Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Touted to be the world’s small­est all-in-one inkjet printer, the Ep­son Me Of­fice 535 looks good at first sight. The com­pact di­men­sions make it easy to move around and dock to any work­sta­tion. The pa­per in­put tray is at the rear, while at the front are an ad­justable tilted panel with the coloured dis­play and phys­i­cal con­trol keys that makes op­er­at­ing this printer re­ally easy.

The Me Of­fice quickly fol­lows print­ing com­mands. Bu it printed just seven mono­chrome A4 sheets in a minute, com­pared with Ep­son’s claim of 30ppm on Draft mode. How­ever, we would not rec­om­mend you to use the draft mode while print­ing as the prints looked com­pletely washed out.

The com­pany claims this is printer is ideal for photo print­ing too. To its credit, the printer can read from the mem­ory card slot in the front and dis­play images on its small coloured dis­play.

Copy and scan­ning fea­tures can be di­rectly op­er­ated from the dis­play panel it­self. By sim­ply nav­i­gat­ing through the con­trols we were able to se­lect the num­ber of copies along with the op­tion to choose be­tween B&W and colour prints. In­ter­est­ingly, the prints ob­tained from this printer are smudge and water-proof. So even if by mis­take some­one spills water on your coloured print, just let it dry and the print will be in­tact.

For di­rectly scan­ning from the PC or printer, one has to launch the Ep­son Scan soft­ware first. But the re­sults were just about av­er­age.

There were a few let downs though: of­ten the re­sults while print­ing and copy­ing were dark blacks and then the printer kept prompt­ing – ‘Con­nec­tion er­ror – Check the con­nec­tion’.

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