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Epson Stylus Color 850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of Epson Stylus Color 850. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the print quality and reliability are overall positive. The design and usability also get good feedback, but reviews are divided on the price. Many are critical about the durability and noise.

performance, usability, design, reliability, print quality

noise, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Epson Stylus Color 850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Epson Stylus Color 850 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other products in the same category on Reviews about the design and usability are overall positive. The price and performance also get good feedback. The durability and noise get less positive comments, while views are divided on the reliability.

performance, price, usability, design

noise, durability

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2018

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Epson Goofed With This Model


I bought this printer right after it came out on the market, and sad to say it has pretty much made me wary of ever buying an Epson again. I was very impressed the first six months of purchasing this product; I could print incredible quality photos,...

Excellent color and graphics quality WHEN NEW.

Loud, slow at starting print jobs, not very durable.

Jul, 2001

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the best for graphics/photos!


if you are a print-fanatic like me, and like to work with graphics or photography [from the digital camera, scanners, etc], this the the MUST-HAVE printer!

highest quality, easy to use, good design

expensive ink, cleaning noises, overloading

Jul, 2001

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Epson Stylus Color 850 InkJet Printer


In 1998, I realized I needed a new printer. The one that I had previously been using (a Canon LBP-430 from '91) needed a new cartridge and they weren't available anymore. The Canon printer cost $800 (it was one of the first printers) and cartridges...

good quality, network support, paper extender (for 8½” by 14”)

expensive (printer and cartridge), cleans very often (making sounds)

Jun, 2001

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I Replaced my Epson 850 with an HP


Does anyone want a slightly used Epson that prints every third page without a problem. Of course the other pages require the printer be turned off/on and we stop and listen to the printer clean/align itself. Some performance! The last tech that...

Great glossy pictures, letters, newsletters, etc.

A "Throw-away Printer! Noise, supply cost, EPSON Lack of 800 number

May, 2000

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For the Money,This Printer is Tops in Quality


The Epson Stylus 850 is a good buy for someone that wants a detailed print

Fast, great print quality

warm-up time too long and noisy.

Apr, 2000

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Quirky but solid


This was my printer for the last few years before I recently replaced it with the new Epson 1270. On the plus side, it was extremely reliable. It never broke down and the print heads never clogged. The quality of the output was excellent as well. Text...

Great Output

Long warm-up period

Apr, 2000

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Top quality printing, affordable, second to none!


The Epson Stylus Color 850 is the envy of all other Ink Jet Printers on the market. What impressed me the most was how fast you could get your colored prints, as fast as 7 pages per minute, and black ink printing was even faster at 9 pages per minute....

Great quality, fast color and black printing, easy to install

Warm up time is 7 mins when turned on.

Apr, 2000

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Great quality and speed, but eats ink!


Well, there was no category for the Stylus 800, which is what I have. This is the closest I could find. Anyway, it's a great printer. Amazingly fast, awesome quality when you want to up the settings (although slows significantly)

Speed, Cost, Quality

Ink is expensive and goes fast

Apr, 2000

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Great Printer, It's a Must Have


This printer has everything you can imagine. Not only can it print out at picture photo quality, but it prints it fast and with great quality. The printer is easy to setup, installs quickly and runs with out a hassle. The printer has run great since...

Fast and very good quality

flimsy trays

Mar, 2000

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I'll stick to HP


I purchased the Epson 850 to print MS Office products, and occasionally scanned photographs. This was the first Epson printer I have purchased, and it will most likely be the last. There are two major faults with this printer. The first is the noisy...

Very good output quality

Noisy and difficult to use

Feb, 2000

Product Specifications

The Epson Stylus Color 850, with its enhanced Photo Quality imaging technology and fast print speeds helps professionals look their best every day. This versatile, effective color ink jet printer is the solution for all your printing applications, whether you want laser sharp black text for persuasive memos, letter and reports, or Photo Quality color for vibrant graphics in presentations, flyers, transparencies and spreadsheets. Epson's fastest ink jet printer, the Epson Stylus Color 850 builds on the success and technology of the award-winning Epson Stylus Color 800. This Professional Series printer offers faster-than-ever print speeds, a big plus for increased productivity. For amazing output, even on plain paper, Epson's exclusive Micro Piezo ink jet technology now features an even smaller droplet size for the most accurate, precise printing quality. Add Epson's AcuPhoto halftoning, quick drying inks and brilliant 1440 x 720-dpi (dots per inch) resolution and get great communications, every day. Backed by Epson's reliability and service, the Epson Stylus Color 850 supports both Windows and Macintosh. For professionals that want to network their printers, it also offers optional support of Ethernet and LocalTalk networks and Adobe PostScript Level 2 for Windows 95/98 and Mac OS. Fast, versatile, high-impact, convenient - the Epson Stylus Color 850 means high performance business.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson Stylus Color




Type: None


Type:None/Print server


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Interface:Ethernet 10Base-T / Parallel / Serial/Parallel / Serial
Language Simulation:EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM XL24E /IBM X24E
Max H-Resolution B/W:1440dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:1440dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):9ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:720dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:720dpi
Media Path Type:Straight
Media Type:Envelopes / Glossy paper / Glossy photo paper / Photo paper / Plain paper / Transparencies/Glossy paper / Iron-on transfers / Photo paper / Plain paper
Output Type:Color
PostScript Support:Optional
Total Media Capacity:100sheets
Type:Personal printer


Installed Size:32KB
Max Supported Size:32KB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 7.0 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or later/Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x / Microsoft Windows 95 / Microsoft Windows 98 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0