Epson has two ranges of inkjet all-in-one printers, aimed mainly at photo enthusiasts and small business customers. The Stylus PX720WD is at the top of the photo printer range and includes all of the features most amateur photographers will be looking for.
It’s a surprisingly squat printer, mainly due to the lack of an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and the scanner lid being recessed into the top of the machine. The front panel is straight-cut, with just a silver strip around halfway down it to act as a highlight.
Above the strip is the control panel, which is completely smooth apart from a power button in its top, left-hand corner. It’s divided between a 63mm LCD screen and single-function touch controls, which illuminate as their functions become available. The touch controls are very positive and cover all the standard functions, normally provided by push-buttons.
In the lower half of the control panel is a 120-sheet plain paper tray, with a powered, 20-sheet, photo paper tray set in above it, which the printer calls in automatically, when you select photo print.
To the right of the paper tray are memory cards slots, including CompactFlash, for those with larger or older cameras, particularly DSLRs. There's a PictBridge socket, too, which doubles up for USB drives.
The symbol at the bottom left of the control panel is labelled CD Tray and, when you touch this, a motorised tray for CD and DVD media slides out, so you can load discs for direct printing. This is a much neater solution than having a separate, manual load-tray, as on some Canon and HP machines.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, but the printer also supports wireless connection, with a wizard for push-button or passcode setup. When you hinge the scanner section of the printer back, you have direct access to the six ink cartridges which clip into the fixed, piezo-electric print head.
Epson provides its own scan and page management software and includes ABBYY Finereader OCR. Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and Linux drivers are also available for download.