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The Lexmark Pro 715 is an all-in-one colour inkjet that has plenty of features and has been designed for small and medium sized companies. With this model, Lexmark is giving us a slightly cheaper alternative to the touch-controlled Pro915. It embodies the multifunction wi-fi concept, with all the features you’d expect while remaining very reasonably priced. The standard 256 MB memory means it can be shared comfortably by a group of fifty people. It has pretty much all the hardware needed to satisfy users. With the same angular design and the same size (25.1 x 46.5 x 40.3 cm) and weight (10 Kg) as the Pro 915, the only major difference is that the touchscreen has been replaced by buttons, directional arrows and a very small screen. No touchscreen means no SmartSolutions. Instead you get a customisable shortcut feature that allows you to record the most commonly used features, such as scanning to a mail, and launch them straight from the keyboard or in a shortcut tab. While well thought out, the concept isn’t as easy to use nor as extensive as SmartSolutions. What’s more, the directional arrows don’t always respond very well.
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. 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.
The Lexmark Pro715 ($200 list) is chock full of business-oriented features (including but not limited to fax, ADF, and auto-duplexer), making it a good choice for a micro or home office. Although it's limited in home-centered features, it does print good photos, so it can serve as a household multi-function printer (MFP) as well. The Pro715 is black, with silver sides and bottom. It measures 9.8 by 18.3 by 15.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 20.4 pounds. The tilt-up front panel includes a 2.4-inch (non-touch) color LCD plus 4-way controller; an alphanumeric keypad plus related fax buttons (Address book, Dial tone, Pause, and Redial); and buttons for On, Off, Start, Home, Back, Color/BW, and Eco. The Pro715 can print, scan, copy, and fax. It can scan to a network or to e-mail. It has a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF), for feeding multi-page documents for copying, faxing, or scanning. A front USB port permits scanning to, or printing from, a USB thumb drive (as well as printing from PictBridge-enabled cameras), and you can preview your images on the LCD. The Pro715 lacks media-card slots. The paper tray has a 150-sheet capacity, which should be fine for individuals as well as most micro or home offices.
The Lexmark Pro715 is designed for the office, with a button-based control panel, an autodocument feeder, and other features that should encourage smooth business work flow. At $200, the affordable and speedy Pro705 will make a helpful assistant in your office, but we hesitate to recommend it if you print a lot of photos. We like the Lexmark Pro715's updated design and quick print speeds, but looks aside, its core is a near replica of the previous model, the Prevail Pro705. That printer earned a rating of Excellent for its simple control panel and studio-quality snapshots, but there aren't enough updates in this new version to catch it up to the Epson WorkForce 845, a competing device worthy of its "all-in-one" moniker with mobile printing features, a massive 500-sheet paper input capacity, and a generous 7.8-inch interactive display. By comparison, the Lexmark Pro715 comes up disappointingly short, and small offices and busy home users will get more done with the WorkForce 845 at the same price. Like the Pro705 before it, the Pro715 has a drab gray-black color palette that may have earned points with us in the past, but now feels all too typical of an office printer.
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