Epson Stylus Photo PX660: Features

At the heart of the PX660 is Epson's tried and tested micro-piezo print head technology. This differs from the system used in every other make of inkjet printer, as the ink isn't boiled to force a rapid expansion that expels it from the print head.

There are 90 nozzles for black and each colour of ink, delivering Epson's typical maximum resolution of 5760x1440dpi, along with AVDT (Advanced Variable-sized Droplet Technology), that enables droplets as small as a near-microscopic 1.5pl (pico-litre).

Up on top, the CIS (Contact Image Sensor) A4 scanner is standard fare, with a reasonable 1200x2400dpi resolution while, down below, there's a PictBridge port and dual-slot card readers. The first of these takes MS Pro, SD and xD cards while the second is for CompactFlash cards, which will please many D-SLR photographers as CF slots are lacking on most of the latest HP and Lexmark all-in-one printers.

There's also a specialist tray for direct printing onto white-faced CDs and DVDs, which is supported by design software that comes with the printer and is great for creating professional-looking discs. One thing that's lacking is the dual trays featured on most Canon inkjet printers, requiring you to switch between plain and photo paper in the single, rear-mounted upright feeder each time you want to swap between document and photo printing.

There's also no Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity, so the printer needs to be hooked up to a PC via a USB cable.