Epson Stylus Photo P50 review

Epson's P50 is the photo printing successor to the R285

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Our Verdict

If you don't want all the fancy frills of standalone printing, the new P50 makes an excellent choice for printing punchy image quality at a reasonable price

For

  • Great image quality
  • Superb value for money

Against

  • No standalone printing features at all

The brand-new Stylus Photo P50 printer from Epson is the successor to the venerable Photo Stylus R285 and, despite a shiny new black coat that gives it a much more up-market look, there are a lot of similarities between the two.

At the most fundamental level, the P50 runs on exactly the same cartridges as its predecessor, which is no bad thing as there's a lot to be said for the time-honoured photo printing mix of dye-based cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan and light magenta inks – especially when you're getting the quality of Epson's Claria inks in individually replaceable cartridges.

If you're looking for fancy frills and exotic features, you'll have to look somewhere else, as the P50 has nothing in the way of standalone or direct printing facilities. Not only are there neither card readers nor an LCD screen, but also the printer doesn't even include a PictBridge port for printing from compatible cameras.

In our view, this isn't too much of a disadvantage because we always tend to edit images on a computer to some extent before going to the expense of printing.

Speed isn't breathtaking but the P50 proved a full minute faster than the older R285 for top quality A4 printing in our tests, with crisp, vibrant yet very natural image quality.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed12 Second
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity120 sheets
USBYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)37
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)38
Product FamilyStylus Photo
Maximum Print Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA4, Letter, Legal, A6, A5, B5, Half-letter, Envelope No. 10, DL Envelope, C6 Envelope, 200 mm x 250 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm, 130 mm x 200 mm, 1020 mm x 1810 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity120 sheets
Media TypePlain Paper
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelP50
Product NameStylus Photo P50 Inkjet Printer
Product LineStylus Photo
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CA45301
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

The powerful software supplied makes it easy to enhance images and remove imperfections such as red eye. You can also add a personal touch to your discs by printing directly onto suitable CDs and DVDs. Epson Stylus Photo P50 Inkjet Printer is cost effective too, because with individual inks you only have to replace the colour used.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.50 kg