We bought the Epson Artisan 810 All-In-One Printer about 4 months ago. It was on special for about $130 - at that price I would guess it's coming to the end of it's sales life. Too bad, because it's a fabulous printer!
Recommend this product?
Our old Epson was dying and it was time for replacement - the older machine was 9 or 10 years old and it had been a workhorse. The thing I was looking for was the ability to print CD/DVD labels directly onto printable disks and wireless hookup. Over the years we have amassed a number of computers, game consoles and mobile devices that can be printed from - we had been leaving a computer on just to have the printer accessible. Having an independent printer to always be available was a good green idea. In addition, I like to have a good looking label on my CD/DVD's that I create and Epson's the only one that can directly print to CD/DVD's. Apparently, its a patent thing with Epson in the US, no one else can legally offer inkjet printing on disks except Epson (Hey - I heard it on the Internet - it must be true).
The installation of the software on our machines was quick and easy. Since it is an All-In-One, there is software for scanning and faxing that goes with the printer software. Best of all, once the software is installed and the printer has been given the easy WiFi setup instructions (basically you need the name of your WiFi network and the password) it hooks up to your computer and works. And it works quickly. If I go to print a document from a laptop in the family room, its already printing by the time I walk to the bedroom where the printer lives.
The scans are easy and produce good results - again wirelessly.
I have not used the faxing capabilities, but do note that a printer that can fax is becoming a rarity in today's printer market. If you need such capabilities, the Artisan 810 will provide it.
Printing photos is easy and produces very good results - I have been using Costco's Kirkland brand glossy photo paper and have been pleased with the results. The Costco paper is considerably less expensive that Epson's.
The paper tray holds about 120 sheets of paper plus 20 sheets of photo paper. One thing that I wish it had was an individual paper feed to put in a special paper run. For instance, when I do an envelope I have to unload the paper, readjust the guides and put in one envelope. Print and then reverse the steps to get paper back in the paper tray. Having the ability to do a single (envelope, cardstock, acetate or ???) item would be a great help.
The CD/DVD printing has also been very good. The special tray to hold the CD/DVD is an integral part of the printer. You push a CD button and the CD/DVD holder tray slides out. Load your blank, printable CD/DVD and use the special "Print CD" software to design a label. Once your label design is complete push "Print" and the printer goes to work and prints a very professional looking label for your disk. And unlike the stick-on kind of label, you don't have to worry about the paper label coming unglued and messing up your disk drive. And you do not have to worry about the more esoteric issue of the glue supposedly eating into the disk and ruining your data over time (another Internet story - who knows?). I would worry more about unbalanced paper labels causing grief in the disk drive. The CD/DVD tray feels kind of thin and flimsy. So far so good but I wonder on it's longevity.
And then there is the ink - Ah yes, that expensive ink. Epson ink is expensive and the Artisan 810 uses a bunch of it when printing photos - but its one of those you get what you pay for deals - the photos are beautiful and so far have been long lasting (remember I have had another Epson for 9 or 10 years and my early photos still are looking pretty good). So until Epson and the other printer manufacturers decide to stop pricing ink the same as gold we are kind of stuck.
Do I recommend it - you bet! And I would buy it again as well. I love this printer. The wireless capabilities are absolutely my favorite thing about this printer. I would NEVER buy a wired network printer again after my great experience with this Epson.
