Ep­son Pre­mium XP-6000

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SET ME UP BE­FORE YOU PRINT-O.

ONCE YOU’VE PEELED away a dozen pieces of pack­ing tape keep­ing the XP6000’s var­i­ous trays in or­der, the printer needs about 10 minutes ini­tial setup fol­lowed by an­other 10 minutes of align­ment checks — and this is be­fore you’ve con­nected it to Wi-Fi to ac­tu­ally start print­ing. It’s not a de­vice for the im­pa­tient, but if you want pro­fes­sional qual­ity doc­u­ments, it’s the best in class here.

Five ink tanks nes­tle un­der the scan­ner bed, four for colour images and a ded­i­cated black for docs. The black text re­sults are fault­less, pro­duc­ing crisp doc­u­ments that are ideal for any­thing from recipes to forms, and does so at 5.5ppm in our test. How­ever, photo re­sults are a bit off, as we saw blue streaks on our test im­age, and the con­trast could be bet­ter. There is an op­tion to tweak the pho­tos within the menu sys­tem and this does im­prove re­sults, but it’s a dis­ap­point­ing that this doesn’t hap­pen au­to­mat­i­cally.

Where it does win out is with the scan­ner, which can save to cloud ser­vices and ex­ter­nal USB and SD mem­ory cards — some­thing that all print­ers should aspire to.

A sin­gle page scan takes 20 sec­onds, and a dou­ble takes 40 sec­onds, though you will have to man­u­ally set this up. The matte-black chas­sis re­pels fin­ger­pints, which is great, as you’ll have to have your hands all over this pulling the pa­per in­put and out­put trays in and out.

If you pre­fer the def­i­nite click of a phys­i­cal but­ton when go­ing through menus, this is the printer for you. Be warned, though, the screen is tiny, and the app is best de­scribed as only ‘func­tional’.

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