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Epson Stylus C86 Ink Jet Printer (C11C574001)

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  • Optimized resolution up to 5,760 dpi
  • Prints up to 22 ppm monochrome, 12 ppm color
  • Individually replaceable ink cartridges
  • EPSON PhotoQuicker 3.5 software
  • USB and parallel interfaces, PC and Mac compatible
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 12.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002A9SKQ
  • Item model number: C11C574001
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 21, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Using water-, smudge-, and light-resistant DURABrite inks, this Epson Stylus Ink Jet Printer will give you long-lasting, vibrant prints time after time. 5760x1440 optimized dpi offers superb clarity and detail. The C86 speeds through black text at up to 22ppm and up to 12ppm for color prints. Enjoy USB and parallel connectivity, networking and wireless options, and Windows and Macintosh compatibility.

From the Manufacturer

The Epson Stylus C86 Photo is the ideal multi-purpose printer for the home and home office. It features Epson's advanced technologies for perfect black-and-white, color, and photo printing, and includes separate inks for optimum quality and cost-efficiency.

Built to combine quality with efficiency, the Epson Stylus C86 Photo is the only printer in its class to use separate ink cartridges. It also uses EPSON DURABrite inks, to create superb quality text, graphics, and photos up to a class-leading 5,760 optimized dpi.


  • Individual ink cartridges for cost effective printing
  • EPSON DURABrite inks for superb, long-lasting results
  • Smudge-proof output straight from the printer
  • Class-leading resolution up to 5,760 optimized dpi
  • Enhanced quality with EPSON Variable Sized Droplet Technology
  • 4 picoliter EPSON Micro Dot Technology
  • High speed printing up to 22 ppm black (actual ppm will vary)
  • Simple to set up and use
  • Easy USB connection to your PC or Mac (parallel for Windows only)
  • EPSON PhotoQuicker for simple, fun photo printing
  • EPSON Web-to-page software for web printing
  • Stylish silver design
What's in the Box
C86 printer, one black ink cartridge, one cyan ink cartridge, one magenta ink cartridge, one yellow ink cartridge, CD-ROM with drivers and utilities, EPSON PhotoQuicker 3.5 software, user's guide, warranty information; printer cable not included

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Don't waste your money on the Epson printer.
Second, it easily gets clogged print head nozzles, and you use lots of ink cleaning them.
Amazon Customer
Now I am one month over the one year warranty and I'm out of luck.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

119 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Lucas on March 30, 2005
First, let me say that the Epson C86 (and C84, the earlier version) produces beautiful prints, especially considering the fact it uses pigment inks (DuraBrite) rather than the dye based inks that HP and Canon use. As a rule, dye based inks have a wider color gamut and are more vivid, particularly on glossy paper, than pigment inks, but I also have an HP deskjet 9650 (A3) Photo printer and the Epson prints are very close in quality to those from the HP, especially when I use the DuraBrite Glossy Photo paper.

Now for the bad news. First, everyone should realize when you buy an inkjet printer, you are actually buying a profit generating machine for the company that builds it. A very large percentage of the corporate profits of Epson and HP come from the sale of, you guessed it.....ink. They sell the printers at or close to cost, but make a killing on those tiny ink cartridges, and this is where the Epson will get you. Epson printers have a permanent, built-in printhead and it will sooner or later start to clog (do a Google search for Epson clogged nozzles.....you'll get over 6000 hits). When this happens, your prints will look really bad (banding and missing colors), and the "Epson solution" for this is to run cleaning cycles, which will burn through those high dollar cartridges even faster. I have had two Epson's to clogg almost completely, both within a week after the warranty had run out. Also, if the cartridge is low on ink, the printer will refuse to run a cleaning cycle until you replace the cartridge with a new one, then it will waste the ink in your new cartridge attempting to clear the nozzles.
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140 of 150 people found the following review helpful By R. J. O'Hara on October 17, 2004
The Epson Stylus C86 is an ideal personal desktop printer that can produce outstanding photographic prints when used with care.

I needed a personal printer to sit beside my computer that could handle moderate volume. I still use the networked office printer down the hall for occasional bulk jobs, but the Stylus C86 is perfect for most day-to-day work. Ordinary text printing is fast and sharp. I've used it with perforated postcard sheets very successfully, and the 'fine' setting produces truly excellent typographic resolution.

Printing high quality digital photos on any printer is a skill that takes a good deal of practice, and the nature of the output depends as much on details of the input file as it does on the quality of the printer. With carefully prepared CMYK digital images, and good photo paper such as Epson's Enhanced Matte paper (a must for quality work), I've been able to produce amazing digital prints with the Stylus C86. Co-workers couldn't believe they had been output from an inexpensive desktop printer.

Epson recommends the DuraBrite inks with this printer, and that is what I use. There's no doubt they are expensive, and the cost of replacement cartridges is a drawback of all inkjet printers. The claimed advantage of these specific inks is that they are pigment based and so do not fade as dye-based inks do. I haven't done a thorough test of this, but there is no question that the inks are more durable than the dye-based inks used in an older Canon printer I had: prints from that machine would be noticeably faded after only a few months. It is hardly worth making digital photo prints at all if the colors won't last, and the DuraBrite inks used in the Stylus C86 are certainly superior to many others.
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful By W. Paul W. on November 23, 2004
This is the upgrade to the C84. This isn't a huge advancement, and if you have the C84, don't bother. If however, you're looking for a new printer for home use, consider this one. It's marginally faster than it's predecessor (by 2-3 ppgs/minute), the print cost run the same (It uses the same catridges), and the resolution is the same (very high resolution).

It uses individual color cartridges rather than the tricolor cartridge of HP's, which I find helps cut down on ink cost. The printer is fairly effeicient with it's ink, and I don't have to replace cartridges often.

The input tray really doesn't hold many sheets; I find I have problems with feeding if more than 50-60 sheets are in it, but again, it's not meant as a high volume printer, so that's not a big deal.

Like the C84, it prints very good photos and graphics, and excellent text. It's meant as an affordable all around, low through medium volume use (less than 500 sheets/month) printer. It excels in this role. If you, like me, print a fair amount of text (100 pages a month give or take) and some photos, but need high quality all around, this is a great printer for you, espically at the price. For your average home user, it's an excellent choice.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Tryon on January 20, 2005
For the large amount of ink this printer seems to go through, it is gratifying that at least the print quality is more than acceptable.

This is the printer I use in my home office, where I seldom print even five pages a day. I am not a novice at using printers, so it is a little bit of a surprise that the machine so frequently refuses to load a page for printing. I stand up, ruffle the paper AGAIN, reload, and usually it prints -- at least by the second or third time of going through these motions.

Although my printing volume is very low, it is nice that the machine dependably produces "client worthy" documents, even when these include line drawings. Without question this is the best inexpensive printer I have used in that respect. The cost seems to be the speed at which ink cartridges run out. And it would be nice not to have to fuss so much about the paper.
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