Epson Expression Photo XP-950 review: the A3 printer in an A4 printer’s body

Epson Expression Photo XP-950 review: the A3 printer in an A4 printer's body

The Epson Expression Photo XP-950 is proof that A3 printers don’t have to dominate your desk. Find out how it fares in our Epson Expression XP-950 review.

Epson Expression Photo XP-950 review: the A3 printer in an A4 printer's body

Doubling your print size to A3 is a great way to show off your photography skills and your camera’s image quality. If only A3 printers weren’t double the bulk of their A4 counterparts.

Not so with Epson’s new XP-950: it only occupies around a 25% larger footprint than Epson’s A4-only XP-850, giving you A3 printing pros without the space-hogging cons.

Up top is a 4,800dpi flatbed scanner; you can also enjoy direct printing from memory cards or use the on-board Wi-Fi connection to connect mobile devices.

An 8.8cm touch-sensitive LCD control panel runs the show; although its display quality isn’t outstanding, the device is responsive.

Print quality doesn’t disappoint, with excellent colour accuracy and smooth tonal graduation largely free from banding. Greyscale separation is clear too.

But despite a respectable 5,760×1,440dpi printing resolution, some minor stepping (or jaggies) is visible on our diagonal and circular test patterns.

This rarely affects any real-world prints, though, which impress with their overall clarity and tonal accuracy. Mono output is less impressive, exhibiting a noticeable cyan colour cast.

The XP-950 makes good sense as an occasional A3 printer for the space-conscious, but its relatively low-capacity ink cartridges and premium price make it vulnerable to Canon’s terrific Pixma Pro-100.

This beast of an A3+ printer hasn’t been on the XP-950’s crash diet, but it costs only a fraction more than the Epson, boasts superior print quality and is better suited to high-volume output.

Price: £350

Score: 4/5


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