Ep­son Ex­pres­sion Pre­mium XP-630

Five-ink £90, $80

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Fur­ther di­rect com­pe­ti­tion to the pair of Canon print­ers on test comes in the shape of this model, the XP-630. Just as with the Canon MG6850, the up­mar­ket Ep­son de­liv­ers ex­actly the same photo print qual­ity and speed as its slightly cheaper sib­ling (in this case, the XP-530 – see left), but in­cludes ex­tra frills. It does rather bet­ter than the Canon, in fact, with a sec­ondary in­put tray for smaller sizes of photo pa­per, plus the XP-630 has the abil­ity to print on com­pat­i­ble CD/DVDs.

Colour ren­di­tion and tonal range are very sim­i­lar to the Canon print­ers, at least when you don’t use any ‘photo en­hance­ments’. Switch these on and you tend to get a boost in con­trast and sat­u­ra­tion that can be very no­tice­able in land­scape images, and we found that ‘en­hanced’ por­traits can look rather pink. How­ever, over­all, it’s a very good all-rounder.

Pros Sec­ondary in­put tray; much larger LCD screen than in the XP-530 Cons

Ink costs are a lit­tle on the high side; print­ing is a bit slow in top-qual­ity mode We say

Com­pared with the XP-530, this finer-fea­tured printer is well worth the ex­tra Over­all score

The 2.7-inch LCD makes stand­alone op­er­a­tion a more at­trac­tive propo­si­tion than with the XP-530

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