Epson Stylus Photo PX800FW all-in-one wireless printer
Epson tries to keep up with the competition
Review Epson is well regarded as a maker of the semi-pro and professional inkjet photo printers and some of its large-format printers are mainstays of High Street photography shops.
But at the consumer end of the market, it's offerings have often looked a bit basic and sounded rather loud and clunky. The company is clearly trying to address these issues, and the Stylus Photo PX800FW is a sleek, low-profile black box that, frankly, doesn't look much like a traditional Epson printer.
Epson's Stylus Photo PX800FW: radical new look
In several ways, the PX800FW is an odd cross between a photo inkjet printer and a business all-in-one. It's a six-colour machine, with extra inks to improve the lighter tones in photo prints, but it includes a 30-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF), more commonly found in office machines.
Even the ADF is a little unusual. When it’s closed, the end of its feed tray folds in and forces the ADF output tray to rise and complete a smooth S-curve across the printer’s top. The plastic creaks a bit when you open and close the mechanism, but clearly some thought's gone into it and it does look neat.
There's a central, 9mm-wide colour image area, on both sides of which are a total of 13 touch-sensitive buttons. Some or all of these illuminate whenever their functions are available. They include + and - buttons for controlling the number of paper copies or photo prints, and arrow keys for browsing through images on a memory card and for menu navigation. The control panel folds out to any convenient angle and a press of one of its two physical keys lets it fold back down with a nicely damped motion.
The control panel
The second physical button brings the CD/DVD print unit into play. Unlike previous Epson disc labelling systems - and those from Canon - the disc tray is integrated into the printer and pops out under the control panel. The tray is a little bit flimsy, but it does the job.
Epson? Never again
I had a CX5200 all-in-one which was pretty good. I got it because it was totally compatible with Linux, the drivers worked fine. It printed well until I had to change the cartridge when the print head clogged. I dismantled the whole unit & cleaned it and it still didn't print properly.
Someone designed a printer where the print head clogs up when you change the ink cartridge....
That was replaced by a HP all-in-one where you can puncture the ribbon cable connecting the print head when you change the ink cartridge..
Why is it so hard to produce something which a) prints b) prints on envelopes c) doesn't shag the printer when you change the cartridge?
Don't buy this if you run Linux
What an absolute pain in the arse and it still does not work. I know i should have checked first .... doh. Next printer will be HP.
If this Epson is anything....
...like my old DX6000 then it's crap!
"Individual colours cost 9.10 a pop - a set of six will set you back 47." This also rings a bell at how expensive it was. Then there was the Error messages the chipped cartridges made.
Guess what? The printer failed to recognise genuine Epson cartridges, I became so frustrated that I dumped it in the local council dump - despite it still being under guarentee.
Don't believe me, try googling dx6000, E2 errors, epson chipped cartridges...etc.
"Cheap to Run"
Where do Epson get their figures from? The two inkjets I've owned from them both went through a set of cartridges a month, with pretty light usage...
I'll never buy Epson again.