Epson Expression Premium XP-610 review

Epson likes to describe its multifunction inkjet printers as ‘small-in-ones’, as it tries hard to reduce the size of the printer for convenience at home. The Expression Premium XP-610 lives up to that name as it crams a lot of useful features into a neat, compact design. 

It’s certainly the smallest printer in this group, measuring just 138mm high, 390mm wide and 341mm deep, so you can easily just stick it on a nearby shelf if you’re a bit tight for space. Even so, it provides all the features that you’re likely to need in a home printer. It provides printing, copying and scanning functions, along with both wifi and USB connectivity and support for AirPrint for your iOS device. There are two trays for plain paper and photo paper or envelopes, and the XP-610 provides two-sided printing, as well as the option to print onto CDs and DVDs.

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Print resolution is 5760x1440dpi, and the XP-610 uses five different inks for printing. There’s a pigment black ink for text documents, and a separate ‘photo-black’ that is used for photos, along with the standard cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges. Text output is excellent, with smooth, clean text outlines, and the photo-black ink adds contrast to photo output, producing crisp, bold colours. 

It’s reasonably fast for such a compact little printer, turning out 11ppm for text, and 8ppm for colour. Photo printing is a little slow, taking a full 70s to print a single 4x6 postcard on glossy paper, but that’s acceptable for a home printer such as this, and the output quality is hard to fault.

It’s clearly not intended as a high-volume printer, though, as the main paper tray only holds 100 sheets of A4 paper, while the second tray holds 20 sheets of photo paper. There’s no automatic document feeder for the scanner either, so while the XP-610 might be suitable for home use, or perhaps for people who sometimes work from home, it’s not really fast enough to function as a workhorse printer in a busy office.

OUR VERDICT

Printing costs for plain text documents are about average, at around 3.2p per page. Colour printing is better, though, as Epson sells a multipack containing its XL cartridges for cyan, magenta, yellow and photo black, which helps to bring the cost of mixed text and graphics documents down to a competitive 6.5p per page.

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