Reviews and Problems with Lexmark P315 Portable Photo Printer
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2 January 2007
Conclusion: The Lexmark P315 takes the idea of printing from cameras and memory cards one step further than most 4- by 6-inch photo printers by not printing from computers at all. It's portable enough to take anywhere, but as it doesn't have a battery, you can use it only where you can plug it in.
Pros: Prints from PictBridge cameras and memory cards. LCD for previewing photos. Highly portable, with a built-in handle.
Cons: Does not print from computers. Photos are tacky immediately after printing. Even after drying, they are easily hurt by water.
Excerpt: If your budget is particularly tight, you'll probably find your eye drawn to this wallet-friendly offering from Lexmark. Not only is it the cheapest unit to buy, but it shares with the P450, also by Lexmark, the lowest price per print here, at a little less than 20p. So, it's certainly cheap, but that may be your only reason to be cheerful.
Excerpt: Lexmark's P315 may be a diddy little thing compared to a full size inkjet printer, but for a portable printer it's big - only the Olympus is bigger. The P315 may not be much of a looker with its chunky dimensions, but it doesn't feel particularly sturdy either. Its shell feels plasticky. The built-in 65mm LCD display sits flush with the top fascia, but although an indent allows you to tilt the display forwards, it felt loose and rattly and kept falling back down.
Excerpt: Being last to the party can sometimes pay off: you can steal all the best ideas from everyone else and then blow them out of the water. You can also learn from your competitors' mistakes and not repeat them. Yet here we have the Lexmark P315, which breaks all the rules of late arrival. We really wanted to like this printer. At £99, it's not expensive, and in a couple of months when there are plenty in the shops and prices drop, it will be nothing short of cheap.
Excerpt: Lexmark is the last of the four major inkjet manufacturers to release a dedicated 6x4" photo printer. The P315 is compact but larger than Epson's PictureMate and nearly twice the size of HP's Photosmart 375, which we reviewed in What's New, Computer Shopper April 2005. Its retractable handle makes it easy to carry around, but it must still be used with mains power.