VERO BEACH, FLORIDA -- I bought a Lexmark all-in-one printer to replace my worn out and limited HP 500 one. The price was right. Lexmark, so I understood, was a good brand. The store had plenty of cartridges for the thing -- at the usual astronomical price -- plus it could act as a copy machine, a fax and a scanner.
I'd never had all of that before.
It didn't take me real long to find out that the printing was not only poor -- because the color cartridges just didn't seem able to mix yellow properly with anything, but the cartridges themselves ran out of ink real fast. Then the paper feed, which is from the top, unlike my old HP, keeps sending through several sheets together.
I will say that the scanner and copy modes work very well.
However, the thing is also very slow on printing, whether it is text, color prints or B&W ones.
Plus, the actual image quality is poor.
I started refilling the cartridges because they cost so much and empty out so fast, but they're finicky. My HP 500 cartridges were not only easier to fill, but lasted longer.
I was given a new, different Lexmark all-in-one as a gift. I'm going to set that up and try it, but instead of the dual cartridges of the 1185, it only uses one for both color and B&W, which probably means it will run out twice as fast. Naturally, those cartridges also are not exactly cheap.
I bought it from Walmart. I discovered that Walmart and SAMs tend to buy up bulk shipments of discontinued computers. (My old one was an HP XT900, which I discovered later was no longer being made. I got that from SAMs.) Now I wonder if this printer is a discontinued model.