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on November 1, 2009
When I saw the opportunity to review this Epson 810 All-in-One through the Amazon Vine program, I jumped at it. I've used All-in-ones for almost ten years, sampling a variety of printers from HP, Canon, Brother, etc. I find this printer excels in a number of areas and fails in only one.
Here's my take on it:
1. Print quality is as good as Epson claims. Whether these prints will actually last four times longer than drugstore prints is still up for grabs -- who has years to check out this claim? Nevertheless, the text and photos are very nice indeed.
2. Although I may never use it again, the coloring book feature is fun. For families with small children, I'm sure this feature will be appreciated.
3. Being able to charge up my mp3 player from the port on the front of the printer is a nice little extra. Anytime I can avoid powering up the computer for such a small task, I'm happy. And now I have a quick way to do that.
4. I love the bright, easy to read control panel. The menu will easily take you where you need to go, such as a quick check of ink levels (again, without powering up the computer).
5. Ink usage appears to be very conservative. I've gone through a ream of paper without exhausting the standard (not high capacity) black cartridge.
6. This printer actually can use recycled paper. Over the years, I've been limited in my paper to 24 lb paper as 20 recycled paper caused repeated jams with my other printers. This feature alone will mean a reduction in my paper bills.
7. The printer includes an automatic duplexer. You do have to setup this function on printer preferences, but I enjoy using fewer sheets.
8. Included in the box was a single printable dvd. I tried making a color label, and it looks great. I'll be buying printable CDs and DVDs just for the pleasure of having nice looking disks.
9. The printer itself is good-looking and fits in well with the other equipment on my desk. No reason a printer should be ugly, is there?
The scanner works only through a USB connection to my computer, although you can save a scan to a memory card. Why is that? Is there something special about wireless that prevents sending a scan to a computer?
I have not used the fax because my VOIP phone service does not currently support faxing.
Overall, I'm a delighted user. This is a good printer for a family network.
UPDATE: November 25, 2009
I reinstalled the software, using the software downloaded from Epson. Voila! Epson Scan now appears on my desktop, and my problem is solved. If it were possible to change the number of stars, I would now award this printer five stars!
UPDATE: December 1, 2009
Here's the trick. You must start the Epson Scan from your computer, rather than from the printer (where you'll be standing when you put the photo on the scanner). Then you'll be able to receive the scan on your computer and without hitching it up to the printer directly.
UPDATE: September 14, 2010
Almost a year has passed since I began using this printer. I am pleased to report that it is working just as well now as the first week I got it. In addition, I want to point out that. in those 11 months, I have experienced only one paper jam. I do use 24 lb rather than 20 lb paper, and I believe this helps avoid jams. However, this is the fourth duplex printer I've owned, and it is by far the best.