We have a home office that we use for my internet business, for a non-profit volunteer program, and for my wife’s job in which she works about 60% of her hours from home. As you can probably imagine our office requires printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. For the past few years we’ve been using our trusted Brother MFC 3820 CN for our all-in-one office equipment, which served use well but does not even come close to the Epson Artisan 700. The Epson Artisan 700 is a beautiful piece of office equipment and at a sleek and compact 15.2 x 17.6 x 5.9 inches looks great on our office desk.
What’s good: Produces Ultra Hi-Definition 6-color prints at blazing fast speeds, 38 ppm, includes a host of high performance features including two paper trays for plain and photo paper. Comes with wireless networking which will allow you can print from anywhere in your house. Allows you to easily customize photos, presentations, cards, calendars and direct CD/DVD printing with the touch of a few buttons. The Artisan 700 even includes Auto Photo Correction, so you get stunning photos every time. Both stylish and elegant, the sleek and compact Artisan 700 includes everything you need to take your creativity to a whole new level. It also comes with a special Epson Preferred program offering a two-year warranty with toll-free support and other exclusive benefits.
If you are in the market for an amazing all-in-one printer you will want to read this review.
What’s bad: Missing a fax machine, but who uses a fax anymore? Wi-Fi set up was more difficult than I expected.
What’s the bottom line: With all the features included in this all-in-one and at this price you can not find a better piece of office equipment on the market for both your professional use and personal use. The Epson Artisan 700 is a beautiful piece of office equipment and at a sleek and compact 15.2 x 17.6 x 5.9 inches looks great on our office desk.
Reviewed By: Bruce Downs
Reviewed On: November 7 – November 21 (3 weeks)
Of course, the attraction of the Artisan 700 is its ability to Produce Ultra Hi-Definition 6-color prints at blazing fast speeds, 38 ppm. This quality is achievable through Epson’s exclusive MicroPiezo print head with DX5 technology which delivers up to 5 ink droplet sizes per nozzle, as small as 1.5 picoliters, to produce extraordinarily smooth gradations, amazingly accurate skin tones and sharp, grain-free photos. And Artisan 700 feature 6 color Claria inks for photos that resist smudges, scratches, water and best of all, fading is basically non-existing lasting up to 200 years in album storage, as well as four times longer than photo lab prints.
Design: Considering all the features that are packed into this all-in-one, you'd think it would be a pretty large office equipment, but not so. Both stylish and elegant, the sleek and compact Artisan 700 measures 15.2 x 17.6 x 5.9 inches high and weighs 30 pounds.
·The Artisan 700 features a Tilt and easy-to-view 2.5” LCD glass display that allows you to effortlessly select, copy, enlarge, rotate, crop, and print photos; Preview automatically corrected photos before printing; View and share photo slide shows – all of this without the use of a computer.
Features: It's hard to decide where to begin with this feature-packed all-in-one printer, but since printing is its biggest draw, that’s where we will start.
Printing Performance - Prints and copies up to 38 pages per minute in both black and color, prints 4”x6” in as fast as 10 seconds, and 8”x10” as fast as 50 seconds. The quality of this Artisan 700 features Brilliant Hi-Definition printing for confident text documents and photos with richness, depth and clarity that satisfy even the toughest customers. This quality is achievable through Epson’s exclusive MicroPiezo print head with DX5 technology which delivers up to 5 ink droplet sizes per nozzle, as small as 1.5 picoliters, to produce extraordinarily smooth gradations, amazingly accurate skin tones and sharp, grain-free photos. Plus the Artisan 700 feature 6 color Claria inks resist smudges, scratches, water and best of all, fading is basically non-existing lasting up to 200 years in album storage, as well as four times longer than photo lab prints.
Scanning and Copying - 2400 dpi resolution for high quality scans of imagines and documents with dazzling clarity. You can make up to 99 copies, reduce/enlarge prints 25 – 400 percent, scan to a computer, memory card and USB drive. You can save your documents in the PDF format, and print using the Fit-to-Page.
Wireless and Wired Networking - With built-in Wi-Fi (supports 802.11 b/g, which is compatible with 802.11 n) and Ethernet networking (cable included) makes sharing this all-in-one a nice bonus.
With the Included Software – You can:
· Easily develop professional photo layouts to share.
· Convert photos into personalized notepaper (with or without lines) at the push of a single button.
· Print directly on CDs and DVDs discs.
· Bring old, faded photos back to life.
· View, crop, and print photos from your memory card using the 2.5" color screen.
· Scan directly to a computer, USB device and/or PDF format.
· Scan documents into text you can edit on your computer screen using the included Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.
· Create invitations, greeting cards, calendars, and photo-books by dragging and dropping your photos into the designer templates provided.
You can do all of this without a computer.
Performance: After just three weeks of using the Artisan 700 in its various capacities--printing, copying, and scanning we are very impressed! In terms of general performance, the Epson Artisan 700 is compact, easy to use, and far exceeded our expectations. All office equipment has a specific purpose and must perform as designed. The Epson Artisan 700 does that and much more with all the easy to use software.
The bottom line is we were satisfied with our Brother MFC 3820 CN all-in-one – until we got our hands on the Epson Artisan 700. Now we realize what we were missing. Now we are looking for new projects to utilize the included software.
What’s Missing: As noted, the ability to fax, but we are faxing less and less because we found that scanning and emailing a document provides a better result.
What’s in the Box: Artisan 700 photo all-in-one, setup and instruction manuals, CD-ROM with drivers and creativity software, power cord, Ethernet cable (CAT-5), Epson Preferred invitation and free 4x6 photo paper plus coupons with special offers (valid only in the US), 6 Claria Hi-Definition Ink Cartridges, One 98 High-Capacity Black ink cartridge, Five 99 Standard-capacity color ink cartridges: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Light Magenta.
Cost: You can buy the Epson Artisan 700 on the Epson website www.Epson.com for $199.99 includes shipping.