A strong runner up in its class, the Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One is one of the best photo-oriented all-in-one printers. It's not as fast as the rival Canon Pixma MX922 (Est. $165), and the output isn't quite as nice (though it's close), but the XP-810 can be easier on the ink budget for typical users.
"Gorgeous" touch screen, but setup fails for some users. Setup is easy, experts say. Most owners agree, but a minority of users complains that they simply couldn't get the Epson XP-810 set up, or couldn't get it to cooperate with their wireless network. The XP-810 connects to a computer via Wi-Fi, Ethernet or USB. The "gorgeous" 3.5-inch touch screen also makes it easy to do direct printing without a computer, ComputerShopper.com says. It can pull photos from a USB drive; SD, CF and Memory Stick memory cards; or a PictBridge-compatible camera.
Good print quality, but a bit slow. Photo quality of the Epson Expression Premium XP-810 is "a definitive step above" drugstore prints, says M. David Stone at PCMag.com -- and just a notch below the Canon Pixma MX922's quality in another top test. Similarly, the Epson's text and graphics look fine, but not quite as sharp as the Canon's: "short of the quality I'd want for something that needs to look fully professional, like a resume, but good enough for most business and personal needs," Stone says. The Canon prints text and photos slightly faster, too. The Epson XP-810's scans, copies and faxes all look quite good, comparable to the Canon, testers say.
Feature-rich, but low paper capacity. The Epson XP-810 matches the Canon MX922 feature-for-feature. Both all-in-one printers have auto-duplexers that can print, copy and scan both sides of the page. Both can print on CDs/DVDs. Both allow you to print directly from your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) using Apple AirPrint, and both are Google Cloud Print-compatible. Both have a 20-sheet dedicated photo paper tray. However, the Canon holds more plain paper in its main tray (250 sheets, versus 100) and automatic document feeder (35 sheets, versus 30) than the Epson.
Neither the Epson Expression Premium XP-810 nor the Canon Pixma MX922 is exactly frugal with ink. In heavy use, both multifunction printers consume an average amount of ink. But in intermittent use -- just a page or two every few days, the way most people use their home printers -- the Epson guzzles far less ink than the Canon, which wastes lots of ink in cleaning cycles.
ConsumerReports.org subjects the Epson Expression Premium XP-810 to its rigorous testing. Seventy-four all-in-one printers are judged in a dozen categories -- photo quality, ink use, etc. -- and ranked from best to worst.
Review: Epson Expression Premium XP-810, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
The Epson Expression Premium XP-800 (the XP-810's nearly identical predecessor) is "relatively frugal" with ink in intermittent printing, compared with guzzlers like the top-rated Canon Pixma MX922. ConsumerReports.org ran the intermittent printing test because that's the way most people print, causing many printers to run wasteful cleaning cycles in between.
Review: The High Cost of Wasted Printer Ink, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2013
M. David Stone gives the Epson Expression Premium XP-810 just 3.5 out of 5 stars -- but its low paper capacity is really the only con. Photo prints are "notably high-quality."
Review: Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One, M. David Stone, Oct. 23, 2013
4. Computer Shopper
William Harrel awards the Epson Expression Premium XP-810 4 out of 5 stars and a "Good for Families" tag. Harrel likes the photo quality, although not the mediocre print speed and high consumables cost per page.
Review: Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One Printer Review and Ratings, William Harrel, Oct. 15, 2013
Most customers here are pleased with the Epson Expression Premium XP-810, rating it 4.2 out of 5 stars overall. However, there are several 1-star reviews, complaining about problems with setup, wireless, ink and paper jams.
Review: Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer, Contributors to Staples.com, As of March 2014
Owners here give this Epson printer 4 out of 5 stars, on average. However, we saw some of the same complaints about high ink consumption, wireless problems, etc.
Review: Epson C11CD29201 Expression Premium XP-810 Small Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014