Page 1:Comparative Tests: General-Purpose Inkjet Printers
Page 2:The Four Manufacturers
Page 3:A Landslide Of Attractive Features
Page 5:Four Manufacturers, Two Technologies
Page 6:Heat System: Canon, HP, Lexmark
Page 7:Ink Quality
Page 8:2 - Speed
Page 9:Printers Tested
Page 10:The Printers
Page 11:Canon S300: Print Examples
Page 12:Canon S500
Page 13:Canon S500: Print Examples
Page 14:Canon S630
Page 15:Canon S630: Print Samples
Page 16:Epson Stylus C60
Page 17:Epson Stylus C60, Continued
Page 18:Epson Stylus C80
Page 19:Epson Stylus C80, Continued
Page 20:Epson Stylus Photo 820
Page 21:Epson Stylus Photo 820, Continued
Page 22:HP Deskjet 932c
Page 23:HP Deskjet 932c, Continued
Page 24:HP Deskjet 960c
Page 25:HP Deskjet 960c, Continued
Page 26:HP Deskjet 990cxi
Page 27:HP Deskjet 990cxi, Continued
Page 28:Lexmark Z43
Page 29:Lexmark Z43, Continued
Page 30:Lexmark Z43, Continued
Page 31:Lexmark Z53
Page 32:Lexmark Z53, Continued
Page 33:Summary Table And Conclusion
Page 34:Conclusion, Continued
Like the Z43, the Z53 uses sets of 4- or 6-color cartridges depending on whether you are printing office documents or photos.
As we saw above, the Z43 can often hold its own against its rivals. This doesn't mean that it doesn't have its weaknesses, though, especially in speed.
This summer, the Z53 had more trouble because its price range pitted it against the Canon S500, Epson C70 and Deskjet 940c. This resulted in a price drop to $130, like the Z43.
Comments on the Z43 print quality also apply here. The Z53 uses the same cartridges as the Z43, but the Canon, Epson and HP printers mentioned above give the same results as those on the previous pages (i.e. the S300, C60 and 932c). Overall, the Z53 is overall a bit below its rivals.
To sum up:
- Text printing in default mode is short on precision.
- The draft mode is adequate, meaning that it's better than Epson but not as good as Canon or HP. The resulting pages cannot be used in a business context.
- In default mode, color blocks and shades lack continuity and uniformity.
- Photos should be printed with the photo cartridge. When this is so, the results are good but too bright, even when the driver is configured for "natural" colors. They tend to be too red and the blues lack tone.
- Black and white photo prints are excellent.
- The ink dries slowly in photo mode.
- The dots are visible.
- Photo prints on 80 g/m² paper are poor.
It was only to be expected that costs per page for the Z43 and Z53 would be fairly similar. The Z53 works out to $719 at 3000 pages.
With the same print quality and cost per page, the main rival of the Z53 turns out to be the Z43. Only the printing speed separates them, and here the Z53 has the advantage.
Thus, its motor is much faster, although the tests for color and monochrome text result in a fairly small difference. But there is one test where the Z53 is much faster than the Z43: A4 photos come out twice as fast but their quality is the same.
- Comparative Tests: General-Purpose Inkjet Printers
- The Four Manufacturers
- A Landslide Of Attractive Features
- Four Manufacturers, Two Technologies
- Heat System: Canon, HP, Lexmark
- Ink Quality
- 2 - Speed
- Printers Tested
- The Printers
- Canon S300: Print Examples
- Canon S500
- Canon S500: Print Examples
- Canon S630
- Canon S630: Print Samples
- Epson Stylus C60
- Epson Stylus C60, Continued
- Epson Stylus C80
- Epson Stylus C80, Continued
- Epson Stylus Photo 820
- Epson Stylus Photo 820, Continued
- HP Deskjet 932c
- HP Deskjet 932c, Continued
- HP Deskjet 960c
- HP Deskjet 960c, Continued
- HP Deskjet 990cxi
- HP Deskjet 990cxi, Continued
- Lexmark Z43
- Lexmark Z43, Continued
- Lexmark Z43, Continued
- Lexmark Z53
- Lexmark Z53, Continued
- Summary Table And Conclusion
- Conclusion, Continued