Epson Expression Premium XP-510 review

£116
Price when reviewed

Epson has built a good reputation for its budget inkjet all-in-one printers, and the Expression Premium XP-510 aims to maintain this, in an unobtrusive, small-footprint device. It’s aimed at the home and home-office market, and aims to be as good for photos as in plain paper printing.

Epson Expression Premium XP-510 review

Encased in a mixture of high-gloss and textured black plastic, the printer has a steeply angled control panel set in front of a simple flatbed scanner, without extending hinges to its lid. Its colour, LCD display is a mere 37mm, which makes menu text and status messages very small. Controls are minimal, too, but are enough to get the job done.

There’s a single, 100-sheet paper cassette – though no multipurpose feed – and the output tray pulls out neatly from inside. At the back is a single USB socket, but you’re better off taking advantage of the printer’s Wi-Fi connection, since it opens up more possibilities. The printer is Wi-Fi direct compatible and supports Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud print and Epson’s remote email printing, Epson Connect.

To print wirelessly from an Android device, you need to download Epson’s free app, and get it to hunt out the printer to make connection – there’s no NFC support to speed this up. We were also disappointed to find it lacks memory card slots.

The printer is rated at 9.5ppm in mono and 9ppm in colour, but in our tests it was a little slower than this: we measured 9.1ppm for mono print and 8.1ppm for colour. This makes the printer reasonably quick for an inkjet in its class, although the Canon Pixma MG6450 outpaces it.

Epson Expression Premium XP-510

A single-page copy took a fair 36 seconds, and a full A4 photo completed in 1min 10secs, which is impressive. Photo quality is good, too, and colours really leap off the page. Natural subjects show very plausible pastels, and graphics exhibit bold primaries well. Again, though, we prefer the output of Canon’s MG6450, which produces photos with a more natural colour balance and better detail in the shadows.

Some colour shades are a little dark in comparison to onscreen originals, but not by much. Skin tones look natural, and detail levels are well up to the mark. Greyscale images benefit from the extra photo black ink and look pleasingly neutral. The printer boasts a five-ink print engine, with separate tanks for each colour, and all five cartridges are easy to access, under the scanner.

Plain paper prints aren’t as satisfying as photos, however, and there are some jagged edges to characters and a little ink bleed. Colours are well reproduced, though, and satisfyingly bright where needed.

The ink cartridges are available in two capacities, both confusingly from the Polar Bear series (Epson uses birds and animals as well as type numbers to distinguish cartridges), but even using the XL versions, page costs come out at 2.7p for ISO mono pages and 11p for ISO colour.

The mono page cost is a touch higher than rivals by around 0.2-0.3p, but several pence higher per page when it comes to colour prints. Cartridge costs fluctuate regularly, however, so this difference may diminish over time. The XL cartridge capacities are in the 500-700 page range, so the cartridge won’t need to be replaced every week.

Epson’s Expression Premium XP-510 is a reasonable all-in-one, capable of excellent-quality photos. If this is an important part of your requirements, it’s a good reason for looking this way. However, below-par plain-paper output and a couple of other shortcomings – most notably the small size of its LCD screen and the relatively high colour-print cost – mean either the Canon Pixma MG5450 or the MG6450 are still the top dogs at around £100 to £120.

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 5760 x 1440dpi
Ink-drop size 1.5pl
Integrated TFT screen? no
Duplex function yes

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 0.0p
Cost per A4 colour page 2.7p
Cost per A4 colour photo 11.0p
Inkjet technology Piezo-electric
Ink type Dye-based colour, pigment-based black

Power and noise

Dimensions 390 x 338 x 163mm (WDH)

Copier Specification

Fax? no

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time 36s
A4 photo print time 1min 10s
Mono print speed (measured) 9.1ppm
Colour print speed 8.1ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing? yes
Input tray capacity 100 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? no
Bluetooth connection? no
PictBridge port? no

Flash media

SD card reader no
Compact Flash reader no
Memory Stick reader no
xD-card reader no
USB flash drive support? yes

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? no
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? no
Software supplied Epson Easy Photo Print, Epson Web-To-Page

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