Epson announces Artisan photo all-in-ones

Epson Artisan 700 all-in-one Epson has announced two new all-in-one photo inkjet printers, the Artisan 700 (Amazon link) and Artisan 800 (Amazon), that offer print, scan and copy functionality and built-in wireless and Ethernet connectivity.

The new printers, which are priced at $300 (Artisan 800) and $200 (700), are six-color inkjets (with individual ink tanks) using Epson’s Claria dye-based inks. Other features include:

  • dual paper trays, one for paper up to 8.5" by 14", the other for 4" by 6" and 5" by 7" photo paper;
  • integrated tray for printing on optical media (printable CDs and DVDs);
  • built-in card readers for most popular formats (CompactFlash, SD, xD-PictureCard, Memory Stick);
  • significant PC-free printing features, including photo restoration, customized photo layouts, photo notepaper, and school project items;
  • scanning to computer, memory card or USB-based flash drive.

Epson RX680, HP C7280 all-in-ones reviewed

Macworld recently posted our reviews of two letter-size, all-in-one photo inkjets: HP’s Photosmart C7280 and Epson’s Stylus Photo RX680. While neither of those printers would be considered “pro-level,” they are both a good value for what they are: six-color photo printers that do additional duty as general-purpose printers and scanners/copiers. (While the reviews are understandably Mac-centric, we’ve tested both printers on Windows-based systems as well.)

Photosmart C7280: bargain utility printer with big features

The C7280 lists for $300, but you can find it on Amazon right now for $165 (with free shipping). At that price, it’s a very good buy, with multiple connectivity options (802.11n wireless, Ethernet, USB); a built-in duplexer; secondary tray for 4" by 6" and 5" by 7" photo paper; and a sheet feeder for the copier. We had a couple of minor issues with the wireless networking, but once you have it up and running, it’s a great general-purpose inkjet printer. And, if you use it wirelessly, you can still scan directly to computers on your network that have the HP driver software installed. This is a great feature, one we’ve found extremely helpful in the months we’ve been using the printer.