Since starting year three, Charlie has been using the schools ICT suite and also has homework that needs to be done at home on a computer. Last year we got a desktop knowing that we were going to need one for the family and as time has gone on, we have realised that our cheap £40 printer that has been on it’s last legs for months needed upgrading. It was taking an age to print anything and with homework projects looming, we knew we needed to make the switch. I also have over 700 photos from our Disneyland Paris trip that are crying out to be printed and mounted.
We have very kindly been sent the Epson Expression Photo XP-960 to try out. The printer is a specialist photo printer that can print up to an amazing A3 size. It is a three in one printer than can scan, copy and print double sided.
For me as I am a bit rubbish at setting things up, the first thing that comes to mind when opening the box is how easy is it to set up and how well does it connect to your computer? Meaning that hopefully I won’t get angry and throw a strop. Luckily my husband was on hand to supervise.
The printer is a wifi printer which means it can connect to your home wifi and then your computer finds it over the internet. It also enables you to print directly from your smart phone. There are also ports on the front of the machine (on the front at the left a little door opens) for USB cables and t memory cards to be directly inserted into the machine too. There’s also a phone app you can print from but I personally haven’t tried it as it’s been so simple to print from my phone and memory card.
The XP-960 has 6 ink cartridges magenta, cyan, yellow, black, light cyan and light magenta which enable you to print rich, vibrant photos that will last and not lose colour fading quickly. I printed one of our photos and was incredibly impressed by the quality. It is like getting it “professionally” printed and was quick and easy to do. Even I managed to do it so that says something!
My only criticism would be that the printer is very noisy when pulling the paper through. It does occasionally give a loud rustle when switched on randomly but as a whole I would say this is a very minor niggle.
I am blown away by the quality of the printed photograph. It is flawless and as i’s printed doesn’t take ages to dry as I remember my older printers used to (literally ten minutes and it was still tacky!) I struggled to be able to adjust and print to the correct sizing but easily printed this image in A4. It gives a truly professional finish and for me is excellent.
Overall, this is a top notch printer that performs and prints photos excellently. It’s easy to set up and easy to navigate with the touch screen. The Wifi stays connected and it’s quick and easy to get your images printed from a memory card. It is currently on sale at Amazon priced £179.99 (prices may vary) and I would whole heartedly recommend it if you are looking to print high quality images. You can find the full overview and specification here on the Epsom website.
Disclosure – we were sent a Epson XP-960 Expression Photo Printer for the purpose of this review. All words, images and opinions are my own