Epson Expression Photo XP-850

Anthony Caruana
29 March, 2014
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Epson Expression Photo XP-850



Excellent print quality





Epson has been delivering premium colour printers to the market since before man walked on the moon. That experience is visible in almost every model it releases and the Expression Photo XP-850 is no exception.

The Expression Photo XP-850 is multifunction device with both Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking built in. We used the Wi-Fi to connect to our network. The entire configuration was done via the touchscreen. Our only quibble was that the keypad for entering our WPA passcode was a T9 rather than QWERTY keyboard. But that’s a minor detail.

Once the Expression Photo XP-850 was up and running, we loaded the two paper trays – one with A4 office paper and the other with photographic stock. We sent documents and photos to the device from an iPad, iPhone and MacBook Pro running Mavericks. It also supports Google Cloud Print so you can send documents to be printed when you’re out of the office.

There was no need to install any special software in order to print or scan with our Mac. It was a straightforward plug and play installation. We could access the scanner – that includes a sheet-feeder – from Preview without the need for any extra software. Epson has chosen a six-ink setup for the Expression Photo XP-850. In addition to the usual CYMK combination, it adds light magenta and light cyan ink to the mix.

Print quality was excellent. We sent a number of photos and documents to the Expression Photo XP-850. Photos were vibrant with colour faithfully reproduced and solid blacks. The documents we printed ranged from simple emails to complex booklets with combinations of different typefaces, photos and images. All were delivered at a high quality level.

Bottom line.

It’s hard not to recommend the Epson Expression Photo XP-850. It delivers plenty of features, excellent print quality and will work with almost any device.

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