Ep­son Ex­pres­sion Pre­mium XP-860

Six-ink £145, $215

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This up­mar­ket Ep­son ap­pears to be a photo printer for the hard-nosed busi­ness per­son. At its core, it has ex­actly the same six-ink print sys­tem as the XP-760 but, un­usu­ally for an all-in-one printer, adds an ADF (Auto Doc­u­ment Feeder) and it even serves as a stand­alone fax ma­chine. This makes it a clear win­ner in the group for multi-page pho­to­copy­ing and fax­ing. How much of a ben­e­fit this is for photo print­ing is a moot point.

On the plus side, colour ren­di­tion and tonal range are both ex­cel­lent, de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent ac­cu­racy while also pre­serv­ing plenty of de­tail in ev­ery­thing from dark low­lights to bright high­lights. It edges ahead of the five-ink print­ers on test in these re­spects although, as with the XP-760, auto photo en­hance­ments can make prints look a bit overly lively.

Pros

All the good bits of the XP-760, plus fax func­tions and an Auto Doc­u­ment Feeder Cons

An ex­pen­sive choice if you don’t need the ad­di­tional fax and ADF fa­cil­i­ties We say

We pre­fer the more com­pact and less ex­pen­sive Ep­son XP-760 Over­all score

The bul­bous auto doc­u­ment feeder can be a worth­while ad­di­tion for mul­ti­page pho­to­copy­ing and fax­ing

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