Epson’s Stylus Photo RX620; An All-In-One Family Photo Center
The kitchen sink mentality these days is called a "convergence device," something that does many things wrapped up in one unit. With their Stylus Photo RX620 Epson has made such a device that can be used as a family photo printing, copying, downloading, photo restoring, scanning device, etc. In short, it does just about anything you'd like with photos and prints, film or digital. At about $299 it does not do double duty--it's more like quintuple duty for work on your prints, slides, negative film, digital media, etc. While necessarily it does some things better than others, it should meet the needs of many families for their archiving and copying needs. Professionals and demanding photographers will be better off looking elsewhere for their film and negative scanning needs or for creating digital files from prints, etc. In that, the RX620 produces what might be called "good enough" results, but good enough for less demanding amateurs and those who want a quick record is more like it.
Oh, did I mention all of the above can be done without a computer? Not only is the RX620 an "all-in-one" printer, copier, and scanner, it's also self-contained, which means that you won't need to tether it to a mother ship to get the work done. But you can if you want to. "PC-free" is the phrase Epson likes to use about the unit, and to me it's one of the best things about it. Indeed, every operation I did was "PC-free." While the functionality expands considerably when using the unit tethered to a computer, the charm for me was working without one, for once.
The first instinct with this device is to make copies of all those old family
photos, especially those doing the big fade. At this it excels and is fast and
uncomplicated. Indeed, the RX620 literally leaps at the task and offers an easy
to follow menu and set of buttons that read-out on the unit's 2.5"
LCD screen. You can print in color or black and white, make single or multiple
copies and all sorts of layouts. For this alone it's probably worth the
price, as it scans and prints in what seems to be a simultaneous operation.
I put the unit through its paces doing color restoration and copying an old print, scanning negatives and slides, making direct prints from negs and slides, making an Index print from a Secure Digital memory card in its on-board card reader slots (it takes just about every format), scanning to a memory card, and working on a whole bunch of old black and white photos.
· Black and white copies: Great job. You can use just
about any paper for this--I even used "non-Epson" glossy and
matte and it worked great. I did find that if I chose color copy for this work
the prints came out a bit green--use the black and white button. The LCD
menu guided me every step of the way, and I could make multiples of a single
print on one letter-size paper with ease.