Conclusion: Output on plain paper is wanting, with gray text and washed-out colors. But photos on photo paper range from near to true photo quality, a redeeming feature that makes the Z735 a reasonable choice if you want an inexpensive home printer.
Pros: Low price. Very good-quality photos at very good speed for the price.
Cons: Graphics and photos have pastel-like, almost faded-looking, color on plain paper. Three-color printing yields seriously flawed text quality. No USB cable.
Conclusion: As with virtually every inkjet, you can forget about Lexmark's advertised print speed (up to 15 pages per minute) even in draft mode: Not only is draft output on plain paper almost comically faint or ghostly gray, but it took 14 seconds for our one-page letter and 51 seconds for a five-page, all-text Word document.
Summary: Not only is the Z735 extremely inexpensive to buy but Lexmark claims that its three colour cartridge system makes it cheap to run too. Simon Williams discovers if it's actually too good to be true.
Excerpt: Like many Lexmark products that we've reviewed recently, the Z735 is designed to be easy to set up and use. Its quick install program was one of only three here to spot that we hadn't yet inserted ink cartridges and prompted us to do so before continuing. This is the most affordable inkjet with automatic head alignment, so you don't need to squint at alignment pages each time you change a cartridge.