Stylus Photo PX660 Printer Review
A few years ago Epson realised the demand for a photo printer with added features such as a copier and scanner. The Epson Stylus Photo PX660 delivers these together with a 6.3cm LCD screen and comprehensive touch control panel, memory card slots and PictBridge port. There is also a detatchable tray that slots into the front of the printer for printing directly onto coated disks.
Consumers buying this product will be looking for good photographic reproduction most of all. We are glad to say that they will not be disappointed! The Epson Stylus Photo PX660 with it's six colour Ink system produces vivid, true to life colours and sharp detail. This is thanks to the advanced variable sized droplet technology and 540 print head nozzles that produce a resolution of 5760x1440dpi. However text printing is not so good, as with many Epson printers there is evidence of feathering.
Print speeds can be slow when producing photographs in the highest quality mode. Four minutes is not uncommon for a full colour A4 photograph. By using the standard photo setting you can half the time to two minutes. Scanning speeds and quality are average with a resolution of 1200x2400dpi.
The Epson Stylus Photo PX660 uses Hummingbird cartridges as follows... T0801 Black, T0802 Cyan, T0803 Magenta, T0804 Yellow, T0805 Light Cyan, and T0806 Light Magenta. Genuine Epson Claria Dye based Ink Cartridges are available for around £60 for the T0807 Hummingbird multi-pack. Higher Capacity cartridges can also be used, namely the Epson Owl series with codes T0791 to T0796. To reduce printing costs premium quality compatible cartridges can be used at a fraction of the price. Just like the genuine Epson cartridges, compatible versions also contain dye based ink which produces darker blacks than pigment ink. Dye Inks can offer more natural results although they are not waterproof and are less resistent to sunlight.
Notable emissions of the Epson Stylus Photo PX660 include WiFi, Ethernet connections, and a second paper tray, enabling you to swap between paper media. On the positive side this machine has an illuminated easy-to-use control panel, reproduces high quality photographs, and is cheap to run when using compatible cartridges. For these reasons we have rather generously scored the printer as 'Good', however the lack of networking abilities, slow print speeds, and slightly high initial purchase price, meant we almost reduced our score to 'OK'! Before buying we recommend you take a look at the the Canon MG5250 and MG6150 machines which appear to be superior to the PX660 in most departments.
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