Specs from the Epson Website
Ultra Hi-Definition PrintingAdvanced MicroPiezo® 6-color ink jet printing with DX5™ technology
Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 5 ink droplet sizes, as small as 1.5 picoliters
Maximum Print Resolution: 5760 x 1440 dpi
ISO Print Speed:
Black: 9.5 ppm1Color: 9.1 ppm1
Photo Print Speed: 4" x 6" photo in as fast as 10 seconds1
Auto Photo CorrectionSelect and print photosCrop, rotate and enlargeView and print-by-datePrint your own picture packages, passport and photo IDSelect multiple photos to print on a single pagePrint your own school papers, college-ruled, wide-ruled and graph paperMake personalized note paper using your own photosCreate coloring book pages using your photosPhoto index sheetPhoto greeting cardsPrint movie clipsCharge portable devices2Print from your iPhone
CD / DVD Printing: Ink jet printable CDs / DVDs
BorderlessClassic bordersPicture packagesPhoto ID2-up, 4-up, 8-up, 20-up, index 20-upIndex sheetJewel case index, upper 1/2, lower 1/2CD photo layouts (single, quarter, variety)
Black: 38 cpm1Color: 38 cpm1
Copy Quantity: 1 – 99 copies (PC-free)
Maximum Copy Size: 8.5" x 14" (Legal) with Auto Document Feeder
Auto background removal for textFit to pageReduction and enlargement (25 – 400%)Photo reprints and enlargementsCopy onto CDs / DVDsColor restoration of old, faded photosScan to memory card or USB flash driveScan to PDFScan photos and convert to coloring book pagesScan to PCScan to network2-sided copies with duplexerCopy Modes: Color, Black/White, Text, Graphics, Photo Scan
Scanner Type: Color flatbed (CIS line sensor)
Optical Resolution: 4800 dpi
Maximum Resolution: 9600 x 9600 dpi interpolated
Scanner Bit Depth: 48-bit color
Fax Settings: Black-and-white and color
Fax Speed: Modem: 33.6 Kbps — as fast as 3 sec per page
Memory: Up to 180 pages
Speed Dials: 60 (max.)
PC Fax: Includes PC Fax software (for sending faxes, on Windows only)
PC-Free Paper Support:
Plain (8.5" x 11")Photo (4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11", 16:9 wide)Ink jet printable CDs / DVDs
Automatic Document Feeder: 30-page Auto Document Feeder to copy, scan, and fax
Paper Sizes: 3.5" x 5", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11", 8.5" x 14", A4, B5, A5, A6, half letter, executive, user definable (3.5" – 44" in length)
Maximum Paper Size:
Plain (8.5" x 11")Photo (4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11", 16:9 wide)Ink jet printable CDs / DVDs
Borderless Sizes: 3.5" x 5", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11", 16:9 wide
Plain and Epson Bright White PaperPhoto Paper GlossyPremium Photo Paper GlossyUltra Premium Photo Paper GlossyUltra Premium Photo Paper LusterPremium Photo Paper Semi-glossPresentation Paper MattePremium Presentation Paper Matte and Matte Scrapbook Photo Paper (letter)Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte
No. 10Plain paperBond paperAir mail
Input Paper Tray Capacity:
Main Paper Tray: 120 sheets plain paper, 10 envelopesPhoto Tray: 20 sheets Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Output Paper Tray Capacity: 30 sheets
Secondary Paper Tray Capacity: 20 sheets photo paper
Ink Type: Claria® Hi-Definition dye ink (smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant photos)
Ink Palette: Black, Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta and Yellow
Ink Cartridge Configuration: 6 individual ink cartridges
Fade Resistance / Print Longevity:
Up to 200-year album storage, up to 98 years under glassLasts up to 4x longer than photo lab prints3
Replacement Ink Cartridges:
High-capacity Black (T098120)High-capacity Cyan (T098220)High-capacity Light Cyan (T098520)High-capacity Magenta (T098320)High-capacity Light Magenta (T098620)High-capacity Yellow (T098420)High-capacity Multi-pack color (T098520)Standard-capacity Cyan (T099220)Standard-capacity Light Cyan (T099520)Standard-capacity Magenta (T099320)Standard-capacity Light Magenta (T099620)Standard-capacity Yellow (T099420)Standard-capacity Multi-pack color (T099520) See Note4
Ink Yield Information:
Epson provides ink cartridge yields based on the ISO / IEC 24711 and 24712 standard for ink jet products, which excludes the first installed cartridges. High-capacity Black (T098120): About 550 pagesHigh-capacity Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, and Light Magenta (T098220, T098320, T098420, T098520, T098620): About 845 pages per colorStandard-capacity Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, and Light Magenta (T099220, T099320, T099420, T099520, T099620): About 535 pages
