- 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.
PRICING AND AVAILABILIIY
The Epson B-510dn is available now through Epson.com or authorized resellers for $599.
Supplies and accessories are also sold through Epson.com. 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.