The official name for this printer is the Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-In-One Printer. But frankly there’s very little that’s small about it. Not the name. Not its footprint. Not its price. And certainly not the 11″ x 17″ paper that it can swallow to create stunning photo prints. The XP-950 has many of the features you’d expect to see in a home/small business printer. It can do two-sided printing. It scans It copies. It has two different paper trays that can handle both full sized letter paper as well as small photo paper. It also has a single sheet feeder that can handle 11″x 17″ paper for tabloid sized photos or big spreadsheets. You can even print a label directly onto a CD or DVD. It can print via WiFi, Ethernet,or USB cable. You can use it to print from a mobile device or from a USB flash drive or an SD card. I found it easy to setup from my desktop computer. However, adding it to a laptop without a CD drive proved a bit more challenging, requiring a search for the right drivers. One tip here, if you have to add the printer so you can print wirelessly from a laptop, go straight tot he Epson website for the driver, don’t bother hoping that Windows will provide the right one.
The XP-950 uses six ink cartridges, adding a light cyan and a light magenta to enhance photo printing. And that’s where this printer really shines, creating photo prints with excellent quality that you’ll be proud to put up on your wall. Standard document printing was adequate, though other reviewers are critical of both its black and white photo printing as well as document printing with small fonts. There are a few places where the XP-950 comes up short. The main paper tray holds 100 sheets, which is a little light for my taste. It does not have a sheet feeder, which means you can only copy documents one page at a time. And it does not have a fax capability (which I think is becoming less and less important these days anyway).
Is the XP-950 a good value? Depends on what you want a printer to do. We’re seeing it priced at between $191 and $230, which makes it slightly more expensive than many small footprint home/office printers. I think the lack of a sheet feeder is a drawback. On the other hand, I do a lot of photography, and this offers me the ability to create gorgeous 11″ x 17″ prints right at home. And for me, that’s worth the price of admission.