Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD review

  • £130

Can you colour yourself in glory with Epson's 6-ink photo printer?

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The PX720WD is a marked improvement over Epson's preceding PX710W in terms of intuitive ease of use, and the auto duplex unit is nice to have for double-sided printing if and when you need it. In all other respects, the two printers are virtually identical, so it's a case of evolution rather than revolution.

We liked

The touch-sensitive panel makes it easier to engage standalone printing and photocopying modes, and there's a wide range of media card slots. Built predominantly for photo output, the addition of a CompactFlash slot is an advantage to those with posh D-SLRs, as this is lacking on many of the latest all-in-one printers.

Photo print quality is particularly punchy and vibrant, and the addition of a secondary paper input tray for postcard prints of up to 7x5 inches reduces the need for continual swapping between plain paper and photo paper in the main tray.

We disliked

Photo print quality isn't noticeably better than from Canon's 5-ink printers like the MG5150, and the latter produces stronger mono text with its pigment-based black ink. Another plus point for the Canon is that the secondary input tray can accommodate full A4 photo paper.

Epson's touch-panel interface isn't quite on a par with full-colour touch-screen LCDs, as fitted to the Lexmark Interact S605 or the HP Photosmart Premium C309G.

Verdict

One of the most expensive A4 all-in-one printers on the market, the Epson PX720WD goes a long way to justify its price tag and running costs are pretty reasonable. Ultimately, however, the 6-ink system doesn't really deliver noticeably better photo quality than some of Canon's cheaper 5-ink printers.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed10 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)40
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)40
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)40
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)40
Product FamilyStylus Photo
Maximum Print Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, Letter, Legal, A5, A6, B5, Envelope No. 10, DL Envelope, C6 Envelope, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 130 mm x 200 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto/Disc Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
EthernetYes
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Country of OriginIndonesia
Height150 mm
Width446 mm
Depth458 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Premium Paper, Glossy Paper, Photo Paper, CD/DVD
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelPX720WD
Product NameStylus Photo PX720WD Multifunction Printer
Product LineStylus Photo
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size6.3 cm (2.5")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CA74301
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

Compact and contemporary, this all-in-one printer is designed to complement your home, and offers a range of useful functions from better-than-lab-quality photo printing for the enthusiast, to double-sided document printing for the kids' homework. It's easy to use, with a smart-navigation touch-panel putting printing, scanning and copying features at your fingertips.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Stylus Photo PX720WD Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Light Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Light Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • Software CD
  • Basic Operation Guide
  • Start Here Guide
  • Network Set-Up Guide
  • Warranty Document
  • Power Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9.60 kg