Epson now has a range of big, black all-in-ones and the Stylus Photo PX650, as the name suggests, is aimed at home photo enthusiasts, though it can turn its heads to regular document print, too.
This machine is a curious combination of conventional and more innovative design. The paper path is classic Epson with a 120-sheet feed tray at the rear delivering paper to the six-colour print heads and hence to a telescopic output tray, which slides out from the front once you’ve folded down a full-width front cover.
The flatbed scanner is nicely integrated into the top of the machine, giving it a flat top with a stylish dot pattern on its lid. The full-width control panel hinges up from the front and can be set at eight different angles to suit your use.
There's a large power button at the left end, and moving right there are three illuminated mode buttons for copy, memory cards and speciality print, such as CD and DVD labels. A 63mm LCD display sits close to the centre of the control panel, with a square of nine navigation buttons to its right. Finally, there are two buttons to start and stop scan and copy jobs.
Below the control panel, in a separate band above the output tray, are sockets for SD, MemoryStick, xD and CompactFlash memory cards, as well as a PictBridge socket which doubles up for USB drives. A large grey lever is set to the left of the output tray and lowers it to the horizontal so you can slide in a CD/DVD carrier, which can also handle mini CDs, though not credit card-shaped discs.
Somewhat surprisingly, given the increased popularity of small networks in the home, the only connection at the back is USB – no cabled or wireless Ethernet.
Setup is straightforward, as the only physical installation is plugging the six ink tanks into the print head. The extra two inks are light cyan and light magenta. Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and there's a good selection of Epson utilities, including Easy Photo Print.