5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
great printer, but comes with adware
, December 8, 2013
The Epson XP-610 is a great all-in-one wireless printer. The more I use it, the more impressed I am with its features and quality. If this isn't the best $100 printer on the market, I'd like to see the one that is.
+ The easiest-to-use printer I've ever used
+ Two paper trays, one for photo paper, one for plain paper, with auto-select
+ Works with iPhone/iPad
+ High quality prints
+ Double-sided printing
- Obnoxious adware built into the drivers
There were two parts to setting up this printer. First, I installed the Epson drivers onto my Windows laptop by downloading them from Epson.com and running the installer. Simple.
After installing the drivers, I plugged the printer into my computer and was asked if I'd like to use the printer with my wireless network. I said 'yes', entered my wifi password, and I was done. I disconnected the printer cable from my laptop but was still able to print. Even more simple!!
Once the printer was on my wireless network, it automatically showed up as a printer on my iPhone; I didn't have to do any other setup and I was able to print both pictures and emails right off my phone. Very impressive.
Now on to one negative: during the driver installation I was prompted to install several "extra" packages from Epson, including the "Ask" toolbar/search engine for my web browser. I couldn't believe Epson was trying to install invasive adware on my computer for a product that actually cost money. I carefully declined all of the adware. But surprise, two hours later I open my web browser and it informed me that the "Ask toolbar successfully installed". WHAT???? This made me really angry and I deducted a star from this product for this reason. Shame on you Epson.
Aside from the annoying adware (which took 2 seconds to remove), this printer is a dream to use. It does its job simply and efficiently. There are two paper trays, one for regular paper (8.5x11 for me), and one for photo paper (5x7 glossy for me). You load up the paper trays and then when you print emails or web pages, it uses the regular paper but when you print photos, it uses the photo paper. It seems completely automatic and so far it has always guessed correctly.
The printer has an LCD display to walk you through tasks. If you want to photocopy something, you put your original document on the scanner glass and then use the LCD to choose "copy". From there, it scans in your document and prints a faithful rendition on new paper.
The default print quality setting was a little rough to my liking, but it was easy to set the printer to default to "fine" mode. Once done, the print was perfect to my eye and looked quite uniform under a magnifying glass.
I printed photos from an SD card and also directly from my two different cameras (using PictBridge). All printed out fine. I printed the same picture (through the camera) on my high-end Canon Pro9000MkII and honestly couldn't tell the difference. I'm not claiming this thing can print in the same league as a high-end printer like the Pro9000MkII, but most people probably can't tell the difference. To me, that makes the Epson XP-610 all the more impressive.
When you print from an SD card, the picture that you're printing shows up on the LCD screen and you can crop it or make minor adjustments right in the printer. Very handy if you're in a hurry.
I printed several pages of Avery labels and they came out great.
A feature that I find very useful is the double-sided printing. When you print text documents, they can print double sided to save paper. I was quite impressed to see a feature like this on such an inexpensive printer.
This printer is about the same size as other all-in-one printers that I've seen, perhaps slightly more squat. The printer is neither quiet nor loud. It has a special "quiet" setting that you can enable, and I suppose it was slightly quieter, but only slightly so.
The LCD display on this printer pivots so that you can tilt it for easier viewing. I found this feature useful for getting the right viewing angle for the screen.
The Epson XP-610 works flawlessly for me and I think it's a great printer. If not for the annoying adware during the initial setup, this would be an unequivocal 5-star product. The wifi feature is great for the connected world and the ability to print photos from an iPhone is a bonus for me. I am very pleased with this printer.