Lexmark has turned the printer on its ear – literally! The Lexmark Genesis is the first all-in-one printer to feature a sleek upright design. This snazzy printer leaves a small footprint and can be displayed in just about any setting because of its slick design with its high-gloss black piano finish. But what really makes the Genesis stand out is that it features a 10-megapixel imaging sensor that enables it to transfer a page from “document to digital” in seconds. So instead of using traditional flatbed scanning technology, it basically has a digital camera sensor inside of it that enables super quick “scans” of photos and documents.
The Genesis also comes equipped with a 4.3-inch capacitive color touchscreen. The touchscreen will give you access to the printer’s controls, as well as unleash Lexmark’s SmartSolutions apps. This suite of apps include apps for Stamps.com, Evernote, Box.net, TripIt, Twitter and Facebook. This also means that you will be able to print drunken Facebook images right away from the printer directly from the touchscreen.
The printer also features Wireless-N and has two-sided printing built-in. On top of that, it also features the ability to scan in several pictures at a time without having to separate each and every photo before a scan. To that effect, you can go ahead and scan three photos at a time or more and the Lexmark software will automatically separate each one of them for you. The printer’s platen has slots that hold the images in place during scanning – so you no longer have to deal with crooked photos that need to be rotated.
From our brief hands-on time with the Genesis, it certainly struck us as a unique printer, even in an industry where printers are becoming more and more feature-rich. Overall, the Genesis is sleek and innovative, and could be a real contender in the consumer marketplace next year. So if a printer can make me excited like this, you know it’s something special. The Lexmark Genesis will launch next year and retail for $399.