We’ve had 8 of these among office workers, mostly doing Printable CDs-DVDs, and these produce the same quality results as the previous Epsons have - very nice.
This is a 5-cartridge printer but this time they’ve gone back to ancient HP Deskjet ways and one-upped them - the Epson keeps it’s PhotoBlack cartridge in-place, always available - no silly HP Mid-Stream Halts & Change-Horse routines.
There’s a double-size Black, plus Magenta, Yellow and Cyan, and that PhotoBlack - 5 cartridges in a 6-wide carriage because of the double-wide Black.
Disk printing has gone back to the R- and RX- standards of using a hand-fed tray in a superiorly-designed slot.
For R- and RX- users, you’re used to feeding the tray in ‘lengthwise’ but the Impression does it sideways, so the Printer’s real dimensions are almost R-200-ish, but low and flat. Very nice, very small, compared to the RX and Artisans.
But after 2 years with 100+ Artisans in our service-base, the hand-fed tray seems antiquated and almost unpleasant. This ‘sideways feed’ is a lot studier than the lengthwise one, by the way, but “Death Of The Printer” will likely be “Feed Rollers Get Slick & Die”.
The Artisan’s escalator-internal-feedtray mechanism seemed flimsy at first, but now I’m thinking it’s the better alternative.
That said, we haven’t had any Artisans fail but I have a feeling that escalator-tray’s feed mechanism will be it’s death-knell, too.
For Epson engineers to try this Escalator but then abandon it with the Impression series makes me think THEIR service center might have issued warnings to the designers - “'Tis better to hand-feed than not auto-feed at all.”
All the more reason to snap up a few more Artisans for our inventory!
The Impressions come in 5 numbered flavors - 200, 300, 400 don’t do disk-printing, and are sub-$100. The 600 and 800 series ($150-250?) offer the direct-disk printing.
As a note, today March 6, 2013, Office Depot is selling the Impression 600s for a VERY nice $99. VERY nice.