Epson Expression Premium XP-700
Excellent photos; strong cloud features
The best photo printer of this bunch (includes Canon PIXMA MX926, HP Photosmart 7520 and Brother MFC-J825DW), Epson’s XP-700 is a great choice for students with a passion for photography.
This five-colour inkjet A4 multi-function device is the most compact of the bunch, making it a good fit for a student desk. The front panel, with the built-in screen, folds upwards to give you full access to the output and paper trays.
It’s a printer, copier and scanner but the XP-700 lacks a fax machine and Automatic Document Feeder, so small office users might weigh it against the four-colour Epson Workforce range. The XP-700 features a 100-sheet paper tray and separate tray for photo paper and discs. It’s the only one of the bunch to feature a rear paper tray, handling thicker stock that won’t bend. It also supports automatic double-sided document printing but not double-sided scanning.
On the front, the PictBridge-compatible USB port is accompanied by SD/MMC, MS Duo and CF card slots and you can preview shots on the 3.5in colour display. Ethernet and Wi-Fi (with Wi-Fi Direct if you don’t have a home network) allow for both Google Cloud Print and AirPrint from iGadgets.
There’s also an Epson iOS app (printing/ scanning) – which can send files to and from Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox or Box. Alternatively you can simply email files straight to the device for printing. It’s also possible to scan to the above cloud services, to another Epson printer or to an email address.
Even if you can live without a fax, the lack of a document feeder will disappoint office users. But this Epson should happily meet the needs of students, with plenty of cloud features and first-rate photo prints.