Epson, in a break with its own tradition, has started to quote ISO print speeds which are a lot more realistic than its own test results. For the Expression Photo XP-750 it claims 9.5ppm for black pages and 9.0ppm for colour.
We got quite close to the black print speed, measuring 6.7ppm for our five-page text document and a slightly faster 8.0ppm on the 20-page long document. Draft print, which is light and uses a less well-formed font, gave 11.5ppm.
The black text and colour graphics print produced 5.7ppm, a bit slow given the specification, but fair in comparative terms, and a duplex print of 10, double-sided pages finished with a speed of 4.5 sides per minute. A single page, colour copy took 23s and 15 x 10cm photos took between 34s and 1:08, depending on source.
Printed output from the machine is fair, though a bit fuzzy, on black text, good on colour print, though again showing some ink spread on colour copies, and sharp and well-defined on photos, always a strong point of Epson printers.
Cartridge prices for this Epson machine have dropped slightly since we tested its companion, the Expression Photo XP-850, which uses the same set, and we now get page costs of 3.0p for black and 9.5p for colour. This is a similar black page cost and slightly lower colour cost than from some of its competitors.
In several ways this all-in-one is a better bet than its more expensive sibling, the Expression Photo XP-850. Although you lose the ADF and the fax facilities, at Internet prices it’s around £50 cheaper and takes up less room on the desk.
Its competitors from other manufacturers include the HP Photosmart 7510 and the Canon PIXMA MG6350, both of which have their own foibles. This machine stands up well against these and is a bit quicker than the Canon machine printing colour.
If you want a good printer for photos, CDs and printing from mobile devices, this machine has a lot to offer. It’s not as impressive on plain paper, but is still adequate and it comes out as a realistically priced device with a good feature set.