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This is a printer i've owned for a couple of years now which i initially bought as it seemed like a decent price for an all in one printer.
In particular though, there was a great added feature which was the ability to print artwork directly onto blank cd/dvd discs which was great as i had a load of discs laying about with no names on them, so this feature would come in really handy and also make the disc look much more visually appealing too.
The printer will only print onto discs that are of the all white matt finish, whereas it won't print onto the almost semi-transparent or shiny discs, just to save you the hassle or inconvenience.
The physical size of the Epson PX650 isn't of the smallest around, however it is well designed to fold up neatly when not in use and looks pretty sleek with its curves and mixture of shiny and matt black with the thin silver line at the centre. I currently have the printer sitting under my average sized desk but overall the size shouldn't cause too much problems when finding a suitable place for it.
A downside to this printer is that it takes six print cartridges compared the other printers i've purchased before with only four or five previously. Having said that, the added colour is supposed to and does give you a better colour range on the printouts you get. So although the price will be more for the extra cartridge or two, if your only used to having four or five before it does generally give a better print outcome. Another handy point to mention is that Epson have a range of legit compatible inks which a lot of companies sell for a fraction of the price and if you buy a full set of six inks you can even get discount in some stores. As of the time of writing this review my most recent full set of compatible inks cost me £22, where as if you get original Epson cartridges the average price will be around £58. What a saving for a little less ink and colour pigment in the compatibles.
As for the performance of the printer. I can't say much wrong about it. The scanner works great and although it can only scan pages up to A4 in size, it works flawlessly and the software that comes with it has an advanced menu for getting those scans just how you want them if you need to which is really handy. The copy fuction again like the scanner works flawlessly and i've only used it a few times to be fair but had no problems at all when using that function.
Now for the printing and the part everyone probably wants to hear most about as its the main task that the printer will be getting used for in most cases. Generally speaking i think that it prints at a good standard. For the first couple of ink cartridge sets i bought, they were the original Epson inks and the colour was superb and did last quite a while, whereas with the compatible cartridges you do still get good quality prints though there does seem to be an slight difference in colour compared to the originals. In saying that, i guess this is expectant of inks that cost over half the price than that of the original's but i'm happy enough with the outcomes and will continue to get the compatibles.
Last but not least is the really useful LCD screen that you can control from the printer itself without the use of your laptop/PC. There are slots for SD cards and another for a pen drive so that you can view your precious photo's stored on those devices and even see them in a small preview size on the lcd screen which can be printed, again directly from the printer. I found this to be a really nice feature to have and you can also use a lot of other functions directly from the printer such as fixing print issues like mis alignment and nozzle checks etc so all in all this lcd feature is a nice add on for the Epson PX650.
I bought this machine as a result of the recomendations I have seen on photography websites and tech blogs. Throughout all of them, the phrase repeated was that this machine was the hi definition, all in one printer for the photo enthusiast. Epson's reputation comes from many years of experience in this market, and is ranked as one of the world's largest manufacturers of printers and information & image related equipment.
Finished in a mixture of matt and glossy black plastic, it is able to handle upto 120 sheets of A4 paper, it measures 450mm x 386mm x 195mm and weighs a little under 8.5kg. If space is a premium you maybe put off but if you can you should think about making room. The printer has a 6.3cm LCD display which is a little pointless as it shows what is on the PC screen. Perhaps if you're looking to print directly from a camera it is handy, but again you'll have the smae image on the camera LCD. It also has the scanner facility which will collect all the detail of the image it is scanning in 1200dpi resolution.
The quality of normal paper based print outs is excellent, but it is in the photos it produces where the PX650 really shines. The promotional info advises that photos it produces with Epson Claria Photographic Ink can be stored in an album and will last upto 200 years. A fairly bold statement and i'm in no position to argue, although pics i've produced have yet to show any signs of ageing in the past six months.
Perhaps the neatest trick that has appealed to me is the ability to print images onto the faceplates of discs. You can purchase these coated discs in various outlets. This feature will aloow you to produce professional looking discs which comes in handy for work based projects or just for storage purposes.
Printing is quick and quiet with a 10cm x 15cm photo produced in a little over 10 seconds and with almost no noise. All in all it is a professional printer which produces results you would have had to pay for in the past. Perghaps the only downside is the cost of the ink which can be a little galling. But this is a minor drawback when you consider that these machines are now retailling around the £130 mark, and when you consider the results you won't complain.
I bought this printer about 6 weeks ago. Mainly the manufacturer's reviews and a few pc magazines mentioned this and I was happy to go with them, I also got quite a good deal.
I have had a few Epson printers before so I didn't look at any other manufacturer's models either. Bit bias but I stick with what I know.
Looking at the machine, it's very pleasing to the eye. It wouldn't look out of place in a swanky office.
Now down to the nitty gritty. As I am used to navigating my way around Epson's. I don't have any trouble in using these as they are all principally the same. The Settings are easily workable, I find, and my 9 year old seems to be able to work them out too (with me watching over her shoulder ready to pounce should she try to press the wrong button)
The control panel is nice and large - the preview screen could be a little bigger - but beggars can't be choosers. The buttons are a nice size and very easy to follow.
The printers control panel flips up, which I found very useful the other day, as the printer is by a window, the sun made it very difficult for me to read the setting on the screen, so tilted the work panel up and "hey presto" I could read it fine, maybe a silly little thing for some, but when you have your hands full and in a rush its a fab time saver.
You can use this machine for several things. Mainly a photo printer, but also scanner, copier and of course printing on CD's or DVD's. Great for home movie enthusiasts.
The photos that come out are of a very good quality as long as you have got the right paper and the right setting to go with it.
This has to be brilliant as I have known a few friends of mine get very upset as they were expecting KODAK quality prints from using Tesco value copy paper and expecting miracles to happen - not so, I tried to explain.
I have been printing excellent quality photos for years with Epson machines and only ever been annoyed because the machine went wrong (probably due to over use) but as soon as machine was fixed, as good as new.
I don't always stick to original cartridges either - sorry but they can be VERY expensive if you do a lot of photos, but I do get excellent quality compatibles which the machine works with very well too.
The scanner is a run of the mill 1200 x 2400 resolution. Which is fine because I have a separate scanner. The scanner is mainly for children's work and other mundane things like copying bills to file away, or scanning the odd photo of "pre memory card revolution".
You can copy at the touch of a button, which is great if you're in a hurry.
Scanning too can be at the touch of a button but I prefer to do scanning with a program on the pc as you can control more things.
Machine is Bluetooth compatible, not wireless - this is something that can be looked at but it is also the reason its one of the cheaper models - not something that bothers me at all - I prefer knowing that my things are connected with wires - kind of old fashioned that way!
If you love filing photos, movies and other such downloadable items on your pc and compile them onto cd's and dvd's to save memory space, the printer will also print onto the cd / dvd itself. I just use the cd labels to cover the dvds then get the machine to print on then as printable dvd's aren't the kind of thing you can pick up anywhere - yet!
The kids find this quite amusing as the disc goes in on its tray blank and then a minute later comes out with, normally, a picture of them on and archived dates. Ahh simple things!
Basically this is a good all round machine - value for money and Epson is a trusted make as far as I am concerned.