The Z11 sits at the low end of Lexmark's new inkjet range, aimed very much at those on a cheap-but-quite-cheerful budget. The packaging shouts about being the highest-resolution inkjet on the planet, but is resolution what it's really all about? It would appear not, judging by the quality of the output we obtained. On plain paper, text had feathered edges and images showed colour bleeding. Colours were visibly inaccurate: looking at the cyan and magenta on our test page showed they were far from the colours they should be.
The Z11 can hold only one cartridge at a time, so you have to put up with composite black on pages which also have colour on them. Using the black cartridge produced much better text, with even small fonts clearly visible.
Speed-wise, the Z11 was pretty slow. We clocked it at 1.75ppm in our 10-page text test, and using the colour cartridge rather than black made it even slower. On photo paper, results weren't quite up to Lexmark's claim that the Z11 is also capable of producing photo-quality output, with images looking rather grainy. But for a sub-£100 machine, we couldn't complain too much.
Setting the printer up is simple - click your chosen cartridge into place, pop the CD into the drive, and a couple of clicks later you're ready to align the cartridge and get printing. One feature in particular we liked was the status monitor, which showed how much ink was left in the cartridges and had a surprisingly accurate print progress bar.