epson artisan 835The Epson Artisan 835 is a dual role multi-function scan/copy/print with fax capability. Epson Artisan 835 sells for $299 direct.

  • Epson Advanced Micro Piezo with DX5 technology
  • Print from memory card, print from USB flash drive, save to USB flash drive, scan to network
  • DPOF, PictBridge
  • Windows Image Color Management (ICM)
  • Multicard reader
  • 25W operating, 5W in standby
  • 38ppm monochrome and color
  • 99 copies maximum
  • 25% to 400% reduction and enlargement
  • 2-up, 4-up, 8-up and fit to page
  • Up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (mono) / up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (color)
  • 4800 dpi optical resolution scanning
  • super G3 fax  33.6 kbps, 180 page memory, 60 station speed dial
  • Epson 98, Epson 99 cartridges

The printer uses a heaxachrome system of cyan, yellow, magenta, black, light cyan, and light magenta. Sets of ink cartridges are inexpensive.

The Artisan 835 has a good 30 page automatic document feeder which makes it very helpful for office use. This makes it possible to photocopy or scan larger number of pages. The paper tray can hold about 120 sheets of standard copy bond.

The Artisan 835 also has Wi-Fi and Ethernet so it can be installed as a walk up network fax server machine with scan and print capability. The capability of the Artisan 835 is excellent.

Photo-centric features include the ability to print directly from PictBridge cameras as well as from memory cards and USB memory keys, using a 3.5-inch color LCD to let you preview photos before printing. Lower resolution cameras may not product very good quality prints.

Other features  are the ability to print directly on printable discs, and a selection of stored templates in the printer for graph paper, notebook paper and other useful output.

The large 7.8″ touchh screen  front panel is adjustable which makes it helpful when used as a stand alone role.

The printer is excellent for printing black ink in duplex mode (both sides of the sheet). This feature reduces the amount of paper needed considerably.

Overall the color quality is largely dependant on the quality of the paper. Cheap 84 brightness paper is adequate for general purpose printing but the print quality is much better with 92 brightness paper. Printing documents with spot color  or photographs are easily handled with copy bond paper.

Photo Paper produced excellent (well better than expected,) 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10 and yes a much better 20lb copy paper print.

Head cleaning can be a nuiscance is an office when copies are needed fast. The printer will resume when its ready.

Drivers are available for Windows XP and above.