Epson Expression Premium XP-800 review

A smart MFP that performs pretty well, but it's very expensive to buy and run

21 Jan 2013
Our Rating 
3/5
Price when reviewed 
169.99
inc VAT

Specifications

print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 191x390x339mm

As its name suggests, the Expression Premium XP-800 sits near the top of Epson's new range of home MFPs. It has a top-notch specification, with a highlight being a scanner with a 4,800x4,800dpi optical resolution - that's a lot of detail, so it's a shame that there's no backlight for scanning old film negatives or slides. It also has a fax, and a 30-page ADF that works in duplex, allowing double-sided copies and faxes.

Epson Expression Premium XP-800

This is an easy printer to use, with a large colour touchscreen flanked by touch-sensitive controls which light up only when applicable, helping to reduce clutter. We also had no problems setting up the printer on our wireless network, either using WPS or by entering a passkey with the onscreen keyboard.

When you send the first print job the MFP's large control panel motors upwards to reveal the paper output tray, which extends automatically from the front. It doesn't close automatically when you turn the printer off, however, and we couldn't find a menu option to shut it; we assume you're meant to close everything manually, but doing so didn't quite feel right, leaving us with the suspicion we'd missed a trick. This MFP has two paper trays in its belly, with the lower one holding 100 sheets of A4 and the upper good for 20 photos. It will also print to suitable CDs, although the supplied media holder slots in under the paper trays with its front sticking out awkwardly.

Epson Expression Premium XP-800

This is a quick device, spitting out more than 16 pages of draft text in a minute, and managing an impressive 13.2ppm at the default print quality. It's not bad in colour either, delivering our graphics-heavy test at 4.0ppm. While it wasn't unusually fast to print two 10x8in photos, it was extremely quick to deliver six, 6x4in borderless prints, reeling off each in just a minute and 16 seconds. Photocopies were rapid too, with a 10-page colour copy taking just two and a half minutes.

Overall we were quite happy with the results. Scans were sharp, with faithful colours and well-preserved fine detailing. Graphics prints on plain paper were impressive, with powerful colours and even fills in areas of solid colour, while photographs were excellent, reproducing fine details and very accurate colours with no obvious grain. Regular black text was fine, but draft prints were somewhat faint and blocky. We also noticed a tendency with colour duplex printing for images to bleed through the 80gsm paper we used for our testing.

Scan in progress

We love the comprehensive Professional mode in Epson's scan interface, but there are more simple options if you prefer

While this is a good general-purpose MFP, it's just too expensive, particularly given its very high 11.4p-per-page running costs. If you need its office-oriented features, Epson's own WorkForce WF-3540DTWF has it beaten. If you don't, the Canon PIXMA MG6350 is far better value.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Maximum native print resolution 5,760x1,440dpi
Max optical resolution 4,800x4,800dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 10m 10s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 7m 37s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 191x390x339mm
Weight 8.7kg
Noise (in normal use) 37dB(A)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 400gsm
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 120
Maximum paper inputs 2
Maximum paper input capacity 120
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes

General

Printer technology piezo inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
Other inkjet features 8.8cm colour touchscreen
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £170
Consumable parts and prices £13 each
Price per colour A4 page 5.4p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge Pigment black 200 pages (ISO/IEC 24712), dye (photo) black 220 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) Cyan, magenta, yellow 300 pages each (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Warranty one year carry-in
Supplier http://www.currys.co.uk
Details www.epson.co.uk

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 5
Number of ink cartridges 5
Maximum number of ink colours 5
Maximum number of cartridges 5
Quoted photo durability 98 years

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 10s
A4 document at 150dpi 11s
A4 document at 300dpi 14s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 20s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 1m 7s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 16s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 22s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 2m 33s

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Borderless printing A4
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards Memory Stick, SD
CD printing Yes

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99

Fax Features

Fax memory (maximum mono pages) 180

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