Epson Expression Premium XP-520 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier
I am impressed with how far printers have come when it comes to installation. The Epson Expression Premium XP-520 is completely wireless, but setup was a breeze. It practically walked me through everything. I just had to insert a disc into my computer and all was painless.
The only thing I don’t care for is the insertion of the ink cartridges. We have to hold onto the caps for when we dispose of them later. These are the only caps I’ve ever had to hold onto for any printer. I’ve owned a lot of printers. Make that “own.” In my house right now, I have four different models of Epson printers plugged in and running. That’s after I gave one away.
The ink cartridges are messier to insert than other cartridges. We have to be more careful. It’s not impossible to do, but I got ink on my fingers. I never get ink on my fingers.
Printing is all done via Wi-Fi. You’ll need a router or gateway running in the house. No Ethernet connection here. USB connection is available, but no cable is provided. It’s clearly meant to be wireless.
The computer is in a separate room from my computer, so I don’t see how quickly print jobs translate to hard copies. By the time I get there, the printing is done.
Printing a high quality photo to highest quality photo paper from my phone is pretty darn slow. Printing from an SD card inserted into the printer is quick.
Yes, I can print from my phone. I already have Epson iPrint installed on the phone (four Epson printers, remember?). The XP-520 was recognized right away. No extra steps necessary.
Photo quality is beyond amazing. Even on plain paper it’s good. On highest quality satin photo paper, oh . . . my . . . gosh. Unbelievable.
That doesn’t mean it can’t print regular text and graphics. Yes, it can do that. It looks good. Maybe too good. Maybe I should make it look less good so I can use up less ink.
This little printer (it’s my smallest printer) can do it all. It faxes, though I haven’t tried that yet. It copies. It prints.
The little screen is tinier than it needs to be, but it’s big enough to do the job. I can view photos there before printing.
Scanning is one sheet at a time, but that’s only a problem if you have a big job. In that case, get a printer with a sheet feeding scanner.
Printing can be automatic double-sided, which I love, because it saves paper.
Oh, yes. The paper tray holds very little paper. Small printer, less paper. That’s expected.
It’s a great printer with a small footprint that’s terrific for personal use.
This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.