Design and features
When we reviewed theat the beginning of the year, it was its design that stood out to us the most. Hand-crafted (or at least sketched out) in the Castiglione Morelli studios in Milan, it was one of the only stylish multifunction printers on the market. Its successor of sorts, the TX710W, is no longer the best looking kid in the class thanks to the efforts of a number of other printer manufacturers — it has to contend with other sleekly designed printers like HP's .
Sporting a remarkably similar chassis to the TX700W (in fact we can hardly spot the difference), the TX710W takes the black plastic pastiche to a new level. This multifunction can print, scan and copy, and thanks to the "Photo" tag, is somewhat of a photo-horse, using six ink cartridges. In terms of size, it's exactly the same as the TX700W as well — 44cm across and 38cm deep, weighing 9kg. The only difference we can see is that the TX710W comes with an automatic duplexer included in the box, rather than as a separate purchase.
At the front is a 2.5-inch screen attached to a panel that pivots out from the printer body. The panel houses all the central commands like the power button and the home menu navigation buttons — they're a little overwhelming at first given the sheer number present on the front fascia. PictBridge is supported, with a range of support for memory cards, including Compact Flash, Memory Stick, SD, MMC and xD. CD and DVD printing is also provided.
Connectivity is taken care of thanks to Ethernet and wireless (802.11b/g), and the printer can also be tethered to a computer with a USB cable, which is provided in the box. An optional Bluetooth adapter can be purchased separately.
Included in the box is the printer itself, documentation, a CD with software and drivers, USB cable, six ink cartridges, a power cable and an automatic duplexer.
The first step after installing the printer drivers is to fill the unit with its consumables — ink and paper. The former is relatively straightforward, but the paper trays are very fiddly. There are two trays, one nestled inside the other, which cater for different sized paper. The top one can be adjusted using the sliders to take 10x15cm and 13x18cm photo paper, or paper that's in the 16:9 aspect ratio. Underneath, it's A4, letter or a user-defined size. In theory, having both trays in one is a good idea but they're both so flimsy that it becomes a struggle just to load them.