Epson Stylus DX7000F All In One printer, scanner, copier and fax

New budget all-in-one Epson device is low on price and high on features

Epson has added a new top-of-the-range model to its budget DX series of all-in-one devices, the Epson Stylus DX 7000F, which has the addition of a 33.6Kbps fax. A 60-address speed dial feature saves time dialing and the Answer Mode can be switched to auto answer or manual, so you stop it from interfering with printing etc.

The build quality leaves something to be desired however. Both the scanner/copier hood and memory card slot cover feel very flimsy indeed. However, the machine is obviously built to a price, which must also be why the 2-inch colour screen present on the DX6000 is surprisingly missing on this model.

Instead, you get a simple data LCD strip to guide you through settings and features and comprehensive control panel with a set of controls and buttons that, while easy to understand, are very stiff to use.

Print and scan quality is not bad. Photo output prints from the print engine’s ULTRABrite Ultra inks and (minimum) 3-picolitre DROPlet size are very good and you also get 100-year fade resistence, water and smudge resistance into the bargain.

Top print resolution is 5760 x 1440dpi (optimised) while maximum optical scan resolution is 1200 x 2400ppi, so enough for most documents and fair quality graphics or photo scanning. 

Colour is accurate and best described as 'vibrant' on top quality photos, while print detail is actually very good thanks to the tiny 3-picolitre DROPlet size used. You get four ink tanks (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) that each cost a penny under £7, so not bank balance breakers. However the highest quality (optimised) output settings reduce cartridge yield dramatically.

Print speeds are a claimed 27-pages per minute or around 28-seconds for a single 6x4-inch borderless print, although the reality is different as the speeds achieved depend on your system and PC set up, plus the quality settings you choose. For instance, a 6x4-inch print direct from an SD memory card took over three minutes to DROP onto the delivery tray. Text quality is good when high-speed printing mode is disabled and you get much more crisp output at the Fine setting.

The machine’s built-in memory card readers provides CF Type I/II, Memory Stick, xD Picture card and SD/MMC compatibility - plus you get fast USB 2.0 connectivity plus the option direct printing from a camera itself.

The 7000F also comes chock full of neat software that includes ABBYY FineReader OCR software for quickly converting scanned copy into editable text. Other software includes Epson Creativity Suite, Easy Photo Print (for fast printing if you’re not sure about using the finer points of the machine’s print driver) PhotoEnhance and PIF designer, Epson Web-to-Page and Print Image Framer.

So, to sum up, more than enough software kit for assistance in most print, scan or copy jobs.

Verdict: 
Slight worries over the ink yield and the lack of the colour screen aside, the Epson Stylus DX7000F is a great value machine that is ideal for the small or home office environment and so certainly worth a look.