Summary: For the large amount of ink this printer seems to go through, it is gratifying that at least the print quality is more than acceptable. This is the printer I use in my home office, where I seldom print even five pages a day. I am not a novice at using printers, so it is a little bit of a surprise that the machine so frequently refuses to load a page for printing.
Summary: First, let me say that the Epson C86 (and C84, the earlier version) produces beautiful prints, especially considering the fact it uses pigment inks (DuraBrite) rather than the dye based inks that HP and Canon use. As a rule, dye based inks have a wider color gamut and are more vivid, particularly on glossy paper, than pigment inks, but I also have an HP deskjet 9650 (A3) Photo printer and the Epson prints are very close in quality to those from the HP, especially when I...
Summary: I have used the Epson C86 through one cartridge change. The printer has performed well, no cause for concern. I should eventually get it for free after a mail in rebate on a camera+printer bundle. What I'm writing to report is something I haven't seen reported much - its printer dialog interface, and ease (or lack thereof) of ink refill. There are 2 important features missing on this printer: 1. The ability to print banners.
Summary: I see several posts from people who have stopped using their C86 because it broke. CALL THEIR TECH SUPPORT; it's worth the price of the long distance call. I bought mine on 12/9/04 and it has stopped printing yellow 4 times, so I'm actually using the 3rd replacement they sent me. Each time it is broken for the first year they will send you a new one, with 4 new ink cartridges.
Excerpt: The Epson C86 Colour Inkjet printer is a good quality but has high running costs. The printer comes boxed with the software, a starter set of cartridges but no usb cable, so you will need to purchase a new one for that. These can be got at between £1.00and £2.50 depeig owhether delivery charges are invlved. Setting up the printer is easy, just plug it in, install the software and you're ready to go.
Pros: Excellent print quality, Easy setup
Cons: Expensive cartridges, Wastes ink on each startup
Excerpt: About 12 months ago I needed a new printer. My previous one was the C22 epson. I decided to update slightly and chose the C86 model. On the whole I can recommend this printer to you subject to the following. The printer unit is smart in appearance and not too heavy. It holds plenty of paper.
Pros: fairly cheap to buy, does the job for me,user friendly
Cons: expensive cartridge replacement (there are 4)
Excerpt: I recently pruchased this printer as a replacement for an older model. Overall I am quite satisfied except for the printing of B&W (monochrome images). The prints come out with a slight colour cast and not true B&W. For printing of images I understand that there is a Stylus Photo version of this model which may be better. The paper handling is also very good in comparison to previous models. The ink cartridges seem to last for ages - so comparatively economic to run.
Pros: Individual colour cartridges, user friendly, reasonably quick