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Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 – Review

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Price – £279
Manufacturer – Epson
Website – https://goo.gl/LDGCqn
Required Spec – Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.6.8+, USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi

A big printer with a small footprint

Epson’s newest entry to its wide format, A3+ range is the Expression Photo HD XP-15000, a rather long-winded name for a printer that’s remarkably compact while managing to pack in a wealth of features you’d normally find a far bigger model.

Its primary focus is at photography enthusiasts and semi-professionals but at home, in a small office or as a group workhorse, it’s just as effective. Naturally, being a modern printer, both wireless and Ethernet are available alongside USB; ports are all neatly tucked away in a couple of recesses at the back of the unit.

Style doesn’t often take precedence over functionality when reviewing a printer but it’s worth mentioning just how wonderfully crafted the XP-15000 is. The top of the all black coloured unit is textured rather than the standard glossy, piano black finish we’re used to seeing. There’s an LCD screen and nine button control arrangement to the front, which automatically tilts up to a suitable viewing angle. The lower, front cassette tray is also automatically extending and feels remarkably solid while providing room for up to 200 sheets.

To the rear is a paper feed slot, with an extending arm to support the paper and a flip-back transparent plastic cover to help keep everything neatly compact when not in operation. The aforementioned Ethernet and USB ports and the power port occupy both bottom corners at the back and the printer is perched on six large rubberised feet to help minimise vibration and noise levels when printing. All this from a printer that measures just 476 x 369 x 159mm and weighs in the region of 8KG.

In terms of print quality the XP-15000 is nothing short of excellent. It’s difficult to fault the printing in all honesty, especially when you print at the highest possible quality settings on glossy photographic paper. For everyday prints, it’s certainly more than adequate. Text printing is razor sharp, with as near perfect finish from top to bottom. Standard A4 colour pictures are well presented too, offering deep, rich colours and superb blacks.

Additionally, the XP-15000 is a fast printer. Standard A4 text prints are worked through in a matter of seconds, at near to ten pages per minute. A4 high quality prints take around three and a half minutes and top quality A3 can be up five minutes depending on what’s being printed, of course. On a side note, it’s also one of the quietest printers we’ve tested, with a low whirr of the paper being fed through when printing standard quality A4 pages.

The level of quality is thanks to Epson using Claria Photo HD dye inks, six in all covering black, cyan, magenta, yellow, red and grey. The variable droplet size ranges from 1.5 picolitres and with a maximum print resolution of up to 5760 x 1440 dpi, it’s little wonder why the XP-15000’s finish is top notch.

The cost of genuine replacement cartridges vary drastically across the Internet but you’d be looking at an average cost of £15 per high capacity colour and £9 per standard colour. The high capacity cartridges provide between 200 pages to 830 pages of printing: grey the former and all colours except black the latter; black high capacity is measured at 500 pages. On average then, you’re looking at 3.2p per page for high capacity cartridges and 3.9p per page for the standard cartridges, which incidentally offer around half the high capacity volume.

Overall, the printing costs aren’t too bad. Expect to see better deals in the coming months, and 6-pack offers too.

Setup time is minimal, with a driver CD being included and the drivers being available from the Epson support website. After removing the securing tape from the various parts of the printer you can be hooked up to your network and printing within a few minutes.

The Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 is a superb printer. For its target audience it will work perfectly and provide top quality prints every time. For the home or small office it’s also a great choice, although to be fair it might be overkill if you’re using it for just printing out the kid’s homework. Priced at around £279 the XP-15000 isn’t the cheapest printer on the shelves but it is certainly one of the better mid-range models we’ve tested in a long time.

Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000

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The Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 is a superb printer. For its target audience it will work perfectly and provide top quality prints every time. For the home or small office it’s also a great choice, although to be fair it might be overkill if you’re using it for just printing out the kid’s homework. Priced at around £279 the XP-15000 isn’t the cheapest printer on the shelves but it is certainly one of the better mid-range models we’ve tested in a long time.

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David started writing in 1984 when he posted a review of a ZX Spectrum game to Crash magazine. However, they never accepted reviews written in crayon. Since then he's worked for Micro Mart, Den of Geek and many more - and still uses crayons.

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