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Epson Expression Photo XP-750 review

Kat Orphanides
16 Jul 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
125
inc VAT

Good-looking photos and scans, but text prints are mediocre and photo prints expensive

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Specifications

10ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, 141x341x390mm

Epson's A4 photo printers and MFPs usually do well in our photo quality tests, and the Expression XP-750 MFP very much lives up to our expectations. It uses Epson's Claria inks and has six dye-based cartridges: the usual cyan, magenta, yellow and black, plus light cyan and light magenta cartridges which increase the number of colours the printer can produce and so improve the subtlety of shading in photo prints.

Epson Expression Photo XP-750

The setup utility on the accompanying driver CD takes you through connecting the printer to your computer. You can do this either via a USB cable, by connecting the XP-750 to your local wireless network, or by using its Ethernet port for a wired network connection. We opted to make our test prints via USB to ensure that our speed test results were consistent with those of other photo printers we've reviewed. However, if you want to use Epson's mobile phone and tablet printing apps, you'll have to set the printer up on your local network before you're able to do so.

The printer has two paper inputs at the bottom of the device, underneath the output tray. Because the output tray is automated and can't be opened and closed by hand, this makes it inconvenient to access the input trays and refill them while the printer is in use. The bottom tray can take any paper size up to A4, while the tray above it is designed to take smaller paper sizes, such as 4x6in photo paper. This means that, conveniently, you can keep the printer loaded with two different sizes or types of paper at the same time. The small tray can take up to 20 sheets of photo paper, while the main one holds 100 pieces of A4.

Epson Expression Photo XP-750

As well as being a capable photo printer, the XP-750 is a fully-fledged photo MFP with a 2,400x1,200dpi flatbed CIS scanner which you can use to make photocopies and scan images to your PC or the MFP's built-in memory card reader. The card reader supports formats including the ubiquitous SDXC cards used by most digital cameras, as well as Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, Compact Flash, MMCplus and MicroDrive. There's no support for xD cards, as used by older Olympus and Fujifilm cameras.

The MFP did well in our scan and copy tests, with an A4 scan speed of 32 seconds at 300dpi and 14 seconds at 150dpi. It also managed a 6x4in scan speed of 35 seconds at 600dpi and just over two minutes at 1,200dpi. A colour copy took 30 seconds and a mono one 13 seconds. Scan quality is better than we’ve come to expect from the CIS scanners built into most home MFPs, with accurate colours and good reproduction of fine detail.

A4 plain paper printing wasn't the main focus of our tests, but the XP-750 did a reasonable job. Rather than having a dedicated pigmented ink cartridge for plain paper printing, it uses the same dye inks to print on paper that it uses for photos. Letter-quality prints were dark, but the edges of letters looked at little fuzzy and some lines of text wavered a little. At draft quality, text was grey and jagged-looking. Illustrated business documents printed in the driver's text and graphics mode fared a little better: graphs and illustrations looked great, but text, particularly at small sizes, again looked a little fuzzy around the edges.

Where this MFP really excels is in photo printing. Image quality is outstanding, with great detail and particularly rich colour. This is most visible in dark areas, where black tones are deep with plenty of low-contrast detail. Some of our test images looked, if anything, a little too vivid, giving some pictures a slightly unnatural cast. Magenta tones dominate, with yellow sometimes looking a touch faded, but the overall quality of the photo prints is among the best we've seen from a standard desktop printer or MFP. It’s also worth noting that it’s easy to adjust the printer’s use of colour by tweaking the adjustment settings in the driver. The printer also supports ICC colour profiles, which you can use to ensure correct printing on third-party specialist media.

Epson Expression Photo XP-750

The printer is reasonably quick, printing six 6x4in photos in just over seven minutes and two 10x8in prints in around four and a half. However, it’s not particularly cheap to run, with a 6x4in photo costing 12.2p for just the ink or a total of 41.2p if you include the cost of Epson’s Premium Glossy paper. Similarly, an A4 print will cost you 48.6p in ink and £1.08 in total. Worse still, these prices are based on buying a multipack of six inks. If you buy them individually, you can expect your ink costs to be almost 14p at 6x4in and around 55p at A4. Cheaper photo papers are available both from Epson and from third-party stockists, but make sure you go for a good brand which has an appropriate ICC profile available for it.

If you make plain paper prints, you’ll pay 2.5p for a mono page and between 10p and 11p per colour page, depending on whether you use multipack ink or not. Bear in mind that, as not all inks are used at the same rate, you may have to buy individual cartridges from time to time in addition to multipack ones.

If you're after a photo MFP, then this is a good buy, but we think the cheaper single-function Canon Pixma iP7250 just takes the edge with its more natural photographic colours, better plain paper print quality and lower print costs, so is a better buy if you don't need a built-in scanner.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Maximum native print resolution5,760x1,440dpi
Max optical resolution2,400x1,200dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A410ppm
Quoted speed, colour A49ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.04m 37s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.07m 3s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size141x341x390mm
Weight7.3kg
Noise (in normal use)37dB(A)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4
Maximum paper weight194gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity120
Maximum paper inputs2
Maximum paper input capacity120
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologypiezo inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7/8, MacOS X 10.5.8+
Other inkjet features8.8cm touchscreen, automatic print head alignment
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Price£125
Consumable parts and prices£13 each
Price per colour A4 page8.5p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge240 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)360 pages cyan, magenta, yellow (ISO/IEC 24711)
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.comwales.com
Detailswww.epson.co.uk

Print Quality

Number of ink colours6
Number of ink cartridges6
Maximum number of ink colours6
Maximum number of cartridges6
Quoted photo durability98 years
Quoted photo durability sourceWilhelm Imaging Research

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview14s
A4 document at 150dpi14s
A4 document at 300dpi32s
6x4in photo at 600dpi35s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi2m 3s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.013s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.030s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Photo Features

PictBridge supportYes
Borderless printingA4
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsSDXC, Memory Stick Pro-HD Duo, MagicGate, Compact Flash, MMCplus, MicroDrive
CD printingYes

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolutionN/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)N/A