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 70% 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 Epson Workforce 635 All-in-One Inkjet Printer for our office equipment, which served us well but does not even come close to the quality of the new flagship (photo-oriented) modal Epson Artisan 835. The Epson Artisan 835 is a beautiful piece of office equipment with dimensions of 18 x 18 x 8 in storage and 18 x 26 x 8 inches with output tray extended. Although the Epson Artisan 835 is not designed for office use, it does have early every feature a home-office user would want including print, copy, scan, fax and photo.
The Good: The world’s fastest 4" x 6" photo printer; Produces Ultra Hi-Definition 4’ x 6” 6-color prints as fast as 10 seconds. Quickly print documents at speeds of 9.5 ISO ppm (black) and 9 ISO ppm (color). Quickly copy or fax documents a 3 seconds per page. Print straight from your mobile device with Wi Fi. Allows you to easily customize photos, presentations, cards, calendars and direct CD/DVD printing with the touch of a few buttons. The Artisan 835 even includes Auto Photo Correction, so you get stunning photos every time. Both stylish and elegant, the sleek and compact Artisan 835 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 photo printer and does much more you will want to read this review.
The Bad: Yet to determine anything bad with this printer during my testing.
The Bottom line: With all the features included in this all-in-one (built-in networking with Wi-Fi, built-in memory card reader, automatic duplex (front/back), 120 sheet paper cassette, 30-sheet ADF, standard faxing, CD/DVD prints, separate photo tray, easy to use software, low energy consumption and great photo quality) and at this price you cannot find a better piece of office equipment on the market for both your professional use and personal use. The Epson Artisan 835 is a beautiful piece of office equipment and at a sleek 18 x 26 x 8 inches looks great on our office desk.
Reviewed By: Bruce Downs Reviewed On: December 15 – February 10 (8 weeks)
The attraction of the Artisan 835 is its ability to Produce Ultra Hi-Definition 6-color 4 x 6 inch photos at blazing fast speeds, at just under 6 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 835 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.
- Smart, 7.8″ touch panel — large display lights up only the buttons you need; includes a 3.5″ LCD to preview, edit and print photos
- Ultra Hi-Definition prints from the world’s fastest 4″ x 6″ photo printer — brilliant 4″ x 6″ photos in as fast as 10 seconds; DX5 MicroPiezo technology provides the finest color and detail without sacrificing speed
- Built-in wireless and Ethernet networking — built-in wireless (Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n) and wired networking; print, scan, and access memory card slots from any room in the house
- Send faxes fast, even in color — fax in as fast as 3 seconds per page; store up to 60 speed dials and receive up to 180 pages in memory; also faxes legal-size documents; includes PC-Fax software
- One-of-a-kind projects — easily create coloring books, personal note paper, invitations and greeting cards using your own photos
- Results ready to share — lab quality photos are smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant
- Perfect photos made easy — Auto Photo Correction and red-eye removal
- Versatile paper handling — automatic two-sided printing with two paper trays, plus 30-page Automatic Document Feeder to quickly copy, scan or fax stacks of originals
- Bring old, faded photos back to life — easily restore the color to faded photos
- Print directly from your cell phone — supports iPhone and other mobile devices
- Individual ink cartridges — replace only the color you need
- Professional looking CDs/DVDs — print right onto ink jet printable CDs/DVDs without labels
- Easily charge portable devices — free up a power outlet; charge cell phones and MP3 players
- Epson PreferredSM program — one-year warranty and free lifetime customer phone support
- ENERGY STAR® qualified
- Designed to be Recycled
- Save up to 50% of your paper supply with automatic, two-sided printing
- Estimated power consumption for one year is less than two dollars
- Save even more by printing multiple pages on a single sheet
- PC-Fax eliminates the need to print before sending a fax
- Supports printing on recycled paper
- Epson America, Inc. is a SmarWaySM Transport Partner
- Packaging Specifications (W x D x H) – Dimensions: Printing 18.3″ x 25.8″ x 7.8″, Storage 18.3″ x 18.0″ x 7.8″ and Weight 24.9 lb.
