Epson Stylus CX7300

Cheap and efficient printing

Epson Stylus CX7300
  • Epson Stylus CX7300
  • Epson Stylus CX7300
  • Epson Stylus CX7300
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Low running costs, good print quality

Cons

  • Poorly implemented direct print feature

Bottom Line

Situated in the middle of Epson’s Stylus multifunction range, the CX7300 is an ideal family device in terms of quality, features and running costs. Although there are some flaws, the multifunction is an excellent device for its price.

Would you buy this?

Despite a slight increase in costs, the Epson Stylus CX7300 is a much more efficient and better quality choice than the low-end Stylus CX5500. Inexpensive running costs and decent print quality make the CX7300 an excellent choice for families.

A problem we commonly find in Epson products is poor build quality. However, this wasn't an issue with the CX7300. While the multifunction's hinges and trays felt slightly fragile, it is clear that the printer doesn't have serious build issues.

Media support is satisfactory, with the CX7300 capable of reading SD, CompactFlash, XD and MemoryStick flash cards. The multifunction's front USB port also provides support for PictBridge-capable mobile phones and digital cameras. The CX7300 has direct photo printing from supported media, but we were unsatisfied with the function's implementation. As opposed to the conventional method of utilising a monochrome or colour LCD to identify the desired photos, this multifunction uses a two-step process. Since it lacks an LCD, users are required to print an index sheet of all photos, indicate their desired photos by filling in circles on the sheet, and then scan the sheet back in. While this process is functional, it is rather convoluted.

In terms of printing speed, the CX7300 performed on par with the more expensive Stylus CX8300. Draft quality text documents printed at 14.3 pages per minute, slowing to 4.3ppm at normal quality. Text documents with graphical elements printed faster, with draft quality documents printing at 18.75ppm and normal quality documents at 4.8ppm. 4x6in photos printed at an average speed of 1min 10sec. While not the fastest speeds around, the CX7300's is fast enough for a family-oriented printer.

In normal text and graphical documents, quality is adequate. We didn't see too much difference in quality between the CX7300 and the Stylus CX5500 when printing text documents; both provided clear and readable text. In graphical documents, colour was markedly darker than the CX5500, but we still found the quality in this regard to be acceptable.

We began to notice distinct quality differentiation between the models during our photo printing tests. The banding and colour accuracy issues we noticed with the Stylus CX5500 aren't so much of an issue with the CX7300. Detail is much finer with the CX7300, with realistic colour and slightly better blacks. Quality still isn't perfect — blacks aren't very realistic and banding still exists on close inspection. While not professional quality, this multifunction should provide adequate results for families.

Scan quality was acceptable. As with most Epson multifunctions, the CX7300's scans exaggerate flesh tones somewhat, leading to a reddish hue. The multifunction produces an image that is slightly darker than the original; this allows for greater detail in lighter images. A scanning resolution of 1200dpi is, for all practical purposes, acceptable.

The CX7300 provides a great compromise between the features and costs of the more expensive Stylus CX8300 and the lower end Stylus CX5500. At a cost per page of 19c, the CX7300 has very low running costs and is an ideal mid-range multifunction for families.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?