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Epson Stylus Photo PX660 Printer Review

Epson Stylus Photo PX660 Printer Review - We review the all-in-one Epson Stylus Photo PX660 printer - with six inks, memory card reader, and scanner built in.

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Category : Inkjet Printers
Product : Epson Epson Stylus Photo PX660
Price : £109
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Specification

Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All in One

The Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All-In-One printer is an all in one printer, scanner, copier, with built in memory card reader, 6 inks for high photo quality printing, and CD-printing tray. Another useful feature is the 2.5" screen and on screen help that guides you through changing ink cartridges and other tasks such as head cleaning.

Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All-In-One Printer: Features

 

The Epson Stylus Photo PX660 is a clever all in one printer that uses a 2.5inch front screen and touch controls to make using the printer and scanning functions extremely easy to do. The printer will also print CD / DVDs with the included cd/dvd tray.

Offers better than photo lab quality - and the built in memory card reader allows you to print photos without having to use a computer, and will print borderless photos upto A4.

The printer uses Epson Claria photographic ink with 6 separate ink cartridges, made up of Yellow, Black, Magenta, Light Magenta, Cyan, and Light Cyan. The inks have a claimed stability of 200yrs - although I doubt I'll live long enough to actually verify the claims, and then if the prints don't last this long, will the receipt for the printer and ink still be worth anything? 

Main features include:
  • High definition - photos exceed lab quality
  • Fast photos - 10x15cm prints in 12 seconds
  • Easy to use built in 6.3cm / 2.5inch LCD screen
  • Customise discs, print directly to CD and DVD
  • Use without a PC - print from memory card and more
  • 6-colour inkjet printer, Epson Claria photographic ink
  • 1.5pl droplet size, with advanced variable-sized droplet
  • Up to 5670 x 1440 optimised dpi printing using RPM (Resolution Performance Management)
  • 1200x2400dpi scan resolution,
  • 120 sheets A4 plain paper capacity, 1 paper tray
 

Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All-In-One Printer: Handling

Insert the cartridges, there are no removable print heads, instead these are built into the printer.  

 

Setting up: The USB connection took me a while to find as it's not in the most obvious place, but a quick look at the quick setup instructions and I was able to locate the socket.

Loading paper is straightforward, simply put the paper in the back of the printer, with the print surface facing you, although the lack of a paper tray may disappoint anyone who prints a lot of plain paper documents. The prints come out of the printer and dry instantly. I didn't have any printing problems when using the printer, there were no head strikes, or signs of ink leaking, and once the initial head cleaning had taken place, the printer consistently delivered great results.


The software provided with the all in one printer makes using the scanner or printer very easy, as there is an easy scan wizard, as well as an easy print wizard. The easy scan wizard can be switched to advanced mode allowing the settings to be customised. The easy print wizard seemed particularly helpful in optimising images on screen so that they would look there best when printed. Printing is quiet, and scanning is also extremely quiet. 



 

Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All-In-One Printer: Performance

 We printed a series of images to show the printers ability to cope with a variety of printing, such as bright colours, skin tones, saturated colours, black and white, detail, and quality when printing text. 

Print performance: scanned at various DPIs / Settings - Original image is on the left, printed image is in the middle, with a 100% view on the right.

Original Print scanned (1200dpi) From the left eye
  
The Epson provided an excellent print with a good match to the original image, detail is very good, and it's very difficult to view the individual dots. The skin tones are slightly lighter than the original image however the subtle skin tones are rendered well. The printer provides really excellent colour and quality, and you're really hard pressed to actually see the difference between these and photo prints. 

Original Print scanned (600dpi) Top, right spire. Actual 100% view.

This second print is lighter than the original image, the colour is generally a very good match, and detail is very good. 

Original Print scanned (2400dpi) Actual pixels from the grey square second from the bottom.
  
We scanned this test print at 2400dpi to see how the printer coped with very fine detail, and strong colours printed next to other dark colours, and were impressed with the results. The results are excellent, with solid black without any appearance of banding. 

Original Print scanned (1200dpi-colour) Actual 100% view (top, right point)
 
While the printer doesn't have specific black and white inks, it is left having to build a black and white image using the colour inks as a substitute, and while the print may look as though it's not true black and white the slight sepia tone to the image is a pleasing second best to black and white. The print straight from the printer looks quite excessively coloured, but the image settles down after time.

Scanning quality

Scanning speed: full A4 colour photo scanning at 600dpi, 4min, 1200dpi, 8min, 2400dpi, 16min. Full A4 Black and White (Greyscale) scanning at 1200dpi takes 4 minutes, so it would appear that greyscale scanning is roughly twice as quick as full (24-bit) colour scanning.

Value for money
The PX660 has an RRP of £129, with a shop price of around £109, this prices it somewhere in the lower-mid range for all-in-one printers, cheaper models seem to have fewer ink cartridges, although spend just another £20 and the PX720WD is available with WiFi and bottom paper tray. Ink cartridges are reasonably priced, with an average cost of £10 per cartridge although with 6 cartridges, if you need to replace all 6, then you are looking at spending £60. The Epson inks are cleverly named after birds, for example the standard inks are called Hummingbird, and have an RRP of £10, and Owl inks have a larger capacity and have an RRP of £13.70 each. The Owl inks appear to offer much better value for money often giving 60% more pages. Full details on how many pages you can print can be found here.

Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All-In-One Printer: Verdict

The Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All in one printer provides a relatively compact solution, giving you some excellent photo prints and high quality scanning all in the one unit. The added bonus of this all in one printer is support for printing CD/DVDs, and the excellent and easy to use on screen menus. Whilst it may not give true black and white prints, I can see this printer / scanner suiting the home user or small office user very well. The silent operation of the scanner is especially impressive and could be of particular interest to home users.
With excellent photo printing, near silent operation, and great ease of use the Epson Stylus Photo PX660 is a great choice.

Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All-In-One Printer: Pros
Near silent scanning
Excellent print quality
Impressive print speed
Very good scan quality
Easy to use front screen

Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All-In-One Printer: Cons
Awkward USB socket location
Limited connectivity, lacks WIFI

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Epson Stylus Photo PX660 All-In-One Printer: Specification

Price £109
Contact www.epson.co.uk
Print specifications
Print speed Photos: 10x15, 12 seconds
Documents: up to 38ppm in colour, 37ppm in black
Print resolution Up to 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi on suitable media using RPM (Resolution Performance Management)
Print sizes A4, Letter, Legal, 20x25 cm, 13x20 cm, 13x18 cm, 10x15 cm, 9x13 cm, A5, A6, B5, Envelopes: No.10, DL, C6
Paper capacity Rear feed paper tray holds 120 sheets of document paper
Supported Memory Card Formats Compact Flash, MicroDrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo*4, MagicGate Memory Stick, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo*4, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo*4, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo*4, Memory Stick Micro M2*4, SD, SDHC, MiniSD*4, MiniSDHC*4, MicroSD*4, MicroSDHC*4, Multi Media Card, MMCplus, MMCmobile*4, MMCmicro*4, xD-Picture card, xD-Picture card Type-M, xD-Picture card Type-H
Scan specifications
Scanning Scan Speed Black A4 300 dpi 1.6 msec/line, 600 dpi 3.1 msec/line
Scan Speed Colour A4 300 dpi 4.6 msec/line, 600 dpi 9.1 msec/line
Scanning Resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi
General specifications
Connectivity USB 2.0 High Speed
Display 2.5 inch colour LCD screen
Power consumption Approx. 18W (Standalone copying, ISO10561 Letter Pattern), approx. 1.5W (sleep mode), ENERGY STAR® qualified all-in-one
Noise level 5.1 B(A) (according to ISO7779 pattern with Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper/Photo RPM mode), 37 dB(A) (according to ISO9296)
Dimensions 451x386x195 mm
Weight 8.5 kg
Software Epson Easy Photo Print, Epson Print CD, Epson Event Manager, ABBYY FineReader© 9.0 Sprint (PC), ABBYY FineReader© 8.0 Sprint (Mac)
In the box Printer, Ink, photo paper, software, user guides, warranty, power cable, USB cable not included

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MikeRC e2
9 3.5k United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 8:47AM
For years I used an Epson photo, R200 printer with stunning results useing 3rd party inks, but it finally packed up and having read so many good things about Canon I bought the iP3600.

After the first print I regretted the move away from Epson, the Canon is not a patch on my Epson.

.....Mike

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Have had this printer specifically for A4 photo printing and it is superb.

Would recommend for this type of printing at this price it is a snip - just buy one!Grin

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