Product Type: Epson inkjet printers
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Great little office workhorse!
Epson Expression Home XP-305
Member Name: DirtyDonkey
Epson Expression Home XP-305
Advantages: Small desk footprint - easy to install and use
Disadvantages: Lacks the quality of seperate units
This latest offering from is one in a series of small all in one inkjets suitable for home use.
The all in one term means it can be used as a printer, scanner and photocopier.
Also this item offer a Wifi connection to eliminate the need for yet another wire poking out of the back of your PC and the ability to use in conjuntion with a smartphone, tablet etc. you can also e-mail documents and photos directly to the printer, and insert your SD card and follow the instructions on the LCD panel..
I found the set up instructions easy to follow and the printer was set up and ready to go 20 mins after taking out of the box.
Very impressive was the small footprint this printer takes up on a desk.
I thought I may have problems with the Wi-fi set up but this was configured automatically after installing the set up software. There is USB connection for those who prefer hard wiring.
Doing a few test prints, from my own photos the printer was shown to be capable of producing good to very good reults without the need to re-edit the photos, printing in greyscale was crisp and well toned.
With a printing resolution of 5,760x1,440 dpi any decent resolution photo should print at an exceptable standard.
An A4 or 10x8 photo takes less than a minute to print and banding is minimal, colour rendition is good and contrast constant throughout.
With a claimed speed of 33 pages per min for plain text the printer will churn out your reports etc at a reasonable speed, without setting the desk on fire.
As the printer uses individual ink cartridges you only need to replace the colour used, so you do not waste as much ink as the multi colour ink cartridges.
On the subject of ink, my personal bugbear is the price of the refills.
This unit uses the 18 series refills, eairily identified by a picture of a daisy on the box.
The original epsons refills come in at about £9 for black and £7 for each of the three colours totaling £30 for a full set, almost as much as the cost of the printer!
Depending on what you want to use the printer for, cheaper third party inks are availible but if you are looking for archival photo quality it is better using original epson ink
You could always keep two sets, third party for gereral use and keep the originals for your treasured photos.
The software provided is easy to install and use and is quite intuative.
An 'all in one' is never going to replace three seperate units for quality but this latest offering does a very good job in combining three office machines in one small footprint, ideal for home office use.
Summary: Ideal for home use
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