Last year, Epson released the hugely successful Artisan line of photo all-in-one printers designed to provide consumers with the convenience of a multifunction printer and the lab-quality photos they expect from Epson's photo printers. The Artisan 700 was a simple and straightforward printer with built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet for networking, six Claria Hi-Definition ink cartridges, and a variety of other useful features. Given the great overall value, it wasn't much of a surprise when Epson announced the arrival of a brand new Artisan 710, the successor to the popular Artisan 700.
With a street price of less than $160, quieter printing, and the addition of 2-sided printing, the Artisan 710 is certainly a nice update. Is this the right printer for you? Continue reading to find out!
ARTISAN 710 SPECIFICATIONS
BUILD AND DESIGN
The Artisan 710 is virtually identical to its predecessor, the Artisan 700, at least when viewed from the front. Both share the same front layout and flatbed scanner on top with a mix of glossy and matte black plastics with silver accents.
Directly beneath that silver "pin stripe" accent on the front of the Artisan 710 is the multi-paper input tray and fold-out output print tray. The paper input tray holds up to 120 sheets of plain paper, 10 envelopes, and up to 20 sheets Premium Photo Paper Glossy at the same time thanks to adjustable paper clasps located inside the tray. The Artisan 710 can print on a variety of media with the maximum paper size of 8.5 x 44 inches.
Underneath the lid on the top of the printer, users will find the 48-bit color flatbed scanner with an optical resolution up to 2400 dpi. The preset copy modes include, color, black/white, text, graphics, and photo. The maximum scan/copy size is 8.5 x 11 inches.
Lift the scanner to access the inside of the machine and install the six individual Claria "Hi-Definition" ink cartridges. The slots are color coded for easy installation and the black ink cartridge slot is compatible with Epson's High-Capacity ink cartridge (98 Claria High-Capacity Black).
The adjustable control panel runs along the entire front of the Artisan 710 and features a 2.5 inch Tilt LCD. Again, this is identical to what we've seen on the Artisan 700 as well as a variety of other Epson printers.
To the bottom right of the control panel resides the built-in memory card reader featuring a PictBridge port. The following memory cards are compatible: CompactFlash, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, MagicGate, Memory Stick, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Pro Duo, SD, SDHC, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card, xD-Picture Card Type-M, and the xD-Picture Card Type-H.
The 710 can be used via a USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection; all of the connection ports are found on the back of the device. Also located on the back of the printer is the duplexer for two-sided printing. This is where the exterior of the Artisan 710 differs most obviously from the Artisan 700 (which did not feature a duplexer).
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