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$219.99 - $299.99
Summary:An all-in-one inkjet printer from Epson. It has scan and copy functions, an automatic document feeder, built-in faxing, and both Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking. Works with both Windows and Mac OS.
The Epson Expression Photo XP-850 is an all-in-one inkjet printer with scan and copy functions, an automatic document feeder, built-in faxing, and both Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking. It works with both Windows and Mac OS. Individual cartridges for each color let you change only the ones that are empty. The printer can print directly on inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs. There's an automatic document feeder to let you copy or scan a stack of pages in one operation. The automatic document feeder can even copy or scan both sides of the pages. The printer has a large, 3.3-inch display screen that can preview photos to be printed from a memory card. It's got a touchscreen, used to control the printer.
About This Brand
Epson has recently replaced some old brand lines with new naming conventions. Available at all price ranges, their printers accommodate all types of consumer needs.
Features & Specs - Epson Expression Photo XP-850
Built-in fax For an all-in-one printer, a built-in fax modem that lets you fax what you've scanned without the need for assistance from the computer's own communication hardware.
Memory-card reader Indicates whether the printer has a built-in memory-card reader. If so, this feature lets you print image files from a digital camera's memory card without using a computer. You can also transfer the files to a computer.
Compact Flash, Memory Stick, MultiMedia, Secure Digital
PictBridge This feature allows direct printing (without the use of a computer) from any brand of digital camera to any brand of printer.
LCD viewer Printer has a built-in LCD screen for viewing and editing images from a memory card. The screen is small, usually only 1 to 3.5 inches, and editing capability is very limited.
Individual color tanks Some inkjet printers use a separate tank for each color. Others have tri-color cartridges with three colors in one. Individual tanks let you replace only the color that runs out rather than tossing a tri-color cartridge that may have some ink left.
Individual color tanks
Auto-duplexing Can print automatically on both sides of the paper.
Networking The ability to connect to a home network for printing from a computer either via an Ethernet or a WiFi connection. Ethernet is the common wired network and WiFi is the wireless format commonly found in laptop computers.
I bought one of these machines sight unseen and despite negative reviews on Amazon because the 800 was highly rated by Consumer Reports and the 850 seemed to promise better quality photos. However, the negative reviews were correct. It's a strange machine--I won't repeat the other negatives because you can read them yourself. But if you print photos and don't select BEST, you might as well not bother. Results are awful. And with BEST the photos weren't particularly terrific either. But the worst problem is that I ran off several sheets of labels today and one of the sheets broke the printer! A piece of a plastic gear in the paper feeder system broke off. So I would say that the machine is a piece of junk. Fortunately, it only arrived about 2 weeks ago and Amazon will take it back, no questions asked. Thank god for Amazon! Now I have to find a replacement. Not easy. All of the manufacturers keep looking for every which way to save money on the manufacturing so as to be competitive price-wise. They all look junky these days. Given the negative reviews on Amazon, I was somewhat surprised by CU's high rating. Seems like CU got it all wrong.<br />I've been using computer-driven printers since 1986. This is probably the worst machine I ever bought.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Henderson NV
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Easy To Set Up
I am the only one using this printer. The cartridges go very quickly, are expensive, machine is slow and now it is broken and I keep calling support and after all the hassle I am giving it away.