Ep­son Ex­pres­sion Photo XP-950

£240, $200

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A bit of an in-be­tweener for print size, this mul­ti­func­tion Ep­son stretches to A3 rather than A3+

Whereas most desk­top photo print­ers have max­i­mum print sizes of ei­ther A4 or A3+, the XP-950 is strictly an A3 (17x11 inches) printer. Phys­i­cally, it’s barely any big­ger or heav­ier than the Canon A4 printer that’s on test, and it also has a built-in scan­ner (only A4 in size), SD and MS mem­ory card slots, and an 8.8cm touch­screen for di­rect con­trol. The XP-950 also ri­vals both Canons for Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity and re­mote print­ing apps.

The ink line-up is what you’d ex­pect from a con­ven­tional A4 photo printer, with light cyan and light ma­genta added to the ba­sic CMYK mix to de­liver six­colour, dye-based ink print­ing. It uses stan­dard (5ml) or XL (9ml) Claria Photo HD car­tridges. For A3 print­ing, how­ever, even the XL car­tridges run dry pretty quickly and ink is the most ex­pen­sive in the group, at £1.22 ($1.89) per millil­itre.

Per­for­mance

Nearly as swift as the Canon MG7550/MG7520 for 6x4-inch and A4 out­put, the XP-950 also de­liv­ers high­est-qual­ity A3 photo prints in five min­utes 41 sec­onds. Sur­pris­ingly, colours can lack depth when us­ing the ‘vivid’ printer pref­er­ences op­tion; the ‘stan­dard’ set­ting tends to give richer re­sults. Black-and-white prints suf­fer from a slight green colour cast.

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