HP Photosmart 7960

The HP Photosmart is wider than the average A4 printer to accommodate its direct printing components, but it’s also fairly shallow, with both paper input and output trays positioned at the front.

Epson Stylus Photo R800

Epson’s Stylus Photo R800 is the first and only printer to combine a long-lasting pigment ink set with high gloss paper printing. It also has a higher colour gamut than most other Epson printers, regardless of their output size. The R800’s body design is functional and it’s very well built. The ink set consists of the standard CMY inks plus red and blue, two black inks (Matte and Photo Black) and a Gloss Optimiser, containing the same high density clear resin used to encapsulate the pigment particles in the coloured ink.

Epson Perfection 4990 Photo

Epson’s latest top-of-the-range flatbed/film scanner may be large and relatively pricey but you get plenty of bangs for your buck. The Perfection 4990 Photo combines 4800dpi resolution with a bit depth of 48, and Epson claims its high 4.0 optical density produces scans with smooth and accurate colour and subtle grey gradations. Features of the new model include a MatrixCCD scanning head with microlenses that ensure even light coverage. A blue-toned lamp compensates for the base masking in colour negatives, providing faster scans with better colour accuracy.

HP Photosmart 8750

HP’s Photosmart 8750 inkjet printer is the most affordable A3 printer on the market that produces long-lasting, prints that are good enough to exhibit or sell. Initially, its sheer size is daunting, although its weight is similar to the Epson R2400. However, you can’t fairly compare these two printers as the Epson is twice the price of the HP model. Not surprisingly, the 8750 is slightly noisier and we had more problems with paper jams and incorrect loading.

Epson Stylus Photo RX530

9 Rating

Promoted as a ‘total photo solution for home users’, Epson’s Stylus Photo RX530 supports direct printing from PictBridge enabled cameras and most popular memory cards as well as computer-based printing from editing software. It also sports a high-resolution flatbed/film scanner that doubles as a copier for both photos and documents. Stand-alone users can scan, copy and print with one-touch simplicity and the bundled software provides easy integration with image and document editors and email utilities when the RX530 is connected to a PC.

HP Photosmart 475

8.5 Rating

A compact, portable printer that is easy to use and produces long-lasting snapshot-sized prints.Despite its resemblance to a pop-up toaster, HP’s Photosmart 475 printer is a surprisingly capable and versatile device. Lift the handle and you can take it anywhere. Plug it in, switch it on and it’s ready to print. Connect it to a TV set via the supplied video cable and you can watch a slideshow of images stored on the 1.5 GB internal hard disk drive or a memory card from your camera (all popular cards are supported). A remote control lets you drive the slideshow from your armchair.

Epson Stylus CX4700

8.5 Rating

Epson’s Stylus CX4700 is an affordable multifunction printer for home and small office users who want top quality document printouts plus scanning and copying facilities and the ability to print photos. It uses four individually packed DURABrite Ultra pigment inks, which promise prints that will last up to 120 years and offers an ‘optimized’ resolution of 5760dpi with Resolution Performance Management (RPM) technology.