Summary: Those who gave 5 stars to this printer were right. This is (WAS) one heck of a printer that handled practically anything you wanted it to do. I had used my 850 with great results for about five years without a single day's problem. Unfortunately age has caught up with it, as it has with you and me, and even more unfortunately, I cannot replace it because Epson has discontinued it. Too bad. I have bought an Epson 1280- an excellent product--but it ravishes ink.
Summary: I have been using an Epson 850 for two years. It always works, always makes great looking pictures, and is fast for what it costs. Cheapest place to buy refill ink, that I have found, is Target.
Summary: What's this other person below talking about? Is he reading a script? I have this printer, and it .... It prints a lot of dots, and the coloring is often not what it should be. I've had it cleaned and everything. It just isn't a good printer. VERY loud, and takes a good 3-4 minutes to warm up before you can do anything with it. Buy something else like I should have.
Summary: if you are a print-fanatic like me, and like to work with graphics or photography [from the digital camera, scanners, etc], this the the MUST-HAVE printer! the EPSON 850, i have two of them, is in use daily. from printing posters, to documents, to catalogues, to photographs and labels, etc. i do use alot of ink, but you definitely get what you pay for! i use up more than 40 ink cartridges a year, and have not had a problem with the printer!
Summary: Is a good colour inkjet printer for the price if high resolution colour printing is required. Offers better performance than a comparable HP printer. The choice of media is important, the more you pay for the media the better the end result. This printer will produce excellent colour images if used with photo quality media. The resultant printed image is difficult to tell apart from a developed film positive.
Pros: very high resolution colour printing (1400 dpi)
Summary: Being a typical college student, I typically work right up to the deadline for projects. So when it's time to print out that research paper and jolt to class, it's really annoying to be delayed five minutes to wait for endless buzzing and grinding to stop and actual printing to begin. I've finally learned to restart the printer when I sit down at my computer to work. Another thing...
Summary: I can't agreed with some reviews any better. This printer offers quality printing, though it's not uncommon anymore with nowadays color inkjets from Epson or HP,but does take some annoying and grinding minutes to warm up. Annoying because of the semi-endless rattling when you least want to be bothered with noise. Use it sparingly because of its costly cartridge but beware of the warm-up.
Summary: Supposedly faster than the 800, the 850 replaced it. I have both, and cannot detect any appreciable difference in printing speed, but I have noticed (as described in other reviews on this page) a substantially longer warm-up time and a delay before the printing actually begins. I did perform a price survey prior to buying, and amazon's price was $30 lower than the lowest price I could find elsewhere. Add the savings in sales tax, and it's an excellent bargain.
Summary: THe printing from the printer is very good. It takes a good 5 minutes to warm up if it has not been used for a day or so. Also, when printing reports, when it gets to page ten, it starts spitting garbage. This is not my complaint only. Others have similar problem.