Interface: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, compatible with 802.11 n, Ethernet — 10/100, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, PictBridge, Bluetooth Photo Print Adapter (optional)
Supported Memory Cards:
SD™SD Memory Card™MiniSD™5MicroSD™5SDHC™Mini SDHC™5Micro SDHC™5xD-Picture Card™xD-Picture Card Type-M™xD-Picture Card Type-M ™xD-Picture Card Type-H™Memory Stick®Memory StickMemory Stick Duo™5Memory Stick PRO™Memory Stick PRO Duo™5Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™5Memory Stick Micro (M2)™5Memory Stick MagicGate™Compact Flash®Compact Flash Type I, IIMicrodrive®MultiMedia Card™MMCplus™MMCmobile™MMCmicro™
Direct Camera Connection: PictBridge™ port (cameras / phones), DPOF
Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows 2000Mac OS® X 10.3.9, 10.4.11, 10.5.x and 10.6.x(PowerPC® or Intel® processor). For the latest information regarding snowleopard, please visit www.epson.com/support/snowleopard
LCD Screen: 3.5" LCD
Touch Panel: 7.8" touch panel
Image Enhancement Technologies: Auto Photo Correction with advanced face detection, preview on LCD, red-eye removal and photo restoration
Supported Digital Camera Technologies: Epson PRINT Image Matching®, Exif Print
Color Management: Auto Photo Correction and ICM
Operating50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)Storage4° to 140° F (-20° to 60° C)
Operating20 – 80%Storage5 – 85% (no condensation)
Sound Level: 34.8 dB
Rated Voltage: 120 VAC
Rated Frequency: 50 – 60 Hz
Rated Current: 0.8 Amp
Normal mode: Approx. 26 W ISO 10561Sleep mode: Approx. 5.5 WPower off mode: Approx. 0.3 WENERGY STAR® qualified
Safety Standards: Safety standards UL60950-1, CAN / CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1, EMI FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CAN / CSA-CEI / IEC CISPR 22 class B
Case Color: Black
Printing: 18.3" x 25.8" x 7.8" (W x D x H)Storage: 18.3" x 18.0" x 7.8" (W x D x H)
Weight: 23.1 lb
Automatic 2-sided printingAuto Photo Correction of digital photos with on-screen previewTwo input paper trays, main tray adjustable up to 8.5" x 14", Photo tray 4" x 6" and 5" x 7"View a photo slide show on the built-in 3.5" color LCD
Software Included: Epson printer driver, Epson Print CD, Web to Page, Epson Scan, ArcSoft® Print Creations™, Epson scanner drivers, Presto®, PageManager®
Options: Bluetooth photo print adapter
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1 ISO ppm is based on the new international standard for measuring print speed. Black and color print speeds are determined in default, single-side mode in accordance with ISO / IEC 24734. Black and color two-sided print speeds are determined in two-sided mode in accordance with ISO / IEC 24734. See http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/Landing/PrintSpeed.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes for details, including complete ISO reports.
2 User supplied cable required to fully or partially charge USB devices (such as cell phones and MP3 players) that comply with USB 2.0 standards, rated 500 mA or less.
3 Based on accelerated testing of prints displayed under glass in indoor display conditions or in album conditions. Actual print stability will vary according to media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, temperature, humidity and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee the longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or UV filter or properly store them.
4 We recommend the use of genuine Epson ink cartridges. The use of other products may affect your print quality and longevity and could result in all-in-one damage. Cartridge yields are based on continuous printing of a suite of five black and color pages as required by ISO / IEC 24711 and 24712. Actual yields will vary considerably for reasons including images printed, print settings, temperature and humidity. Yields may be lower when printing infrequently or predominantly with one ink color. A variable amount of ink remains in the cartridges after the "replace cartridge" signal. Part of the ink from the first cartridges is used for priming the all-in-one. Ink is used for both printing and print head maintenance. All inks are used for both black and color printing.
5 Adapter required
Some functions may not be supported by Mac, like accessing memory cards when the all-in-one is networked.