Professional quality photos for Christmas from Epson

It’s the time of year when your family and friends will be gathering together, or perhaps you’ll be undertaking adventures during the break. Either way, how about some high quality prints from the photos you take?

Not just for boring entertaining your work colleagues, but for framing. That’s where you need a large format printer. A decent framed picture needs to be bigger than A4.

Epson calls its new Expression Photo HD XP-15000 a “wide format” printer because instead of the 210mm width of A4, it can accommodate paper up to 330mm wide. That’s thirteen inches in the old language. Furthermore, the paper can be up to 19 inches, or 482mm, long. For reference, compare that 330mm by 482m with A3, which is 297mm by 420mm. You can get a decent sized print from this unit. Indeed, it will do that paper size borderless.

And all the way down to 4 by 6 inch prints, also borderless.

(Fun fact: 329mm by 483mm, or 13 by 19 inches, is commonly known as A3+ or A3 Plus, but experts in paper sizes seem to get somewhat exercised about the use of this term.)

Because the XP-15000 is from Epson’s Expression range, it uses Epson’s photo-optimised Claria Photo HD inks, with six colours including red and grey inks designed for both “ultra-wide colour gamut and enhanced black and white prints”.

It looks like Epson hasn’t sacrificed convenience to quality. The printer has a 200 sheet front tray, and a 50 sheet capacity rear tray suitable for use with specialty papers. It can perform automatic duplex (two sided printing), pump out pages at up to 9.2ppm in black and white, or 9.0ppm in colour (I’m assuming that’s for A4 on plain paper), and can deliver a draft mode four by six print in 27 seconds.

It connects via either WiFi or Ethernet (or USB if you want to go that way), and supports direct printing from smart phones. The interface is a 2.4 inch colour touch screen.

The Epson Expression Photo HD XP-1500 is available now from Epson, and the usual Epson retailers, for $499.

(Note, this is a printer, not a three-in-one. So no scanning or copying.)