You wouldn't know it from its compact design, but the Epson Stylus Photo EX inkjet printer can output images at up to 11.7x17 inches, or even print panoramas up to 44 inches in length. Geared mainly toward photographers, it even includes a light version of Photoshop and other software, and even the Epson EX printer ink supplies won't break the bank.
The EX won't blow users away with its speed, but it can produce a high-quality 8x10-inch photo in less than 5 minutes, and a 3x5-inch photo in around 90 seconds. It has quite a compact design for a printer that can handle such large print sizes, measuring 6.8x21.5x10.8 inches, and it weighs a little over 15.4 pounds.
The only connection option provided is a parallel port, which is not available on many modern computers, so this is a major drawback. An adapter can be added for USB compatibility, however. The maximum resolution of 1440x720 dpi when using color Stylus Photo EX printer ink will give users very sharp results and smooth gradients, but doesn't match up to some higher-resolution models on the market.
One of the most beneficial features of the EX package is the included software. It includes Adobe Photoshop 4.0 LE, which is a light version of the full software, as well as programs like PictureWorks Spin Panorama to help create large panoramic images from multiple photos.
Unlike models with individual colors, the Epson EX ink cartridges come in black and a combined color supply. This makes Stylus Photo EX ink cartridges easier to purchase and replace, but wasted ink is a problem in this configuration. Prices are reasonable, but third-party remanufactured Epson EX ink is available at around 1/4 of the price of OEM supplies.
The ability to print large, panoramic photos in such a compact machine is reason enough to consider the Epson Stylus Photo EX. The limitation of its parallel port and combined supplies make it more difficult to connect and more expensive to operate than much of its competition, however, making it difficult to recommend for buyers who don't need its panoramic features.
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