The Bottom Line
There's one major drawback to the Artisan 835: I can't tell how it differs from the excellent (and $100 cheaper) Artisan 810. Till I figure that out, the 810 remains the better choice.
- Fast and excellent print and photo quality
- Easy to set up built-in wireless networking
- Built-in duplexing
- Very large touchscreen and LCD
- More expensive than the comparable Artisan 810
- Long setup time
- Six ink cartridges means more consumables to buy
- Wireless color all-in-one inkjet printer
- Automatic duplex printing
- Fax, copier, scanner
- Dedicated photo-paper input tray
- Ethernet / wireless networking
- Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi print resolution
- 7.8-inch color touchscreen with 3.5-inch LCD
- Up to 38 pages per minute (black or color at draft speed)
- PC-free printing
- Memory card capability includes SD, xD-Picture Cards, Memory Stick, Compact Flash, MultiMedia Card
Guide Review - Epson Artisan 835 All-in-One Printer
Like the Artisan 810, the Artisan 835 has a handy, tiltable 7.5-inch touchscreen. Print speeds across a wireless network were not as good as with the Artisan 810. A three-page Word document printed using the built-in duplexer took the 810 about 45 seconds to print; the 835 took 10 seconds more to print the same document. Like the 810,text was sharp and clear. However, Epson's Claria ink leaves cheap copy paper saturated, so if you need to print on both sides of a page, use better paper.
The Artisan 835 printed a 4x5 photo in about 30 seconds, the same as the 810. And there's no question about it--the results are similarly amazing, with a very wide range of colors and delicate nuances. So Epson not only prints photos faster than most other manufacturers; it can also compete head-to-head with anyone for quality. The printer offers PC-free printing, meaning you can print directly from a memory card or USB drive. That's where the large touchscreen and LCD really shines. I did run into a strange issue when printing from a memory card, however. I was unable to make the prints come out properly--the look as if the printer is stuck in "coloring book" mode (it really offers such a mode). No amount of fiddling with the controls could change this, and there was nothing in the manual to offer assistance. I'll update the review if I find how to change the settings properly.
The printer offers a built-in CD tray that can print (some) CDs; again, there was no information in the instruction manual about this process (though there are good instructions via the online manual). It took about a minute to print a good-looking image on a CD.