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Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One: Do-it-all printer offers best photo quality for the price

Melissa Riofrio | Nov. 12, 2013
The Epson Expression Premium XP-810 has an impressively deep list of features for a home printer and is also one of the best all-around performers in it price range.

Media handling includes CD/DVD printing
Paper handling is versatile, if not always high-capacity. The 30-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) for the letter/A4-size scanner is something many home-oriented printers lack, but you'll appreciate it if you have to scan or copy longer documents. The 100-sheet, letter/legal main input tray is skimpy, but there's also a 30-sheet photo-paper tray, so you won't have to swap out paper as often. The unit even has a caddy for printing on specially coated CD and DVD media, though the software and documentation can be confusing.

The 30-sheet output tray is the only thing on this printer that I didn't like. It slides out on its own when needed, which is cute. But it doesn't slide itself back in, which seems odd. Worse, it bucks and squeaks when you push it in manually. The documentation says, "As you slide in the output tray, there may be slight resistance and noise. This is normal." No, this is cheesy!

The other cheesy thing is the online-only user guide. I'm not trying to get Epson to kill more trees. I just don't understand why the company won't put the user guide on the installation CD so you can have a local copy.

I was disappointed by the cheap feel of the output tray and the pricey bent of the inks on the Epson Expression XP-810. It's otherwise one of the best consumer printers you could buy, perhaps overshadowed only by its fancier (and higher-priced) cousin, the Epson Expression XP-850 Small-in-One Printer. As noted before, the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One has cheaper inks, though its photo quality isn't quite as good.

 

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