If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you have probably heard me refer to our condo as a “shoe box.” Our condo is teeny, tiny. There is no room for us, let alone our stuff. Space is at a premium in our home.
There are certain things that are a must like my laptop, desktop and printer. These are items I NEED, not so much want. I need my laptop to blog, as well as for my kids to do homework. I NEED my desktop because I use it to watch movies I need to review if it’s not something my family is interested (or when hubby is watching football on Sundays). I also NEED a printer, not only for printing out contracts and invoices, but also for my kids to print out homework assignments and projects.
I have a small corner desk. I don’t have much room to spare.
I used to have a huge all-in-one printer, but it was so big that it partially hung off the side of the desk. That was always a huge safety concern for me. I worried that one of our cats would sit on it and it would fall off the desk – injuring my cat (or any animal that was unfortunate to be underneath it when it fell). I also worried that feeding in pieces of paper to scan or print I would knock it off the desk and it would break and I would be without a printer.
What I need is a small all-in-one printer that can handle our day-to-day printing needs as well as the occasional project or photos that we want to print out because we are too impatient to wait for the local photo shop to make copies.
I was sent to review a nifty little printer from Epson called the Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One.
Leveraging Epson’s MicroPiezo printing technology and Claria Premium inks, the XP-820 delivers consumer-rated unbeatable photo quality for vivid, borderless photos up to 8” x 10,” plus direct CD/DVD printing. Create a custom-labeled music compilation for that special someone, or even personalized valentines for the little one’s classmates. Plus, the XP-820 comes equipped with the Epson Connect™ suite of free mobile printing solutions, and even enables users to edit, scan and share photos directly to Facebook™ or the cloud.
My first impression of the printer is that it is a space saver. It’s not tiny, but it fits better on my desk than my other all-in-one. This printer is more compact. I’m relived that there is nothing hanging over the side of the desk.
This printer is a bit taller than my other one. It’s taller -not wider.
Set up was super easy. My husband had this up and running in no time.
The print quality is excellent. The printer prints out crisp, vibrant colors. Photos look just as good as they ones we get from the photo shop (just not glossy).
I scanned some old photos and printed them out on the Epson printer. I think they turned out pretty good. I was impressed.
Here is one photo (I had to crop people out of it). This is a photo of a photo that was printed from the Epson. That is me from 1986.
Keep in mind this is an old photo, so it’s not as crisp and clear as a photo taken today from a digital camera. None the less I think it turned out great.
This printer might be small, but it “packs a punch.” It can print a beautiful 4″ x 6″ photo in as little as 12 seconds. Gone are the days of waiting several minutes for a color print to come out. I’m sure many people know what I mean. With this printer you can have a copy of a precious memory in your hand in seconds.
I like being able to print photos directly from my printer. So many photos end up on hard drives and flash drives – some of them get lost or misplaced. There are certain photos I want a “hard copy” of to put in a photo frame or add to our photo album.
You can even print without boarders on this printer. I haven’t had a need to try that out yet, but I figure it was worth mentioning. This feature might come in handy for your child’s school work or an important project.
This is an all-in-one which means you can print, copy, scan and even fax.
The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 also has dedicated trays for specialty paper. I cannot tell you how many pages of photo paper, cardstock and resume paper have been wasted because my kids accidentally printed on them because I forgot to remove them from the printer. With this printer you can leave them in the printer with no worries.
A feature I REALLY love is the wireless printing. Once you connect the printer to your WIFI you can use your smartphone or tablet to send things to the printer to print out for you. This is especially handy for my kids when they are doing their homework and need to print out something they find on the internet to help them. Gone are the days when I had to give up my desk so that my kids could print something out.
Something else I really like is that you can print directly from a memory card or from a CD.
I have had printers that could print off memory cards, but they were always found in awkward locations. Not with this printer. The memory card slot is easily accessible.
I haven’t had the print anything from a CD as of yet, but it’s nice to know that I can if/when the situation calls for it. I have A LOT of photos on CD.
If you like to share photos, this great little printer allows you to scan photos and upload them directly on to Facebook. You can even send them to the Cloud.
As far as the ink is concerned, the usage seems to be standard. The amount of ink you’ll go through all depends on what you do with the printer. If you print out a lot of photos you’ll go through a lot of photo quality ink, which can be pricey. If you use your printer like the average person does, the ink should last a while. The ink prices are pretty standard from what I can tell.
If you are looking for a quality printer with a great performance look no further than the Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One. It retails for around $199.00.
For more information visit the Epson website, www.Espon.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom right of their website.
What do you think of this printer? Does it sound like something you could use in your home? Feel free to share your thoughts.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.