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Printer Primer, Epson Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One
September 7, 2015
Users seeking a new inkjet for their home or home office may wish to consider one of the newest units from Epson, the Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One® . A solidly constructed 4-in-1 (print, scan, copy, fax), the XP-830 delivers pretty decent print speeds for an inkjet unit in this price range, with up to 14 ISO ppm in black and 11 ISO ppm for full color pages. For those that print photos, it is also capable of printing standard, high quality 4” 6” in about 12 seconds. While not exactly small at 17.2” x 23.5” x 8.1” (WxDxH) and almost 22 lbs., the unit carries a robust set of features that its users will enjoy.
For starters, the XP-830, like the other units that have preceded it, has a nicely sized 4.3” touchscreen that enables users to navigate machine menus and functions quickly and easily. It also features a nice variety of wireless printing options which should please almost any user. Included in these is Wi-Fi Direct printing which allows one to connect to the printer without the need for a router to act as intermediary as well as standard Wi-Fi printing across a local/home network. In addition to the wireless printing, the XP-830 also has plenty to love for mobile device users, too. Connect and print via Apple® AirPrint™ or Google Cloud Print as the ability to scan directly to various cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive, and even directly to Facebook. The XP-830 also works with Epson Connect which includes easy email printing, remote printing, and the iPrint™ mobile app.
In terms of paper handling, the XP-830 is pretty much on par with other similarly priced units. Standard input capacity is rated for up to 100 sheets of plain paper and the dedicated photo tray can hold an additional 20 sheets of photo paper. Automatic two-sided printing comes standard on the device, helping save sheets of paper and reducing waste. Users will undoubtedly appreciate the two-sided scanning, faxing, and copying available with the 30-sheet capacity automatic document feeder, making it easy to handle large stacks of paper unattended. As an added bonus, the main paper tray on the XP-830 automatically extends and then retracts when not in use, help saving valuable desk/table space.
While the Expression Premium XP-830 is not part of Epson’s newest EcoTank printers, it nonetheless delivers reasonable value from its 5-cartridge ink system. Included in the five cartridges are black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and photo black, each of which comes in either a standard capacity or a high-yield one. Standard black cartridges are rated for up to 250 pages, and the color and photo black 300 pages. The high-capacity alternatives provide roughly double or more volume with black at 500 pages and the color/photo black at 650 pages for each.
The Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One is currently available from Epson for $199.99. For more details, you can visit product page on the Epson web site.