Review Price £252.00
Although it only differs by a notional ‘14’ from the Pinnacle Pro 901, Lexmark’s Pro915 is more than a cosmetic change to the company’s near top of the range inkjet all-in-one. It uses a new version of the Vizix print engine and has facilities to print from phones and tablets, which is now becoming de rigueur for new printers.
The lines of this machine are more square cut than its predecessor, starting at the top with the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) which, rather than being a flimsy tray is a solidly located, wide tunnel, with paper feeding from its top and exiting underneath.
The control panel, set at a fixed angle and taking up about three quarters of the width of the printer, has an inset touch panel, with dedicated buttons either side of a 109mm touchscreen. The screen itself is sensitive and supports swipes as well as presses, though the touch buttons sometimes take several presses before responding.
On the right, below the control panel is a PictBridge socket, which also supports USB drives, and a card slot for MemoryStick and SD cards. With this photo file support, it's a shame the machine can’t load photo paper simultaneously with plain. In fact, it's single, 250-sheet tray has to serve both purposes, so printing the occasional 15 x 10 can be fiddly. A second, 250-sheet tray is available as an option, though this is intended primarily for letterheads and other business media.
The machine has a USB socket at the rear, alongside phone line and handset jacks to support its fax facilities. To get the most out of it, though, you should connect by wireless. The printer supports WPS setup, though only by entering a passcode, which is more fiddly than pressing the button on your router. Setting the machine up for printing from a phone is quickest done by downloading the App and searching your wireless network for the printer.
Software supplied includes a copy of Abbyy FineReader, as well as dedicated Lexmark applications and drivers. The downloadable LexPrint App for either Apple or Android devices is fairly basic without, for example, the ability to choose paper size, but at least it works locally, so prints aren’t delayed by having to traverse the Internet.
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