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I'm a big fan of digital photography, photoshop and printing my own pictures in every imaginable format. Ever since I invested in my own digital camera I have loved printing my own little 6x4 prints straight away and at a relatively low cost.
I've had a succession of Epson printers and a separate scanner but when I saw the RX640 model which is an all-in-one inkjet printer, scanner and copier I decided that it was best to consolidate.
My old printer had the multimedia card slots and direct CD printing so I wanted to make sure my new one would at least have those functions. I archive a lot of photos on DVD and I like printing my own designs on them so that was quite important to me.
I ordered the RX640 from amazon.co.uk for £171.32 plus £7.65 postage and packing charges. It arrived very quickly and I eagerly opened the box to get it set up.
First off I realised it is quite a bulky item but considering it has three main functions to it, that wasn't surprising. It had a 2.5" LCD display screen for previewing pictures when printing from memory cards, which is useful as it means you don't have to turn your computer on to print pictures if you are in a hurry. The paper tray at the bottom flips down when in use so it keeps the unit looking neat and tidy.
You can connect this printer to your PC via usb cable but I don't think it is essential. You could use it as a standalone machine to print out photos direct from memory cards, or as a photocopier. All you need then is a power supply.
The software takes a while to load on as there are quite a few different applications to install as well as the drivers, such as the PrintCD program for printing your own designs on printable media or the EpsonScan program which makes scanning extremely easy.
The print quality from this printer is excellent, especially when using the original Epson ink. However this can work out quite expensive as you require six separate cartridges (black, cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta and yellow) and they retail for approximately £10.99 per cartridge. After twelve months I have always bought compatible ink which is a lot cheaper (around £8.99 for a full set). The borderless prints come out well and you can go up to A4 size prints if you wish.
The scanner on this model is also really good. I use the EpsonScan program to scan documents and photos and it automatically scans and sizes the images so the file sizes are not too big, without losing quality. You can alter the settings for better results if you wish but I have left them on default and have no complaints about the image quality.
I haven't really used the copier function much but you can either copy in colour or black and white and the text documents I have copied have turned out well.
I really like this all-in-one and it has certainly saved some room on my desk!
The Epson Stylus Photo RX640 is an excellent all in one printer. It allows you print, photocopy and scan documents at the touch of a button.
We'd had printers before, but this is the first all in one system that we've bought, and we are really impressed. We've found one of the most useful features to be the photocopying. Simply insert your document, use the colour screen to select the photocopy size, number of copies and whether your want black and white or a colour copy, press the start button and a few seconds later you'll have your duplicate. The quality is good and it's amazing how many things you'll find to photocopy now you can - you'll wonder how you managed before!
Installation is quick and easy - my dad managed to install it, without having to wait for me to do it! And I don't think we've replaced the ink once yet, having had it for over a year now!
The RX640 is an excellent all in one printer, I highly recommend it!
I bought this printer to scan slides and negatives and do the odd photography print. Does it do what I bought it for? I suppose so, but it could do it better. It is compromised by the fact that is it a scanner and a printer, obviously two separate devices would be better quality.
My primary complaint about the printing side, is that it uses an awful lot of ink. And of course, buying six separate cartridges at nearly a tenner each makes it quite expensive! The advantages though of having the six cartridges though are abundant, the colour and detail quality is better than similar printers with just the two cartridges.
The scanner is really rather good for scanning prints and documents. The detail that can be got from an old photograph is pretty damn good. However, it does not live up to expectations for negative and slide scanning. The images aren't sharp and are actually rather grainy. Eventually I'll invest in a good film scanner, but for now I will send them away to a professional.
However it obviously must being doing something right, since I have been using it for the last three years!