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Epson Stylus Photo PX820FWD review

Epson's new flagship all-in-one inkjet printer boasts features aplenty

Epson Stylus Photo PX820FWD: Handling and printing times

Handling is refined, thanks to a particularly intuitive 19.cm 'smart-navigation' touch-panel. This goes one better than the control panel on the PX660 because, as well as touch-sensitive icons that only illuminate and become visible when they have an active role to play, the colour LCD at the centre of the panel is also a touch-screen in its own right.

Suffice it to say that standalone photocopying, faxing (complete with 60 speed-dial memory locations) and direct photo printing from CompactFlash, MS Pro, SD or xD cards is as simple as can be. The ADF also makes for simple faxing or photocopying of multi-page documents, although you can still bypass this and place photos for scanning or copying directly onto the scanner's platen.

Print speeds are respectable rather than dazzling, at least in Best quality mode. In our tests, the PX820FWD averaged 2 minutes 54 seconds for borderless A4 prints and 58 seconds per 6x4-inch print. However, the first postcard sized print takes a little longer, as the motorised tray needs to engage before printing can commence. Printing is a lot quicker in normal Photo quality mode, at 1 minute 3 seconds for A4 and 15 seconds per 6x4-inch print.

There's practically no perceptible difference in quality between Photo and Best modes, although on a very few prints we saw very marginally more detail in extreme lowlights using the highest quality mode.

Scan times are pretty quick, at 15 seconds for a full A4 scan and 7 seconds for a 6x4-inch photo, both measured at 300dpi.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed10 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)40
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)40
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)40
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)40
Product FamilyStylus Photo
Maximum Print Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, Letter, Legal, DL Envelope, C6 Envelope, Envelope No. 10, A5, A6, B5, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, 130 mm x 200 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto/Disc Print
Maximum Fax Resolution200 x 200 dpi
Optical Resolution4800 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
EthernetYes
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity140 sheets
Country of OriginIndonesia
Height198 mm
Width466 mm
Depth458 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Glossy Paper, Photo Paper, CD/DVD, Premium Paper
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelPX820FWD
Product NameStylus Photo PX820FWD Multifunction Printer
Product LineStylus Photo
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size19.8 cm (7.8")
Modem Speed33.6
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CA73301
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

If you're looking for a wireless all-in-one with a premium feature-set, this is the perfect choice. Packed with features, this 4-in-1 scans, copies, faxes and prints photos that are better than lab quality. Its contemporary design will fit seamlessly into your home.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Stylus Photo PX820FWD Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Light Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Light Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Software CD
  • Basic Operation Guide
  • Start Here Guide
  • Network Set-Up Guide
  • Warranty Document
  • Power Cable
  • Phone Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Transmission Speed3 sec/page
Weight (Approximate)11.30 kg