DESIGN & BUILD
The OfficeEdge Pro5500 is sober, yet elegant, and runs the gamut of features. Like its predecessors, it features a touchscreen and online capability that enable it to perform tasks without even the use of a computer via a wide range of apps that can be downloaded from Lexmark SmartSolutions. This compact printer (30 x 50 x 42.7 cm / 16 kg) performs each of the functions you expect from an all-in-one: printing, copying, scanning and faxing, with a double-sided printing option for each. The 126 MB of standard memory allow for convenient sharing within a group of 20 employees, and the PCL and PostScript support make it compatible with most computing environments.
The ink cartridge slots are conveniently located at the front of the machine, and the SD card readers and USB port on the front panel allow you to print straight from a memory card or USB key without even touching a computer.
The OfficeEdge Pro5500 starts up quickly (see inset) and prints quickly. Its 14 pages per minute (ppm) are a step below the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus, which prints at 19 ppm, but much higher than, say, the Brother MFC-J430W, which prints only 9 ppm. For black and white prints, the Pro5500 is one of the fastest four-in-one printers on the market.
Photographs take 1 minute 11 seconds in A4 format and a mere 23 seconds in 10 x 15. That's fast. In comparison, the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus takes 1 minute 24 seconds for A4 and 40 seconds for 10 x 15.
Average delta E 94 (colour difference): 10
The average for printers we've reviewed is 7.
SCAN & COPY
With the tap of a finger the Pro5500 will scan both sides of a document in 5 seconds and send the file straight to any computer, memory card or e-mail address, or any folder in a local network. It's fast, simple and efficient. You can also save your own scanning profiles.
The copy mode is fast, taking 7 seconds for B&W and 14 seconds for colour. We usually remind our readers that the copy mode on multifunction printers is only worthwhile on text, because the quality with images and photographs is always mediocre. Here, our testing graph shows a surprisingly capable Pro5500 that renders good images with perfectly legible texts, even in legends. This is rare enough to deserve mention.
We always test copiers using in standard mode. However, you can also set the quality, image size, brightness, paper format, contrast and sharpness to your liking.
Average delta E 94 (colour difference): 4.6
POWER USE & NOISE
This is probably the main part of this printer that needs improvement. During use it consumes a reasonable 33 watts, but in sleep mode it consumes 5 W, which is one of the highest on the market. Most similar printers use less than 1 W in sleep mode. So that's a big yellow card! When the touchscreen is on the printer consumes 10 W.
The only energy saving settings you can change are the number of minutes the printer waits before going into sleep mode (10 minutes is the only option) and the screen's brightness. Most Canon and HP printers offer a wider range of times for the sleep mode option.
Could luck ignoring this printer while it's at work. The 55 dB we measured make the Pro5500 a loud printer.
COST PER PAGE
The cost per page is 6 pence using XL ink cartridges. True, it's higher than both the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4525DNF, which holds the record at 3.5 pence per page, and the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus, which prints at 5 pence per page, but the OfficeEdge Pro5500 is yet one more example of how inkjets are truly starting to compete with laser printers.
Here are some more prices, just to give you an idea of what's out there: the Canon Pixma MG5350 prints at 9.1 pence per page, the HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-In-One at 10 pence per page and the Lexmark Pro915 at 11.3 pence per page.
|Cartridge||Price (starting at)||ISO lifespan||Cost per page|
|210 XL (black)||£28||2500||1.1 pence|
|210 XL (cyan)||£26||1600||1.6 pence|
|210 XL (magenta)||£26||1600||1.6 pence|
|210 XL (yellow)||£27||1600||1.7 pence|