Epson Stylus C review:

Epson Stylus C

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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Inexpensive; reasonable ink costs.

The Bad A bit slow; print quality only fair.

The Bottom Line An average budget inkjet printer, the Epson Stylus C88 won't thrill you, but it probably won't disappoint either.

6.1 Overall

The Epson Stylus C68 and C88 are the 2005 replacements for their 2004 predecessors, the Stylus C66 and C86. Both of the newer products differ from their previous versions in two ways: they feature a more compact design and use a new set of inks, dubbed DuraBrite Ultra. For these inks, Epson encapsulates the pigment within resin for better results on glossy photo paper and improved fade resistance. Speed and features remain unchanged, however; the C86 and C88 offer faster performance than the C66 and C68. The Epson Stylus C68 will be available only in Canada through authorized dealers, computer superstores, and specialty retail stores.

Overall, the Epson Stylus C88 fares reasonably well for its price class. It's moderately fast, with a modest ink cost (based on the manufacturers usage estimates) and decent print quality.

Estimated cost per page  
Color graphics  
Text  
Photo  
Epson Stylus C88
20 cents 
4 cents 
24 cents 

Print quality  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Text  
Graphics  
Photos  
Epson Stylus C88
Fair 
Fair 
Fair 

CNET Labs inkjet printer performance  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Text speed  
Photo speed  
Canon Pixma iP4200
6.7 
0.6 
Lexmark P915
6.4 
0.2 
Canon Pixma MP130
6.0 
0.3 
Epson Stylus C88
5.0 
0.4 
HP PSC 1510
4.9 
0.4 

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