Photo Print­ing

Four colours good – six colours bet­ter

Mac Format - - RATED -

Photo print­ing al­ways used to be the big weak­ness of inkjet prin­ters, but all those on test can pro­duce good photo prints with fine de­tail and bold colours. They’re pretty quick too, pro­duc­ing a 4x6 post­card print in less than a minute.

The prints pro­duced by the Canon MG2950, HP Envy 5640 and Of­fice­jet 5740 were per­fectly ad­e­quate for cre­at­ing cards and cal­en­dars, or even pre­sen­ta­tions for work. How­ever, they were slightly darker than their ri­vals and some­times lost de­tail on darker ar­eas within an im­age.

The Canon MG6650 and Ep­son XP-620 man­aged to bring out a lit­tle ex­tra de­tail, but the Ep­son XP-760 was the clear win­ner here. The XP-760 is a spe­cialised photo printer that uses six dif­fer­ent coloured inks for sub­tle colour grad­u­a­tions, es­pe­cially on de­tails such as skin tones in por­traits. How­ever, the XP-760 is also the most ex­pen­sive printer in this group so you need to be se­ri­ous about photography to pay for that ex­tra qual­ity.

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