Epson Expression Premium XP-530
Five-ink £60, $70
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