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Epson Expression XP-960 Review

The Epson Expression Photo XP-960 is a large-format photo printer with a penchant for high-quality photo printing.

Our Verdict

The Epson Expression Photo XP-960 large-format photo printer wowed us with great photo quality, relatively quick print speeds and an impressive all-in-one design that adds photo scanning and copying to the mix.

For

  • This photo printer has excellent print quality, thanks to its six ink cartridges and high print resolution.

Against

  • It isn’t as portable and doesn’t print as fast as smaller, less-expensive printers.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The XP-960 consistently wowed us in our photo printing tests with its exceptional print quality.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The XP-960 consistently wowed us in our photo printing tests with its exceptional print quality.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: Unlike smaller snapshot printers, the XP-960 lets you print in large-format sizes up to 11 x 17.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: Unlike smaller snapshot printers, the XP-960 lets you print in large-format sizes up to 11 x 17.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The XP-960 is similar in size to a standard inkjet printer, measuring 18.8 x 14.0 x 5.8 inches and weighing 19.4 pounds.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The XP-960 is similar in size to a standard inkjet printer, measuring 18.8 x 14.0 x 5.8 inches and weighing 19.4 pounds.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer also has built-in scan and copy capability, with a two-piece hinged lid that makes it easy to position photos and documents for scanning.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer also has built-in scan and copy capability, with a two-piece hinged lid that makes it easy to position photos and documents for scanning.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The flatbed scanner captures scans at 4800 dpi, making it ideal for duplicating old photos in near-original quality.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The flatbed scanner captures scans at 4800 dpi, making it ideal for duplicating old photos in near-original quality.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: With 5760 x 1440 resolution, the printer delivers precise detail, and it offers borderless printing in all supported print sizes.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: With 5760 x 1440 resolution, the printer delivers precise detail, and it offers borderless printing in all supported print sizes.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The built-in control panel folds flat for compact storage and opens out to an angled position for comfortable viewing and use.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The built-in control panel folds flat for compact storage and opens out to an angled position for comfortable viewing and use.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer’s control panel uses the built-in touchscreen for navigating settings and menus.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer’s control panel uses the built-in touchscreen for navigating settings and menus.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The 4.3-inch touchscreen display is also helpful for previewing images from media cards and USB drives before printing.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The 4.3-inch touchscreen display is also helpful for previewing images from media cards and USB drives before printing.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: You open the top of the printer to access the XP-960’s six ink cartridge slots.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: You open the top of the printer to access the XP-960’s six ink cartridge slots.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer uses six color ink cartridges to produce true-to-life color.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer uses six color ink cartridges to produce true-to-life color.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer boasts all the necessary ports and slots to print from PictBridge-enabled cameras and directly from a variety of media card formats.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer boasts all the necessary ports and slots to print from PictBridge-enabled cameras and directly from a variety of media card formats.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The XP-960 has a separate feeder to handle specialty paper, and it supports photo paper, brochure paper, scrapbook paper, iron-on transfer, self-adhesive sheets and plain old printer paper.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The XP-960 has a separate feeder to handle specialty paper, and it supports photo paper, brochure paper, scrapbook paper, iron-on transfer, self-adhesive sheets and plain old printer paper.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: There is a dedicated tray for printing custom labels directly onto CDs and DVDs.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: There is a dedicated tray for printing custom labels directly onto CDs and DVDs.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: Using Wi-Fi Direct and Epson’s iPrint app, you can print directly from your smartphone.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: Using Wi-Fi Direct and Epson’s iPrint app, you can print directly from your smartphone.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The extended document feeder supports paper up to 11 x 17 inches in size.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The extended document feeder supports paper up to 11 x 17 inches in size.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The primary paper tray can hold 100 sheets of plain paper, but the secondary tray is limited to 20 sheets of photo paper.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The primary paper tray can hold 100 sheets of plain paper, but the secondary tray is limited to 20 sheets of photo paper.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: While not built for portability, the XP-960 is smaller and lighter than other large-format photo printers, and it is considerably easier to move.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: While not built for portability, the XP-960 is smaller and lighter than other large-format photo printers, and it is considerably easier to move.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer creates precise detail with its 5760 x 1440 resolution and highly accurate color reproduction.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: The printer creates precise detail with its 5760 x 1440 resolution and highly accurate color reproduction.
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Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: Connecting via Ethernet, USB or Wi-Fi is easy thanks to the printer’s accessible ports and Wi-Fi Direct, which lets you connect to the printer without passing through a router.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 image: Connecting via Ethernet, USB or Wi-Fi is easy thanks to the printer’s accessible ports and Wi-Fi Direct, which lets you connect to the printer without passing through a router.

