Lexmark wins CES award for all-in-one printer with $5 ink cartridge

Lexmark wins CES award for all-in-one printer with $5 ink cartridge

Summary: Lexmark has won a CES Innovations award for a product, the Platinum Pro905 Inkjet All-in-One, whose best feature is that its black ink cartridge costs just $4.99. It also comes with a five-year warranty and has a color touchscreen.

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With the shear number of vendors that show up at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a company usually has to do something pretty flashy in order to get attention. However, Lexmark has won a CES Innovations award (in Computer Peripherals category) for a product, the Platinum Pro905 Inkjet All-in-One, whose best feature is that it can save businesses a nice chunk of change by lowering the standard cost of ink cartridges.

For its top-of-the-line Platinum Pro905, Lexmark cartridges now cost $4.99 for black ink, which equates to about $0.01 per page. The three color cartridges cost $9.99 each, so a replacement for all four cartridges will cost about $35. That's a nice savings over most color inkjets in which four replacement cartridges can typically add up to between $75-$125.

Lexmark said that it heard loud-and-clear from its small business customers that they were tired of paying so much for inkjet cartridges and that they resented the "razor blade scheme" of buying cheap printers and then having to overpay for cartridges.

The cost of the Pro905 itself is $399 retail. The other value proposition is that it comes with a five-year limited warranty.

The device functions as a printer, copier, scanner, and fax machine. In addition to Ethernet, it has 802.11n wireless built-in. Lexmark also recently launched an iPhone app called LexPrint that allows iPhone users to print photos directly from their smartphones.

The Pro905 has a 4.3" color touchscreen that includes functionality for Web-connected printer apps, which Lexmark calls SmartSolutions. I've never really gotten the concept of wanting to have apps on a printer (HP has been touting this recently, too). However, in the demo that I got at CES the Lexmark people did a nice of job of explaining that these apps are like macros for common tasks. For example, if you regularly scan documents and then email them to your lawyer or accountant, you can use an app to automate it for you. Just put the document in the Pro905, activate the app, and press a button.

Watch a Lexmark representative explain this functionality and more about the Platinum Pro905 in this video clip that I shot at CES:

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  • Very nice. I hope other manufacturers...

    follow suit. It's kind of disgusting that it's almost cheaper to buy a new
    printer than it is to buy ink.
    msalzberg
    • Completely agree. I'll be buying a Lexmark next time around

      Congratulations Lexmark on waking up to your
      customers' needs.

      I would MUCH prefer to pay a little more for a
      printer and for that printer to NOT be obsolete in
      a few short months (are you listening HP?), and
      enjoy cheaper ink refills.
      de-void-21165590650301806002836337787023
  • Kinda like "open source" raining on MSs piggy bank parade.

    I hope this migrates DOWN to the home printer segment.
    kd5auq
  • "...shear number of vendors..."

    Are the vendors being cut off? ;-)
    Marc Erickson
  • About F'ing time

    Nothing else needs to be said
    guiri
  • RE: Lexmark wins CES award for all-in-one printer with $5 ink cartridge

    I like this product. I would be willing to pay a little more up front to reap the savings of ink in the future. The 5 year warranty is a big big bonus.
    bbailey211
    • RE: Lexmark wins CES award for all-in-one printer with $5 ink cartridge

      wow congrats to lexmark! i owned this product and im really satisfied with its quality of performance in terms of fine printing plus it saves a lot of <a href="http://www.inkjetsuperstore.com/ink-cartridges/lexmark-printer-ink-cartridge">lexmark ink cartridges</a> while printing.
      lackneramanda
  • I'mm going to have to look into this

    I just bought a Lexmark MFP printer based on the same platform at this. I wonder if the ink is compatible?
    People
  • RE: Lexmark wins CES award for all-in-one printer with $5 ink cartridge

    Kodak is still the cheapest in ink cartridges. Lexmark requires 4 cartridges for approximately $35 while Kodak has only 2, Black and Color! My choice is Kodak. I have an HP that takes 5 cartridges and when they are gone I am switching to Kodak.
    jthomas@...
  • such a steal!

    $399 for a multifunctional printer is such a great steal! Cheap ink for printers is hard to find these days and spending $5 for an ink cartridge is so pleasing to our pockets. Another plus factor for this printer is it comes up with fast photos. It can print on both sides of a paper. It can also be an email sender!! Such a steal.. A very reasonably price printer which has a lot of features..
    henesy
  • cheap ink cartridges

    nice information regarding lexmark.i want to buy a new printer which work properly on <a href="http://www.uktonercartridges.co.uk">cheap ink cartridges</a>.is lexmark work with every printer ink. thanks a lot for giving valuable information.
    uktoner
  • cheap ink

    a real reasonably priced printer.. the printer itself is cheap,plus it is one of the few that has <a href="http://www.tonerzone.com">cheap ink printers</a>. I wish that more people will recognize this printer.
    hybenz@...
  • RE: Lexmark wins CES award for all-in-one printer with $5 ink cartridge

    Lexmark is probably the best printer that is cheap on initial use and long term use.. What sets it apart from others is its cheap ink for its printer.
    kamille12
  • RE: Lexmark wins CES award for all-in-one printer with $5 ink cartridge

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    jokers1122
  • RE: Lexmark wins CES award for all-in-one printer with $5 ink cartridge

    sligyw,good post!
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  • lexmark catridges

    It's cheaper to get a new printer every time your cartridges get empty. I can get a wireless HP all in one scanner printer for 50 dollars. The cartridges by themselves are 60 dollars.
    tonerparts
  • Kudos.. :)

    Congrats to Lexmark, they indeed have a care for people by creating a device that is all in one and cost efficient, other printer company should be threaten by this and should also create this king of device so that we people could not experience costly printing material. They should give us consumers an affordable product with quality, not quality for price.

    *tinta compatible*
    anot8910