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Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Printer Review

Having a home office, a good printer is a necessity.  Having an efficient home office, a quality, all-in-one printer is a necessity.  Thankfully, I’m now working from an efficient home office thanks to the Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Printer.

epson expression photo printerBefore getting this new Epson printer, I had a printer in my office but no matter how hard I tried or how many times I tried, I could not get the wireless capabilities to work with my MacBook Pro.  Although I should have been able to print wirelessly, because I couldn’t get it to work, I would have to get up from what I was doing and connect the laptop to the printer to print, every single time I needed to print something.  I’m not sure about you, but that doesn’t seem like a very efficient use of my time.

When the Epson printer arrived, my husband helped me get it out of the box and setup in the office.  The setup instructions are easy to follow and took us about an hour to complete.  I made sure to read all of the instructions because by golly, I wanted to be able to use the wireless printing feature.  With a little patience, I can now print wirelessly and I’m enjoying every single second of it.


The printer is Wi-Fi Certified and allows you to print, scan and access memory card slots from any room in your house.  With EPSON connect, you can also print easily from anywhere with your iPad, iPhone, tablet, smartphone and more.


The simple space-saving, small-in-one design is compact and stylish giving you big performance from a small machine.

Print Photos from Home

This printer is ideal for families and those who would like to print their own photos from home.  You can print a 4″ x 6″ photo in as little as 10 seconds.  Because the printer uses Claria Photo HD six-color inks, pictures come out with true-to-life skin tones and smooth lines.  I used the printer to fill a few empty frames I had sitting around the house and I was impressed with the impeccable print quality.  You can also print the same photo or multiple photos on a single sheet of paper using the photo templates.

Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Printer

Print Quality

Whether I’m printing out an invoice or printing a priceless photo of my children, this Epson printer hasn’t failed me yet.  The Advanced MicroPiezo Printing Technology ensures sharp and accurate ink placement.  The “smart” nozzles deliver droplets in as many as five different sizes, ensuring a sharper image quality.  The MicroPiezo Technology used in this printer is the same technology you can find in wide format printers used by professional photographers.

Easy Printing

With all the different printing options, printing special projects should no longer be a problem.  With two paper trays plus a rear paper feed, you can print on specialty media such as card stock, envelopes and CD/DVD’s.  The XP-850 also offers easy two-sided printing, copying and scanning.


The adjustable 3.5″ touchscreen helps you navigate your way around setup and operation.  After several minutes of inactivity, the screen goes dark to save energy.

Automatic Document Feeder

The 30-page Automatic Document Feeder has proved to be an incredible time saver.  I can easily copy, scan or fax originals while I continue working on other projects.  Epson Espression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Printer


The convenient six individual ink cartridges allows you to only replace the color needed therefore not wasting any ink.  You can purchase the black and color ink cartridges in either standard or high-capacity (XL).  The high-capacity cartridges deliver up to 50% more prints.  The standard ink cartridges retail for around $10.99 while the high-capacity ink cartridges retail for around $16.99.

I’m seriously impressed with this printer.  It features so many bells and whistles and has proven itself to me photo after photo.  I bought a 13 photo frame the other day and just couldn’t wait to fill it with pictures.  One photo after the other and my frame is finally filled with stunning photos of my family.

Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Printer

I could sit here and type all kinds of technical jargon about the printer but if you are like me, all those numbers and specifications don’t mean a thing.  When it comes down to it, I just want to know how the printer performs.  I’m thrilled to have the Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Printer in my home office and I’m looking forward to printing more photos at home, having the capability to print without having to plug up my laptop to the printer, and being more efficient with my time while working.

Since I try to find the good and bad in all the products I review, I’ll be honest and say that I think the price tag for this printer is a little on the steep side.  It’s been a few years since I’ve purchased a printer, but I don’t remember ever paying more than about $125 for a printer.  But like I mentioned earlier, this printer has many bells and whistles that I’ve never had before.  Are those bells and whistles worth the higher price tag?  Well, that’s up to you!


You can purchase the Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Printer for the suggested retail price of $299.99!

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely that of the blog owners. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. I received media samples in order to facilitate this post.
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    I need a new printer so BAD! I’m going to check this out.

  2. 2

    Yikes that is a steep price but sounds wonderful. I just got an all-in-one wireless printer and loving all the features. A tad different from my previous that just allowed me to print. Love how well this prints out pictures!

  3. 3

    Looks like a great printer.

  4. 4

    Looks like a great printer. I’ve not had good luck with them.

  5. 5

    Looks like a great printer, the photo looks amazing.

  6. 6

    Haven’t tried out Epson yet. SOunds like a great printer.

  7. 7

    I need to get another Epson printer. My current one stinks and I always loved my Epson.

  8. 8

    This looks like a great quality printer for photos! I love all in ones – they are so practical!

  9. 9

    Looks like an awesome printer!

  10. 10

    Sweet! I don’t recall the last time I even printed a photo. Something like this would really be ideal for me and for several family members I know.

  11. 11

    Our printer is ancient & we never know if it’ll feel like working from one day to the next. We have been looking into new printers & we’ll have to check this one out!

  12. 12

    Looks like a great printer! That train track picture put my heart in my throat though, lol…

  13. 13

    Wow, the quality of the photos really is impressive from a home printer!

  14. 15

    I would love a wireless printer.

  15. 16

    Love the touchscreen and wireless capabilities.

  16. 17

    That looks very similar to my Epson which I absolutely LOVE!

  17. 18

    I’ve been looking for a new wireless printer

  18. 19

    This is great! I love that it’s smartphone enabled. We love to print our own photos as well.

  19. 20

    Those are some fantastic features! I really appreciate that the ink is so reasonably priced.

  20. 21

    The fax capability is the main thing for me…my printer doesn’t have a fax! I hate that, so I need to get a new one.

  21. 22

    It did a great job on those photos. If we replace ours I will have to look into this one 🙂

  22. 23

    That looks like an awesome printer! We have a basic scanner/printer without any special features for printing photos. I need to get a better one this year, so I’ll be keeping the Epson in mind!

  23. 24

    Sounds like an awesome printer. I love taking pictures and being able to print them at home.

  24. 25

    What a great sounding printer. I need a new one too. Mine is only a year old but it’s not printing like it should :/

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