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 835 measures 18 x 18 x 8 in storage and 18 x 26 x 8 inches with output tray extended. and weighs 25 pounds. Color scheme, mixed black finish with silver accents.
The Artisan 835 features a Tilt and easy-to-view smart 7.8” touch panel with a 3.5” 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.
The top of the Artisan 835 houses the 30-page auto document feeder. Lift the lid to access the 48-bit color 4800 dpi flatbed scanner. To access the carriage for the six individual ink cartridges; Black, Cyan, Light Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, & Light Magenta, grab and lift the midsection. The front facing panel is well laid out as was the previous models. The adjustable 7.8 inch smart touch screen panel with a 3.5 inch LCD (displays photo prints) lights up the buttons needed while navigating. Below the touch screen and behind the folding panel is the 30-page extendable output tray and the paper cassette. The cassette has a up to 5 x 7 inch photo tray and can hold up to 120 sheets of copy paper. Below the folding tray and on the right hand side you will find the built-in USB port for charging your devices and the card reader compatible with SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro DUO, xD-Picture cards, Compact Flash as well as PictBridge enabled devices.
Installation: I installed the Epson software to my Windows XP desktop via the included CD with ease following an easy Start Here guide. Epson offers three ways to link the printer up to a computer: direct using USB 2.0, wired Ethernet, and Wi-Fi. All of the drivers you need to install the printer using a wired connection come on the driver disc, which also includes a network set-up utility that guides you through the process of establishing a Wi-Fi connection right on the front panel. Basically all I had to do was enter my router password and it was configured and ready to go.
Like many other printers on the market, the Epson's setup first asks you to keep the USB 2.0 cord plugged into a computer while it creates an ad-hoc connection to your wireless router. After you establish a connection, you're free to remove the cable and continue printing wirelessly using a PC, Mac, iPhone or BlackBerry (via apps).
Software: The software works like a dream with pop-up menus when you make a selection of what function (photo, copy, scan and fax) you want to do.
Print Quality: As mentioned the Epson Artisan 835 uses six individual cartridges with DURABrite Ultra Ink which provides above drug store lab quality photos. While using the preset settings, the prints produced evenly saturated colors and shapes with good smooth quality line weights without graininess or blotchy facial tones with clear readability with small font size text. Maximum print resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi
Print/Copy Test: The advertised speed of 9.5 ISO ppm (black) and 9 ISO ppm (color) and my speed test showed this to be accurate. However the 4 x 6 inch photos did not match the advertised speed of 10-seconds taking almost 20-seconds, but let me tell you that is faster any other printer you will find in its price point. When printing a full 8.5 x 11 inch photo it took about a minute
During my testing, approx 400 sheets of paper, I have not experience one single paper jam.
Scan Test: The Epson Scan software is very easy to operate and offers three scanning modes (home, office, and professional) to choose from. The 48-bit color flatbed scanner has an optical resolution up to 4800 dpi and a maximum resolution up to 9600 x 9600 dpi interpolated that allows the option to scan and save electronic copies of printed reports, or turn forms and documents into editable text with the OCR software included. You can even scan-to-PDF, scan-to-email, -scan to memory card, or scan to PC then quickly archive and search important files. You can do all of this without a computer.
Fax Test: You can quickly fax Black and White or Color documents with the 30-sheet automatic document feeder as fast as the advertised speed of 3-seconds per page. The memory will hold up to 180 pages. With using the included software PCFax7, you can even send a fax right from your computer without having to print out the sheet and then fax it. It’s a great way to save time and paper!
Performance: After two months of using the Artisan 835 in its various capacities--printing, copying, scanning, and faxing we are very impressed! In terms of general performance, the Epson Artisan 835 is compact, easy to use, and lives up to being the flagship of the Epson Artisan printers.
What’s in the Box: Artisan 835 Ink Jet 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.
Warranty and Support: Epson backs the Epson Artisan 835 with a limited one-year warranty with registration within 60-days of purchase. Added support is offered with a toll-free customer support line (weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT), online through a troubleshooting guide, FAQs, e-mail support, driver updates, and document downloads.
Cost: You can buy the Epson Artisan 835 on the Epson website