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Lexmark Genesis S815 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £210
inc VAT

One of the best MFP interfaces, but scan and print quality is too poor to justify the price


18ppm print speed, USB, 802.11n wireless, PictBridge USB, 420x386x321mm

When you scan or copy anything, you’re prompted to select whether you want to add another page. The page you’re currently copying will be left in situ while you decide, and if you add any extra pages, they’ll automatically be duplexed on to the back of it, which is great for paper saving. Unfortunately, if the Genesis detects a paper jam or similar error while copying, it can leave you stuck on the ‘copying cancelled’ screen, with no way of returning to main menu.

Lexmark Genesis S815 open

In addition to the odd paper jam, the Genesis still suffers many of the problems of its plainer siblings. Print quality is acceptable in most instances, with sharp, dark text at normal quality settings and vivid, even colour prints. However draft text is pale, and both colour and mono copies are a little fuzzy. Print speeds are pretty good all round, with 15.2ppm draft test, 10.3ppm normal quality text and a reasonable colour text speed of 2.4ppm. A page of mono text costs only a little above average at 3.3p per page, but a mixed-colour page costs a whopping 9.5p.

We really wanted to like the Genesis – its stand-alone touchscreen interface is the best we’ve ever seen on a printer and a three-year warranty is always welcome. Unfortunately, with mediocre print quality, a low-resolution scanner and a tendency to jam, the hardware just isn’t up to the promise of the interface. Don’t forget the high price, either. Ultimately, the Canon Pixma MG6250 is cheaper and better.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Maximum native print resolution 4,800×1,200dpi
Max optical resolution 300x300dpi

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 18ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 11ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 2m 58s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 3m 11s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 802.11n wireless, PictBridge USB
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 420x386x321mm
Weight 8.7kg
Noise (in normal use) 41dB(A)
Duty cycle 10,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 255gsm
Standard paper inputs 1
Standard paper input capacity 100
Maximum paper inputs 1
Maximum paper input capacity 100
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes


Printer technology thermal inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4.4 – 10.6, Linux
Other inkjet features 4.3in LCD touchscreen, automatic print head alignment
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £210
Consumable parts and prices £12 each
Price per colour A4 page 6.2p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 170 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 200 pages each (cyan, magenta, yellow) (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Warranty three years RTB (with registration)

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 4
Number of ink cartridges 4
Maximum number of ink colours 4
Maximum number of cartridges 4
Quoted photo durability 100 years
Quoted photo durability source Lexmark

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 3s
A4 document at 150dpi 3s
A4 document at 300dpi 8s
6x4in photo at 600dpi N/A
6x4in photo at 1200dpi N/A

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 12s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 27s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Borderless printing up to A4
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards SD, Memory Stick PRO, MMC, xD
CD printing No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution 400x400dpi