Epson Stylus Photo RX640 – Review Roundup

The Epson Stylus Photo RX640 is an all in one photo printer featuring high-definition 2.5″ LCD preview, CD-R print, and a 3200dpi scanner with built in transperancy unit.


>> REVIEWS (last update: 07.07.06)

IT Reviews reviewed the Epson Stylus Photo RX640 and wrote;
“But overall print times were slow; 3ppm for A4 text printing and just under 2.5ppm for mixed text and graphics. Colour prints took even longer, which is quite a surprise from a photo printer; an A4 print on Glossy Paper at the Best Photo setting took a lengthy five minutes, but the quality of the print was very good, with even the soft shades being well reproduced.”

TrustedReviews reviewed the Epson Stylus Photo RX640 and wrote;
“Photo output is generally of a very high quality, with vivid colours where they’re required, but also accurate reproduction of softer shades, with perhaps a slight emphasis to magenta. Darker shades are a little over-emphasised, so some detail is lost. A final word on print quality of copies. Taking our mixed text and colour graphics test piece, we copied it at standard settings and were disappointed to see all the colours reproduced much lighter than the original and a green graphics border changed to light blue. Given Epson’s history of scanner development, this was unexpected, but in line with our experience of the RX520. “

PCPro reviewed the Epson Stylus Photo RX640 and wrote;
“The RX640 is a good choice if you want an MFP only for photo prints and scanning. It’s expensive, though, and its slow plain paper performance means it isn’t suitable for quick everyday jobs.”


The latest addition to Epson’s all-in-one photo printer range is the Stylus Photo RX640. With an array of features including CD-R print, a high definition 2.5 inch Photo Fine colour LCD preview monitor and a 3200dpi scanner with built-in transparency unit, the Stylus Photo RX640 is the ideal solution for photo enthusiasts who need an advanced photo centre for their digital imaging needs.

Printing at home is even more affordable with the Epson Stylus Photo RX640. With six individual ink cartridges, you only need to replace the cartridge you have used. Epson’s superior print technology ensures your prints are of a consistently high-quality every time. A minimum droplet size of 1.5pl with Variable-Sized Droplet Technology (VSDT) results in smooth, detailed photos. If time is of the essence, borderless photos are created in less than a minute.

Also included is Epson’s PhotoEnhance technology. It automatically detects your image type and adjusts image brightness and contrast accordingly to ensure optimal quality prints. For example, when an image is detected as “portrait”, PhotoEnhance will make the face brighter and the contrast softer. When the image is detected as “landscape”, the contrast is increased, accentuating detail and texture. So now you don’t have to be an expert in software image manipulation to get the best out of your photos.

Preview your vivid and detailed images using the high definition 2.5 inch Photo Fine colour LCD preview monitor which features a resolution of 256 ppi (pixels per inch) to display sharp, detailed images. For those seeking additional creative licence, the CD/DVD print function allows you to print your own unique images directly onto the surface of inkjet printable CD’s. To print simply switch from the paper output tray to the CD-R tray via a one touch lever.

The 3200 x 6400 dpi MatrixCCD™ scanner allows you to capture detailed images and sharp, well-defined copies and enlargements of photos. The integrated transparency unit also allows you to scan and print directly from positive and negative film sources. Scanning is enhanced with Epson’s Easy Photo Fix technology, which automatically restores colour to your old, faded photos and film. Easy Photo Fix also includes a dust removal function for negative and positive film scanning, it removes dust marks, ingrained dirt and minor scratches.

An intuitive user interface makes the Epson Stylus Photo RX640 easy to use for photo enthusiasts at all levels of ability and experience. You can print, scan and copy direct from memory cards, PictBridge and USB DIRECT-PRINT digital cameras, as well as selected USB flash memory devices. Alternatively, use a Bluetooth module to print directly from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

Tracey Leslie, Consumer Product Manager – General Purpose Inkjets and All In Ones for Epson UK says “The Stylus Photo RX640 builds on Epson’s strong offering in the all-in-one category. With premium photo quality output and exceptional scanning and standalone features, this will appeal to photo enthusiasts at all levels of experience.”

Epson Stylus Photo RX640 key features summary:

* Preview vivid and detailed images using the high definition 2.5 inch Photo Fine colour LCD preview monitor
* Obtain excellent image reproduction with the 3200 x 6400 dpi MatrixCCD scanner and built-in transparency unit
* Quickly and easily print your favourite images as premium quality borderless photos
* Cost effective printing with six individual ink cartridges – you only need to replace the empty cartridge.
* Print and copy CD or DVD designs onto compatible disks

No computer necessary, print photos directly from: Negative or positive film, and save the images too

* The integrated memory card reader
* Your PictBridge or USB DIRECT-PRINT compatible Digital Camera
* Compatible mobile phones via optional Bluetooth module
* Selected USB Flash memory devices

Other features

* Easily restore faded photos and remove dust from negatives
* Back-up your data directly to memory cards or to CD-R/Zip Drives via external USB port
* Epson Stylus Photo RX640 RRP ₤229.00 Inc VAT.

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