Epson's Stylus PX800FW is a clone of its PW700W, with the added bonus of a fax machine and a very large 8'' touchscreen. The new interface is very intuitive and is used to access all of the printer's functions. It's clear and very easy to use.
The resolution of the scanner has improved from 2400 dpi on the PX700W to 4800 dpi here. Otherwise, it has the same system of six cartridges and WiFi and Ethernet networking. Double-sided printing is an optional extra, but this is quite an unusual printer in that it combines photo printing with a fax machine.
Office Printing: Fast, but questionable results
The PX800W is certainly fast, but unfortunately, not very well-suited to office printing. Draft mode is only really suitable for checking the layout of a document, and normal mode isn't very precise. It's difficult to read text printed on a coloured background, black areas tend to leak a little and the whole thing lacks contrast and detail. The only real positive is that blocks of colour are very even.
Photo Printing: Speed and quality
Black and white photos have good contrast, and the colours are neutral without being dull and have no particular shade dominates.
Energy Use and Noise
The power consumption on the 800FW is as we would expect fairly average. While printing, it requires around 25 W, and while on standby, 5.5 W. It's not a particularly noisy printer, but some of its competitors are quieter.
Cost per page
||Cost per page|
|T0801 (black)||£9.10||355|| 2.69 p
|T0802 (cyan)||£9.10||890||1.02 p
|T0803 (magenta)||£9.10||435||2.09 p
|T0804 (jaune)||£9.10||660||1.38 p
|T0805 (light cyan)||£9.10||335||2.55 p
|T0806 (light magenta)||£9.10||660||1.38 p
Equipping the printer with all six cartridges produces a total cost per page of 11.11 p, which is pretty expensive for office printing. However, it's about the same price you'd pay for a multifunction that used four separate cartridges, and not far off what you get from the HP Photosmart C6380. For anybody who prints a lot, then higher capacity cartridges are certainly more economical.
||Cost per page|
|T0791 (black)||£12.22||570|| 2.14 p
|T0792 (cyan)||£12.22||1475||0.82 p
|T0793 (magenta)||£12.22||720||1.70 p
|T0794 (jaune)||£12.22||1070||1.14 p
|T0795 (light cyan)||£12.22||540||2.26 p
|T0796 (light magenta)||£12.22||1020||1.20 p
Using these XL cartridges, the price of a page falls to 9.27 p. It's better, but still a lot more than you'd pay with Kodak, HP or Canon.
- Quality photo printing
- Fast photo printing
- Good scanner
- Large, intuitive touchscreen interface
- Poor quality office printing
- Expensive to run, even with high capacity cartridges
- Not many features: we would have liked to have seen more for the money
- Double sided printing is a paid-for extra
The PX800FW is a very good photo printer that is less impressive for office printing. Epson hasn't managed to produce a product that can do both.