Epson Stylus Photo RX690
- Great print quality, excellent photo restoration options
- No auto-duplex, no automatic document feeder
The RX690 lacks the intuitive software interface of its competitors, but makes up for this in its functionality and photo customization options.
Price$ 349.00 (AUD)
Epson's RX690 is a capable colour inkjet multifunction printer that provides high quality printing and scanning results. While some functions are hard to use, this Epson printer will provide home users with a great alternative to professional photo labs.
Epson provides all the necessary accessories to make the printer functional out of the box, including a USB cable, manual, setup CD and a full set of inks. The CD's driver installation was a simple process using the 'easy install' option. Custom installation is also an option, allowing experienced users to install specific drivers and software.
The printer's control panel provides easy access to the copy, memory card and special print functions, aided by a 2.5in LCD. The interface is a little difficult to use at first as the menus are generally cluttered. However, once a user is accustomed to the system, its capabilities are actually quite extensive. Users can view their photos as a slideshow, print an index sheet of photos, and even print the frames of a motion JPEG movie from a memory card. The reprint/restore photos feature is particularly impressive, as it allows the user to scan faded photographs and restore their colour before reprinting.
The print quality overall was excellent. In our tests, we compared the RX690's results with Canon's multifunction equivalent, the PIXMA MP970. Both printers provide outstanding quality, although with different colour biases. In testing with high-quality prints, the Epson yielded defined blacks and realistic flesh tones, whereas the Canon produced a vibrant yellowish tone while sacrificing black and red tones somewhat. Real-world photography that features darker tones and people in the shots gave Epson the edge in terms of photo print quality tests, but the PIXMA MP970 excelled in reproducing outdoor landscape photos.
When printing documents with a combination of text and graphics, the RX690 was less likely to provide vibrant, colour-intense results than the Canon, particularly with draft and standard quality tests. While the Epson results are still readable, the colour intensity is light, possibly as an ink saving measure. CD/DVD printing was of a good quality, especially on matte printable media.
In our 600dpi scanning tests, the Canon scans revealed a higher level of contrast than the Epson. The RX690's lower contrast provided more detail in darker test images, but had a dull overtone in bright scans. It also produced realistic colour representation when compared to the original image, particularly with brighter source images.
The printing speeds for the RX690 are acceptable. The printer managed to produce 5.1 pages per minute (ppm) for a standard text document and 4.9ppm for documents including graphics. Photos were printed at a reasonable speed, with A4-sized photos printing in a minute and a half and 4x6-inch prints in 53 seconds.
The RX690 supports most popular memory cards, including SD, SDHC, XD, CompactFlash, and Memory Stick, though multimedia cards (MMC) are not supported. There is also a USB port for using PictBridge printing directly a compatible camera or mobile phone. Scanning directly to memory cards is a useful addition.
The printer has two paper trays and is able to accommodate up to 300 sheets of plain A4 paper, which is more than adequate for most uses. However, as it lacks an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and auto-duplex, this printer is better suited for the home than a small office with medium printing needs.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Acer Swift 7
Huawei Mate 9
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 laptop
HP Pavilion x360 13”
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Hacker hijacks thousands of publicly exposed printers to warn owners
- HP shutting down default FTP, Telnet access to network printers
- Why won’t my printer connect to my wireless router?
- HP offers US$1 billion for Samsung's printer business
- How 4D printing is now saving lives
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSenior Business AnalystSA
- CCWPF .NET EngineerNSW
- FTTechnical Consultant - SQL Server programming skillsACT
- FTFront-End DevOps Developer/Consultant - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- TPIteration ManagerNSW
- FTPart Time - IT Service Desk AnalystVIC
- CCPMO ManagerNSW
- FTOnline Solutions AnalystNSW
- FTSenior Technical Consultant - SQLACT
- CCWindows System EngineerNSW
- CCIT Solutions ArchitectQLD
- CCPega DeveloperNSW
- CCCyber Security ArchitectNSW
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- TPSenior Business Project ManagerNSW
- TPAEM DeveloperNSW
- FTEnterprise Account ManagerNSW
- FTDatabase Modelling SpecialistACT
- CCApplication Solution Designer (Automation) - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- TPDrupal Developer - Immediate startQLD
- FTData Conversion LeadNSW
- FTSenior Java Developers (Several positions available)QLD
- TPSolution Architect - Transport DomainVIC
- FTNodeJS DeveloperNSW
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC