Epson Stylus Photo TX800FW

The Good Prints high-quality colour photos and documents. Industry topping output speed. Small footprint. Integrated CD drive for custom prints.

The Bad Extremely buggy software constantly disrupts work flow. Flimsy plastic output tray. Delicate input tray prone to paper jams.

The Bottom Line The Epson TX800FW produces impressive colour prints, photos and text documents, and it outpaces the competition in almost all of our speed tests. We're impressed by its performance, but hesitate to recommend this printer based on the poor build quality and error-prone software.

Editors' Rating
6.0 Overall

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Review

Epson Stylus Photo TX800FW

The Epson TX800FW printer is a multifunctional printer that can also copy, scan and fax documents. The AU$399 device is faster than other inkjet printers, and we like the large LCD screen and the built-in CD drive, but it's severely marred by buggy software and flimsy components. We spent more time taking apart the paper trays, fixing paper jams, and reinstalling drivers than actually using the printer. If you can actually get the printer to work on a consistent basis, the TX800FW can produce fast, well-formed photo prints. For the sake of your sanity, we recommend investing in a more dependable multifunction printer, such as the Canon Pixma MX700 or the HP Photosmart C8180.

Design and features
The TX800FW is part of Epson's new line of all-in-one devices including the Stylus Photo TX700W and the design reflects a new, sleek style. The chassis has rounded edges and a glossy black finish. Also, it's fairly small for an all-in-one; with all the trays closed, the printer actually shares similar dimensions to the Canon Pixma MX700, coming in at 18.2cm high by 41.2cm wide by 35.6cm deep and weighing 10.8 kilograms.

A flatbed scanner hides underneath the TX800FW's top-loading, 30-page auto-document feeder for the copier and fax machine. The large 3.5-inch LCD sits prominently on the front of the printer with hinges on either side that control the angle of the screen. Only two buttons fill the rest of the space on the panel: "Power" and "CD eject". A CD/DVD tray, a unique printer feature, pops out from below the paper trays when you press the eject button and you can use it for copying images onto a blank CD or printing your own custom labels. The separate output and input trays rest below the display, and two memory card slots as well as a PictBridge port round out the front of the control centre.

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