Epson Stylus CX8300 All-in-one Inkjet Printer - First Look

Epson Stylus CX8300 All-in-one Inkjet Printer - First Look

Epson Stylus CX8300 All-in-one Inkjet Printer - PreviewThe current printer crown for cool black belongs to Samsung's sexy pair. Then again, those two can print only in monochrome, while the CX8300 can go color.

The CX8300 inkjet AIO has a maximum print resolution of 5,760 x 1,440dpi and that's a far cry from other printers in the same price range (usually it's 4,800 x 1,200dpi). While it doesn't offer the six-ink cartridge option of the HP Vivera, the CX8300 does support Epson's INKdividual four-color version (black, cyan, magenta and yellow) which still acts as an ink-saving feature.

The inks used are Epson's DURABrite Ultra inks which are supposedly capable of resisting smudging and fading for almost 120 years. So, at the least, it will probably last your entire lifetime.

Like most well-kit-out AIOs, the CX8300 has its own LCD screen (2.5-inch) which serves as a visual feedback when you attempt to print photos through a memory card. But that's just it. You can't edit the photos on the printer itself. For that, you will need your computer.

The CX8300 supports a multitude of memory card slots for formats like CompactFlash, MicroDrive, Memory Stick, Secure Digital and Multimedia Card, among others.

If you intend to network this printer for your home, you would need to keep the computer that the CX8300 is tethered to, powered on most of the time. It doesn't come with any built-in network connectivity options.

If you intend to use it for your home office use, the CX8300 is not the candidate. It doesn't come with the duplex, auto document feed or fax features that are standard for work productivity use.

Speed-wise, the Epson claims 32ppm (black, draft, A4) and 19 seconds for one photo (draft, on 4R Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper).

At S$228, the CX8300 is an entry-level AIO that's designed primarily for home users with both photo and document printing needs.