In today’s review we’ll take a look at the Lexmark X3470 Multifunction Printer. This printer is being sold for very low prices on the closeout market right now and may be a tempting purchase back-to-school. Does this cheap all-in-one color inkjet printer deliver or is it yet another disappointment from Lexmark? Let’s find out…
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The Lexmark X3470 is your typical multifunction printer. It prints, it scans, it copies. It has the usual memory card slots and supports the PictBridge digital camera interface. Nothing really standard out as a special or unique feature except that the price is quite low, often under $50. Keeping in mind that the unit I tested was a returned unit, let’s see how it performed.
When we started up the Lexmark X3470 the reason for the customer returning it was obvious. The unit was getting a ‘cover open’ error even when the cover was apparently properly. A quick Internet search revealed that this was a very common problem with the X3470. My friend, a computer tech at a local electronics closeout retailer, found that there was a small rocker pressure switch that wasn’t seating properly. He did a little delicate jiggling and prodding with the switch and got it reseated properly, at least for the time being. I wouldn’t recommend this fix for the average person without a bit of electronics repair experience. This plastic switch seems like it would be prone to breakage, perhaps even from normal use. Since other switches in the unit seem to be the same weak plastic it’s likely that other switches would break or misalign as well over the life of the unit.
OK, with the Lexmark X3470 fixed we decided to see if it would print OK. What ensued was almost like the printer scene from the movie Office Space. The paper feed kept inexplicably jamming and, when we got a page to print after some jiggling the output page was too light and poor quality. We fiddled with the settings but still did not get decent output from the printer. Perhaps some other switch or alignment guide is broken as well.
I thought perhaps that we had an atypical, defective printer but doing a search for info on the Lexmark X3470 revealed that our experience was common. This very cheap printer seems to have made a lot of people want to take a baseball bat to it with its ‘cover open’ error, paper jams and other problems. Not only that, the ink cartridges are relatively expensive and run out quickly. I guess the idea is to make and sell the printer as cheaply as possible and make a profit on the ink cartridge sales.
The bottom line on the Lexmark X3470 Multifunction Printer is that this bargain printer is no bargain. Even if you paid about $20-25 for it it wouldn’t be good deal. I’d go as far to say that if you got this printer for free with the purchase of a laptop or desktop that you should sell it and buy yourself a decent printer.