Two new Epson photo printers get the color treatment

Epson targets amateur photographers with the new Artisan 730 and Artisan 837 wireless all-in-one printers.

The Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer earned our CNET Editor's Choice Award earlier this year for its workhorse features and ample 7.8-inch touch display, but we hesitated to recommend it to photographers when it stumbled through our photo print speed test. Today Epson answers back with the Epson Artisan 837 and the Artisan 730--two new wireless, touch-screen-enabled printers for the amateur photographer.

Both Artisan printers feature print, scan, fax, and copy functionality with the added convenience of a top-loading, 30-page auto-document feeder for scanning stacks of prints, hands-free. You can also ditch your camera's USB cable in favor of the onboard media card slots. The printers also let you connect and print from any room in the house thanks to onboard Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking.

Perhaps the most significant hardware upgrade from previous iterations is the new midnight blue finish on the chassis, and the extended smart touch-panel display with an emerald backlight, instead of blue. Finally, the devices are also part of the Epson Connect family that let you print on the run with Epson's mobile print apps for iOS and Blackberry devices.

The Epson Artisan 837 ($300) and the Artisan 730 ($200) will be available in September through retail outlets and online, and look out for reviews of both coming to CNET soon.

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Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.

 

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