Review Price £92.00
At first sight, Canon's PIXMA MX515 looks very like the PIXMA MX715, reviewed a few weeks back. When you look under its shiny, plastic skin, though, the print engine and facilities in this machine are notably different and not in a particularly good way.
This is another large, gloss black box, with its control panel set into the surround of the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) in its scanner lid. The support tray for the ADF folds out from on top of the machine and takes up to 30 sheets. The one and only paper tray, which can take 100 sheets, folds down from the front of the printer and has a swing-out paper support, which takes the ends of printed pages. The bulk of those sheets sit on a small, telescope tray, which folds down from inside the printer. There's a third fold-down cover, which reveals the twin, print cartridge carriers. The cartridges are slotted into these from the front, with lock bars which click up to hold them in place.
The control panel uses what looks like the same set of black push buttons as the PIXMA MX715, but here they only illuminate with a numeric pad, when you engage fax mode. Why not just have regular buttons?
The 62mm LCD display is bright and clear and the menu screens are generally well designed, though the same can't always be said for status information that shows while the PIXMA MX515 is printing. For example, when copying our five-page text document from the ADF, the display shows either 1 or 2 pages left to print, even when there are 3 or 4 left to go. It appears to actually show the number of pages which have been scanned, but not yet printed, which has little use.
At the left edge of the front panel are twin slots for SD and MemoryStick cards and there's a USB socket, which also supports PictBridge cameras, so the machine is well-equipped to print photos.
Software support includes AirPrint and WiFi Direct connection for smartphones and tablets. These are both technologies which can detect and make direct connection between device and printer, without the need for a convoluted path through the Internet. Far more useful, in our view, than remote print, like ePrint or Google Cloud.
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