• Epson PX830FWD Review
  • Epson PX830FWD Review

    Author: Matt
    Published: January 16th, 2012 1:27 PM
    Category: Printers,Reviews
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Photographers need a certain level of professionalism in all aspects of their work, so, if you work from home, choosing the right printer is key. The Epson Stylus Photo PX830FWD printer is one of Epson’s most recent six-colour home inkjet printers and is aimed at photographers.

It boasts a wide range of features including WiFi, an SD card reader and even a CD drive. However, with a relatively high price tag of around £200, is it worth it? Let’s take a closer look.

The Epson PX830FWD is an all-in-one printer featuring a printer, scanner, copier and a fax machine costing around the £200 mark. However, if this is over your budget then you can opt to purchase the PX830FWD’s younger sibling, the PX730FWD, for around £130. The PX730FWD lacks both the fax and high-definition printing features that the PX830FWD has, therefore meaning that whilst the PX730FWD will be unable to send and receive faxes, it will still be able to print relatively decent photographs.

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Design

The Epson PX830FWD features a glossy black design and is relatively large, but considering the sheer amount of features, it’s more than justified.

The printer has an array of features, ranging from the touchscreen LCD display to the ability to print photos from a CD and also faxing via the built-in fax machine.

After pressing the power button, the front cover stylishly opens by itself to reveal the printer tray and paper tray, which can hold up to 120 sheets of A4 paper or 20 sheets of photo paper. You’re also able to print double-sided pieces, which is a brilliant feature to both help save paper and extend the creativity options of the PX830FWD.

If we move around the printer for a little bit, you’ll notice quite a few different ports and connections. On the front we’ve got a memory card reader (MSPRO, SD, xD and CF), USB port and the CD drive, which is located just above the paper tray.

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On the left side of the rear, we’ve got the USB port for connecting to your PC, and Ethernet socket, phone cable socket and phone extension socket (for the fax machine).

The right side features the power socket.

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Touchscreen Display

The touchscreen display is probably one of the most impressive features of the PX830FWD. Whereas most printers will probably have a small touch screen, that’s decent enough, Epson have created a truly brilliant bit of kit for the PX830FWD. The overall responsiveness is very impressive and everything is very simple and easy to use.

The outer-section of the main touchscreen display features the power button, various touch buttons including the Home button, CD drive, navigation buttons and more.

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As you can see, from the images below, the touchscreen features various menus for the different features including Print Photos, Copy, Fax, Setup and many more.

For example, after pressing the “Copy” option, you have a range of different settings that you can change. Will the copy be in colour? Black and white? What size paper will you be using? There are many different options to choose from.


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