Optimal-quality printers can cost you a whopping amount, but if you seek a printer that combines functionality with affordability, nothing can be better than the Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000. It is the smallest A3 printer in the Epson range that can print monochromatic and colour pages.
Hearing about its productivity and usage, I decided to check out this product and analyze its functioning. I have penned my experience using this printer and enlisted its detailed review in the following context. Check the below guide if you want to know whether this printer suits your needs.
Let’s start with the unboxing of this printer.
OK, I will start by unboxing and will see what accessories and features are present.
The printer is packed in a durable cardboard box with different details about the printer’s features listed on the back of the box, and the front is decorated with an image of the printer. When it opens, you can see the styrofoam and plastic bags for the printer’s safety.
What is inside the Box?
First, you can get The Epson Expression Photo Hd-Xp sublimation printer with a sleek black body and a shiny finish. The printer is lightweight and compact.
It comes with a power cable and a 4.3-inch touchscreen display.
It comes with six ink cartridges in cyan, magenta, light cyan, black, and light magenta. These cartridges provide accurate and crispy prints because of Epson’s UltraChrome HD ink technology.
A software Disc and Setup Guide:
The CD-Rom contains the installation software, drivers for this printer, and a user’s guide about how to get started with the installation.
To connect the printer to a laptop or computer, a USB cable is included with other accessories
Some sublimation paper sheets designed for use with sublimation ink are also available to check and start sublimation printing.
After unboxing the printer, you’ll need to remove all the protective blue tape and install the ink cartridges. You can use its touchscreen display to follow this process. Once the ink cartridges are installed, Now, connect the printer to a laptop or a computer using the USB cable or set up the printer for wireless printing using Wi-Fi.
Epson Expression Photo HD xp-15000 Sublimation Printer Review
|Printer Type||Sublimation Photo Printer|
|Print Resolution||Up to 5760 x 1440 dpi|
|Print Technology||6-color Claria Photo HD ink|
|Ink Cartridges||6 individual ink cartridges (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, Light Magenta)|
|Ink Type||UltraChrome HD Ink|
|Ink Droplet Size||As small as 1.5 picoliters|
|Print Speed||Up to 9.5 ISO ppm (black), up to 9.0 ISO ppm (color)|
|Print Sizes||4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 8.5″ x 11″, 11″ x 14″|
|Display||4.3-inch touchscreen display|
|Connectivity||USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct|
|Operating Systems||Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7, macOS® X 10.6.8 or later|
|Mobile Printing Capabilities||Epson Connect™, Apple AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™|
|Paper Capacity||100 sheets of plain paper / 20 sheets of photo paper|
|Paper Thickness||0.3 mm|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||15.4″ x 13.3″ x 5.6″ (390 x 338 x 142 mm)|
|Weight||18.1 lb (8.2 kg)|
Epson has been known for making some of the best color printers, and this one is no different. Though the printing quality is pretty optimal, it might be a little slower for people who are using the machine for professional purposes. The printer uses Claria Ultra HD ink, which creates high-quality colored images with sharp contrasts.
However, the best aspect of this printer is its ability to print monochromatic and colored pages simultaneously. Usually, these are two distinct traits rarely found together in a printer. But Epson has elevated its status by combining two technologies in the same machine.
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From what I observed, the Epson Expression Photo HD xp-15000 Sublimation printer comes with some of the most advanced printing features like wireless connectivity modes and its ability to transfer data from mobile phones. I was astonished to find such extensive features in a printer at such a minimal price.
But like any other product, there are also a few severe drawbacks associated with this printer. For instance, the monochromatic printing quality is questionable, and the maintenance costs are high. It would be unfair to give a combined review of this printer’s features. Therefore, I have enlisted a detailed review of all aspects for better understanding.
- Wireless Printing Feature
- Prints Monochrome and Color Pages
- Mobile Printing Option
- Accurate Speed and Image Quality
- Expensive Maintenance
- Lacks Slots for Memory Cards
- Relatively Slower for Professional Usage
1: Printing Quality
I have tested multiple colored printers, but none of them seemed as satisfying as this one. The exceptional printing quality of this machine owes to the Claria Ultra HD ink kits, which produce sharp-coloured images and provide photographer-grade quality. Claria HD ink is primarily used in professional photography cameras and is intended for capturing near-to-reality pictures.
