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Epson R360 review

Good family printer but you'll have to wait for the prints

The R360 uses better Claria Photographic ink carts, which are supposed to offer a step up in colour representation

TechRadar Verdict

It's only the print speeds that let the R360 down. Everything else works well

Pros

  • +

    Great colour balance

    Good value

    Good quality, large LCD

    CD prints look great

Cons

  • -

    Really slow prints

    Expensive inks that run out fast

This colour inkjet boasts CD printing facilities, a rack of camera card bays and a large colour LCD screen for previewing shots. You can also print from Bluetooth devices, but need to buy a separate dongle to do this.

The R360 uses better Claria Photographic ink carts, which are supposed to offer a step up in colour representation. The ink carts can be replaced individually for around £7 or bought in six-cart multipacks for £26 (prices from Amazon.co.uk). Predictably, we found the cartridges ran out quickly.

The printer scored an 'excellent' on colour and 'above average' on resolution. Fine resolution and crisp details are slightly off when viewed close up. The improvement over Epson's budget D92 is startling, though. The colours are much livelier and make the printer well worth the extra £30.

The print speeds, however, are slow. One colour A4 print on Epson Premium Glossy paper took 4mins 22secs to finish; one 10x15cm print also took its time at 1min 13secs. On standard paper, we printed ten colour A4 sheets in 3mins 23secs. Epson advertises the printer with a colour print speed of 30ppm, which is ambitious to say the least.

Text printing was acceptable. From standby mode our standard text printed out in 32 seconds. Subsequent sheets took just 18 seconds. The text quality is fine at this price point, but when we switched from printing colour glossies to black and white text, the first text sheet carried waste ink from the rollers to the sheet. So the first print was useless.

Printing from cards is straightforward. The framing is easy on the LCD and the software simple to navigate. CD printing is also easy. We used the bundled Epson Print CD software, which works fine.

Overall, the R360 is a slow but versatile printer that will give you good prints.

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