Review: Epson Artisan 800 Printer

Last week Barbara Jones of sent me an Epson Artisan 800 printer (an all-in-one machine) for review. I was happy to do the review because she is also giving me one to giveaway to a Blogging Basics 101 reader (tune in tomorrow)! However, I was a little skeptical because I have owned a printer/scanner/fax/copier before and it was less than stellar. My experience has been that printers should stick to one thing and do that one thing well. Boy was I in for a surprise!


Epson Artisan 800

The Epson Artisan 800 printer is sleek and sexy to say the least. The printer has a sassy tiltable LCD touch screen that allows you to select, copy, enlarge, rotate, crop, and print photos without a computer. It makes my old credenza look like a piece of art just by sitting on top of it, but pretty ain’t gonna pay the bills, so how does it work? In a word: GREAT!

Setting up the printer will take you about 30 minutes, but that is simply because it has a lot of software to install for all the capabilities it provides (printing, scanning, faxing, copying, immediate photo fixes–like red eye and color enhancements, printing directly from a photocard instead of your computer, etc.). I had no trouble installing the software on my Mac. The wizard was simple and clear.

Oh, and did I mention the Epson Artisan 800 printer gives you the choice of going wireless or wired? Although I was initially excited about the prospect of a wireless printer, truth be told, I was also leery of the wi-fi capability. I had yet to have an experience setting up anything wireless that didn’t require at least three separate 20-minute calls to various support lines. I was truly grateful that the wireless worked easily and without the support phone calls. (However, it’s nice to note that Epson gives you two years under warranty–when you register–that includes toll-free phone support if you need it!)

Overall printing: I was happy with the print speed and quality of both documents and photographs. In fact, I’m beyond pleased with how my photographs have printed! I’m planning to print several photos for a collage for Christmas presents.

Ink cartridges: The ink cartridges for the Epson Artisan 800 Printer are small, but an extra black cartridge comes with the printer. The printer also uses a combination of colors to make black so you don’t run out of black as quickly.

Printing directly onto a CD: I had never tried this before and I was surprised at how easy the software is to use. I was able to make and print a picture directly onto a CD in less than 3 minutes. I will note that the CD I used wasn’t great for printing and the ink didn’t stick. However, I think this was a CD issue (it had a glossy metallic sheen) and not a printer issue. I think there are CDs you can purchase that are more conducive to having a photo or picture printed directly on them.

A few more notes:

  • In order to scan you’ll need to have a compatible USB cable (not included).
  • Printing from a camera photocard and re-touching photos from a photocard are both unbelievably easy.
  • The Epson web site includes many templates for printing calendars, cards, gift tags, etc.

For more information about the Epson Artisan 800, watch the video below.

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