Epson Expression Premium XP-605 review

Epson has been working to reduce the size of its home printers in recent months, and the new Expression Premium XP-605 crams a lot of features into its attractive, compact design.

The XP-605 measures just 390mm wide, 341mm deep and 138mm high, so it’s easy to find room for it on a desk or shelf. However, Epson has managed to squeeze in a 1200x2400dpi scanner, two-sided printing, wireless connectivity, AirPrint for iOS devices, a memory card slot, and touch-screen controls.

It also has two paper trays – a 100-sheet tray for office documents and a 20-sheet tray for photo paper – and can even print on DVDs and CDs too. That pretty much covers all the main features that home users are likely to need.

As the name implies, the XP-605 is a premium printer that puts its emphasis on high-quality photo printing. Our test prints on 6”x4” glossy postcard paper took just one minute to print, and its 5760x1440dpi print resolution produced finely detailed images with bright, strong colours.

Text and graphics printing were very good too, with Epson quoting speeds of 12 pages per minute for mono and 9ppm for colour. We actually got closer to 10ppm for mono and 7ppm for colour, but that’s still fine for a home printer.

The XP-605 uses five separate ink cartridges, including a special black cartridge used just for printing text. The XL version of this cartridge costs £15.99 and prints 500 pages, which works out at 3.2p per page. Photo printing uses the traditional cyan, magenta, and yellow, along with a separate ‘photo black’ cartridge. These cost £15 each for XL cartridges and last for 700 pages, which adds up to 8.6p per page. Those costs are a little above average, but are still acceptable for light use at home – and, of course, you may be able to buy the cartridges more cheaply if you shop around online.

OUR VERDICT

If you don’t need features such as two-sided printing then there are less expensive inkjet printers available. However, the XP-605 is a very versatile printer that provides impressive quality and acceptable running costs, and will be ideal for sharing with other people on a home network.

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