The Artisans have a huge desktop footprint - 18 wide X 22 inches deep (there’s a curl-back ‘drum’ that attaches onto the back of the printer for ‘auto dual-sided printing’, and that adds about 3-inches to the depth) - about a 2x3 inch larger footprint than the predecessor RX-series. This makes the Artisans comparable to the old, real-office HP LaserJet 4 printers.
That’s the only ‘caution’ I have about the Artisans - “you’ll be clearing off a lot more desk-space than you realize…”
The Disk Printing mechanism is now an “escalator tray” - instead of a manual tray like the R- and RX-series offered, a push-button starts the Eject-to-Load-Position process, then I snap the disk onto a center-peg, then press the same CD Button again and the tray is swallowed up inside for quicker printing, then the tray reappears. Rub-a-dub-dub - no genies, but here’s that tray again.
Cats love it.
This feed-tray is very light and flimsy-feeling but we’ve had some units that have done 8,000 disks and they still work fine, so maybe Epson DOES have some real engineers somewhere… tucked away…
The best change from their previous disk-printers remains the choice of when to alert to out-of-ink conditions. I didn’t care for the original R-Series telling me, “Sorry, your ink supply is too low to complete the next-print-job, so change the cartridge now.” But very good clone-cartridges were available for 75-80% savings so I accepted “wasting a penny or two” with my usual magnanimous grace (cough cough, choke choke).
The RX-series’ choice was completely delusional, though. My above wisecrack about Epson having real engineers must be tempered by the choices someone made in RX-software production that stopped printing mid-disk and forced a cartridge change AND the tray ejection and re-load, as if a manually fed genuine-plastic-tray could be perfect-to-micro-pixel re-inserted and realigned. Completely delusional. And the RX-printheads were forcing Genuine Epson Claria ink because the clog-problems with ‘clone’ ink were quickly exposed - within a few print-jobs, the clogged clone-cartridges would reveal themselves. “What happened to Yellow?!!”
The decision of having a reservoir of ink, sufficient to complete any print-job and then ‘alert to out-of-ink’ status is the best choice. I’d be happy if they’d return the original R-series printheads and let us use $2 cartridges instead of Claria’s $10-12 ones. Honestly… 40,000-sq micropixels vs. 4,000 - what does Epson think we’re doing? Printing money?!!
“Can you change this $100 CD for me? I used a real TY disk to print on so even though it’s round, it’s really good!”