Review: Epson Stylus Photo PX830FWD

Our score: 4/5
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Published: September 20, 2011 11:00 PM
By Marine Goy
The Epson Stylus Photo PX830FWD is the high-end, 4-in-1 version of the Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD. It's identical (same spec, same motor, same cartridges) with the exception of a few details:

Hardware: this model is targeted more at the pro segment in so far as, in contrast to the PX730WD, it includes a fax. Still an elegant machine, the PX830FWD is slightly larger (46.5 x 45.8 x 19.8 cm) and heavier (11.4 Kg) and has a bigger screen (7.8 inches compared to 2.5 inches on the 730).

Front of the printer: 7.8-inch screen and touch sensitive control panel

 

Speeds: Announced at 40 pages per minute (ppm), colour and black & white, we scored it at 12 ppm with our test documents. For photo prints, it takes 3 mn for an A4 and 1 mn 40 for a 10 x 15 cm print.


Quality: Although office document quality is okay for text alone, graphs and colour work leave something to be desired.

Cost per page: 9 pence per page with XL cartridges is pretty competitive. There's no grey cartridge but there is a light cyan and magenta. Two capacities are available, the T08 standard series and the the T07 XLs (higher initial outlay but more economical in the long run).

We invite you to read the page on the Epson Stylus Photo PX730WD for more details.
4/5 Epson Stylus Photo PX830FWD DigitalVersus 2011-09-21 00:00:00

Pros

  • Excellent photo print quality
  • Cost per page / Separate cartridges exist in XL
  • Intuitive to use / Large screen
  • Responsive
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Average office document quality
  • Very average scanner
  • Paper jams / pages haphazardly drawn through in lots
  • Impractical paper loader
  • Low double-sided speeds

Conclusion

The Epson PX830FWD will give great satisfaction when it comes to photo print quality but don't count on it for office documents. Also the scanner will really only be of use as a fallback solution.

OUR SCORE 4/5
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