Artisan 800

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Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer With CIS CISS Inking system.The Epson Artisan 800 printer may very well be the last personal slash office printer we ever purchase.  It does everything, and it does it well.  When combined with a continuous inking system, the value is even greater.  Prints quickly, wireless and Ethernet options, will send the occasional fax, and will duplex (print on both sides) print to CDs, has built-in media readers, and more. Wshew.  Also has a premium scanner, sheet feeder, and will hold two paper sizes.  Has six (6) cartridges for excellent color photo prints, and economical enough to use in the office instead of your bulky and expensive color laser printer (iff you use a CIS, *not* if you intend to use Epson brand ink).  Seriously, this should replace your office color laser printer immediately.  Click here to take a look.

We are still printing after page 3,000.

The Artisan 800 represents a radical re-design for the inkjet printer from Epson, and it remains to be seen if they are marketed properly.  This thing should – really – replace that office color laser printer immediately.  Look at it this way, the only reason for owning a color laser printer is because the cost of inkjet cartridges is prohibitive, and networking is a must.  The Artisan 800 inkjet printer will do about 15,000 pages before possible replacing at a cost of under $300.00.  A color laser printer, like this one – HP Color LaserJet CP1518ni - $399.99. It’s bulky, not very fast, and uses a ton of energy to print. It even comes with…starter cartridges…

Includes introductory print cartridges: average continuous composite cyan/yellow/magenta cartridge yield 750 pages and average continuous black cartridge yield 750 pages.

…starter cartridge (according to HP, the introductory print cartridge).  Wanna know about replacement cartridges?

Replacement cartridges: average continuous composite cyan/yellow/magenta cartridge yield 1,400 standard pages and average continuous black cartridge yield 2,200 standard pages. Declared yield values for replacement cartridges in accordance with ISO/IEC 19798. Actual yields vary considerably based on images printed and other factors.

I really like that last part…”actual yields vary considerably based on images printed and other factors”…in other words, we don’t know what you will print, so it’s really a guess to within 400-600 pages.  So we put a chip on the cartridge to count the number of prints, and when the printer says it’s empty then we make you believe it – there is no other choice really. Chips on cartridges is a relatively new fad – that is not going away.  So…

Replacement cartridges to get in the 15k prints range? Looks like about six (6) sets of cartridges based on 2200 page rating of the black toner cartridge (and we rounded down).  That will cost…$71.99 per cartridge,and there are four, so price would be 4 x 71.99 x’s 6 = $1727.76.  This is a conservative estimate. Original PDF file can be seen here.

You make the call, but we think it’s not even close.  The Artisan 800 has ethernet networking *and* wireless networking built-in.  This may not be a big deal for you HP users out there, but for us Epson fans this fact alone, combined with the presence of a built-in fax machine, makes the Artisan 800 well worth the starting price of $239.00. Again, only when combined with a CI system.  Do not even consider this printer if you are using Epson brand inks – they are small, and will run out quickly.

Unboxing of the Artisan 800 inkjet printer.

If you tried this trick with Epson branded cartridges? Six (6) cartridges, roughly $85.00 per set, 400 pages per set = 37 sets of cartridges.  That is $3187.50.  Using our fuzzy math, one can see that the professional office dumped inkjet printers long ago – and that cartridges are insanely expensive – it’s not just your imagination.

This printer is loaded:

Highlighted features of the Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer.

There are 6-Cartridges in this printer:

6 color prints are so much better in our opinion. Retail price for the T099 “standard capacity” cartridges is $11.00, and the T098 series will set you back $18-$16.  Note, there is no “standard capacity” black T099 cartridge.

Epson Artisan 800 Ink Cartridges Installed

Same configuration for the Artisan 700, 710, 800, and 810. Can use the T099 series, or T098 series ink cartridges.

If you want to take a look at the specifications on this printer, here is a link to a pdf data-sheetAnd here is the link to the Epson product page – (Epson uses cookies liberally on their website, so if you get a “session expired” message, just click this link again).

Video instructions on removing and relocating the “scanner unit open” sensor.

What it looks like:

We love these features:

We have an Artisan 800 here in the office, and we use it with a continuous inking system – we offer free printing if you are in the area.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer All In One, Multi Function, CIS, CISS, Bulk Ink, Continuous Inking System, Photo Printer

Dual paper tray:

The Artisan series (700, 710, 800, 810) let’s you have two paper sizes in the paper tray.  In this picture we have it loaded with 4 x 6 photo paper, and standard 8.5 x 11 copier paper.  The printer (Epson software) is smart enough to pull the appropriate size paper when selected.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer All In One, Multi Function, CIS, CISS, Bulk Ink, Continuous Inking System, Photo Printer

Continuous Inking System:

This printer is extremely CIS friendly.  We have printed over 5,000 pages on this printer so far, and the quality is lab quality.  No way would we use over-priced Epson cartridges with this printer.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer All In One, Multi Function, CIS, CISS, Bulk Ink, Continuous Inking System, Photo Printer

Auto duplexer installed:

For $30-$40 you can print on both sides of the paper.  Works well for invoices, and newsletters.  A feature that is included standard with the Artisan 810.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer All In One, Multi Function, CIS, CISS, Bulk Ink, Continuous Inking System, Photo Printer

Connections:

USB connection, Ethernet, can also go wireless, and phone lines in/out for faxing.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer All In One, Multi Function, CIS, CISS, Bulk Ink, Continuous Inking System, Photo Printer

Continuous Inking System:

Here is what it looks like when open.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer All In One, Multi Function, CIS, CISS, Bulk Ink, Continuous Inking System, Photo Printer

Awesome scanner:

4800 dpi optical scanner – 48-bit color.  Amazing how cheap this stuff has gotten.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer All In One, Multi Function, CIS, CISS, Bulk Ink, Continuous Inking System, Photo Printer

A nice (Epson produced) video showing highlights of the Artisan series.

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