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Epson XP-800 Review

A multifunction with fantastic print quality, is only hindered by quickly-used ink.

April 30, 2013
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Color Performance

Despite a somewhat narrow color gamut of 30.9%, the actually does have a very low measure of color error. For those of you keeping score at home, a measure of 4.2 delta E for measured color values means you're going to have very accurate photo prints. It also doesn't hurt that the printer has a fantastic DMax measure of 2.8, meaning your photos' contrast will never be lacking.

The somewhat low gamut measure is certainly worthy of mention, but it's not the end of the world. Typically printers that crack the 30% mark have reached a point where most consumers will not notice glaring errors or a lack of color in their photos, making it a good fit for use at home and making prints to share with family and friends without shelling out a lot more money for a professional photo printer.

Detail

As far as printing fine details go, this is probably one of the better printers on the market, especially since it's a multifunction printer as well. The is perfectly capable of handling gradients very well, and it can produce super fine lines in high-contrast situations without any visible artifacting superbly. You may notice an extremely tiny bit of bleed-over in some sharp lines, but sometimes that has more to do with the paper you're using than the actual printer, so your mileage may vary.

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Print Speed

Like most inkjet printers, the --> will move at a glacial pace if you need the highest quality on your photos or document prints. It seems unfair to knock this printer for a problem that is widely shared across its product category, but you should know that if speed is important to you, the --> will give you a 4"x6" photo in 1 minute, 24.6 seconds, and a document page every 35.7 seconds.

Keep in mind, though, that turning down the quality even a little will still produce decent results, but with a massive increase in speed. This is especially pronounced in document printing, as the speed goes from one page every 36 or so seconds to one page every 7.8 seconds, which will shave a lot of time off of your print job for larger files.

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