Epson Expression Premium XP-800 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Service & Support
      • 6
      • Print Quality
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 8
      • Performance / Print Speed
      • 8
      • Features
      • 7
      • Operational Costs
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 7.50
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Print quality
    • Increased print speeds
    • Duplexing ADF
  • Cons

    • Costly ink replacements
    • Lack of photo software

Quick Take

The Epson Expression Premium XP-800 is worth considering thanks to quick print speeds, outstanding photo quality and a blend of excellent features.

The Epson Expression Premium XP-800 is one part of Epson’s new flagship line of Expression all-in-one printers, which are aimed at giving consumers a wide variety of features, mobile applications, and, of course, high quality prints. It sports print speeds of 12 pages per minute in black and 11 ppm in color, optimal print resolution of 4800 dpi, a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, a duplexing automatic document feeder, a built-in memory card reader with a front side USB, CD/DVD printing, and built-in wireless, among even more features.

The Expression Premium XP-800 is one of the largest to come out of Epson’s flagship line, but, according to PrinterComparison‘s review, it still comes in at “a very compact 15 x 13 x 8-inches in non-use and 17 x 24 x 8-inches when performing a job.” It’s a slick, black machine, one that PC praises for having double-sided scan, copy, and fax capability despite being priced at just $279.99 at the time of review.

After an initial setup process that PC lauds as being “simple and quick,” users will be treated to the wealth of generally user-friendly services that the Expression Premium XP-800 provides. CD/DVDs, greeting cards, coloring books, ruled paper, and more can all be printed right from the basic LCD touchscreen’s photo print menu. PC found the XP-800’s aforementioned scanning, copying, and faxing capabilities to be a breeze to use as well.

Print speeds were speedy and reliable for the most part, although the first page out time did vary between 20 to 30 seconds on average for PC. And despite using the standard five Clara Premium ink cartridge system, color and black quality on images was great.

Those ink cartridges happened to be PC‘s biggest source of complaint, however, as replacing one of them will be pretty pricey — $98.95 to purchase five 237XL cartridges or $60.98 for five 237 standard capacity cartridges at the time of review.

But besides that — and a few other complaints, like the XP-800’s lack of suitable photo software — the Epson Expression Premium XP-800 is a quality machine. PC recommends it to any consumer looking for “quick print speeds, outstanding photo quality and a blend of excellent features.”



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