Epson Artisan 700:
Replaces the Epson Stylus Photo RX580, RX595, RX680 printer:
Great little printer – the Artisan 700 it is the exact same printer and probably cheaper than the “newer” 710 model. The Epson product re-cycle is about 6 months, so we expect the Artisan 720 in June of 2010. Seriously, it’s all about marketing.
Main differences between the Artisan 700/710 and the Artisan 810:
- $50.00 price difference ($149 vs. $199)
- No built-in fax
- No included auto duplexer (for printing on both sides of the page)
- Scanner is 2400 dpi (optical) vs. 4800 dpi for Artisan 800/810
- No auto document feeder
- Cannot print from video clips
- Smaller 2.5 inch LCD for viewing photos (no “on screen” controls)
- OCR trial software not included
This printer needs to be $79.00 before we are interested, but if you are not interested in all of the above and want to save $50.00, this printer is for you. Also, it works great with a CI system, and we do not recommend using Epson ink cartridges.
First things first, let’s look at the cartridges. The Artisan 700 uses the same cartridge set as the Artisan 710, 800, and 810 – two choices of cartridge – one cartridge has 11ml of ink (T098), and the other cartridge has 7ml of ink (T099). This is a photo printer and it uses six (6) individual ink cartridges – you can mix and match the T098/T099 cartridges. It is also important to point out that the other features, (scan) will not work if a cartridge is missing, or needs replacing.
T098 “High Capacity” series:
- T098120 – Black ($17.09)*
- T098220 – Cyan ($15.99)
- T098320 – Magenta ($15.99)
- T098420 – Yellow ($15.99)
- T098520 – Photo Cyan ($15.99)
- T098620 – Photo Magenta ($15.99)
T099 “Standard Capacity” series:
Note, both the T098 and T099 cartridges are the exact same physical size, the only difference is that Epson puts 7ml of ink (150-200 pages) in the T099 series, and 11mlk of ink (300-350 pages) in the T098 series. Note: there is no T099 series black cartridge – Epson wants their $17.09 for black.
- T099220 – Cyan ($10.44)*
- T099320 – Magenta ($10.44)*
- T099420 – Yellow ($10.44)*
- T099520 – Photo Cyan ($10.44)*
- T099620 – Photo Magenta ($10.44)*
*Included with printer, and there are (2) two T098 series included with the retail version.
It’s really a shame that the cartridges for this printer contain such a small amount of ink. The Artisan series of all-in-one printers are excellent inkjet printers, but not so much when you consider a set of cartridges will run you a minimum of $70.00. There is no T099 “small capacity” black cartridge made.
CI System is the answer:
Using a CI system, or continuous inking system (bulk ink, CIS, CISS) with this printer is a no brainer. We did a good cost analysis over on the Artisan 800 page comparing a CI system to both Epson brand cartridges, and color laser printers. A CIS will get you about 3k pages out of the box, and refills (about 5k pages) can be had for as little as $40.00. CI systems work great with this printer, and we recommend you purchase one now. Installation is as easy as installing standard cartridges, and since there are no moving parts, the unit never moves.
Epson Artisan 700 Highlights:
When used with a CI system, this printer will print for pennies on the dollar when compared with Epson inks. Makes a great office printer, or color laser printer replacement with cost per prints in the pennies per page range (with a CI system, do not even consider putting one of these in a high use environment if you intend on using Epson brand cartridges)
- Wireless Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking support (you will quickly grow to love this feature)
- Speedy – but out here in the real world not what Epson claims. 9ppm laser quality, 38ppm standard.
- Supports two (2) paper types in a single tray – 3×5, 4×6, 5×7 on top, and 8.5×11 or legal on bottom. Smart enough to pull what is needed.
- Built-in CD-DVD printing tray (coolness)
- Six (6) individual ink cartridges
- Memory card slots (you can also access your memory cards as networkable volumes if you set up wifi, or Ethernet)
- 2.5 inch LCD for viewing photos from memory card – allows for computerless use.
- Scanner is 2400pdi optical resolution. The Artisan 800-810 series are 4800dpi optical.
- Supports wireless printing from iPhone via Epson iPrint app
Specs are the same as the Artisan 710. Again, great printer, quality prints and feature rich. We own the Artisan 800 (which is similar in design, and identical in it’s ink usage) and love it – but only with a CI system. If you plan on using Epson cartridges you are gonna pay through the teeth for ink.
Epson is proud of these printers, however deals can be had at the Epson store (with coupons) or other places like Amazon, Buy.com, or you can even shop local. This printer started out at $179, and as of today (1-13-09) the item is no longer available from the Epson store, however we spotted some refurbs for $65.00 recently. Watch the Epson clearance section for deals.