Epson Expression Photo XP-8700 Wireless All-in-One Review
Epson’s Expression Photo XP-8700 Wireless replaces the XP-8600 Small-in-One. The All-in-One-in-One99) is an entry-level inkjet AIO printer with good photo printing but restricted copying and scanning. The XP-8700 has a flatbed scanner without an ADF for multipage documents, like several photo-centric home and home-office multifunctions. It uses traditional ink cartridges instead of Epson’s EcoTank, Canon’s MegaTank, and HP’s Smart Tank Plus printers’ refillable bulk-ink reservoirs, making it more expensive. Those who prioritise photo quality will find the six-ink Expression Photo XP-8700 fast and responsive.
Epson Expression Photo XP-8700 Wireless All-in-One Specification
|Connection Type||USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct|
|Maximum Standard Paper Size||Legal|
|Number of Ink Colors||6|
|Rated Speed at Default Settings (Color)||9.5 PPM|
|Number of Ink Cartridges/Tanks||6|
|Scanner Optical Resolution||4800×1200 pixels per inch|
|Cost Per Page (Color)||15 to 17 cents|
- Epson Product Setup includes everything you need to use it.
- This utility installs the latest Epson drivers and software and may download network utilities and other software.
- Internet access is required to use this software. Depending on your internet speed, this may take time.
- The software installs instantly after downloading. Screens will help you through the procedure.
A Compact, Photo-Ready Multifunction Model
While not called small-in-one, the XP-8700’s size (7.2 by 20.7 by 13.7 inches) and weight (15 pounds) are identical to its predecessor. It is comparable to or somewhat larger than the Canon Pixma TS9120 and TS8320 and the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 in this ultra-competitive segment. The HP Envy Inspire 7955e, Epson Expression Premium XP-7100, and Canon Pixma TR8620 are larger and heavier AIOs. Their automated document feeders are the difference. Scan or copy pages one at a time on the XP-8700’s scanner glass without an ADF. This is laborious if you scan and copy a lot. Manufacturers modify inkjet AIOs to make photo printers. Adding ink is a typical and effective modification. Most inkjets use CMYK—cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Hues increase colour accuracy and detail by expanding the colour gamut.
Networking and Software
The Expression Photo XP-8600 featured Ethernet wired networking, while the XP-8700 does not. The new AIO only supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, but it also supports cellphones, USB 2.0, and Wi-Fi Direct. Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer protocol, lets Android smartphones and tablets connect to the printer without sharing a network or router. Print via email, scan to and print from the cloud, Apple AirPrint, Mopria for Android, and Epson’s Smart Panel app are further mobile connectivity options. You may print and scan to USB flash drives, SD cards, and local storage through Wi-Fi. Two ports are on the left side of the chassis, beside the output tray. Epson offers Smart Panel and Creative Print, a smartphone app for designing and printing greeting cards, business cards, and stationery. Epson Scan 2, Smart Scan, and Print Layout for iOS are other drivers and utilities. Epson gives you all you need to maximise this small AIO with this software, plus more. Finally, like many modern consumer printers, the XP-8700 supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands.
High speed and great print quality
Epson rates the XP-8700’s monochrome print speed at 9.5 ppm. The same as the XP-8600, but at least 5.5 ppm slower than the others. The Epson XP-7100 and ET-8500 print 15.8ppm and 16ppm. I started testing by printing our 12-page Microsoft Word text document numerous times and averaging the results using a USB connection to our Intel Core i5-based Windows 10 Pro testbed. XP-8700 scored 9.4 ppm, whereas competitors achieved at least 15 ppm (excluding Pixma TS9120, 13.2 ppm). Next, I timed the XP-8700 while it produced our colourful and complicated business documents, including Adobe Acrobat PDFs with elaborate artwork and text in various fonts and colours, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with charts and graphs, and Microsoft PowerPoint slides. Our set of test papers scored 6.7 ppm after combining those results with the Word score. That was 2.7 ppm faster than the XP-8600 and closer to its competitors, who averaged 8 ppm except for the fast Epson ET-8500 at 10.7 ppm.
Low-volume running costs
The XP-8700’s’sypical cartridge design and hefty operating expenses will turn you off as a high-volume copier and scanner without an ADF. Black-and-white pages cost 4–6 cents, whereas colour pages cost 15–17 cents. Photography with 100% ink coverage costs extra. These data are unclear because it’s impossible to tell when the light cyan and light magenta inks deploy and how much ink is dispensed, but the Epson isn’t the only culprit. Canon’s TS8320 and other photo printers are equally priced and easy to use. The Envy Inspire 7955e and other HP four-ink printers are eligible for the company’s Instant Ink subscription programme, which levies a monthly price for a set amount of pages and can reduce operating expenses to 3.5 cents per page for letter-size photographs. Canon’s MegaTank models and Epson’s ET-8500 are expensive, but they can lower your cost per page to under a penny.
Built-in Wi-Fi lets you print from anywhere in the house. Print immediately from your smartphone using Wi-Fi Direct. A large 10.9-cm LCD touch screen simplifies operation and level checking. Double-sided printing saves paper. Touch-screen photographs can be accessed via memory cards. With two front-loading paper trays (A4 and picture) and a rear media tray for CDs and DVDs, you can switch between jobs easily.
Epson’s iPrint and Creative Print apps let you print images from Facebook, create greeting cards, and more from your smartphone.
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