When it comes to consumer-grade supertabloid (13-by-19-inch) inkjet photo printers, the only one that I knew about prior to the Epson Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format Printer ($349.99) is the Editors' Choice Canon Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer. Both six-ink machines print exceptionally well, especially photos, and they are priced similarly, however, also the XP-15000 has greater paper-handling alternatives and connectivity features, as well as a more contemporary and easier-to-use control panel, which can be only sufficient to ease it into our top alternative slot for wide-format consumer-grade photo printers.
Five Years Leaner
The XP-15000 replaces the corporation's much bigger and thicker Artisan 1430. Measuring 6.3 by 18.7 by 14.5 inches (HWD) with its drawers and trays closed, and weighing 18.7 lbs, the XP-15000 is small for a wide-format printer, but large enough that many small family-oriented and home-based offices might have difficulty locating somewhere to put it. Nevertheless the Canon iP8720 is, besides being just a couple inches wider, about exactly the identical size.
Paper handling on the XP-15000 is composed of two inputs: a 200-sheet plain paper cassette front, along with also a 50-sheet feeder--chiefly for premium photo and wide-format paper--in the back of the machine. Printed pages territory on an automatic output which deploys as needed. Both machines also let you print labels on pre-surfaced optical discs and come with accompanying applications for designing and printing discs and jewel case inserts. In addition, the XP-15000 can print borderless pages in all sizes that range from 4 inches up to 13 by 19 inches.
Along with Wi-Fi Direct, other cellular options incorporate the Epson Link portfolio of cloud connectivity features: Epson E-mail Printing, Epson Remote Print, the Epson iPrint App (iOS, Android) for linking to different cloud websites, the Deadly Print Program (iOS, Android) templates for generating calendars, greeting cards, and such. Third-party connectivity support includes Android printing, Apple AirPrint, Fire OS printing, Google Cloud Printing, along with Mopria.
Since all of the XP-15000 does is print, it doesn't require much control panel. What you get is a 2.4-inch LCD accompanied by a pair of buttons for navigating menus and onscreen protection apps and profiles.
No Speed Demon
(I tested it over Ethernet from our regular Intel Core i5 testbed PC running Windows 10 Professional.) The Canon Pixma iP8720 was analyzed under a distinct methodology utilizing a different pair of hardware and documents; comparing its own speeds with those of those XP-15000 would not be sensible.
Nevertheless, when printing our 12-page Microsoft Word text file, I used the XP-15000 at 7.9ppm, over 1ppm supporting its score. Epson's own Expression Premium ET-7750, a tabloid-size (11 by 17 inches) five-ink EcoTank printer, published the identical record at 13.8ppm, and HP's business-oriented OfficeJet Pro 7720, yet another tabloid-size model, managed 23.4ppm. An office-oriented AIO such as the HP 7720 is anticipated to outpace a photo-centric version, though.
When I joined the results from the 12-page Microsoft Word evaluation with those from printing our colorful Acrobat, PowerPoint, and Excel files containing graphics and photographs, the XP-15000's printing score dropped significantly, down to 3.9ppm, which, again, is about par for a consumer-grade picture printer onto this portion of our evaluations. The Canon Pixma TS9120, by way of example, managed 4.7ppm. The business-oriented HP 7720, on the flip side, managed 10.1ppm.
It's expected this type of printer needs to be able to create photos at a pretty good clip. The XP-15000 published both exceptionally detailed and vibrantly coloured test snapshots at an average of 37 minutes each.
Inkjet printers typically print photographs well; photo-centric inkjet printers generally publish photographs better than inkjets that have not been tweaked to enhance photo output. The more colors that a photo-centric inkjet has at its disposal, even more frequently than not, the far better photos it prints. Epson's and Canon's six-ink photo output is always among the finest I have seen. That is, but the first time that I've seen photographs printed on a consumer-grade printer with Epson's Claria Ultra HD inks. The XP-15000 ends up a number of the best photographs I've seen out of a printer not aimed at professional photographers.
