Epson Stylus NX530 Wireless PrinterI work from home and have a variety of printing needs. Sometimes I am printing reams of black and white documentation. Sometimes I am printing glossy photos. Sometimes it's a mix of color and black-and-white for a brochure. I also scan quite a lot of material in order to incorporate them into my websites. I need a printer that will stand up to all of the scanning and printing issues I will face.
I was offered a review copy of the Epson Stylus NX530 Wireless Printer through the Amazon vine program. I'd been quite happy with my current printer - a HP Photosmart Premium - and I thought it would be good to compare them side by side and see how well the Epson held up.
The setup of the Epson was QUITE easy. I plugged it into the wall, pressed a few buttons on the front to hook it up to our network, and it was live. Now the whole house could print it it without any other work needed. The system definitely gets kudos for that.
The print quality was quite good. I had no problems at all with standard black and white documents nor with color output.
Scanning was also quite easy. I could easily get a variety of items scanned in to then work with.
While both printers have spots to stick memory cards into them directly, I never use this functionality. I always use my PC to read in memory cards and manipulate the images before printing them. So while it's nice that the option exists, it's not something I would personally ever use.
I didn't find the paper feed tray on the Epson as easy to use as the one I have on my HP. The HP lets me use a variety of paper shapes and sizes fairly easily. It's a very sturdy tray system. The Epson one feels more flimsy and isn't as easy to customize to various needs. However, I imagine for most home users that they won't care about that at all. They'll probably just fill it with 8.5x11 sheets of paper and then let it go from there.
All in all, I was quite pleased with the Epson. It's very easy to set up, easy to use, and creates good output. It seems like a quite fine printer for the typical home office user.
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