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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: Performance

Considering that the PX820FW uses exactly the same range of Claria inks that we've seen on many Epson A4 printers over the last couple of years, colour rendition came as quite a shock. Indeed, colour was so inaccurate that we double-checked that all the cartridges were in their correct slots. Reds in particular were way off the mark, with pure bright red looking more like a murky maroon.

In the end, we updated the printer driver that was supplied on Epson's installation CD, replacing it with the latest edition that's available online, and this made a huge difference. Even so, reds in our test chart were still noticeably darker than expected.

Fine lines and challenging diagonals and concentric circles from our test chart were faithfully reproduced and each of the blocks in the greyscale bar were clearly distinguishable. Landscape images looked their best in the printer's Vivid colour mode, or when using the automatic Photo Enhance option, both of which gave punchier (and practically identical) results.

Skin tones using the standard colour option were a little muddy, but a touch warmer than on many Epson printers, whereas the Photo Enhance 'People' option brightened up flesh tones to give more pleasing results.

Scanning proved accurate in our tests, with good tonal range and colour rendition. There was also none of the streakiness of lines running across scans, which we suffered with the PX660.

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