The Epson Stylus CX5900 belongs to a series of multifunction inkjet models with varying tradeoffs of features and purchase price. This model sits near the top of the line, with extras like a full-color LCD and fast speeds of up to 27 pages per minute, but is also very affordably priced. The cost per page of Epson CX5900 printer ink can be a bit high; however, as page yields are a bit low.
Other models in its line have included memory card slots and a PictBridge port, but the CX5900 takes better advantage of them with its 2-inch LCD screen, as users can preview, edit, and print photos directly, without a computer. The Creativity Suite software is a good reason to use the computer, however, as it provides excellent photo management and makes creative projects easy to create.
The copy and scan features are not as robust as a serious business machine, but they are easy to use and quite capable. The maximum scanning resolution of 1200x2400 dpi is great for photos, and the scanner can accept sizes up to A4, though there is no automatic document feeder available. Users can make copies in standalone mode, and BorderFree copies eliminate unnecessary cropping to preserve more of the original page.
The separation of the four Epson CX5900 ink cartridges is a welcome change from tricolor supplies that are prone to wasted printer ink. With yields of only 245 pages for the black Stylus CX5900 ink cartridge and 355 pages for each color, heavy use might result in high costs. This can be mitigated somewhat by seeking remanufactured Stylus CX5900 ink instead of more costly OEM versions.
While some models in its line seem a bit limited, the CX5900 inkjet printer feels like a fully-featured solution for photo printing, scanning, and copying for the home user. If buyers can manage the Epson CX5900 ink costs, it is an excellent choice for personal use.
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