Epson Expression Premium XP-610 Printer: Small printer, huge options
The Epson Expression Premium XP-610 Small-in-One Printer is a small profile printer (with an extended identify) that gives a powerful array of options. Whereas it does not appear to be as strong as different Epson printers I’ve examined, it has carried out nicely generally over the previous month of use. I used this printer as my default for over 30 days with solely minor points.
The XP-610 gives auto 2-sided printing, a devoted photograph tray, CD/DVD printing, constructed-in playing cards slots, wi-fi printing, copying and scanning (as much as 2400 dpi). With the free Epson iPrint app (proven under) and help for Apple AirPrint, it prints out of your iOS gadget simply too.
It is a speedy little printer and produces a mixture of shade and textual content properly, simply not very quietly. Even set to Quiet Mode within the Driver preferences, the printer chugs fairly a bit.
For such a small printer, it has large assortment of copy options. I like like two-sided copy capabilities, which got here in useful once I wanted to repeat types for my medical insurance software. It can also scale back and enlarge paperwork between 25% and four hundred%, scan to PDF and scan photographs to coloring e-book pages.
It matches into an area concerning the measurement of a giant baking pan. It ought to match on any family desk or workspace with its 15.four” x thirteen.four” x 5.four” (W x D x H) dimensions, however with the output tray prolonged it’s 19.eight” deep. It solely weighs 21.5 lb, so it’s simply moved.
The software program CD comes with Epson Print and Epson Scan, however these of you with newer Macs sans CD drive can obtain the software program from the Epson website (or examine Software program Replace underneath the Apple menu), in case your Mac does not notify you routinely. In contrast to most packages, there is not a setting to have Epson Software program Updater software routinely examine for updates, so I launched it manually. A Low Ink Reminder program can also be included and it lets you realize your ink standing within the print dialog.
The XP-610 consists of two paper trays, which I additionally like. One tray matches as much as one hundred sheets, no bigger than eight.5 x eleven” and the opposite handles the photograph paper. The photograph tray holds as much as 20 sheets in case you use the thicker shiny paper.
You entry all the controls by way of the very readable 2.5″ LCD contact panel show, which tilts out for straightforward entry. You arrange the Wi-Fi entry, 2-sided scanning, and copying by way of the show, whereas the printed output from the pc makes use of Epson’s Print dialog, as all the time. I examined the Wi-Fi entry by means of my 2012 iMac and MacBook, plus a Home windows eight machine and an iPhone. Apart from an MS Phrase doc printed via the PC, which regurgitated pages of rubbish, the Epson XP-610 produced the wanted output flawlessly.
Combined Textual content and Graphic Printing The XP-610 produces crisp textual content and graphics when utilized in Regular or Positive modes. As seen in my evaluation of Greeting Card Store by Chronos, it printed a greeting card on Kodak inventory, which isn’t as thick as common card inventory, simply nice.
The world by which I feel this printer pales is whenever you use the Financial system setting to save lots of ink. I often use Financial system to print drafts of articles and I discovered in some instances the print was too mild to learn adequately. The Quick Financial system setting produced utterly unreadable pages. I attempted the financial system settings with model new black ink cartridges and ones that have been partially used with the identical outcomes.
The cartridges are straightforward to put in and it appeared as if the small black ink cartridges lasted via plenty of printed pages; a number of hundred sheets plus many pictures of various sizes. Epson claims you’ll be able to print about 250 sheets with the common black cartridge and 500 with a big cartridge. I am positive I went over 250 sheets. You do get notices of low ink when there’s nonetheless loads of ink obtainable. One consumer suggests disabling the Standing Monitor in order that the printer retains going till the ink cartridge is empty.
Photograph Printing I don’t assume the XP-610 is as much as Epson’s typical commonplace in photograph printing. This printer consists of 5 Claria Premium inks: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Photograph Black. This ink produces smudge, scratch and water-proof pictures, which supposedly final 200 years. Sorry, I wasn’t capable of check that… I like not having to modify between matte black and photograph black cartridges as I need to do with my Epson Stylus Photograph R2880. I feel I am a bit spoiled by my R2880 although, as a result of I am not thrilled with the photograph output of the XP-610 and it is in all probability an unfair comparability as a result of one printer value round US $500, whereas the opposite is now out there for $ninety nine.00.
I attempted quite a lot of photograph papers and thought it produced one of the best outcomes with Epson-branded papers. It pixelated the prints once I tried HP and Kodak four x 6 photograph paper. I additionally received higher outcomes with the small print sizes than with eight.5 x eleven photograph paper.
I discovered that I had to make use of Epson Controls colour to supply shade-right prints as an alternative of ColorSync or one other program’s. Once I tried printing from Photoshop, by which I often have Photoshop management the colour output, the prints got here out too purple each time. Once I set it to the Epson Colour Controls the prints seemed fantastic, however simply not as crisp as my costlier printer. Whereas the printer claims it can do borderless printing on photograph paper, I couldn’t make it print to the sides (borderless) on paper bigger than 5 x 7.
CD/DVD Prints I understand that most individuals not print their very own CD labels, as a result of most Macs do not also have a DVD burner put in anymore. However, the XP-610 comes with a CD tray conveniently saved within the backside of the printer. I used the Print CD module and the LCD show to shortly print out some DVDs. I used water resistant printable media acquired for an additional assessment years in the past from Iomega. Sadly, this media is not bought.
You possibly can adorn your media with the pattern labels included, select considered one of ninety five offered backgrounds and forty+ graphics or create your personal masterpiece, as I did within the display shot above. The print high quality is superb and I ended up killing a night printing out labels on DVDs on which to archive my pictures and household movies. If reminiscence serves me, you are actually alleged to burn knowledge to a CD or DVD earlier than you print on it, however I did not have that luxurious of time. In fact, now I’ve to make use of certainly one of my older Macs to burn information onto the media.
Printer Trays Some printers work when the output tray is not prolonged and spew the paper everywhere in the flooring, however the XP-610 produces a loud 5-beep grievance and stops when it is output tray is not pulled out. The enter tray is straightforward to tug out and slide again in, one other plus. The second enter tray for photograph paper is a bit too straightforward to push in too far, however it nonetheless works although.
Abstract In short, the Epson Expression Premium XP-610 is a bit loud and should not product bigger pictures in addition to you need, however gives lots of choices in a small printer. All of the wanted trays retailer within the printer itself and it makes scanning straightforward. When you want a wi-fi residence printer, this one ought to fulfill your wants, particularly when you’ve got faculty-age youngsters.
The Expression Premium XP-810 (MSRP US$229.ninety nine) is just like the XP-610, however comes with a 30-web page Auto Doc Feeder for 2-sided copying, scanning and faxing, plus it has a much bigger three.5-inch touchscreen and gives Ethernet networking. I solely examined the XP-610.