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Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One Printer

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Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One Color Printer

Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One Color Printer

The Bottom Line

The Epson Artisan 810 color printer is at the high end of all-in-one line; but for the price, it delivers a great value. It prints very quickly and photos in particular come out with startling quality and richness. It's got all the handy bells and whistles you could hope for, from built-in wireless (very easily configured) to automatic duplexing. And the printer's enormous (7.8-inch) and tiltable touchscreen makes it a snap to use. For a little extra money, this printer is truly a best buy.
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Pros

  • Fast and excellent print and photo quality
  • Easy to set up and built-in wireless networking
  • Built-in duplexing
  • Very large touchscreen

Cons

  • Missing information in instruction manual about CD printing
  • Six ink cartridges means more consumables to buy

Description

  • Color inkjet printer
  • Automatic duplex printing
  • Fax, copier, scanner
  • Two paper input trays (up to 8.5 x 14)
  • Ethernet / wireless networking
  • Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi print resolution
  • Huge 7.8-inch color touchscreen
  • 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 810 All-in-One Printer

There are a lot of good things to say about the Epson Artisan 810 all-in-one color printer, starting with setup. Unlike HP's Officejet Pro 8500, setup (including alignment) took only a few minutes. That includes the time spent configuring the wireless networking; the printer's enormous touchscreen--the biggest I've ever seen on an Epson printer (or any other), at 7.8 inches--made that process simple and fast. I liked that giant touchscreen a lot, and hope to see it on future Epson printers (not to mention other brands).

Print speeds across the wireless network were excellent. A three-page Word document printed using the built-in duplexer took only 45 seconds to print, with text coming out sharp and clear. Even more surprising was the speed of photo printing. At only 30 seconds, it printed a gorgeous 4x6 photo more than a minute faster than the HP 8500, and way faster than the Canon Pixma MFC-255CW, both cheaper printers. So you do get something more for your money here. The color prints were fantastic, making this printer a good choice for photo hobbyists as well as home offices.

This Epson printer also offers a built-in CD tray so that you can print on (some) CDs; unfortunately, there was no information in the instruction manual about this process (you can, however, access information on CD and DVD printing via the Online User Guide). Still, the process of printing on CDs was easy enough to figure out; there's a CD Tray button on the machine, and the tray can be accessed by lifting the touchscreen. Still, more information about sizing the photo to properly fit on the CD would've been helpful. It took about a minute to print a very good image on a CD.

There's a whole lot to like about the Epson Artisan 810 printer, and even months later, it's still at the top of my list of best buys. Now to see if the next generation will make it obsolete or not.

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User Reviews

 1 out of 5
The worst printer I ever had, Member JohnDevineJr

I found the printer to produce very weak and washed out prints. Not acceptable on any level. After the first two weeks the printer would no longer print, the heads had to be cleaned, even though I had printed only 10 or 15 prints. I cleaned the printer as per instructions and got the same weak washed out prints. Terrible. After another week and a half the printer wouldn't print anymore. It needed to be cleaned again. After cleaning the heads for the second time in the first month I got the same bad output, PLUS I was almost out of ink! So in one month the printer produced approximately 20 terrible prints, mostly just text and had used nearly all of the ink! I returned the printer and got a full refund without any problems. I wouldn't accept this printer as a gift

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