Lab Test: Epson TX610FW

Anthony Caruana
18 May, 2010
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Epson has been one of the leaders in quality printing for many years. The TX610FW does that reputation no harm.

The TX610FW has quite a large footprint and consumes a significant amount of desk space. Once we had it on the desk and powered up, the touchscreen display made it easy to configure the printer and have it ready to use. Connectivity to our test systems was flexible with USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi all available. We installed it by establishing a connection and then letting Snow Leopard determine the best driver to use – there was no need to install the software on the accompanying CD.

Snow Leopard’s printing system detected the TX610FW as a Bonjour device and the Snow Leopard driver allowed us to use all of the printer’s features. Using both Preview and Image Capture, we were able to scan images and pages from both the flatbed and document feeder.

Most printers use a four-cartridge system. The TX610FW uses a six-cartridge system that is supposed to deliver improved print quality. In our testing, we found the photo printing to be very good. We also used the scanner to copy a photo, and found that some skin tones were pale and some objects came out dark.

Paper handling was competently managed. The tray has two sections so we could load A4 into the main part with photo paper in the second section. It was easy to choose which paper source we wanted to use when sending a job to the TX610FW.

Complex documents from Pages with sections of solid colour, photos and text printed very nicely. Plain text documents from Microsoft Word were easy to read.

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Epson TX610FW (You are here)

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Epson TX610FW

Rating 4
RRP Printer, $249; Replacement cartridges, $140
Cons Innacurate photo scanning
Pros Plenty of features; dual paper feeds

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