The Epson Stylus Photo PX710W doesn't have all the features enjoyed by some of its competitors in the multifunction printer market, but it's a very capable machine.

We really like the design of the Epson Stylus Photo PX710W; its clean lines are very stylish. It has a number of useful little touches too – the double-hinged paper tray cover and the fold-out control panel to name just two. We were also impressed by the integral CD printing tray, which slides out at the touch of a button. There are no fiddly adaptors, just pop in your printable CD and that's it. The PX710W uses six separate ink tanks with the usual cyan, magenta, yellow and black supplemented by a light cyan and a light magenta to help with colour print accuracy.

Although once you're used to them the Epson menus are easy to follow and navigate, we did have a slightly steeper learning curve with the Epson Stylus Photo PX710W all-in-one printer than with some of the other printers we've reviewed. That said, it doesn't take long to get up to speed.

Print quality from the Epson Stylus Photo PX710W is good. This was especially evident with the colour prints, which were vibrant and full of detail. Text was a little less sharp, with some characters not as crisp as we'd have liked. The business document with a mixture of colour graphics and text looked very good. The PX710W managed to produce good quality images on plain paper and balance the different colours and text styles well. The scanner was fast and accurate, but conversely the copy function was sluggish to say the least. At over a minute to produce an A4 colour copy the Epson was 40 seconds slower that the next slowest model.

The Epson Stylus Photo PX710W doesn't have an automatic document feeder or a fax, so if you really need those you'll have to look elsewhere. However, in all other aspects this Epson is truly first class. We had some minor quibbles with the text quality, but pictures were very good, the design is great and it's simple to use. Add in the WiFi and Ethernet connectivity and the built-in CD printing tray, and the Epson Stylus Photo PX710W starts to look like a really attractive proposition.

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Epson Stylus Photo PX710W: Specs

  • Inkjet printer/copier/scanner
  • 2.5in display
  • Memory Stick, CompactFlash, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick PRO, USB flash drive, IBM Microdrive, SDHC Memory Card
  • Inkjet Technology: Epson Micro Piezo
  • 180 nozzles (per cartridge)
  • Max Printing Resolution: Up to 5760x1440dpi (mono)/up to 5760x1440dpi (colour)
  • Ink Cartridge Configuration: 6 individual ink tanks
  • Ink Palette Supported (Colours): Cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta
  • Colour: 6-ink
  • Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 1.5pl
  • Ink Type: Epson Claria Photographic Ink
  • Scan Element: CIS
  • Optical Resolution: 2400x4800dpi
  • Input tray - 120 sheets - Legal (216 x 356 mm) Input tray - 20 sheets
  • Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, USB host
  • WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA
  • Epson Event Manager, EPSON Print CD, EPSON Web-to-Page, ABBYY FineReader 5.0 Sprint Plus, ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint Plus, Epson Easy Photo Print
  • 446x385x150mm
  • 9kg
  • Inkjet printer/copier/scanner
  • 2.5in display
  • Memory Stick, CompactFlash, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick PRO, USB flash drive, IBM Microdrive, SDHC Memory Card
  • Inkjet Technology: Epson Micro Piezo
  • 180 nozzles (per cartridge)
  • Max Printing Resolution: Up to 5760x1440dpi (mono)/up to 5760x1440dpi (colour)
  • Ink Cartridge Configuration: 6 individual ink tanks
  • Ink Palette Supported (Colours): Cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta
  • Colour: 6-ink
  • Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 1.5pl
  • Ink Type: Epson Claria Photographic Ink
  • Scan Element: CIS
  • Optical Resolution: 2400x4800dpi
  • Input tray - 120 sheets - Legal (216 x 356 mm) Input tray - 20 sheets
  • Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, USB host
  • WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA
  • Epson Event Manager, EPSON Print CD, EPSON Web-to-Page, ABBYY FineReader 5.0 Sprint Plus, ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint Plus, Epson Easy Photo Print
  • 446x385x150mm
  • 9kg

OUR VERDICT

With an integral CD tray, great photo print quality and low-profile styling the Epson Stylus Photo PX710W is a great multifunction printer. There are minor issues with text printing, the copy function could be quicker and we found that the menu system has a bit of a learning curve. Other than that, gold star for Epson.

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