What’s in My Office: Epson Artisan 725

The printer connected to my Apple iMac that I use to print general documents (not so much photos) had finally given up the ghost. At the same time, Mary was tired of the fact that the all-in-one in her office was not Wi-Fi compatible and she hated being confined to her office and her office computer and was constantly taking her laptops (Mac OS and Windows) into the office to print stuff. And don’t get me started about printing from her iPhone…

The solution for us was the Epson Artisan 725 all-in-one. Available at prices just slightly North of a hundred bucks this is the best letter-sized office printer/scanner/copier bargain out there. I keep hearing rumblings about new models in the Artisan series so that may have something to do with the current low prices on this highly capable model and if that’s the case if you need a printer or an all-in-one, now’s the time.

The Artisan 725 has built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet Networking allowing you share it with multiple computers. Installing the software was simple: Instead of using the disc I downloaded the latest Mac OS driver from Epson’s Website and before you could say “Bob’s Your Uncle” I was printing wirelessly from different Mac OS laptops and desktop machines. The Windows XP drivers required for Mary’s HP company laptop took longer to download and install and there were a few false starts along the way but we got’er done.

The paper tray has two levels: The bottom tray holds your basic desktop letter-size paper but there’s upper slots in the upper part of the same for photo paper that holds the 4×6 glossy paper samples Epson bundles with the Artisan 725. Which brings me to the cool part: The all-in-one offers iPhone Printing via the free Print-and-Share app from Apple’s App Store. You can even charge your cell phone or MP3 Player by plugging them into the front USB port. But it’s the ability to print boarding passes, etc. as well as photographs from the iPhone that had Mary excited. And the photo printing quality is impressive because of the 6-color Advanced MicroPiezo printing with Epson’s DX5 technology.

It does all the other stuff a good all-in-one does too, including scanning and copying and the flip up control panel and elegantly deigned touch interface make the Artisan 725 the easiest to use all-in-one I’ve ever tried.

Author: Joe Farace

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