Conclusion: Few ink jets produce better-looking output than the Epson Stylus C86, especially for text. Performance is less than ideal, but not slow enough to be a major problem. And our rundown tests peg its cost per page as relatively low for both monochrome and color output.
Pros: Text rates as excellent. Photos are just short of excellent. DuraBrite ink is water-resistant once dry.
Cons: Plain paper with full-page or nearly full page graphics tends to curl. Slight banding in graphics in default mode.