What do you get when you cram every possible modern multifunction-printer feature—printing, copying, scanning, faxing, and CD/DVD labeling—into a very small and stylish chassis? Well, until now, we’ve always called the result “all-in-ones” (AIOs), whatever their size. But Epson has just released a line of the smallest full-featured machines we’ve laid eyes on, dubbing them (cleverly) “Small-in-Ones.”
Almost everything is rosy about this printer—but not quite. Alas, above all, the XP-800 is a photo printer, and like most photo-centric models, its per-page cost of ink is higher than that of many business-oriented AIOs. In this printer’s case, the cost per page (CPP) is even higher than most other photo printers, too. That issue—the astronomical per-page cost of ink—is our only major complaint about this AIO. But it’s a really big one: The XP-800 costs so much to use that we just couldn’t see our way clear to award it our Editors’ Choice nod, though it was close. (We’ll talk more about this model’s CPP in the Setup & Paper Handling section, later on.)
This really is too bad, because we were otherwise very impressed with this printer. (Indeed, it’s a vast improvement on the first Epson Small-in-One model we tested, the Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One$ (69.00 at OfficeMax.) That ink cost is coupled to a feature set that would be impressive even in a much larger printer at its price. The XP-800 includes both an auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF) and print engine, which, together, allow you to copy, scan, and print multipage two-sided documents without user intervention. The XP-800 also sports a gorgeous 3.5-inch touch screen, a tray for printing labels on printable CDs and DVDs, and support for several different types of flash-memory devices.
Overall, as we said earlier, this is an impressive printer, but you need to think about how much you’ll actually print on it, and temper your enthusiasm. The ink makes it relatively expensive to use, and that—as we see it, anyway—makes it best for homes and small offices with light printing needs. It works, too, for users who need impeccable photo and document output, so long as the cost of producing them is not their first—or second—concern.
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