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DX4450 is the latest buzz in the printer market. This all-in-one printer, copier and scanner come at a very affordable price. Lexmark may be considered as its competitor for its price but its ink costs you more.

Body design

Usually the budget machines are made of cheap plastic but Epson Stylus DX4450 Photo Printer has a decent look with black plastic and semi transparent finish. The sheet feeder can take an input of A4 size and when this comes out, there is a built-in extending tray to serve your needs. It has a control panel at the top left in order to enable the copy function and when the lid opens, it reveals the A4 size flatbed scanner.

This device uses separate colour ink cartridges for more economical usage. The whole top is available for you to access the ink cartridges. It uses the four major colours such as cyan, magenta, black and yellow, whereas its competitor Lexmark uses black and the all-colour cartridges making its maintenance expensive.

Performance

Epson Stylus DX4450 multi-function photo printer uses Epson’s DURABrite inks which can perform one-touch photocopying of texts and pictures. This ink provides laser-like texts, glossy prints which are water resistant and fights smudging and fading. The built-in control panel makes your work very simple. The directions and options provided by the control panel is very straight forward.

You have options for colour and mono photocopying. It includes colour restoration function to give lives to your old photos. The photocopying mode runs independently, so you may not need to switch on your computers to make any copies. You can also produce borderless prints.

Epson claims that its printer can produce 15 pages of black text per minute. This is a good speed. The scanning process too dint consume much time. The scanned pictures were quite good. The fine details of the pictures were clearly represented.

The prints produced accurate results. Though there was little banding in solid areas of colour, the over-all result was more than satisfactory. Printing of full size A4 does consume some time but the quality is acceptable keeping its price in mind. Another thing that can be noticed is that the sheet feeder is not quite straight. The printer is a little noisy while printing and feeding in paper.

Software bundle

This Borderless Photo printer comes with a good deal of software bundle. They include, copy utility, Easy Photo Print, Creativity Suite and OCR recognition software for you to do the processes of printing copying and scanning very easy. Epson’s easy photo print removes Red eye. DX4450 is compatible with photo quality paper aiding you in producing photos which are rich and long-lasting. The printer driver interface helps you with the colour profiles and lets you select between colour optimisation and printing just using the black cartridge.