In the past my main criteria for purchasing a printer was good print quality. If it happened to be an all-in-one that included copy and scan, than that was an added bonus. Well, apparently I need to up my standards because I did not realize what I had been missing.
I was recently given the chance to review the Epson Artisan 710 All-in-One Printer, and from first use I was in love. I was a bit worried about set-up, since I have Windows 7, but C stood by my side the entire process in case I ran into problems. Before I even connected the printer or inserted the software CD, I had to visit the Epson support site to download the latest software. That went smoothly and before I knew it I was printing the test page.
A great feature of the Epson Artisan 710 is that it has built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet Networking. This is a perfect thing for both C and I because I use a desktop and he works from a laptop. This feature allows us both to print, scan and access memory card slots from any room in the house.
I am all about convenience and ease of use, and the Epson Artisan 710 has been both of those in the past weeks. The very handy Tilt and Easy-to-View 2.5″ LCD allows you to select, copy, enlarge, rotate, crop, restore, and print photos without a computer. In fact, I created and printed special projects straight from the printer itself! I turned a snowy photo of Princess P into coloring book pages for her scrapbook, created notebook paper with the same scene as a background image, and I even printed a custom CD with the same picture. These are all wonderful features that I never even thought about before. Now I am wondering how I lived without them for so long!
All my previous printers had the capability to print photos but they either used all of the ink or the quality was very poor. That is definitely not the case with the Artisan 710! I was amazed at how clear and grain-free the photos were. And in addition to being almost professional-quality, the Artisan 710 prints photos (in a flash) that are smudge, scratch, water, and fade resistant. Another feature that I love is the Auto Photo Correction. It has advanced face detection to distinguish people from scenery and even automatically removes red eye (which I always forget to do).
The Epson Artisan 710 contains two automatic photo trays, one for standard paper and one for photo paper, for added convenience that I love. That means no more opening the paper tray to take one out and replace it with the other! The Artisan 710 also allows you to print double-sided paper in no time.
Even though the Artisan 710 has been here for several weeks, we still haven’t got around to using all of its added features. Like charging our cell phones or MP3 player from the USB port on the printer or printing from a iPhone or iPod Touch (mainly because we don’t have either of those). I don’t think that they left anything out with this printer except programming it to make dinner.
If you have made is this far than you can pretty much tell that I love the Epson Artisan 710. However, as with everything in life, nothing is perfect. After a couple of weeks of use I went to print some coupons and noticed it would not print. I got out the quick start guide and immediately started going through all of the steps. (This is where the LCD screen comes in so handy.) I checked the print head nozzels and nothing, so I went to Epson’s support website to find help. After some searching I learned that I needed to uninstall the software and then re-install it to see if that would work, and it did! One thing to keep in mind if you have smaller children in the house and the printer is within reach), is that they will want to play with the LCD screen. We have had problems trying to keep Princess P off of it. She loves to move the panel up and down and press all of the buttons. Another thing I noticed, which has nothing to do with the printer, is the program (for example: Windows Photo Viewer) used to print photos can affect the quality. Other than those small things we have not had any other problems with the Artisan 710.
The Epson Artisan 710 offers so many wonderful features including built-in Wi-Fi, Ultra Hi-Definition photo prints, individual ink cartridges, and one-of-a-kind projects. You can purchase the Artisan 710 at epson.com for $179.99 and right now you can get free ground shipping! This would make a wonderful gift this holiday season!
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