Epson B-510dn conclusion

August 27, 2010 by Sarah Meyer Reads (9,986)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 6
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 6.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Impressive print speeds (inkjet)
  • Low cost per page
  • Ease of use


  • Duplexing paper jams
  • Average photo quality

At the beginning of my testing, I was very impressed with the B-510dn based on the quick print speeds (beats almost all the office AIO inkjets I’ve tested at 18 ppm), ease of use and never ending standard capacity ink cartridges. I didn’t test the high capacity cartridges but Epson advertised a cost per page of four cents and I believe it.

But the B-510dn does have some flaws; the biggest would have to be the multiple paper jams I experienced when trying to use the automatic duplexing feature. The other major issue I had with the B-510dn was the low quality photo prints. I get that it’s a business printer, but one of the big advantages to using ink cartridges over toner is being able to print photo quality materials. Epson doesn’t even offer a photo paper option in the print setting drop down list.

At the end of the day, I would recommend the B-510dn inkjet printer to a small or medium sized business over an AIO office inkjet based on the print speeds, less expensive ink costs and simplicity. An AIO inkjet is a much better fit for a home office or a very small business/workgroup. But I would also caution business owners to really consider their needs.  For $599 (the price of the B-510dn), they could easily purchase a single function laser printer that may offer the exact same functionality.

The Epson B-510dn is available now through or authorized resellers for $599.

Supplies and accessories are also sold through  A set of standard capacity ink cartridges will set a business back $189.96.  A standard capacity black cartridge provides about 3,000 pages while the three color cartridges give users about 3,500 pages.

A set of high capacity cartridges, including the extra high capacity black ink cartridge, costs $249.96 but will double the number of color pages (7,000) and more than double the black text pages (8,000).

Epson offers a 1-year limited warranty with the Epson Exchange program.



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