Epson has added to its portfolio of inkjet printers with the launch of the Stylus SX515W and the Stylus Photo P50. The SX515W is an all-in-one with copy and scan facilities and a 4-ink print engine, while the P50 is dedicated 6-ink photo printer. Epson are claiming a print speed of 36 pages per minute for the SX515W, although early reviews suggest that this is more than a little ambitious, so the stated print speed of 38ppm for the P50 should probably be taken with a pinch of salt too.
Both printers are capable of producing up to 5760 x 1440 dpi image resolution using Resolution Performance Management software. The SX515W uses pigment based Durabrite inks which can be printed onto any media, giving a water and smudge resistant finish which, Epson claim, will last up to 200 years in a photo album. The P50 uses dye based inks with a wider colour gamut, designed to meet the needs of photography enthusiasts.
When used with Epson Premium Photo Papers, the Claria inks are quick drying, water resistant and can last up to 98 years in a frame or 200 years in an album. Surprisingly enough, while the SX515W supports a number of memory card formats, the P50, which is aimed at photographers, doesn't. It does, however, allow for printing onto CDs and DVDs, which seems to be increasingly rare although it's a feature commonly requested by home users.
The P50 will be available from July 1st, while the Stylus SX515W has already been released. Early indications are that the SX515W has been well received, scoring well in all categories.
by Anthony Morgan