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By Hanleigh Daniels 27 November 2009

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Although more of an evolution as opposed to a revolution in terms of its style, the Lexmark Prevail Pro705’s clean lines makes it look rather purposeful and professional. It\'s not all about looks though as the printer quality, Wi-Fi, impressive scanning facility and its eco-minded approach make it a capable SME or home performer.

Printing and scanning performance

Take for example the Pro705\'s control panel. It includes a 2.4" colour LCD display, as well as a large navigation button square, a full number pad for fax numbers but also a button for Eco Mode. Press it once and it switches all output from the machine to duplex (double-sided printing) to save paper. Press it twice and it introduces a lighter, ink-saving print mode, saving you some money in terms of buying expensive ink cartridges. It\'s a novel approach to going green and to actually make use of its eco-functionality.  

Maximum printing speed for black pages is 33 ppm according to Lexmark, which seems a tad ambitious to us and so does the stated 30 ppm maximum colour printing speed. The Pro705 printed at a fast enough rate, but definitely not as speedy as the claimed figures. The quality of printing was good, even on the fastest printing speed. Photo printing was as expected adequete and you\'ll be satisfied with your photo prints. 
The flatbed scanner has a 4800 x 1200 ppi scanner head, which is an above average resolution and the Lexmark comes with Abbyy Sprint OCR as well as Lexmark\'s Printer Home software, which is easy enough to install and make use of.

Connectivity

There’s a whole host of card slots and USB sockets, and the printer can handle printing from SD, MemoryStick and xD cards and USB drives and PictBridge cameras. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet and for phone line and telephone. The Pro705 is also compatible with any IEEE 802.11 b/g/n routers that are Wi-Fi certified- a big bonus if you want to go wireless.

Verdict

The chic business all-in-one is easy to use and does a good job of both scanning and printing, making it a good choice at R2299 (remember the Wi-Fi) for any SME or professional home user who is also looking for fax capabilities.

PROS
Printing quality and speed is good.
CONS
The pullout paper support tray holds too few pages.
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