In scanning tests, the printer did a bit better, averaging 5 ppm for grayscale documents, 3 ppm for color, and an un-impressive copying speed of 1.7 ppm.
However, the CX4600 more than made up for its sluggish performance by offering great print and scan quality. The text printout with Epson's DURABrite inks was sharp and crisp, as good as an inkjet could offer. The photos were also sharp and detailed, in spite of a reddish tone.
Scanned documents were even better, with nothing to complain about; in fact, they ranked among the best we've ever seen in CNET's Labs. Overall, the Epson Stylus CX4600 is a decent inkjet multifunction that outputs excellent prints and scans, despite its slow pace.
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Performance analysis written by CNET Labs project leader Dong Van Ngo.The Epson Style CX4600 installation CD-ROM includes a Web browser-based reference guide that usefully illustrates printing, scanning, and other product details such as maintenance and troubleshooting. The included Quick Reference booklet also covers the basics of both standalone and computer-enabled features, although the information on both guides could be presented more clearly.
A useful interactive troubleshooting guide, FAQs, and other resources are available through the Epson Web site. A free, toll-free automated phone service provides limited responses to questions, while live, non-toll-free phone support--available Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PSTÂ—is quick and knowledgeable. Weekend live support would help the many home users who might use this machine for Sunday projects. The CX4600 is covered by a standard one-year limited replacement and repair warranty.