Epson's Stylus Photo RX685 is a six-colour multifunction inkjet printer.

The Epson Stylus Photo RX685 is a fast, easy to use multifunction printer that includes some nice touches that are often found only in more expensive multifunction printers.

Six ink cartridges slide easily into place, and the Epson Stylus Photo RX685's USB cable (not included) snakes around snugly inside the printer. A duplexing unit can be slid into the back.

The Epson Stylus Photo RX685 has two paper trays. When printing from your PC or using the Epson Stylus Photo RX685's standalone copying features, you can quickly select the required tray. An input tray is also included for printing on inkjet-compatible CDs and DVDs; it produces great images.

You can use the Epson Stylus Photo RX685's memory card reader to view files on your PC, or you can print copies of photos directly from the card or a camera. You can also scan photos and documents – in JPEG or TIFF format – directly to a memory card or USB drive connected to the printer.

The Epson Stylus Photo RX685 excels as a photo printer, producing superb, vibrant prints on both glossy and matte papers. The print quality for standard text and graphic documents is also good: text is crisp and readable at small type sizes, and graphics reproduce well, with excellent colour fidelity.

The Epson Stylus Photo RX685 is not laser-quality, but it will do for most home or small office jobs.

Overall print speed is fairly zippy. A 10-page Word document took a little over two minutes to print at the default quality setting (which produces very readable text). A 4 x 6in photo took less than 30 seconds to print at standard quality and slightly under a minute at the Epson Stylus Photo RX685's highest quality setting.

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Epson's Stylus Photo RX685 is a six-colour multifunction inkjet printer.

At 1,200dpi, the Epson Stylus Photo RX685's optical scanning resolution is a bit lower than those of comparable devices from Canon and HP, but we didn't notice any appreciable difference in quality when comparing scans or copies. Epson's scanning software is basic and easy to use, but also includes a professional mode that lets you adjust colours, levels, and other image parameters.

Colour reproduction in most scans was very good, and the Epson Stylus Photo RX685 did a good job of preserving detail when scanning or copying photographs.

As a copier, the Epson Stylus Photo RX685 offers plenty of controls for copying documents and photos. You can make quick colour or black-and-white copies, or perform more complex editing and copying tasks using the 2.5in screen.

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Epson Stylus Photo RX685: Specs

  • Copier, Printer, Scanner
  • colour Photo (4x6in) Print Speed: 12 second(s)
  • Black and White Horizontal Resolution: 5760dpi
  • Black and White Vertical Resolution: 1440dpi
  • Black and White Print Speed: 40ppm
  • colour Print Speed: 40ppm
  • colour Vertical Resolution: 1440dpi
  • Ink Colour System: 6 Colour (C,c,M,m,Y,K)
  • colour Horizontal Resolution: 5760dpi
  • Slots: CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Microdrive, MultiMedia Card (MMC), SD Card, xD-Picture Card
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • USB 2.0
  • Duplex Printing, Photo LCD Display, PictBridge Compatible
  • Colour Copy Speed: 40ppm
  • Black and White Copy Speed: 40ppm
  • Optical Scan Resolution: 1200x2400
  • 12kg
  • 432x446x237mm
  • Copier, Printer, Scanner
  • colour Photo (4x6in) Print Speed: 12 second(s)
  • Black and White Horizontal Resolution: 5760dpi
  • Black and White Vertical Resolution: 1440dpi
  • Black and White Print Speed: 40ppm
  • colour Print Speed: 40ppm
  • colour Vertical Resolution: 1440dpi
  • Ink Colour System: 6 Colour (C,c,M,m,Y,K)
  • colour Horizontal Resolution: 5760dpi
  • Slots: CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Microdrive, MultiMedia Card (MMC), SD Card, xD-Picture Card
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • USB 2.0
  • Duplex Printing, Photo LCD Display, PictBridge Compatible
  • Colour Copy Speed: 40ppm
  • Black and White Copy Speed: 40ppm
  • Optical Scan Resolution: 1200x2400
  • 12kg
  • 432x446x237mm

OUR VERDICT

With great print quality for both photos and text, and features such as a duplexer, dual paper trays, a memory card reader, and standalone photo restoration, the Epson Stylus Photo RX685 is a very good multifunction printer. While its bundled software could be better, there's little reason not to recommend it, especially if you're a photo-centric user who wants the flexibility to print other document types quickly and easily.

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