The Epson Expression Photo XP-960 is a large-format photo printer with a penchant for high-quality photo printing. Tricked out with features like mobile printing from tablets and smartphones, support for all sorts of specialty paper, and label printing for CDs and DVDs, it’s a versatile device. Still, the real appeal is its use of six inks that combine to create lush and vibrant colors. With the ability to print true-to-life images and an all-in-one design that adds photo-grade scan and copy capability, the Epson Expression Photo XP-960 earns the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award, making it the best printer for photos we reviewed.

The XP-960 distinguished itself in our photo printing tests with exceptional print quality – colors were vivid and well-balanced, and flesh tones looked natural and true to life. With 5760 x 1440 resolution, the printer recreates precise detail, and it offers borderless printing in all supported print sizes. In our testing, whether we printed 4 x 6 snapshots or large-format 8 x 10 photos, the inking was consistent and error free. When compared side-by-side with the competition, the XP-960’s prints consistently wowed us.

Photos also printed relatively fast. When printing 4 x 6 photos, it took an average of 68 seconds per print, just over one minute per photo. However, large-format prints clocked in at an average of 154 seconds each, which is more than half a minute faster than competing large-format printers.

With six ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta) the XP-960 is better equipped to produce true-to-life color than the average four-color inkjet printer, and it more than holds its own against the eight-cartridge printers we tested. At $2.27 per milliliter, the ink it uses is just a little more expensive than that of the other art printers we reviewed. Even at that price, it’s more cost effective than the smaller snapshot printers in our review, which cost between 30 cents and 50 cents per photo. If you need to print in any sort of volume, this is a good photo printer to choose.

This top-rated photo printer can print up to 11 x 17-size pictures. That’s more than large enough for all of your snapshots and scrapbook photos and even full-page portraits, but if you plan to make larger prints for framing, it is a tad limited compared to other large-format printers in our review.

With support for photo paper of every kind (gloss, semi-gloss and matte) as well as brochure paper, scrapbook paper, iron-on transfer, self-adhesive sheets and plain old printer paper, it’s pretty versatile. There’s also a dedicated tray for printing CD and DVD labels directly onto discs.

For all its benefits, the XP-960 is decidedly not portable. Weighing 19.4 pounds and measuring 18.9 x 14 x 5.8 inches in its most compact configuration, it’s a stationary printer, and the lack of any battery option means you’re tied to wall power. That said, it’s not much larger than a standard home inkjet printer and has a much smaller footprint than the other large-format photo printers in our review. It is also easier to move, since other large-format printers tip the scales at closer to 30 or 40 pounds.

The printer has the added distinction of offering scan and copy capability, thanks to a built-in flatbed scanner. The photo-friendly design has a two-piece hinged lid that lets you position a photo on the scanner, close the lid halfway and reposition the photo as necessary without opening it all the way. It’s the only photo printer in our lineup with scan and copy features, and anyone who wants to duplicate existing photos in near-original quality will surely appreciate their addition.

The printer can be used to print from a PC or standalone, printing from PictBridge-enabled cameras and directly from a variety of media card formats, including SD, SDHC and SDXC; MemoryStick Duo; and Compact Flash. Connecting to the printer via Ethernet, USB or Wi-Fi is all relatively simple, and you can print from mobile devices using Epson’s iPrint app.

Epson covers the Expression Photo XP-960 with a one-year warranty, which is standard for the category. The company offers tech support services through phone and email, as well as live chat on the Epson website. An online user manual lets you look up features and functions, while FAQs help you learn about the printer and solve common problems.

The Epson Expression Photo XP-960 earns top marks thanks to its excellent print quality, wide variety of advanced features, and support for storage and media that far surpasses the average photo-friendly inkjet printer. If you’re serious about your photos and want to print great-quality pictures in a wide range of sizes, the Epson Expression Photo XP-960 delivers without being too expensive or complex for the casual user. It’s the best printer for photos we reviewed.

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