Epson – Stylus DX7000F review

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The Epson Stylus DX series has specialised in creating relatively cheap and efficient All-in-Ones that will appeal principally to small and home business users who are working to tight budgets.

The previous product, the DX6000, changed the appearance of this compact range from cream to stylish silver and grey, added memory card slots and a 2-inch LCD monitor, and increased the print speeds from 20ppm to 27ppm for black text and from 81 seconds to 28 seconds for 15 x 11cm (6 x 4-inch) photos.

The main difference with the DX7000F is that you now have a fax capability alongside the printing, copying and scanning functions. The colour 33.6Kbps fax includes an Answer Mode that can be easily changed between Auto Answer and Manual – the latter will avoid disruption to your printing – and it includes auto-redial plus a 60-address speed dial memory.

In most other respects it’s a case of business as usual. The All-in-One still makes use of Epson’s smudge-, fade- and water-resistant DURABrite Ultra inks and the maximum print resolution remains at 5,760 x 1,440dpi. It utilizes Epson’s unique Micro Piezo technology and you have the same four ink cartridges to replace at a cost of around £7 each. The A4 flatbed scanner retains the optical resolution of up to 1,200 x 2,400dpi while the included ABBYY FineReader OCR software means you can again turn scanned copy into text.

A slight decrease in the photo print speed now means that you have 29 seconds to wait for your 15 x 10cm print to appear and for some strange reason the 2-inch LCD monitor has vanished, which is a shame as it was one of the big selling factors on the last model.

Instead you have a thin LCD strip that informs you of functions, plus a myriad collection of control buttons. Fortunately you do have a broad spectrum of memory card slots which can handle CompactFlash, xD-Picture Card, SD, SmartMedia and Memory Sticks, and index sheets can be printed and used to help select the photos you want to copy or print.

The software is of the usual high standard, with the Epson Creativity Suite and Easy Photo Print especially useful (including the ability to print four prints on one sheet of A4). The PhotoEnhance package allied to PIF designer, Epson Web-to-Page and Print Image Framer ensures that you have every assistance with all your text and image needs.

It’s just a shame that Epson still hasn’t cracked the basic problem with the DURABrite Ultra inks – they still seem to run out quicker than the competition.

Company: Epson

Contact: 08702 416900

Epson has improved the DX All-in-One range by adding a fax capability, and the software, memory card slots and price make this a very attractive proposition, only let down by fast ink usage and the loss of the handy LCD control monitor.