The Epson Stylus CX4800 is a photo inkjet printer that can provide multifunction capabilities, making it a good choice for artistic home users who also want some office functionality. Photos can print on 4x6 inch media in as little as 48 seconds. Monochrome text and color graphics print at a rate of 22 and 19 pages per minute, respectively. The device's standalone copier can create duplicates at a similar rate of around 18 and 17 pages per minute for black-and-white and color documents, respectively.
The provision of integrated memory card slots for digital devices like cameras make it easy to connect and print images, though professional reviews mention lackluster photo prints. While the CX4800 is a moderately affordable device, users miss out on useful features like an automatic document feeder for continuous scanning and a control panel LCD screen. One positive feature for the unit is its Epson CX4800 printer ink system, which uses DURABrite inks to produce photos and graphics that are very resistant to fading and smudging.
The printer uses a 100-sheet input tray for standard media. The unit supports larger media such as banners with a maximum printable area of 8.5x44 inches. Supported media includes plain and bond paper, as well as an assortment of specialty media like Bright white, matte and Premium luster photo paper. Micro Piezo Stylus CX4800 ink technology combined with one of these specialty papers is tested to produce better quality images then using plain paper.
The unit's print head system has two separate color and monochrome heads with 90 nozzles for each color that can create a minimum Stylus CX4800 ink droplet of 3 picoliters
. It uses 4 separate cyan, magenta, yellow and black Epson CX4800 printer ink cartridges. Each Epson CX4800 ink cartridge can yield a maximum of 450 pages.
The CX4800's affordable price and low print costs do not compensate for inconsistent print quality and lack of an LCD on the control panel. The inkjet printer may be inexpensive, but users can find better quality personal units for their money.