Epson Stylus CX4800 makes a perfect alternative as an ink jet all in one printer for college or home dorm room. The device can print, copy and scan from the computer or even from your memory card or PictBridge cameras. Although there is not scan to fax option available the system comes with Twain driver which means you can install its drivers to fax and scan from the fax program. The output quality for graphics and text is acceptable but they were a bit disappointing regarding photos. However even being retailed at $130 you will still find the price of CX4800 to be expensive when you face its slow performance.
The CX4800 measures 7.1 x 13.9 x 16.9 inches and weights about 18.7 pounds which is small enough to easily fit on your desk. The setup for the system is standard for this ink jet cartridge which connects through a USB cable and uses a different ink cartridge for each ink colour. You just have to plug in the its power cord and load the paper, load paper and ink cartridges, power the automatic installation program and finally plug in its USB cable when the machine prompts. The performance of CX4800 regarding graphics and text was fairly good but the photo quality was a bit unacceptable. With most of the tests conducted with different text fonts, they resulted easily readable. However with the ink jets some of the highly stylized fonts were readable at only 12 or 10 points. Graphics on the other hand was fairly good enough for printing at home, school work or small business needs. The graphics were also marginally good enough to forward them to important clients but if you avoid the thin lines which usually tend to appear.
However the photo quality offered by CX4800 seemed very disappointing. Some of the photos during the test had a great quality while others did not make up for it. The tests in photo quality showed dithering in most photos that revealed an obvious graininess. Epson seems to point that the CX4800′s DuraBrite ink system prints reasonably good quality photos on a plain paper. Although this is true enough, it is also the same with other such ink jet printers. Additionally the result on photo paper can be excellent for snapshots but would generally not be enough to frame them as memories in an album.
Therefore according to the reviews and tests conducted over the CX4800 ink jet printer it remains as a slow performer. This was proved by its 33 minutes and 29 seconds total for the business applications suite which is the slowest that time taken by an ink jet all in one printer during the last year. Additionally the photo speed was also comparatively slow as the test showed that CX4800 averaged around 3:11 for every 4 x 6 picture. However this does not mean that the printer is not acceptable, but rather it can actually make a great AIO printer for home use which is available for an affordable price.