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Epson Expression Premium XP-605 review

Is the new range of home all-in-one printers a return to form for Epson?

Our Verdict

For

  • Very fast
  • Detailed photo prints
  • Good Duplex printing

Against

  • Trays are a little stubborn

Epson's new Expression Premium XP-605 multifunction USB and Wi-Fi printer is around 40% smaller than previous models, but not at the cost of features.

For printing from mobile devices and over the internet, it's AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Epson Connect compatible. It has automatic Duplex and PictBridge, reads all popular memory card formats and prints directly onto CDs and DVDs.

Its twin paper trays open from the front of the printer. At 100 sheets for the main A4 tray and 20 sheets for photos, they're a little small, but this isn't too much of a problem for home use. The trays are a little stiff, especially the output tray which has to be opened before you can print.

Epson's print quality has taken a step up, though it's still not a match for Canon or HP. The XP-605's photo prints are vivid and detailed, if a little dark, and it did a great job of Duplexing mixed text and images.

Plain paper photo printing is serviceable, but could use deeper blacks and more vibrant light colours. Text printing is vivid, but could be better defined.

You can't fault the XP-605 for speed. It cleared our 20-page text document in two minutes and a high-quality A4 photo in two minutes, 45 seconds.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed20 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity120 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
ISO Color Print Speed (ppm)9
ISO Mono Print Speed (ppm)12
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)32
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)32
Product FamilyExpression
Maximum Print Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorPortable
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, B5, C6 Envelope, DL Envelope, Legal, Letter, Envelope No. 10, Custom Size, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 130 mm x 200 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 100 mm x 148 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto/Disc Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity120 sheets
USB Direct PrintingYes
Wireless Print TechnologyApple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print
Country of OriginIndonesia
Height138 mm
Width390 mm
Depth341 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Premium Paper, Glossy Paper, Photo Paper, Envelope, CD/DVD
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelXP- 605
Product NameExpression Premium XP- 605
Product LineExpression
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size6.3 cm (2.5")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CC47321
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

Epson's Expression Premium XP-605 is perfect for home users who are interested in printing photos and need a Wi-Fi printer that can print glossy photos and crisp, clear text documents. This printer is an impressive 40 percent smaller than previous models. It also boasts intelligent features such as fast duplex printing, dual paper trays and Epson Connect - for versatile, user-friendly printing.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Expression Premium XP- 605
  • Individual Ink Cartridges
  • Power Cable
  • Setup Guide
  • Software CD
  • Warranty Document
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)7.10 kg