Lexmark's X560n combines a scanner, copier, fax machine, and colour laser printer in a multifunction (MFP) device designed for medium-sized workgroups. Although it offers a good feature-set for the money, when we got it up and running the Lexmark X560n was an average overall performer.

Setup, usability and design

The Lexmark X560n is bulkier than most laser multifunction printers we've tested, weighing almost 41kg and standing nearly a metre tall. Installing the toner cartridges is simple and straightforward, and so is connecting the Lexmark X560n via USB and ethernet.

In terms of the scanner, the Lexmark X560n supports only network scanning; there's no USB support, which might have been easier to set up (although most offices sharing the MFP will most likely use the ethernet connection).

The scanner-setup portion of the Lexmark X560n's user manual was very confusing, and you can perform scanning only using the control panel. Also, there are only minimal scanning options (resolution; black and white or colour).

The Lexmark X560n has an old-fashioned, unattractive design. Copying, faxing, scanning, and scan-to-email are accessible on the X560n's control panel, which consists of gray buttons with gray labels. The buttons are an odd oval shape that doesn't match the size of your fingertips.

Copying on the X560n is simple and straightforward: a button on the control panel allows you to switch between colour and black and white, and you can adjust quality settings with the arrow buttons. The Lexmark X560n's built-in automatic document feeder adds to the copier's ease of use.

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