by February 28, 2004 0 comments

Epson Stylus C63 comes with a number of interesting features. One, it costs less than Rs 4K, which makes is quite affordable. Second, it comes with Epson’s DURAbrite ink that is quick to dry and water resistant. This increases your printouts life span. Another feature, not so common in low cost inkjets are, four separate ink cartridges for CMYK colors. This saves you money as you only replace the cartridge and not the entire thing. The printer has both USB and parallel interfaces, and it can connect to both PCs and Macs. The highest print resolution it supports is 5760X1440 dpi. The printer also has useful software such as PhotoQuicker for editing image and printing digital photos. This software comes with two other supporting software’s; photo frames and invitation card templates. 

The printer’s performance is fine for most printing requirements, it supports five modes of draft, text, text & image, photo and best photo. The smallest readable font size it can print is 2, although a little jagged. The printer’s rated print speed is 17 ppm for black text and 9 ppm for color text in economy mode. We got a lower speed of 8 ppm for mono text, which is a common problem with most inkjets. It took around 1 min and 53 secs to print a page with text and a small graphics in text & image mode. Line art and curves printing had some jaggedness. It managed to do a fountain fill in grayscale very well with very little banding. We also printed a CMYK color gradient, which took around 4 mins and 10 secs in best mode, which is good. A full-page color image printout on photo paper was also very good, though it took much longer time.

Overall, this printer is good value for money considering its attractive price tag, and the good software bundle. 

Sukhsagar Prajapti

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