Epson Stylus Photo TX720WD Printer Review

Would you believe that I only owned 3 printers in my entire lifetime? The first printer was an OKI dot-matrix printer in the 1990s. The second printer was an EPSON Photo inkjet printer for my university days - the printhead got clogged. The third printer was a Canon inkjet printer which lasted me almost a decade before I disposed of it when I moved house - not because it broke down, but because it could not run on Windows 7 OS.

For an entire year, I lived without a printer (save the Sony Photo Printer DPP-FP70). Granted, at times it was inconvenient, but we probably saved a few trees along the way. All-In-One (AIO) printers have been the new de-facto format and prices went down year by year. Still, there was no desire to upgrade, because of one critical factor: AIO are just too big.

Then comes along EPSON Stylus Photo TX720WD (PDF brochure link). This printer has so many features built into this surprisingly compact footprint. Could this be the only printer I ever need?

A typical all-in-one printer allows you to scan, copy and print. The TX720WD gives you a lot more. Here's a breakdown:

Printer Features

Software Features
EPSON Easy Photo Print toolbar on Windows Explorer

Easy Photo Print interface.

Click "Image Enhance" brings you to another pop-up window.

Click "Portrait Enhance" opens another pop-up window. See the before-and-after preview.

Print Quality
Printing a photo-quality borderless image on the A4-sized Premium Glossy Photo Paper takes about 3 minutes. I am extremely impressed with the output of the images. They are extremely photo-like under the naked eye, and the colours are very accurate, with no visible exaggeration of any colour tones.

Stacks of photos printed from the TX720WD Photo Printer
Check out the gloss!

To probe further, I shot with a macro lens to inspect the actual ink dots.

You can only tell that the images are printed by an inkjet printer when you scrutinize at the microscopic level.

Professional users should not enable "PhotoEnhance" during printing, as the software will auto-adjust colour tones and apply softening which may ruin the image details that you painstakingly edit. The EPSON Easy Photo Print software is convenient for novices but does not give you the adjustment accuracy. Therefore, if you have an external image editor, do use that to process your images and send it unaltered to the printer. You will not be disappointed.

The TX720WD can also print other fun stuffs, like ruled paper, even graph paper in authentic green grids. I like the ruled paper with background option: the output looks really nice and appears to look like the special art paper you buy from stationery stores. The colouring book mode, however, fails to impress. What it does was to convert a full-colour photo into a black-white outlined image for colouring. But it only works if the printer can pick up the outlines. In my casual test, none of the images give me a decent output.

Ruled paper with image. Very nice resolution, almost like commercial-printed paper!
Colouring book mode fails to give a complete trace.

Scan Quality
Nothing to shout about, but scans of documents appear sharp and faithful to the original. I like how the scanner auto-detects the scanned image, auto-crops and applies optimal adjustments, though sometimes I'd wish for a semi-auto mode, so that I can fine-tune some settings rather than opting for the full-manual scan option.

Here are a list of issues that I do not favour.

6 ink-dividual cartridges, each retailing at S$21 for the normal-capacity 82N type.

Final Words
The EPSON Stylus Photo TX720WD stands out with its comprehensive printing solution supporting many media types including CD-tray. Photo print quality is outstanding, and normal paper printing is also great. Customise your own ruled writing or graph paper and impress your peers. Be prepared to spend on ink cartridges if you print a lot of photos, and the printer noise can be disturbing in a tranquil evening. With a built-in Wi-Fi, this printer can be placed anywhere in the house as an able companion for all your printing needs.

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