Epson Expression Photo XP – 850 review
Most of today’s dedicated single function photo printers are A3 or larger. A big printer may be the ideal choice for photographers who own a well specified DSLR camera but in reality many hobbyist and home users probably don’t need to produce big prints on a regular basis.
So if you have a space restriction and want to produce great looking photos then maybe look no further than a Multifunction or All-in-One printer. Epson introduced their latest All in One printer the XP-850 in October 2012, this is a compact 4 in 1unit which is up to 40% smaller than previous models. So let’s put it to the test
The Epson Expression Photo XP-850 is a well specified compact all-in-one printer which features; six-colour dye based Claria Photo HD inks, a 8.8cm touch screen, flatbed scanner with automatic document feeder for single and double sided scanning, duplex printing, Epson Connect service with remote print driver and scan-to-cloud, automatic Wi-Fi setup and Wi-Fi direct connectivity, dual media trays, memory card reader, rear speciality media feed for heavyweight photo paper, CD and DVD printing, motorised control panel and output tray.
The unit is very easy to setup, once the inks have been installed and the heads have been primed you can install the printer drivers on your computer. Insert the Driver CD and chose the option you want. I have chosen the first option “Start & Connection”, this leads you into a second screen, from here you can just click on the Install button or select the Install Latest Version. This will take you to the Epson website and download the latest drivers. A series of splash screens are displayed to thank and re-assure you that you have made the right unit choice – we will see! Once completed you are prompted to choose which connection type you want to use, I have chosen the USB wired connection for this review.
When the driver installation has been completed you can then choose the software that you want to install; Epson Print CD/DVD, Epson Online Guides, Photo Printing Software and Abby FineReader Sprint (OCR software). I have only chosen the first two options as I use Photoshop and PaintShop Pro and have no need for Optical Character Recognition software.
For further installation of hardware just watch our overview video for full details (top of the screen). In this review I just want to look at how well everything works, and of course the scan and print quality. So I will jump in straight away with our first test prints.