Rated 5 out of 5 by SuperShooter Excellent prints, scans & DVDs but thirsty
I bought this printer as a replacement for Epson Artisan 50 which only lasted a year-and-a-half. The XP-950 provides all I need as a mostly retired professional photographer: very good photos up to 11x17, hi-res scans, direct CD/DVD printing and copying without having to turn on the computer.
An equivalent Canon would have been nearly double the price.
I like the 3.5" touchscreen that allows other features without the computer as well. Setup is a breeze. There are two front trays for different size papers which is a thoughtful design feature so you don't have to reconfigure and reload. But you have to load photo papers upside down because the paper is rolled into the printer from the back. Yes, I've printed on the wrong side a couple of times already.
The 11" width and thick papers have to be single-fed from
the back. Unless you're printing 20 or 30 11x17's, this is not a problem at all.
As with all ink jet printers, ink use is an issue. I wouldn't start printing an 11x17 if any one of the cartridges was less than 25%, even with the high capacity cartridges. I believe that manufacturers pretty much give away their printers and look to profit from their inks.
AND there's a built-in CF/SD card reader. The Epson XP-950 is a lot of printer for the money. Given my short-lived Artisan 50, I also invested in a 3-year SquareTrade policy.
October 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LCN Easy Setup Easy Use
We were in need of a printer that could print to CD's. This printer works great. it is easy to use and very easy to setup on our network. Nice to find a device that doesn't require phone calls to get it working. 2 Thumbs up!
October 8, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by gl Bad design
It looks ok, but feels like the design and technology is 10 years behind. needs an update.
October 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mike First, to be clear, this printer gives fantastic results. If it used pigment-based inks, and was designed with external tanks like the newer Epson printers this would be a home run. As it is, it is a game changer. Basically a multi-function printer for photographers, it prints larger than letter-sized, allowing even for panoramic prints – as long as they’re not wider than 8.5 inches, and handles up to A3 sized cut-sheet paper. It is also a great choice for laser-quality inkjet printing as it yields crisp clear document prints.
The scanner accepts originals up to legal-size, and also offers auto-correct as well as custom setting options in the driver.
The setup for wireless printing functions is greatly improved from past iterations. Simple, straightforward instructions in the supplied illustrated guide had me printing no more than 15 minutes after inserting the ink cartridges, some paper, and plugging the printer into an electrical outlet.
There are separate trays; one adjustable up to legal-sized paper, and another for smaller photo papers, adjustable for 4x6, 5x7 and so on. Longer papers are fed into the rear of the printer.
I’ve had great success using Epson matte, luster, and glossy papers, as well as papers from other manufacturers, including heavyweight metallic papers. There are custom printer profiles available from Epson and other manufacturers, but I was surprised to discover that the standard printer driver’s settings yielded fantastic results on its own.
My only reservation with this printer is the amount of ink it consumes. Printing 11 x 17 full-color landscape prints at 120 or more dpi renders frame-worthy prints, but even the high-yield cartridges don’t last me more than a week when I print 8-10 images a day. It also prints pristine black-and-white images, with nearly indiscernible color cast, more than suitable for most everyday uses.
As with all dye-based inks, longevity is considerably iffy without extreme care, including careful storage away from light and/or under uv glass, but the immediate product yields brilliant, accurate colors. For me this printer is best used with a paper with a luster-type finish. I would recommend this printer to anyone looking to print photography and other artwork, as well as regular documents at laser quality.
October 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by sherlock Epson XP-950
Excellent printer. I like how quiet it is and how quickly it's ready to go after it's been asleep or from a cold startup. The photo quality prints are very good on glossy or matte paper. As with all inkjet printers I just wish the ink wasn't so expensive. I like the size options from a 4X6 to a 11X17 photo with bleeds. For a large format photo printer I would recommend the XP-950.
September 19, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by motherload epsonxp950
Easy setup & installation, just bought it today & i had no problems with it, yet.
September 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by cwisenbaker Best printer ever!!!
We had an Epson nx625 and the photos we thought were great until we got this printer. Man we were wrong. Its 200 times better than the old one, the quality is perfect. Glossy is glossy, no more flat.
September 6, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by CHUCK WASTES TOO MUCH INK
Seems like such a waste. I am so disappointed with this, it eats ink and its not cheap. I would never buy this if I had the choice again.
September 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Georgi Excellent Multi-functioning Printer All-in-One
It's very convenient to register and use. Amazing in small size, but yet with multi-functioning features.
August 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by barneyme Expression XP-950
I was looking for a new printer primarily for printing my husband's pictures. From the positive reviews that I read, comparing different Epson products, the versatility in sizes of pictures and the price of ink this seemed like a good bet. I installed it today with only a little glitch on my part and we have been printing lots of pictures. We are very impressed with the quality of the pictures and the colors are amazing. This is definitely a keeper. I did research before ordering the printer to see if any local stores carry the ink cartridges and they do not seem to have them so we'll have to keep track of the ink levels and make sure to order ink regularly. I ordered extra with the printer and the high capacity cartridges seemed like the way to go.
August 16, 2015