Like its predecessor, reviews indicate that while the Epson Artisan 810 is a good choice as a multifunction inkjet printer for photo buffs, it's less appropriate for an office -- document printing isn't as impressive, and it only holds 120 sheets at a time. The Artisan 810 offers duplex printing and an automatic document feeder in addition to the expected copier, fax and scanner. This MFP also sports a 7.8-inch tilting touch screen for viewing and editing photos, along with both Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking capability. While the Epson Artisan 810 weighs just 23 pounds, some reviews say that's because there's too much plastic -- some even call it "flimsy," an observation borne out by some consumer reviews. Among photo-oriented multifunction printers, reviews are generally best for the Canon Pixma MG8120 (*Est. $225), especially if you print a lot of black-and-white photos.
The Epson Artisan 810 gets a fair amount of critical attention from sites such as PCMag.com, About.com .and PC World. However, some major sites overlook this model. CNET, for instance, only looks at the earlier Artisan 800, though considering the similarity between it and the 810, CNET's review is still useful. A good number of user reviews are available at Amazon.com, and so far consumers seem more satisfied with the 810 than with its predecessor.
M. David Stone rates the Epson Artisan 810, as "very good." He says that it'll suffice for light office or home use, although text quality is "below par," and not as impressive as photo reproduction. Low paper capacity is also cited as a negative. However, Stone likes the duplexer and auto document feeder, as well as Epson's generous warranty.
Review: Epson Artisan 810, M. David Stone, Dec. 21, 2009
2. PC World
PC World's Susan Silvius puts the Epson Artisan 810 in the middle of the pack in her review. The printer is quick and ink costs low, but Silvius says that these highlights are offset by a high price and middling output quality. Only with expensive glossy paper, she adds, can the Artisan 810 produce good-looking photos.
Review: Epson Artisan 810 Has Speed and Features Galore, but Output Quality Is Disappointing, Susan Silvius, Dec. 23, 2009
About.com's Peter Piazza calls the Epson Artisan 810 "truly a best buy." Piazza says that setup is quick, as is printing. Photos come out "fantastic," and text looks good too. Curiously, the discontinued Artisan 800 is listed with the Artisan 810 on his list of top MFPs. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One Printer, Peter Piazza
Justin Yu's evaluation of the older Epson Artisan 800 is a little harsher than most reviews. Yu says the Epson Artisan 800 is fast and provides good prints, but he also cites "poor build quality and error-prone software." Over 80 owner reviews here result in a slightly lower overall score.
Review: Epson Artisan 800, Nov. 6, 2008
Over 200 owner reviews combine to give the Epson Artisan 810 a very good overall score, with about twenty-five percent rating it below average. Many negative reviews concern units that broke down right away, or after a few days. One user adds that the scanner isn't really 48-bit, contrary to Epson's claims.
Review: Epson Artisan 810 Wireless Touchscreen Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer (C11CA52201), Contributors to Amazon.com