Well, we got an Epson R350 to use at home, we bought it just before Xmas. It is a very nice looking printer and it took up little room on our desk. After we unpacked it we realised we didn’t have a USB cable lying around so we couldn’t install it on the computer. Had a read through the manual and found out we could print straight from the SmartMedia card (or just about any card!) from a digital camera . The printer came with a sheet explaining how to do just that. We tried it and it was TOO easy! Whipped the SmartMedia card out of our Fuji camera and slotted it into the card reader on the printer and printed out an index sheet. It was easy to choose photos to print off the index card and enter the details into the R310 control panel.

Print quality was great. The 5760 x 1440 resolution meant photos were crisp and clear, and the borderfree looks really good. After Xmas we went out and bought a USB cable and hooked up the printer to the computer. The instruction sheet made it quite straightforward and we installed very quickly on Windows XP. Software installed was the printer driver and various other little programs and utilities. We couldn’t wait to print on some DVDs as we had a stack we had burnt and they looked pretty ordinary just plain white. Of course they were printable DVDs. We were a little disappointed with the printed DVDs, they weren’t as bright and vibrant as printing on paper but I suspect that has more to do with the printable surface on the DVD rather than the printers capabilities. Well, it was easy to print on the DVDs using the Epson CD Print Designer program that came with the printer.

Straight black text printing is extremely fast and looks good even though we always use draft mode for text to save on ink.

I will give an update on how long the Epson R350 cartridges last, but after 3 weeks of printing the levels are still at abot 85% on the indicators.

Overall we are very happy with the Epson R350, a great printer for everyday home or small office use but versatile enough to do digital photos and printable CDs and DVDs.

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