Ep­son Ex­pres­sion Pre­mium XP-530

Five-ink £60, $70

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Copy­ing the five-ink sys­tem that Canon has cham­pi­oned for years, this printer in­cludes a pig­ment-based black along­side its stan­dard dye-based CMYK inks. As with all other print­ers on test, each car­tridge is in­di­vid­u­ally re­place­able, and higher-ca­pac­ity ‘XL’ car­tridges are avail­able at ex­tra cost. Even so, ca­pac­i­ties are a lit­tle down on those of the com­pet­ing Canon print­ers, and ink costs are a lit­tle dearer.

Like the Canon print­ers, this Ep­son has no sec­ondary pa­per in­put tray for photo me­dia, but it beats the Canon MG5750 by in­clud­ing an SD-for­mat card reader. Stand­alone print­ing and pho­to­copy­ing would ben­e­fit from a larger screen, how­ever, in­stead of the tiny 1.5-inch LCD that’s fit­ted. Print speed and photo out­put qual­ity are iden­ti­cal to those of the Ep­son XP-630, which uses ex­actly the same ink car­tridges (see right).

Pros Good photo print qual­ity; achieves fast print speeds in ‘stan­dard’ mode Cons

Tiny LCD screen; no sec­ondary in­put tray; a lit­tle slug­gish in top-qual­ity mode We say

It gives the es­tab­lished Canon five-ink print­ers a good run for their money Over­all score

It’s a com­pact printer but be­comes less of a space-saver af­ter you pull out the ex­tend­ing pa­per out­put tray

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