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Epson PM 225 Compact Photo Printer Review

The best option if you want the highest-quality 4" x 6" prints on the fly.

December 08, 2011

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Value Comparison

Costing almost twice as much as the Epson PM 225, the A536 lags in every category but usability. If you only care about making 4 x 6 prints, the Epson PM 225 wins hands-down, but the HP A536 allows you much more flexibility in portability, media, and print source.

Color Comparison

Even with a custom profile, the HP A536 only sniffs the Epson PM 225's color accuracy performance, but still can't match it. You'll notice a theme in the raw performance comparisons here.

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Detail Comparison

While neither printer impresses in terms of detail, the Epson PM 225 does a better job recreating fine lines and color gradients better than the A536 does, so again, the Epson PM 225 is the better pick from a performance standpoint.

DMax Comparison

With a dMax score of 2.11, the HP A536 is not even on the same plane of performance as the Epson PM 225, which has an astoundingly good depth of blacks measure.

Color Gamut Comparison

The Epson PM 225 has an absolutely huge color gamut as well, measuring in at 76.58% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. The HP A536 has a respectable color gamut, but looks bad in comparison to that of the Epson PM 225.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Performance
  4. Print Speed
  5. Color Performance
  6. Detail Performance
  7. Usability
  8. Controls
  9. Connectivity
  10. Setup & Software
  11. Inks & Media
  12. HP Photosmart A646 Comparison
  13. HP A536 Comparison
  14. Polaroid Z340 Comparison
  15. Conclusion

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