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Epson Stylus Photo 820 Ink Jet Printer

by Epson

Price: $280.00 + $10.49 shipping
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  • 5760 x 720 optimized dpi Resolution with True BorderFree 4"x6", 5"x7", 8"x10" and letter size photo printing
  • Superior 6-color Photo Ink Fast Drying System for smudge-free results; One black cartridge and one color cartridge
  • Convenient photo printing, with or without a computer
  • Black Text Printing 12 ppm; 4"x6" photo 54 seconds; 8"x10" photo under 2 minutes
  • USB and Parallel Connectivity; Windows and Macintosh compatible
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Product Details

Product Manual [667kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 16.6 x 10.5 inches ; 7.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005QXWZ
  • Item model number: SP820
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 6, 2001

Product Description

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Epson combines brilliant color with 2,880 x 720 dpi resolution in the Stylus Photo 820. Epson's PRINT Image Matching technology oversees six separate fast-drying color photo inks that are formed into superfine 4-picoliter droplets, resulting in bright, accurate, true-to-life color. The 820's prints are frequently indistinguishable from standard photographs, making this an ideal printer for professional applications as well as the home office.

Print speed is a respectable 12 ppm for black-and-white prints, while a 4-by-6-inch photo takes roughly 48 seconds. The 820 supports a wide variety of media types, including standard letter-size paper; greeting cards; banners up to 44 inches; and 4-by-6-inch, 5-by-7-inch, and 8-by-10-inch borderless papers. The input tray holds 100 sheets or 10 envelopes, and the output tray holds 30 sheets.

The Software bundle includes Epson Software Film Factory with Print Image Matching support, Arcsoft PhotoImpression 3.0, and QBeo PhotoGenetics 2.0 TE. Installation and connectivity are easy, with both USB and parallel ports provided. Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh, the Photo 820 comes with a one-year warranty and is backed by the Epson Exchange program.

Product Description

Epson Stylus 820 Inkjet Photo Printer - Color - 12 ppm Mono - 54 Second Photo - 5760 x 720 dpi - USB, Parallel - PC, Mac

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Customer Reviews

To top it off, the ink cartridges are really costly.
Jim P
The print heads were permanently clogged, and no amount of clean cycles, new ink cartridges, and alcohol pads and q-tips could help it.
Amazon Customer
The Epson Stylus Photo 820 is not just the worst printer I've ever owned; it's the single worst piece of hardware I've ever owned.
Luke Murphy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

96 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Calvin (SF) on November 18, 2001
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The picture quality of the Epson 820 is pretty good even using the 720 DPI quality. I set my default to print at 720 DPI to save ink. I found the 2880 DPI quality is useless since at that DPI, my Epson Photo Paper curled due to over saturation of ink. 1440 DPI produced the best quality on standard Photo Paper, but the difference vs 720 DPI is marginal. I think if you purchase Epson's super expensive ColorLife paper, then 2880 DPI would work. The PIM (print image matching) is just marketing. PIM doesn't print the pictures any better. I found that PIM actually made my pictures (taken from my Sony Cybershot P-50) more dull. The Epson 820 drinks ink. I don't know why Epson (other than to make more $$$) makes their color ink cartridge so thin and thus carrying less ink.
The Film Factory software that comes with the printer is exactly what I've been looking for in regards to printing common photo sizes such as 3x5, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, or wallets. I can fit 4 3x5 or 2 4x6 into one sheet of photo paper which minimizes the cost of each photo sheet when calculated by per picture.
Overall, I rate this a 3.5 rounded up to 4.0 for Amazon's scale. Picture quality is very good...rivals a real photo. In fact a friend of mine thought the Epson print was the real photo when comparing the same exact picture processed by Ofoto.com (an online Kodak processing company). Again, the Film Factory software is very good for printing common photo sizes. However, because of the rapid ink usage, I didn't rate this a 5.0, which is the main draw back of this printer. ...
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By "just4phun" on May 19, 2002
I needed a better photo quality printer to supplement my HP 1120C. My application is for personal photo printer not as a production or office printer.
I researched all types of photo quality printers for several weeks and was going to go with the Cannon until I noticed how cheaply even the high end Canons were made. I also noticed that almost no one sold Cannon supplies like the required expensive Cannon paper. The Lexmark was far too expensive to own when it came to buying ink.
I was looking at some of the better Epson photo printers when I noticed that the lowly 820 used the exact same print cartridges. Then I realized Epson has just cut the price to a hundred dollars! Subtracting the value of the included ink that means the hardware is now only sixty dollars. At that price if the print head clogs I will throw it away. But I like this printer so much I may buy more of them. It is an incredible value at its new low price. First compared to Canons at twice the price it is `rugged'. The paper tray folds up when not in use, which serves a very practical purpose. It helps keep the dust out of the printer and dust is one of the causes of print head clogging. If you remember to ALWAYS turn this printer of using the left switch (GREEN LIGHT) and keep the tray closed you should not have many print head clogging problems. So far I haven't had any problems.
Some try to get away with as few as three colors in their photo printers but the Epson 820 uses six colors and your eye can immediately see the difference. The Epson 820 produces prints like those from photo labs on high quality photo paper. The Epson 820 ink is rated to be light fast for 25 years, which is, long enough for me. My HP 1120C produces colors which start to fade within months if not days.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Guy Terry on January 13, 2002
I started with an HP 882C last year thinking that I had a printer that could print "photo quality." Unfortunately, it didn't. After a year of dissappointment, I talked to my photographer brother after seeing some prints that I'd assumed had come from his office. Not so! He had used an Epson printer.
I didn't want to buy one at first, because of all of the $$ I'd likely spend making prints. Well, it hasn't been so bad. Unlike the other review here, I think that the cartridges are reasonable (compared to the HP that I had) and the paper is reasonable for the quality.
With other brands, paying more means better quality images. However, with Epson, paying more means faster printing speeds. This printer is basically at the bottom of the Epson line, with great quality, especially with the best papers. The black and white is crisp and clean.
Get ready though, because the prining is SLOW! That goes for color, photo, B&W print, all of it! Anything that's not draft quality is slow, slow, slow!
If you are getting ready to make a purchase, check to see how much money you have, then compare to how much time you have. I have left the printer to print out a two page resume, 25 copies, for a total of 50 pages. It's been quite a while...longer than an hour! That's the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars.
However, if you have other things to do, and a negative scanner or a high quality digital camera, this could be just the thing for you. Made plenty of Christmas presents this year!
Guy
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Randy Kepple on April 11, 2002
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I'm a commercial photographer, owning an Epson 1270 and the newer Epson 1280. Both printers are amazing, but expensive. I bought the Epson 820 for home use since it has the same specs as the 1280, just doesn't print large output.
Straight out of the box, my printer was defective. The print head cleaning cycle indicated white lines. Contacted Epson and determined it was defective. The offered to send out a new unit. When it was returned, I found out it was a refurbished unit! Their policy is to replace your new printer with refurbished units. I find this extremelly irritating.
I did write a review such as this and Amazon has deleted it...I find that interesting. Much to the credit of Amazon, they picked up the slack and sent out a "new" unit. That's why I shop at Amazon, amazing customer service. Unfortunately, the "new" unit is better, but exhibits the same problems. Epson has requested that I return the unit and try one more printer before requesting a refund.
I think Epson has really dropped the ball on this printer and I've had a very bad experience with their "policies". Amazon is the best and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them, at least they deliver on customer satisfaction.
Buyer Beware!
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