Epson Stylus Photo TX710W review: Epson Stylus Photo TX710W

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good CD and DVD printing. Excellent photo quality. Duplexer now included.

The Bad No Windows 7 drivers available. Almost identical to the TX700W. Still no document feeder. Expensive cartridges.

The Bottom Line Excellent photo quality and average text quality equals a standard result for the TX710W, a multifunction that's great at some tasks and only just OK at others.

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Design and features

When we reviewed the Stylus Photo TX700W at 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 Photosmart Premium C309g .

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.

Performance

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Where to Buy

Epson Stylus Photo TX710W

Part Number: CNETEpson Stylus Photo TX710W

Typical Price: $299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.