Epson Stylus Photo RX610

We live in a quick fix, instant satisfaction society. We want things to work easily and with as little complication as possible. I don’t want to sit staring at a “how to” guide and endlessly googling tips on how to make something work. This is how I felt when I opened the box to the Epson Stylus Photo RX610. It took me quite a while to actually figure out what the indecipherable picture instructions were trying to tell me. I eventually made it work, though, and found the easiest way to get what I wanted was to print through my flash disc.

The Epson Stylus is not just a photo printer. It’s an all-in-one printer, copier and scanner. Its main aim in life, however, is to print digital photos, and it flexes its muscles in this area by boasting six different print cartridges — cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan and light.

Phew! That’s a whack load of print cartridges, and it makes my hands sweaty at the thought of replacing them.

This is the biggest debate these days when talking photo printers. Some people throw their printer away when the ink is dry because it’s cheaper to buy a whole new printer than it is to replace the ink. Fact: Ink is the new oil, and we are being taken under by the barrel. But the truth is, if you want a real photo lab quality print, you’re going to need to use your whole palette and be prepared to pay the costs. The Epson Stylus prints beautiful lab quality photos in about 30 seconds, and is well worth the wait. On glossy paper, the result is the best. Anything less, expect a duller result.

With a multitude of ways to print — via your PC or Mac, straight from your memory card and from a USB flash drive, the Stylus allows for personal results. I liked the easy set-up features and the fact that you can change your colour prints to black and white or sepia and even edit them via the screen. It’s not the best thing to do if you’re a serious photographer, though, so this element is better suited to the novice.

The Stylus is a top-of-the-range quality photo printer, but its clunky old-fashioned design didn’t impress. I’m intrigued by the stunning quality and I spent all night printing out pictures just to see what they looked like on paper. Digital photos are all good and well, but at the end of the day it’s the hard copies that bring the good memories … constantly.

Hot: Photo quality is professional lab style. Beautiful photos instantly.

Not: Clunky, kind of old fashioned and costs its weight in ink.

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