I have a Lexmark x5650 All-In-One. Having owned several Lexmark printers and all-in-ones previously on their "buy our printer cheap, and then spends lots and lots on our printer cartridges for it's life" plan, I looked carefully at printing prices this time around.
I found if you continue to use the regular "non-XL" cartridges (a B&W and Color one of the regular cartridges generally come w/ the printer when you purchase it) - the printers are some of the worst in the industry for the price per printed page. But, using these can get you more than twice as many printed pages and lowers the on-going cost to make it one of the best available options. (There's actually a page on the Lexmark site that Amazon won't let me provide a link to that shows all of their cartridges and price per cost of sheet printed that demonstrates the point much better.)
Here's a couple of TIPS on ways I use that also extend use of these, though they may only work for you, if like me, there are only occassions that you need to print something out in crisp color:
- My default setting for printing is a quick, draft, black and white version. And, when printing a web page - I choose the "text only" option and specify the number of pages. I've set up a second "profile" that is for Best Quality Color - I use only on very limited occassions.
- I just completely ignore when Lexmark tells me to change to the cartridge. At least on mine, I've found that it has a long way to go before it actually runs out - when their software is telling me it needs to be changed immediately. In fact, even when either the black or the color cartridge says it's totally out - it will still give you the option of continuing to print w/ some variation of whichever cartridge still has ink.
Bottom Line: These are the cartridges you need if you want to run your Lexmark more affordably.