Canon makes two parallel ranges of inkjet all-in-ones, intended for the photo enthusiast and SOHO business markets. The Canon PIXMA MX715 sits towards the top end of the second of these ranges, but has useful photo facilities, too.
The biggest new feature of the machine is its duplex scanner, which means it can scan and copy a page printed on both sides, in one operation. That's not the same as one pass, as the paper is automatically fed through the scanner twice, in the same way the machine feeds paper when doing a duplex print.
The machine takes on Canon's customary jewellery box design, with the scanner set into a deeply bevelled surround, which also contains the control panel along its front face. The high-gloss black top flips over to become the feed tray for the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), but leaves the machine looking neat when not in use.
The control panel uses Canon's clever 16-key control pad, which doubles as both a fax number pad and a menu navigation set, depending on the mode selected from the four large keys to the left of its 62mm LCD display. Cleverly, the buttons illuminate with different legends depending on the current use. At the far right are Start and Stop buttons for scan and copy jobs.
The front cover folds down to become the output tray and has a smaller size than most machines which use this technique, as the print heads – with their five coloured inks, including dye as well as pigmented black – are positioned further towards the back of the Canon PIXMA MX715.
Paper feeds either from a 150-sheet cassette which slides in from the front or from a pull-up 150-sheet feed tray at the back. You can load both plain and photo papers at the same time, though it's sometimes difficult to force the machine to use a particular source for a particular job.
The five ink cartridges clip easily into the head carrier and the supplied software installs without difficulty. As well as USB and Ethernet sockets at the back, the machine supports wireless and includes WPS setup which connects to a wireless router with a couple of button pushes.