The Epson 15000 printer brought the same photographic quality to its printer using the Claria ink slots. The borderless images created by this printer are brighter and sharper than those printed by typical printers. I would classify it as the best printer for photo papers, as its printing quality is sensational.
But if you want to use it for office work, i.e., monochrome printing, there are much better options than this one. An office printer can be expensive, first of all. Second, the monochromatic quality is not that great. The printer cannot create the distinct sharpness and contrast that must be present in an office-based printer.
Another significant drawback is that the cartridges of ink are too small. The ink can run out pretty soon, and since it is of photographic quality, its cartridges are also expensive. Thus, it can be said that the maintenance expenditures of this printer are pretty high.
2: Printing Speed
If you are buying a printer for professional purposes, then checking the printer’s speed is crucial. An office-based printer must print pages at an optimal speed so that the quality of work does not get affected. Unfortunately, the Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Sublimation printer is slightly slower than an ideal professional printer.
The printer has a 9.20 ppm speed for monochromatic pages and 9.00 ppm for colour pages. For coloured printing, slow printing is acceptable, but when it comes to monochrome printing, you may want a printer that works fast instead.
However, for heat transfers, I would classify it as the best because not only its speed range is satisfactory, but the quality is also excellent. But if you are seeking a faster monochrome printer with upfront quality, I suggest you try the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5150.
3: Additional Features
Epson 15000 Photo Expression HD printer comes with USB slots, implying that you can do data printing through this machine. The printer has wireless connectivity features and can easily connect with mobile devices and laptops. You won’t need to purchase separate cable wires for color or monochrome printing.
Instead, the printer connects with operating systems like Mopria, Andriod, Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint, and Fire OS Printing to transfer data instructions. Besides, you can also connect the printer with
These advanced connectivity features have ultimately made the printing process hassle-free through this machine. You won’t need extensive preparation to print images and files through this machine.
4: Printing Cost
When buying a printer, you should also consider its maintenance expenditures as it will ultimately add to the overall cost of the machine. The maintenance costs include cartridge refills, paper prices, and additional repairs.
Monochromatic prints can cost you anywhere between 5 to 7 cents per page. Whereas color prints are expensive, each print can cost up to 15 cents. This price will again accelerate if you want to use optimal-quality photo paper.
Besides, the Epson Expression Photo HD xp-15000 Sublimation printer utilizes six ink cartridges instead of the typical three to four. The price is not that high for primary home usage, as you don’t have to spend regularly on maintenance. But if you are buying this printer for professional purposes, then you should certainly consider these additional expenses while buying the printer.
Epson printers generally use high-quality ink cartridges and require extensive maintenance. Therefore, in this range, you cannot find a cheaper printer than this. If you want a low-maintenance printer, check out the HP printer range.
5: Size and Capacity
The Epson 15000 Photo Expression HD printer has a cassette of 200 pages, and its feeder can hold up to 50 pages. For home and non-professional usage, the size of this printer is perfect. It is neither too large nor too small and has a relatively compact size. In the entire Epson printer range, this is the smallest A3 printer, implying that it is also suitable for traveling.
Local businesses may also find its size sufficient, but this printer might be too small for professional usage at large companies and enterprises. Initially, this printer will not seem expensive; when you use it regularly for office work, you will have to maintain it frequently, ultimately making it expensive.
I have tested numerous different printers, and my experience suggests that determining the solidity of the printer’s body is also crucial. Printers are luxury items, implying that you cannot buy them frequently. Besides, if the printer gets damaged, its repairs can cost you hundreds of dollars, eventually exceeding its original value.
That is why it is mandatory for a printer to be composed of sturdy materials and have solid construction. Epson Expression Photo HD xp-15000 Sublimation has exceeded all my expectations in this aspect, as its construction is beyond satisfactory. The printer’s body is made of solid plastic and premium-grade steel. Separate slots for ink cartridges have been installed, ensuring that the inside of the printer remains mess-free.
Cleaning this printer is also pretty simple. With a few tools, you can easily open it and clean it from the inside. Shortly, this printer is suitable for long-term use. However, it would only be possible if you maintain the printer regularly.
Overall, I will recommend this printer to anyone who is tight on budget and wants a color printer of optimal quality.