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NEW Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD Review

PX730WD Printer


The latest of the PX700 series of attractive printers with unique styling has been released, the PX730WD. As this printer looks almost identical to the replaced RX720W, we need to examine what improvements and changes have been made to the specification and build quality. This is vital because when reading feedback from actual users of the older PX720W model, it scored an average of 4 stars out of 5. Most customers seemed happy with the printer, however approximately twenty percent of users gave the machine a poor review. Possibly many reviews were written when the printers had just been received and in good working order, and the eventual level of satisfaction could have been much lower than what was reported?

The main areas for concern were horizontal banding, a common problem with Epson printers. Another was the paper feed mechanism which could jam or feed multiple sheets at once. Paper trays are located at the bottom of the machine and paper has to loop around and come back out of the front of the printer. Full Ink Pads Warning stops the printer and scanner from working after a default amount of prints and is expensive to reset if a software utility is not available. Another area to mention is the sometimes noisy operation of the printer.

Lets talk about the things that have not changed from the previous model. Information can be printed from a wealth of memory card types but an adapter is required at extra cost The A4 flatbed colour scanner with a CIS sensor has a resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi. The paper tray will hold 100 sheets of 80gm A4 paper. Claria Hummingbird or Owl Inks provide vibrant colours and fade proof pictures. Compatible and refillable cartridges are available for the T0801 - T0806 series fo cartridges at low prices.

Changes to specification are as follows... With the advent of smartphones and mobile tablets, consumers looking for a paper outlet for their data have struggled to find a suitable printer. The PX730WD now offers this facility with Epson iPrint app using a wireless connection. The machine also has automatic wi-fi set-up when using Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Mac OS Operating Systems.

In summary the PX730WD is not a heavy duty printer and is therefore best suited for printing occasional photographs and on to disks, and not for regular office use. You can get fantastic results if you are prepared to accept the numerous paper jams and error messages. We would recommend waiting a few months to assess feedback from purchasers of this new model to see if Epson have ironed out the problems from the previous model. Doing this would make the PX730 an Award Winner in 2011, however if this is a rebadged PX720WD printer, then think twice before buying!

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