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Printer Primer, Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One
September 19, 2015
Announced earlier this week among other units including the Expression Premium XP-530, XP-630, and XP-830 Small-in-One® units, the Epson Expression Photo XP-960 is the latest unit in the series designed to provide users a premium photo printing experience. Interestingly, its predecessors in the line were all 4-in-1 (print, scan, copy, and fax) devices, however the XP-960 is a 3-in-1 (print, scan, copy) that eschews fax capability, opting instead for larger output up to 11” x 17” in size.
The XP-960 features an easy-to-use 4.3” touchscreen and print speeds of up to 8.5 ISO ppm (black), 8.0 ISO ppm (color), and 4” x 6” photos in as fast as 11 seconds. Given its functionality, it is as compact as could be expected, with a footprint of 18.9” x 26.3” x 11.6” (WxDxH) and weighs roughly 19 lbs. Further, the XP-960 provides a variety of mobile and wireless printing options for users. These include support for Wi-Fi Direct printing and full compatibility with Epson Connect as well as Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Users even have the option to Scan to Cloud or Scan to Facebook right from their printer. Use the unit’s built-in memory card slots for PC-free printing from photos taken with digital cameras.
The standard input capacity on the XP-960 is up to 100 sheets of plain paper in its main tray as well as 20 sheets of photo paper in its dedicated photo tray. Users can also opt to use the rear paper feed to print directly onto specialty paper and CDs/DVDs. Automatic, two-sided printing is also a standard feature on this device, helping to eliminate unnecessary paper waste.
The XP-960, as it is geared towards photo enthusiasts, uses a six-cartridge ink system including black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, and light magenta. All of the cartridges are available in either a standard or high-capacity cartridge. Standard black cartridges are rated for up to 240 pages, and each of the color cartridges for 360 pages. The high-capacity alternatives provide roughly double or more volume with black at 500 pages and the color cartridges at 740 pages for each.
The Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One is currently available from Epson, photo specialty, and major e-tail/retail stores across the country for $299.99. For more details, you can visit product page on the Epson web site.