Canon numbers its PIXMA MP range of all-in-ones from MP250 to MP990, but the MP560 is only two models away from the top. The MP range is intended for the enthusiast customer, who is more interested in photo prints from an all-in-one than in fax or multi-page copies.
The PIXMA MP560 has the same faux-luxury look of most of the range, with silver sides and scanner lid plus black-coloured edging, back and control panel. The cover of the control panel hides it when the printer is not in use and when folded up reveals a 50mm LCD panel.
A comprehensive set of controls include soft buttons linked to the display and a click-wheel for scrolling through menu options. There are separate buttons for black and colour prints and one to stop the current job. In front are two indicator LEDs and a third labelled Wi-Fi, to indicate wireless activity.
There are two separate paper sources on the machine: a 150-sheet paper tray with a lift-up support at the back and a 150-sheet cassette, which slides in from the front. Canon recommends using the rear tray for photo blanks and the cassette for plain paper, but it's possible to use either media in either tray.
Below the control panel at the front is a hinged plastic cover for a set of three memory card readers. These provide for CompactFlash, SD, MemoryStick and xD and there's a PictBridge socket below the card slots, which doubles as a USB socket. You can print from a USB drive or scan to one through this socket.
At the back of the PIXMA MP560 is a single USB socket, but there's also wireless support. This includes quick setup protocols for the main fast-link systems, making secure wireless connection to most modern routers very simple.
The printer supports five ink cartridges, with a small photo black alongside the larger, standard black cartridge used for text print on plain paper. Each cartridge plugs into the print head and Canon’s system of LED indicators shows when the cartridges are properly inserted and when they’re low on ink.
Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X, though there's no stated support for Linux. Canon provides a good software bundle with the printer, which includes OCR software to support the scanner and WebPrint EX for easy print of web pages.