Epson Expression Photo XP-950 (C11CD28201) Review

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January 16, 2015
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Epson Expression Photo XP-950 (C11CD28201) is an inkjet photo printer catering to the needs of shutterbugs and small businesses. It’s made by one of the top printer manufacturers, so expectations are naturally high. Let’s examine this Epson further to find out its advantages and possible drawbacks.

Features

Epson Expression Photo XP-950 (C11CD28201) is sort of an multifunctional device. In addition to printing, it also scans and copies. However, fax is not there which is rather odd. Then again, not everyone faxes documents in 2015. Perhaps 10-20 years ago this would’ve been a real issue, not so much in this day.

The display of this printer should be pleasant to use. It’s a 3.5″ touch screen with gesture navigation. Many models come with a smaller display and without touch feature, so I give bonus points for this.

802.11 b/g/n wireless is supported for all of those who dont want to play with wires. But if you do, there are the usual 10/100Mbps Ethernet and USB 2.0 ports for you to use.

The standard input tray can hold up to 100 paper sheets. It’s definitely on the low side for a busy office but should be enough for people printing photos in homes (or other quiet places). The maximum paper size for printing is 11″ x 17″ and scanning 8.5″ x 11″. There’s also a secondary tray for 20 sheets of premium photo paper.

Automatic duplex printing is supported, so you can print on two sides of the same paper easily. In addition, borderless printing is available.

Dimensions of this Epson are 18.9″ x 25.9″ x 11.6″ (W x D x H) when paper tray is out.

Performance

Epson Expression Photo XP-950 (C11CD28201) has print speed of 9.5 ppm for B&W pages and 9.0 ppm for color pages. Now it’s not a true workhorse, but sufficient for most home users.

The maximum print resolution is 5760 x 1440 dpi. An average amount, I’m little concerned about the actual photo print quality. There were several users who said their photo prints were not good. I can only say that if photo printer does its most important job poorly, it’s questionable if one should get it in the first place.

Sadly monthly duty cycle and internal memory for this printer weren’t available. At least I didn’t find them. However, I don’t think these kind of photo printers last on a very serious use. Couple of dozen photo prints a day would be your best bet as how much it can reasonably take.

Costs

Epson Expression Photo XP-950 (C11CD28201) is priced at 200-250 dollars. But don’t forget the ink prices. A price for one B&W page, using the Claria 277XL ink, would cost around 4 cents. Using the standard 277 color pack, cost per one color page would be around 15 cents. Not the cheapest prints I’ve seen, especially for over 200 bucks printer.

Conclusion

This Epson printer may be fine for occasional photo printing. The comments about sub-standard photo quality however made me doubtful, and I can’t straight away recommend this printer. At least read the user reviews and make up your own mind. Regarding other stuff there shouldn’t be many issues, but photo quality is of course this Epson’s most important duty. Getting it wrong would be very unfortunate.


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