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0:08 – Hardware Overview
3:48 – Double sided scan overview and demonstration
5:00 – Mac printer driver tip
5:25 – Document printing demonstration
6:15 – Photo printing demonstration
8:30 – DVD / CD Printing feature demonstration
9:33 – Conclusion and final thoughts
I have been reviewing Epson printers for the last five years now, taking a look at each model year’s printers. Epson releases refreshes across their product line about once a year mainly to keep up with the new technologies that might wish to print to the devices (Apple’s AirPrint and Google’s Cloud print being good examples of that).
I have observed a noticeable decline in the build quality of these printers over the last couple of years. The plastic feels flimsier, and less stuff is included with the device. You don’t even get a free sample of photo paper anymore.
My biggest gripe with the current Epson design is the paper handling. Although it is a two tray system neither tray holds all that much paper (maybe 50 sheets tops). The top tray can be pushed in too far and the output tray can get confusing. I get many comments from consumers on the output tray and what exactly they’re supposed to do with it. It’s not very clear. It does appear they’ve added a rear paper feed option for 4×6 prints which is a welcome improvement.
The form factor is excellent. This is a very small device considering it’s an all-in-one device.
All of those gripes out of the way the Epson print quality is excellent. This is a five ink printer so it sits in the middle of the market. There is a nicer six color unit available as well that might be better suited for professionals, but the five ink printer will be fine for most smartphone and point and shoot prints. They look really nice to me and to some degree better than what you might get from a photo center as you have more control over the output.
I also like the scanning functions, my absolute favorite being the ability to scan to the memory card. The memory card can then be shared over the network for extracting the scanned PDF files. It unfortunately cannot scan directly to an email address without a computer in the middle.
Bottom line? It’s a good functional printer that needs more paper capacity and a paper handling system that works better. Just like everything else in the market the consumables cost a fortune and will quickly exceed the cost of entry. So by the time you’re hitting the $200 mark on ink Epson will have released their new printer. Sometimes it’s just cheaper to upgrade :).
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DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the Amazon Vine program and received this product to review on Amazon’s site.