Artisan 810

Epson Artisan 810:

Epson Artisan 810 Inkjet Printer.

Get a CI system here. Well worth it.

Replaces the Artisan 800 printer. Not sure why.

If you think the Artisan 810  looks exactly like the Artisan 800, you are right.  The only difference between the Artisan 800, and the Artisan 810 would be the auto duplexing unit which is included standard with the 810 – print on both sides of the page (only works with plain paper settings, and will not work with odd paper sizes like 3×5, 4×6, or 5×7).  Basic specs are the same.

In fact we think the Artisan 800 @ $109-$129 refurbished, or even the Artisan 700 (if you have no need for fax or ADF) at $79.00 are better deals.  Basic specs are the same as the 710 and 810, and you can purchase the auto duplexer for $30.00 on Epson’s website if you really want it.

Cartridges:

First things first, let’s look at the cartridges.  The Artisan 810 uses the same cartridge set as the Artisan 700, 710, and 800 – two choices of cartridge –  one cartridge is mostly full and contains 11ml of ink (T098), and the other (T099) cartridge contains a measly 7ml of ink.  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, (fax, 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 the retail version of the printer, 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, and only print about 250 images.

Epson Artisan 800 and 810 inkjet printer cartridge configuration - six cartridges (6) in this photo printer

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

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 nowInstallation is as easy as installing standard cartridges, and since there are no moving parts, the unit never moves.

Easy installation for your Artisan 700, 710, 800, 810 Epson CIS CISS Bulk Ink System.

Easy installation for your Artisan 800 or 810 Epson CIS CISS Bulk Ink System.

Continuous Inking System:

The printer in this video is an Epson Artisan 800, however the installation and operation of the continuous inking system (CIS, CISS, Bulk Ink) is the same.

Epson Artisan 810 Highlights:

When used with a CI system, this may just be the last printer you ever purchase.  It is loaded with features, and like the Artisan 800 it does everything.  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 two-sided printing (duplexer included)
  • 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)
  • Awesome 7.8 inch touch panel, 3.5 inch LCD for viewing photos from memory card – allows for computerless use.
  • Scanner is 4800pdi optical resolution!  Awesome.  The Artisan 700-710 series are 2400dpi optical.
  • Built-in Fax – odd for a photo printer
  • Automatic document feeder, for easy scans and copies
  • Print from video clips (via memory card reader)
  • OCR software included
  • Supports wireless printing from iPhone via Epson iPrint app

Specs are the same as the Artisan 800, less the included duplxer.  Again, great printer, quality prints and feature rich.  We own the Artisan 800 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.

Downers:

ADF unreliable:

The auto document feeder is prone to failure, but this has been the case for most Epson inkjet printers over the past 8 years, and we have come to expect defective ADF units w/in the first year of use.  People think it will get better, but it never does.  Find me a sheet feeder on any printer that works perfectly all the time – the ADF on the Artisan series should be considered a bonus.  Ours failed 3 months in.  COuld get it fixed, however we have modified the case intently.

Paper feeding issues:

Simply put, sometimes the paper will not feed correctly from the paper carriage or tray.  Glossy paper becomes warped, and will not catch – same thing with 4×6 or 5×7 top tray.  We have had some issues with standard copier paper, however it was quickly corrected by adding new “crisp” paper, or halving the paper stack.

Neither of these issues would prevent us from purchasing this printer.  Printer excels at other tasks so well, that these issues can be easily overlooked.

Price:

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 $299, however the price has quickly fallen to around $249-$199 retail.  As of today (1-13-09) here is current price from Epson.

Can be a real alternative to a color laser printer – when equipped with a CI system.

Epson Artisan 810 printer price from the Epson store on 1-13-10.

Look before you buy.

Auto document feeder and auto duplexer demo:

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