All four printers produced photos that most users would be more than happy with, although the more dedicated photographer may demand higher quality. The Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD was the only unit in this test to use six photo inks, the other printers all use three colours plus black(s). This brings me back to my opening about Photo capable and Photo quality printers. For the best photographic quality you really do need a printer with six inks, they will provide more subtlety of colours and smoother gradients.
All the printers are heavily promoting WiFi, email, AirPrint and cloud printing. Whilst this is a great feature, especially for family use and if you are using a mobile phone to capture photos, I can’t help wondering if this is really useful for a photographer who wants high quality photo prints. All the printers come complete with software applications or download ability for creating calendars, greeting cards and other forms. There is no denying that an All-in-One or Multifunction unit is convenient, you don’t even need to turn a computer on to get going. However, perhaps these multifunction units are better suited to the SOHO market or as a workhorse for everyday printing. Photographers may have to accept that an A3 single function printer will be the better choice for high quality prints.