~I received an Epson Expression XP-950 for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Like so many other families, we are always on-the-go, always snapping pictures with our phones or looking over documents via mobile applications. The only time I sit down to actually do anything on the computer is at night when I work. It makes perfect since to me that with all the changes in modern families and the momentum that we must keep up with these days, that Epson would evolve with us. A few months ago I was given the opportunity to test out their new Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One, the versatile printer for creative hobbyists and families. Since the day it arrived until today it has become one of the most essential tools in our home.
The XP-950 delivers quality photos with smooth gradations in color. In fact, the Claria Photo HD six-color inks offer true-to-life skin tones. The depth and quality of the photos you can print will amaze you. I remember the moment Tot printed out his favorite character Mater and I sat staring at it for the longest time. The detail was so fine and crisp that it almost appeared 3D!
6 color inks are included with the box. These are:
- Black Ink cartridge (T277120)
- Cyan Ink cartridge (T277220)
- Magenta Ink cartridge (T277320)
- Yellow Ink cartridge (T277420)
- Light Cyan Ink cartridge (T277520)
- Light Magenta Ink cartridge (T277620)
Each of the colors (aside from Black) will print roughly 360 pages or 145 4″6″ photos. The High Capacity Replacement Cartridges (XL) can print twice the Standard’s capacity.
The Expression XP-950 is also designed to print up to 11″x17″. Paper and photo options for printing are:
- Epson Premium Bright White Paper (letter size)
- Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy (11″x17″)
- Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte (letter size)
- Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy (4″x6″ and 5″x7″)
- Epson Premium Photo Paper Semi-Gloss (4″x6″)
- Blank CDs/DVDs
In other words, you can print all of your family photos (in various sizes)! No more having to go to the store to print out your photos or paying someone to enlarge them. You can do it all in the comfort of your own home and even in your PJ’s! It also offers you options for cropping and restoring old photos! Plus, the Auto Photo Correction automatically corrects the lighting in poorly exposed images and has the option to remove red-eye.
You don’t even need to worry about messing up the photo directly after printing. The dye ink on the photos is smudge, scratch and water-resistant immediately after printing.
I love the option for printing on blank CDs/DVDs as well. It allows you to create photo disks for family members. Just imagine putting photos from your year, little snippets of videos and mailing them off to Grandma or saving one each year until your child turns 18. Then you can create your own print design on the CD/DVD with logos, photos, text or unicorns.
Another option when printing photos are borders. You can create borders on your photos prior to printing which helps when placing photos in the frame or giving them a creative look.
Here is the most amazing part about the Epson Expression Photo XP-950, it has Wi-Fi Direct! It can not only wirelessly print from your laptop either, but also your Smartphone! You don’t even need to get up to do anything aside from turn it on either, it has an auto-extend paper tray!
It also offers you lots of fun options for printing with Epson Creative Print. You can share Facebook Photos, create Greeting Cards, Stationary and even turn your photos into Coloring Book templates! And if that wasn’t enough, it also has 2-sided print!
The XP-950 is also a Scanner, Copier and a USB Charger! You can charge your phone while printing out all your important documents (or coloring printables for your child).
The nice thing is that the 3.5″ LCD display has gesture navigation which means that it is intuitive to what you choose. In other words, it’s a very smart printer.
I can not say enough about how much I love the XP-950. It amazes me every time I turn it on and I’m still learning so much about it. I have to show everyone that comes over how incredible it is and absolutely no one hasn’t left in awe of its capabilities and sleek design. It has become not only essential to my job, but also to my family life. Whether it’s printing out educational activities, creating coloring books or scanning old family photos, it has kept up with our day-to-day on-the-go lifestyle.
What do you think of the XP-950?