Epson Expression Premium XP-800 Small-In-One Printer

I’ve witnessed a lot of all-in-one printers that came across the market recently, but what made some products so particular to me is their size—being compact, delightful, but does not have compromise in features and quality. I’d say gladly Epson’s new Expression series listed among the top of my choice, particularly in its late model, the XP-800. Considerably, the XP-800 in its size is well rounded for its factory tag which is the ‘small-in-one,’ and please let me help you know this product more.

The XP-800, named properly as Epson Expression Premium XP-800 Small-In-One Printer (yes, it’s that long technically), is a very effective but space-efficient printer, and is one of the best budget printers I’ve ever encountered. Priced around $280 or lower, its package feels premium from the box up, making users feel no regret but delight when unboxed. Bodied in a size of 17.2” wide, 23.5” deep, and 8.1” tall, this printer may not be the smallest one for your desk, but I’d tell you, this printer does well with a mean pack of features.

Weighed at 21.5lbs., the Epson Expression Premium XP-800  is not a thing that you want to coin with the word ‘portable.’ This said, users will still find it more convenient to relocate around the house or small office, but will find it inconvenient to move along day after day. With a rich black finish, the XP-800 looks sleek and easy, more with its interface, which in this case is with a 3.5” touch-screen display with some capacitive buttons around. I do love the layout since the control panel is minimal with controls or buttons, making it easier and more intuitive even for first-timers.

When ready for printing, the Epson Expression Premium XP-800 draws out its output tray automatically without the need for human intervention, and pulls itself back when done. Adding to this, there are some additional trays to ease the jobs possible in this printer, and they are: an input tray for specialty papers and envelopes at the back, an automatic document feeder (ADF) above the scan bed, a photo-paper or CD/DVD tray for extra features and more versatile output options, and the main input tray that can cater up to 100 pieces (unfortunately, to keep its compact design, Epson opted to have a smaller-capacity tray; we’d hope for a bigger one so that the printer’s remote features will be much more maximized since users will not need to go back to the unit and reload the trays).

Aside from the said ADF capability, the Epson Expression Premium XP-800 is truly amazing in its two-sided printing abilities that are intuitive and responsive enough making users feel at ease from a distance. Its capability of printing borderless-ly is a plus to its impressive laser-style printing speed, and the benefits really outweigh the competition. According to ISO testing, the XP-800 scored 12 pages per minute on black, and 11 for colored; for two-sided printing, we have 5.2 for black and 4.9 for the other. This may not be the speediest you’d love if compared especially to HP’s OfficeJet, but practically, the speed is itself efficient for everyday home and office use.

To make the printer more compact, the Epson Expression Premium XP-800 is versatile enough to utilize modern wireless technologies. Aside from the usual Wi-Fi connectivity, the XP-800 uses Wi-Fi-Direct, a type of connection that does not need an established network for capable devices to ‘talk’ to each other; there’s also an Ethernet port and a micro-USB port if you don’t like the former. Some other wireless technologies involved are: AirPrint for Apple devices, E-mail printing (through a unique e-mail address), Google’s cloud services, remote printing through apps in smartphones, and extra slots for printing from SD cards and some cameras.

For the printing quality, I actually found no problems with the quality. There are, however, light-colored lines I saw when doing a mass printing though this is not really observable. If there be some more downs for this printer, it would be that the ink costs too much and consumes faster than usual, making users wanting to refill the tanks in less than a time, and the other, the said low-capacity paper trays. Overall, photos printed in this model looked promising enough, with great black contrasts and good intelligibility of texts (except for texts running around 6 pts. or below).

For my verdict, this well-packed printer from Epson is truly deserving for it to earn prestigious awards like being an Editor’s choice to a lot of consumer-sensitive establishments. Its wide range of features that even extends to DVD printing is a sure plus, but we’d love to see a bigger version of the Epson Expression Premium XP-800 that can cater more loads of paper, and bigger ink tanks.

Epson Expression Premium XP-800 Small-In-One Printer Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 340.00

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