Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD review

Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD review

When choosing a printer, you need to consider what you will be using it for predominantly.

If you are an avid amateur photographer, then the Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD could be for you.

Inexpensive, energy efficient and easy to us, this is a great photo printer.

It's a squat inkjet multifunction peripheral (MFP) comprising printer, scanner and colour copier.

The touch-sensitive, colour screen control panel displays print options or the contents of your memory card for quick and easy photo selection.

Capable of printing a six by four inch photo (regular postcard size) in just 79 seconds this machine is not only speedy but produces high-quality prints.

The Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD can also print directly on to compatible CDs and DVDs.

The scanner is fast and boasts sharp images and vibrant colours.

Supporting both WiFi and Ethernet port, you have a choice of how to connect.


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The Brother MFC-5890CN

The Brother MFC-5890CN

People operating in a small or home office will find that the Brother MFC-5890CN is perfectly suited to their needs, combining just the right amount of speed and power to suit their task, as well as solid image quality.

The control panel is ergonomic and intuitive, with clearly marked buttons arranged logically and a 3.3in colour LCD making navigating options easy.

Furthermore, the capacity of the paper trays is generous, with a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and a 150-sheet A3/ledger input tray, as well as a top lid capable of holding up to 50 sheets - perfect for those who do not have time to continually refill the trays.

The manufacturer has also been praised for its generally economical ink, with the MFC-5890CN using separate cartridges for each colour, helping to reduce waste and ensure that quality is never compromised.

Combined with sharp black text and excellent colour photo prints, particularly when printed on our High Quality Photo Papers, the MFC-5890CN is a good choice for home or small offices.


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Is Adobe LeanPrint any good?

Is Adobe LeanPrint any good?

You've probably heard of Adobe LeanPrint. If you haven't, not to worry.

It's a piece of software you install on your computer that links up to your printer.

It's specifically designed to help printer users manage how much ink they use.

It re-dos the layout of documents when printing from popular applications and browsers so that users can put content onto fewer pages, using less toner and reducing the environmental impact of their printing.

Adobe says LeanPrint reduces paper and toner consumption by an average of around 40 per cent. But is it any good?

According to a recent PC World review of the product, yes and no.

LeanPrint is clearly designed to capitalise on the fact that, let's face it, ink and toner from original equipment manufacturers don't come cheap.

The review explains that LeanPrint has two modes – TonerSaver and SuperSaver.

TonerSaver works by reducing the amount of ink or toner used to form text and by replacing solid colours with pattern fills where appropriate, such as pie charts and diagrams.

"The savings in ink and toner are modest but noticeable, and readability isn't seriously compromised," the review states.

SuperSaver works differently – by automatically reformatting print jobs so as to reduce page count, changing font and modifying column counts.

"This radical approach produces impressive results under optimized conditions, lowering page counts by 70 per cent or more."

But as the review points out, LeanPrint is a little limited. That's because it doesn't support a number of applications, such as Chrome or the latest version of Firefox – just Microsoft Word and Excel.

UPDATE: Adobe LeanPrint Now supports both Chrome and the latest version of Firefox.

"That leaves a rather narrow range of applications that the software can work with," according to the review.

"The browser restrictions alone will discourage most home users and small businesses from adopting LeanPrint."

It's also quite expensive – nearly £100.

So is such a product really necessary? The PC World review suggests that many of the savings achievable through LeanPrint can be achieved by changing a few options on the printer – such as draft mode and duplex printing.


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