"Great concept, poor execution"2.0 starson by jedigrover
Pros: Great features, good price
Cons: Network interface needs improvement, driver issues with Mac OS X Leopard
Summary: I picked this printer up for about $200 when it first came out, and was excited to get a multifunction machine with both wired and wireless ethernet options.
For printing, it does reasonably well from a PC, including duplexing. Scanning, at least over the network, is painful.
It turns out that the network interface is both buggy and limited. Buggy, in that every couple of days it seems to "forget" about itself, and even though I can ping the printer's IP address from Windows, I can't print to it without power-cycling the printer first...something that takes a much longer time than you might think.
It turns out that unless you are connected to the printer via USB, you can forget about using all those nice media card slots on the front to pull photos into your PC. For the life of me, I don't understand why they couldn't support that over ethernet, seeing as they are able to scan over ethernet.
Ah, scanning over ethernet...that's another story. It turns out that you apparantly have to do everything from the machine's menu. So to scan to your PC, you have to select scan to pc, pick your PC name, then wait 30 seconds or so for it to load a list of applications to scan to. Then you can actually scan. It's clumsy and painful, and makes you dread scanning.
Another con is that the ink cartridges seem to be quite small (and expensive, and only available for now from Lexmark).
Recently I decided to go to the light side and become a member of the cult of Mac. So I got my Mac that had Tiger preinstalled, but I immediately installed Leopard, thinking surely it would have updated drivers. After upgrading the Mac to Leopard, I went to add the printer. This printer runs Bonjour / Zeroconf, so the Mac saw it right away, but couldn't find appropriate drivers for it. The printer doesn't do Postscript, so the Mac's default of generic postscript printer doesn't help.
Off to Lexmark's web-site, where I find a driver for OS X Tiger (10.4) but no mention of Leopard (10.5). They have had a year to get ready for this, but nothing. So I try the driver they have and get it installed. It appears to be talking some to my printer, but something is wrong because whenever I try to print, it crashes the application that is doing the printing and Mac OS tells me there is a problem with part of the printer driver.
At this point I start googling, and sure enough, everyone is having this problem. Found buried deeper in Lexmark's site is a note that they project having an updated driver in March of 2008.
!!!!!!Four months to update the driver for their flagship multifunction device???
Considering the annoyance of the network glitches and the lack of a Mac OS driver, I think I will be trying to get some of my money out of this thing and go buy an Epson or a Canon, giving up some cool features along the way to just get a foolproof printer/scanner in one footprint.
Recommended for PC users who plan to hook up via USB.
Not recommended for the Mac or if you plan on using the network connectivity (one of the major features, IMO).