The XP-15000 deploys twice as numerous ink nozzles (90 vs 180) since the Artisan 1430, the printer it replaces. Furthermore, Epson has replaced the light cyan and light magenta inks using red and grey inks, which, according to the firm, increases the colour gamut and enhances grayscale pictures. Depending on how well the XP-15000 published our sample grayscale pictures, and the vivid and precise colours in our colour test pictures, this is apparently true.
Also striking were the borderless 13-by-19-inch photographs and fine art I published; they were reminiscent of these fine prints churned out by Epson's own 12-ink SureColor professional photography versions, such as the SureColor P5000, or even Canon's imagePrograf Pro-1000.
I was impressed with how well it printed our company charts and graphs in other business-oriented documents. Fills and gradients came out solid with no noticeable banding (except for a single file with a dark-green-to-black gradient, and that was barely noticeable). Hairlines (principles 1 stage and under) printed solid and unbroken from finishing, and colors were bright and accurate.
Lastly, the text documents I printed were good-looking, also. Standard serif and sans serif fonts were clicked down to and beyond the point at which I desired magnification to read them. The decorative fonts we examine came out a tiny misshapen and difficult to read at bigger sizes than I'm utilized to seeing, but mostly text caliber, and publish quality total, was rather great.
The Price of Fine Printing
Determining the running costs for a printer with six inks (rather than four) and oversize pages (above double the normal size) is difficult, because I can not tell when the additional inks install and just how much ink has been discharged when they perform. Any price per page estimate which includes more than the original cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and black inks is nothing more than a well-educated guess.
That said, with our regular cost-per-page calculation process, and assuming that the additional gray and red inks deploy just as needed when printing grayscale photographs and graphics or color photos generally, I calculated that the XP-15000's running costs are approximately 4.6 cents per black page and 13.9 cents per colour page. (Put simply, I left the two extra colors out.) Extended a cent or two one way or other, these numbers are in accordance with the contest, but might add up over time, especially for non-professional photographers on a budget. Calculating running costs such as the six-ink Canon Pixma TS9120 presents the very same limits, but my rigorous quotes because of it are very close to those of the XP-15000.
If low running costs are high on your list of priorities, there are some less-expensive choices, such as the Epson ET-7750 mentioned previously. As a five-ink EcoTank model, its operating costs are below 1 cent for black and about 1 penny for colour pages. It may not, but print 13-by-19-inch pages, however; the biggest it goes will be 11 by 17 inches. HP's Immediate Ink-ready Envy Photo models deliver adequate running costs, also, but much less good-looking photographs. In addition, it is important to be aware that these quotes are for letter-size (8.5-by-11-inch) files, maybe not wide-format.
A Fine Alternative to Professional Photo Printers
Typically, to find wide-format fine art and photos, you would want to buy your own professional-quality photo printer or rent time on one in a service agency. The former solution is not just expensive to buy (beginning at roughly twice the price of this XP-15000), but also the ink itself (keeping in mind that many of these utilize as much as 12 inks) can be prohibitively costly - especially for beginning artists and photographers with restricted budgets. Grantedthe Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wireless Wide-Format Printer is designed more for home users, however it is also a sensible jumping off point for beginners and would-be professional photographers. Therefore, the XP-15000 is that our newest Editors' Choice.
312 Black, 312 Magenta, 312 Yellow, 312 Cyan, 314 Grey, 314 Red, T0811 Black, T0812 Cyan, T0813 Magenta, T0814 Yellow, Y0815 Light Cyan, T0816 Light Magenta.
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Mac® OS X® 10.6.8 – macOS® 10.12.x6
What's In The Box:
Expression Photo HD XP-15000 printer
CD-ROM for product setup
4x Claria Photo HD 312-I ink cartridges (1x Black, 1x Cyan, 1x Magenta, 1x Yellow)
2x Claria Photo HD 314-I ink cartridges (1x Gray, 1x Red)
1 Cleaning Sheet
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