Lexmark Pro 715 review: Lexmark Pro 715

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The Good Good quality text output; Photo print quality is better than expected for a. business model; Strong line-up of features.

The Bad Banding is a problem on graphics print outs; Slower and more expensive to run. than rivals.

The Bottom Line The Lexmark Pro 715 is not a bad multi-function inkjet, but the problem is that it's outclassed by Epson's WP-4535DWF, which has a similar asking price, yet is much faster and a good deal cheaper to run.

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Lexmark has packed plenty of features into the Pro 715 in order to maximise its appeal to home office users. Along with the usual fax, scanning and copying features, it also includes an automatic document feeder and support for two-sided printing.

It's still very affordable, though, as you can buy it online for around £200.

Business-like design

With its grey and black colour scheme, the Pro 715 looks very businesslike, but at least the curves at the bottom add a bit of extra visual flair and the matte finish doesn't show up finger print marks the way a lot of glossy consumer-focused models do.

The control panel at the front has a small 2.4-inch display, but sadly this isn’t a touchscreen. Instead you navigate your way around this printer's reasonably easy to use menu system via a four way control pad found just to the right of the screen. This is complemented by Home and Back buttons, while most of the rest of the control panel surface is taken up with a numerical keypad for dialling fax numbers. There aren’t any quick dial keys, but there is an address book button that takes you directly to stored numbers.

At the bottom of the printer you'll find the cassette style paper in-tray. This holds up to 150 sheets at a time, which should be enough for all but the busiest of offices. Printed materials get fed out into a tray that sits just above it.

To the right of the paper tray there's a USB port, which is PictBridge compatible and can also be used for direct printing of files loaded on to USB memory keys.

Lexmark Pro 715
The black and grey design gives the Lexmark Pro 715 a business feel.

Quick installation

This model supports Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB, so it gives you maximum flexibility when it comes to hooking it up to your computer. The installation CD also provides a step-by-step video guide to setting this model up, including how to install the cartridges and load the paper.

As its compatible with AirPrint you can use it with the iPhone or iPad without needing any extra software, but Lexmark also offers its free Lexmark Mobile Printing app for both iOS and Android platforms.