Epson Artisan 810 Printer Review
The Epson Artisan 810 color inkjet MFP has backup speed and versatility. Given the price ($ 300 on November 24, 2009), however, we expect a better overall output quality.
Although the printing speed of the text in Artisan 810 only averages around 7.3 pages per minute, the rate is complete at or near the top in all of our other print, scan, and copy speed tests. The quality of the output is not good. On Epson’s photo paper, the flesh color looks warm and natural. On ordinary paper, all photos look like film. Plain text looks blurry and dim. Scans and copies are acceptable despite general ambiguities; photo enlargement seems murky.
Since you will need to buy specialty paper to get a better output, it’s nice that the ink costs for Artisan 810 are average or better. Especially compared to the very high ink prices for Epson’s Workforce product lines. Artisan 800 comes in standard size ink: 545-page black cartridge, plus 500 pages of cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, and yellow cartridge. Replacement costs $ 17.09 for black (3.1 cents per page) and $ 10.44 for each color (2.1 cents per page). A page with six colors will cost 13.6 cents. Epson sells 855 pages of high yield pages for all except black; it costs $15.99 each (1.9 cents per color), per page. The same-priced HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One has higher overall ink costs.
Artisan 810 is mostly easy to operate. The 7.8-inch touch screen control panel includes a 3.5-inch color LCD and has a contextual LED “button” that lights up as needed. The panel tilts up quickly, but releasing it requires raids for a lever that isn’t labeled underneath. Also, Two media card slots support CompactFlash, SD Card, Memory Stick, and XD-Picture Card, and the machine has a PictBridge port. USB, ethernet, and wireless connections are available.
Paper handling is a mixed bag. I am pleased that the Artisan 800 supports automatic duplex printing, as well as printing labels on specially coated CD / DVD media using the included tray. The 30-page automatic document feeder also handles legal-size paper. On the downside, the paper tray is universally thin and uncomfortable designed. The primary 120 sheet input has a removable lid that doubles as a photo paper tray, which up to 20 sheets of 5-by-7-inch paper, and you cannot load plates input unless you pull the three-panel output tray that closes it.
Many premium features from the attractive Epson Artisan 810, and affordable ink costs. Unfortunately, this requires expensive photo paper for the best output quality, which is disappointing because the machine itself is costly.
- Input trays are flimsy
- Plain-paper print quality is grainy
- Very fast
- Skin tones on glossy paper are realistic
- Low black-ink cost
This speedy Multi-Function Printer comes loaded, but it should have a better overall print quality for the price.
Epson Artisan 810 Printer Manual
Epson Artisan 810 Printer Software & Drivers
Drivers and Utilities Combo Package
Epson Easy Photo Print v2.41
ICA Scanner Driver v5.8.7 for Image Capture
Scanner Driver and EPSON Scan Utility v184.108.40.206
Epson Event Manager v2.51.73
EPSON Scan Common Updater v1.00
Epson Print CD v2.41