Expert review of the Epson Expression XP-850 printer
The multifunction Epson Expression XP-850 is a moderately-specified printer that provides some over-and-above features, but maintains a focus on printing. It provides scanning capabilities, but does without some of the most high-end functions. As well as a scanner and copier, the Epson Expression XP-850 is a fully-fledged fax machine with a built-in modem. Running costs are incredibly low due to the availability of both high-capacity (super high-yield) and compatible (third-party replacement) cartridges - both of which are available above. Maximum print resolution is 5760 x 1440 dpi, while mono print speed is 9ppm and colour print speed is 9ppm.
Design & Features
The Epson Expression XP-850 is a relatively stylish printer, despite incorporating scanning bay, which might be an important consideration when it's going to sit on your desk for the next few years. A touch-screen display adds an element of interest and, more importantly, replaces fiddly setup menus of old with more logical ones. The screen usefully displays photos transferred directly to the printer. A rare feature in printers, the Epson Expression XP-850 is a fully-standalone fax machine. As for paper handling, the Epson Expression XP-850 features a 100-sheet paper tray. This A4 printer comes as standard with a scanner, a fax machine, an integrated touch screen, wifi, a memory card reader, .
Printer sharing is increasingly important and the Epson Expression XP-850 features wifi so it can be shared across computers, even if a wired network connection is not readily available. With high-end printing and ink technologies, it's a photographer's dream.
We Don't Like
At 9 years old, the Epson Expression XP-850 is getting a bit long in the tooth.