Epson Artisan 837
The only gripe I have about the Artisan 837 is that it isn't very clear how to setup ALL of the wireless functionality, not just the printer.
1) I had to go to the website to download the drivers for OS X 10.7 (this is OK, it was clearly stated that you need to go to the website if your OS wasn't listed on the disk)
2) After finishing the installation, I only have print access, no scanner access. I dug into the drivers and found a separate installer for the wireless scanning.
Printing and scanning seem to be working smoothly, so no complaints. I have also tested Air Print from my iPhone to much success.
I replaced my Epson R200 (DVD/CD Printing) and HP Photosmart C6180 All-in-one (Scanning) combination with the Epson Artsian 837. In addition to the reduction in used space, the 837 works perfectly at a great price.
Love my printer. Previously had an Epson Artisan 700 and was impressed with it's clarity and ease of changing ink toner. Had HP before that and really had hard time with changing toner; in addition, it did not make copies nearly as clear as the 700. The 837 Artisan I just purchased is basically a newer and better Artisan with more bells and whistles. I'm very pleased with my purchase.
Out of the box and into action ... no problem. Printing, copying, scanning ... no problem. Faxing ... not so much. I have tried every configuration possible and still get an error message "cannot detect a dial tone". I cannot send or receive a fax. In all fairness my setup is not "normal". I have my telephone going through a cable modem which handles everything: phone, cable, internet. That's why after reading the manual carefully I wound up having to try each connection on the Epson. The best that it gets is the error message stated above re the dial tone. Other than that I would rate the product in the 4 - 5 category.Epson Artisan 837 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax, iOS/Tablet/Smartphone/AirPrint Compatible (C11CB20201)
Epson Artisan printer is NOT for you if you want to use a variety of paper products. Once again buy the printer, buy their paper. Sounds like corporate greed again just like the ink. If you print 137 page document as I just did expect to collate it all because this printer mixes the paper as it delivers it out of the printer. Also plan to stop printing frequently to reload paper, fix miss feeds, sort out blank pages because of multi pages not printing and then being feed through into the finish stack.
In all if you only print one or two copies at a time its good printer if you print more and don't want to spend a ton of manual time nursing the paper feeding system STAY AWAY!
I have had this printer for almost a year. It has not been bad until I want to print and it is out of light cyan. Not a problem because I want black & white anyway. Nope, won't print and literally you cannot print anything if any of the cartridges are empty. I called support (which by the way does not have an 800 # so you have to pay long distance) and they confirmed. So I have to drive 1/2 hour 1 way to the store to buy ink I don't need, if I ever want to be able to print something again! Good thing I am not in a hurry.
So far all I can comment on is how it looks sitting on my desk. It's a cool looking printer. I just wish I could get the LCD screen to work. It's a bright glowing white with absolutely no function. Amazon is sending a replacement so I'll give that one a try in a couple days.
I love this printer!!! It's easy to set up, connects wirelessly to the Internet very easily. This is the best printer on the market for high quality CD and photo printing in addition to paper printing without smearing ink. Thanks Epson!
The Artisan 837 is the single worst all in one printer i have ever purchased...
I suspect that most of the positive reviews here are written by Epson customer service proxies.
I have returned my printer twice already and although the replacement process is adequate, it is frustrating.
The first time the duplex did not work, and a special note here is that it is not a true 2 sided copy process.
if you have a two sided document, you cannot print a two sided copy. it's only two sided printing, which i could learn to live with. so you have to have two one sided copies to make a single two sided copy, but it does do two sided printing from a computer when it works properly. the problem i had with the second time around was that the cd tray did not work and i had paper jamming constantly even when there was no paper jam, but when the computer in the printer says it's a jam, the unit shuts down. now with my 3rd unit, the machine grabs lots of pages and then jams constantly. the customer service is overseas and i have had alot of communication problems so there is no diagnosing the problems so once again i have to return it for a new unit and hopefully i will get a new unit and not a refurbished unit this time around as i requested as this unit was purchased new only two months ago but i've lost several weeks in transit for the wareentee process. i do not recommend this unit and challenge the long winded and highly too technical reviews as being a consumer. my challenge is i'd like to drive to the home or business of these so called happy consumers. don't buy this unit even thou the stats look good...
Surprisingly nimble, Epson's Artison 837 might be one of the best modern mid-level inkjets on the market. Period.
Setup - through the touch screen interface, I had the printer up and running within five minutes. More surprisingly, it attached itself to the wifi on the first try after applying the SSID. With my iphone connected to the wifi as well, I was able to print out documents and photos from my phone in a matter of minutes.
Copier / Fax- fast and efficient. I used I tried copying multiple types of print media see the results. It didn't matter what document it was, a photo, a spreadsheet, a schematic... the print was fast and a fairly true facsimile. The fax function was simple and easy to use, no different than your common fax machine.
Photo Quality - Higher than expected. Using hard paper, the results were close to "professional" photo quality. Of course this is dependent on the megapixels on your camera(s). Using my iPhone 4S, the photo quality was... remarkable? Better than staring at the iPhone's little screen? I'm still shocked to say that I prefer these printed photos over the digital versions, but they are that good.
Inkjet unit - Smooth print outs on multiple types of paper seems to be the hallmark of the 837. Very little bleeding. However it is still inkjet and there are six cartridges. This isn't an inexpensive unit to run, but the quality is high to justify the cost.
Flaws - problems for me in the intial sync and retaining the dates. Maybe I'm having power outages that I am not noticing, but I have to keep putting in the date information. Similarly, I had problems scanning documents onto a microSD card. USB transactions sometimes didn't go through the first time. Can't explain why.
That being said, this might be the best bang-for-your-buck printer in the past 30 years. The quality is so high on the photos it makes little sense to shop around for higher print-out quality. Recommended highly.