The Bottom Line
- Fast and excellent print and photo quality
- Large paper cassette
- No duplex option
- No wireless or memory card support
- Color inkjet printer
- Front and rear paper cassettes (front cassette holds up to 500 letter-size sheets)
- Ethernet networking
- Up to 37 pages per minute
- High-yield ink cartridges (up to 3,000 pages black, and 3,500 pages color)
Guide Review - Epson B-310N Color Inkjet Printer
Speed is great, but if the quality is not great, who cares? Luckily, Epson doesn't have that problem with this printer. It uses proprietary DuraBrite ink that leaves color graphics looking clear and true. Black fonts at any size looked excellent and sharp, and I didn't notice any bleed into the paper that would roughen edges. It was about then I noticed that the printer is set by default to a Fast Print (I suppose it's the Draft Mode) setting. I switched that off, which added not more than a few seconds to the print time, and, to be honest, I could barely see the difference in quality, except that color graphics looked slightly better at slower speeds.
Despite being an office printer, the B-310N did a fantastic job on printing photos. And again, it was fast, with 4x6 photos coming out in under 40 seconds, using the handy rear paper tray. Paper handling is well done, with a huge paper cassette (holds up to 500 letter-size sheets) as well as a rear sheet feeder for photos, envelopes, labels, and so on. I was disappointed that there was no built-in duplexer (you can get one as an option), and no helpful pop-up hints on how to do it in manual mode (you have to reference the PDF manual to find out how to do it).
That highlights the weak points of the printer--there are very few built-in options that are starting to be taken for granted. There's no memory card slot, no copier or scanner, or option for wireless printing. That's too bad, since one or two of those options would add a lot of value to this high-end printer. Still, the quality is top notch and the speeds remarkable.