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Product Review: Epson XP-950 Printer

December 21st, 2013 · 5 Comments · review

Hello Friends! I was super excited to receive an e-mail inviting me to review this Epson XP-950 Small in One (R) Printer. I was not paid for this review and this is my honest opinion about this printer.

From the Epson website:

The Expression Photo XP-950 puts professional-quality photo printing right at your fingertips. This wide-format all-in-one features 6-color inks and an innovative, fold-over scan lid that holds originals in place. Quickly produce stunning borderless photos up to 11″ x 17″ or print 4″ x 6″ photos in as fast as 11 seconds.1 Featuring the ultimate in wireless printing2, the XP-950 makes it easier than ever to print from your iPad®, iPhone®, tablet or smartphone3, whether in your home or out and about. No matter what you choose to print, you’re ready with a dedicated photo tray, specialty paper support4 and CD/DVD printing.

First of all, I am a fan of the all in one scanner/printer model, I’ve owned two in the past. This is the first one I’m trying that can feed media up to 11×17″ in size. I have been interested in getting a large format printer but never really narrowed down my options and took the plunge. I routinely print my own photographs, hybrid scrapbooking and card making projects as well as my button art that I sell in my shop. I cleared off a space on my computer desk, and got started. I unboxed the printer and followed the Start Here directions. I removed all the tape and plastic from the printer and then followed the prompts to load the ink cartridges. all 6 of them.

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Last year I started the 12 on 12 project, a head shot for each family member on the 12th of the month. The first year I included these headshots in my project life pages. This past year I envisioned a photo wall full of our changing faces. I even had empty frames sitting, waiting for these photos. Every thing was coming together to bring this project into reality. I printed up the first four headshots through lightroom. I did 8×10 prints on the 8.5 x 11″ Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy that was included in my reviewer kit. The prints are gorgeous. even our black hair looks great and not muddy.

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I trimmed the 8.5 x 11″ prints to 8 x 10 to insert in the frames. I ran out of 8.5 x 11″s glossy photo paper so I cut 4 sheets of 11 x 17 Epson Glossy Photo Papers into 8 8.5 x 11″s and printed 8 more headshots. This is where I ran into my only problem. While the letter sized photo paper was in a portfolio perfectly flat, the large format 11 x 17″ paper was in a long box with a few other items and was slightly warped. I’m sure when you buy new 11 x 17 paper, it will be flat in the package. The last 8 prints got ink on the edge of the prints. Luckily for me, I had leeway as I was trimming my prints down and it did not ruin my project.

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I dusted all my frames, cleaned the glass and set the photos on the frames to set overnight. I think they were dry to the touch but with windex on the frames I didn’t want to take a chance of ruining my prints.

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This morning I measured out my frames, marked the nail spots and hung my pictures. I am so happy to see my family smiling back at me!

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I also printed a little label for a gift for my mail carrier…

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and an 11 x 17 print… there is an ink smudge on the last edge of the print where the paper was warped before going into the printer but I’m just going to cut that edge off.

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PROS

Media Cards including CF (this is big for the girl who shoots Canon 5D)

wide media up to 11 x 17

print on CDs

three feed options

wireless print from mobile app. Print from Camera Roll, saved documents, web storage (box, drop box, google drive, evernote, microsoft sky drive)

6 ink cartridges

wirelessly connect to network

print paper like lined paper, graph paper, music paper. how cool is that?!

CONS

not 12″ wide

this seems silly but will get ink on your warped paper. (so don’t use warped paper!)

Over all I would recommend this printer if you are looking for wider format printing. The picture quality looks great and I am absolutely happy with it. I’m wondering if I get to keep it? I’ll let you know when I know. A great gift for scrapbookers, crafty people and people who love photographs.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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