Any Epson Artisan 710/810 users here?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macstatic, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    I'm looking for a multi-function printer and the specs for the Epson Artisan 710 and Artisan 810 look pretty impressive (I believe the same printers here in Europe are called Stylus Photo PX710W and Stylus Photo PX810FW).

    The 810 seems like a better choice of the two because of the following features:

    • Built-in fax
    • 4800x4800 DPI scanner resolution (the 710 has 2400x4800 DPI)
    • Document feeder
    • Two sided (duplex) printing (the 710 needs an extra part for this to work)

    The 810 has also got a big touch-screen which may appeal to some, but I generally don't like touch screens (they often don't work well) though I can sacrifice those buttons for its other features :rolleyes:
    The downside to the 810 is its bigger (and heavier) size, but other than that I believe they're basically the same printer?

    My plan is to have two Macs (a Powerbook G4 and a recent iMac) share it through a cabled (Ethernet) network via a router.

    1) Will it be possible to scan and print from each computer, or do certain functions only work when connected directly to a computer via USB?

    2) Are there any limitations when using with Mac computers? I believe certain Canon printers won't allow duplex printing for instance with Macs, even when their printers have that function, while it works fine with PCs. But as far as I know Mac support is better from Epson than many others.

    3) Are these printers economical when it comes to ink usage? There won't be any high-volume printing (mostly 2 or 3 pages every two days or so with text or web page printouts etc.).
    I hate it when some printers use up half their ink cartridges for cleaning every time you power up the printer. Tell me this isn't one of those printers :cool:

    4) Does the fax feature work on its own (just like a regular stand-alone fax machine), or does it need a computer turned on and running fax software?

    Anything else I should know or be concerned about before buying?
  2. grahamwright1 macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008
    North of the Border
    I have a 710, and it DOES print in duplex without any other "parts". Mine is also plugged into a switch along with my MacPro and wife's imac. Both systems can print (in duplex :) and scanning from either system works correctly.

    It's a nice printer and I'm pretty happy with it. I haven't burned through the cart's that came with it, but I dont think it will be any worse than other printers.
  3. DrivinWest macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2007
    Republic of Texas
    My in-laws have one. It's fantastic. Double-sided printing, CD printing, scanning are all top notch. I'll be getting one myself.
  4. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    Sounds great! :)
    Perhaps the inclusion/exclusion of the duplex unit depends on where you buy it as it says "optional" along with a part number in the specs. I will have to check before I buy.

    I managed to get hold of the user-manuals online and I see that you can even scan and have the document automatically made into a PDF file. I've been looking for something like that!

    Something which the manuals didn't tell me: can you print even if some ink cartridges are empty (say a black/white text document, but the red ink is empty) or do you need a full set of cartridges even if you won't print those colors at all?
  5. grahamwright1 macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2008
    North of the Border
    I'll let you know once one of them runs-out:)
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    looks like it wont print if one of the cartridges runs out according to one of the reviews on the epson site you linked to

    link to reviews

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