDF software
Cons: Except in its slowest modes on coated paper, print quality is decidedly inkjet- instead of laser-like
Conclusion: The Lexmark X7170 All-In-One is a little weak on text and graphics quality and a little slow for photos, but it offers all the features you need in a home or small office: printing, scanning, copying, faxing, and the ability to work as a standalone copier and fax machine.
Pros: Reasonable performance for business applications. Fifty-page ADF. Standalone faxing and color copying. Includes utility to fax from any program. Very good photo quality.
Cons: Output quality for text and graphics is relatively low. Photo print speed with photo inks is on the slow side.
Summary: This package distinguishes itself by offering a good software suite that would benefit anyone who has not had much experience with a multi-function device. It is highly recommended for the small office, although for photo printing you may have to tinker with the colour balance of your photos first to get good results.