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Epson is calling their latest line of printers “small-in-one,” a nod to their packing a ton of features into a single compact package. At 15.4 by 13.3 by 7.5 inches with all the trays folded up, the XP-800 isn’t exactly small, but it is smaller than many similarly-equipped all-in-ones.
The XP-800 represents the top of Epson’s Expression Premium line. It offers printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. The lower-end 600 model leaves off faxing, automatic duplexing, and a 30-page document feeder, and trades in the XP-800’s 3.5-inch touchscreen for a smaller 2.5-inch version.
Churning out as many as 12 pages per minute, the XP-800 is plenty fast for most household and small-business tasks. But specs don’t tell the whole story. The XP-800 is packed with features that make printing easier than ever before. Apple AirPrint is baked in, as is support for Google’s Cloud Print, so you can easily print wirelessly from your iOS or Android device.
Of course, the XP-800 also features Wi-Fi connectivity, eliminating the need to hard-wire it to your Mac. We were able to add the printer to our Wi-Fi network, and fire off print jobs from multiple Macs and iOS devices in a matter of minutes. Additionally, you can use Epson's Connect service to outfit the XP-800 with its own email address. Then you can send jobs to your printer from practically anywhere, and they’ll be waiting for you when you get back to home base. It’s a neat trick that you may not use all the time, but it’s incredibly handy when you need it.
Print quality on the XP-800 is excellent. Photos were clear and sharp, with good color reproduction, and pages of text were clean and readable, even at faster, lower-dpi settings. Like most consumer-level printers, Epson’s real money is in the inks. Epson doesn’t quote cost-per-page stats, but the standard color refills will result in prints at about 15 cents per page. Monochrome prints are cheaper, at around six cents, and Epson does offer large-capacity tanks that can bring costs down.
The bottom line. If you need a printer that does it all, the XP-800’s deep feature set is compelling. But you can save a lot of money with a simpler model if you don’t need faxing or the automatic paper-handling capabilities.
Mac OS 10.5 or later
Easy setup. Support for AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Automatic duplexing. Document feeder. Two paper trays.
Extra features might be overkill for home use.