Great Photos with Epson’s XP-860 Small-in-One

Two terms that don’t play nice together are “economical” and “photo printer.” While there are quite a few photo printers available nowadays, few, if any, provide low-cost prints—in terms of consumables used, or cost per page (CPP), that is. Hence, while I often find myself impressed with the output, especially the photographs, from 6-ink photo printers like the topic of this review, Epson’s $299.99 (MSRP) Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One Printer, the too-high per-page cost of consumables often makes them, depending on your printing needs, less than desirable.

In many ways, the XP-860 reminded me of the $100-cheaper  XP-820 reviewed here a few weeks, as well as the equally priced XP-950, also reviewed here recently. The difference, primarily, between the XP-820 and the XP-860 is that the latter uses a 6-ink imaging system, compared to the former’s 5-ink format. The XP-950 not only uses six inks, but you can also print one-off tabloid (11×17-inch) pages via a 1-sheet override tray on the front of the chassis.
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