Do you know of any inkjet printers which can produce 40 pages per minute? We don't and, despite Epson claims, this one is a good way short, unless you print very short documents in draft mode.
Our five-page text document took 45 seconds to complete, which is a speed of 6.67ppm and the 20-page document didn't do a lot better, producing a speed of 7.41ppm. These speeds are quite respectable, when compared with the machine's main rivals and it's a shame Epson feels it has to exaggerate them.
It doesn't slow down a lot when you print colour, either, still managing 6ppm in our test and a single page colour photocopy completed in an impressive 19 seconds, almost twice as fast as some of its competitors.
Epson also claims the machine can produce a 15 x 10cm photo in 10 seconds. We didn't see anything faster than 25 seconds, but then we didn't try printing in draft mode – why would you want to print a photo on expensive photo paper in draft mode? 25 seconds is still better than print times from equivalent Canon and HP machines.
With Lexmark's new Vizix print engine lifting the quality of its new all-in-ones, it's left to Brother and Epson to fight it out for the poorest plain paper print 'accolade'. Text quality from this Epson machine is better than from many of its previous inkjets and letter formation is much better than before. There's also less visible feathering, but the problem now is that the text looks grey rather than black.
This is true of text on all-black print outs and those with colour components, but the colours themselves are relatively insipid, too. Text over colour registration is good, but a colour photocopy was quite a bit paler than the original.
Epson still does a great job with printing photos and there's very little to complain about in the natural colours, sharp detail and smooth colour transitions in our samples.
With six cartridges to buy to keep the PX710W running, you might expect the running costs to be comparatively high but, as long as you go for the high yield 'owl' cartridges rather than Epson's recommended 'hummingbird' set, you can get good economy.
We calculate an ISO black page to cost around 2.89p and an equivalent colour page should be available for 9.89p, both including 0.7p for paper. This is over 1p per page cheaper than Lexmark's Prevail Pro S705 on black print and 0.3p on colour, though against the HP Photosmart Premium C309g, it's over 1p more expensive for colour.
There are many attractive features about this machine, including its low profile, easy wireless connection and well integrated CD and DVD print facility. It's a quick printer and, although it's not one of the best plain paper machines we've tested, it produces excellent photos.