Epson Stylus C86

Epson Stylus C86 is a Ink Jet Printer features Optimized Print resolution up to 5,760 dpi, Print speed up to 22 ppm monochrome, 12 ppm color, Individually replaceable ink cartridges, EPSON PhotoQuicker 3.5 software, USB and parallel interfaces, PC and Mac compatible. The Epson Stylus C86 measures 21.1 x 12.4 x 7.8 inches and weighs 9.3 pounds.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Epson Stylus C86 Reviews

Photoxels reviews the Epson Stylus C86 and writes;
“For the best photo prints, nothing replaces a good dedicated photo printer. However, if you print photos only occasionally, the Epson Stylus C86 Inkjet Printer is quite a good all-purpose printer and will print 4×6 in. photo prints (and even the occasional 8×10 in. photograph). If you are looking for a printer to use for both text and photo printing, check out the Stylus C86 for a very affordable alternative.”
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PCmag reviews the Epson Stylus C86 and writes;
“Output quality overall is surprisingly good. The C86 earns an excellent rating for text. Most of our test fonts are easily readable at 4 points, and none—including highly stylized, difficult-to-print fonts—need larger than 8 points. Photos fall just short of excellent, and graphics are just under very good. The key issues for graphics are visible banding in default mode and a tendency for paper with a lot of ink to curl: In some cases, a piece of paper left sitting on a desk curled all the way up into a scroll.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Epson Stylus C86 User Reviews

Remarkable Print Quality for the Price
“The Epson Stylus C86 is an ideal personal desktop printer that can produce outstanding photographic prints when used with care. I needed a personal printer to sit beside my computer that could handle moderate volume. I still use the networked office printer down the hall for occasional bulk jobs, but the Stylus C86 is perfect for most day-to-day work. Ordinary text printing is fast and sharp. I’ve used it with perforated postcard sheets very successfully, and the ‘fine’ setting produces truly excellent typographic resolution.” – by R. J. O’Hara
Rating: ★★★★★

Good and affordable
“Like the C84, it prints very good photos and graphics, and excellent text. It’s meant as an affordable all around, low through medium volume use (less than 500 sheets/month) printer. It excels in this role. If you, like me, print a fair amount of text (100 pages a month give or take) and some photos, but need high quality all around, this is a great printer for you, espically at the price. For your average home user, it’s an excellent choice.” – by W. Paul W.
Rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent buy for a home printer
“I recently bought this printer and I am very satisfied with the performance. The installation was easy, it was hooked and ready in 5 min. The regualr text prints are of excellent clarity and good speed. The ink cartridges are used very efficiently and the colors are in individual cartridges, I printed around 30 4×6 prints the first day and I hardly noticed any change in the levels of ink…” – by Gayathri Ram
Rating: ★★★★☆

Incomplete Catriges
“The printer is good and gives affordable prints but it is quite sad that EPSON spoil the impact by including incomplete propably refurbished catriges when you buy the printer. Also in genral color prints are fine but careful with document the black ink runs out before you know it. Overall good priter but the Ink esp. black is costly and makes you wonder. “ – by A. Sendamarai
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great Inkjet Printer for Under $100
“I use the printer primarily for text and spread sheet documents and the clarity is excellent, especially when you choose the “Fine,” Photo,” or “Best Photo” options from the Advanced print settings. The better the quality, the slower the output, as you would expect. But, the “Photo” printing options produce laser quality results on smooth paper, but again, not with laser speed. Good for only occasional unhurried use. With normal print settings, it cranks out text documents super fast.” – by J. Barber
Rating: ★★★★★

Inexpensive Black and White Photo Printer, Stunning Prints
“Wow. Just, wow. Finally, a decent black and white print. In fact, it’s not only decent, it’s stunning. It’s not only stunning, it will last 100 years like a traditional photo. Let me tell you how. If you’re into digital photography, eventually you will wander into black and white print territory. You will discover what we all do, that the latest/greatest printer that you bought makes absolutely horrid black and white prints. Stands to reason, you have all color cartridges. Trying to make clean grays, free of nasty color casts, out of cyan, magenta, yellow and black is all but impossible. Forget about it.” – by Nick Tropiano
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent affordable general use printer
“This is a great printer for text and graphics. It is very fast, the text looks sharp and the colors are vibrant. This printer was an upgrade from an HP and the set of cartridges for the HP was over $100 while the epsons are about $50. Also the epson cartridges last far longer. Some people have mentioned that the first set of cartridges don’t last and I have found this to be entirely untrue. I still have the orginal set (although black is almost out) and I have printed AT LEAST 350 pages. The ink is incrediblely resiliant. Even when printed on standard paper outdoor flyers just do not run. This is a good printer and is made even better by the very low price. “ – by Tony Heinz
Rating: ★★★★★

photo albums of the future
“When I take pictures sometimes I love to put print them and it comes out crystal clear, the picture be so big it takes up the whole paper. It makes it seem like real people are traped inside paper. Too bad color printers come seperate with computers.” – by Ronnie Clay
Rating: ★★★★★

Great inexpensive printer
“The Epson C86 is a very good home printer. I have had this printer for almost a year now and have had no problems with it what-so-ever. Changing ink cartriges is very easy and no tme consuming at all. I use this printer mainly for home/school use. Being a Graduate student I am often print term papers and this printer can handle my 30+ pages very easily. Print speed is the fastest I have had for a home printer, I believe the box says something like 22 pages per minute for text pages. Not too shabby at all.” – by Andrew Gray
Rating: ★★★★★

Beautiful output, amazingly cheap
“Archival pigment inks, gorgeous print quality and a rock-bottom price. What’s not to like? There had to be some compromises somewhere, and they are mostly in print speed, which is pretty poky at the highest resolutions, but the quality of the prints is worth the wait. Epson printers are the favorites of artists, professional and serious amateur photographers, and it is easy to see why.” – by David A. Mckenzie
Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Good Printer
“I’ve been using generic ink catridges ever since my first genuine epson set that came with the printer ran out. I can find a set of 2 black and 1 of each color on ebay for MUCH, MUCH cheaper! My last set came shipped to my door (5 cartridges) for less than $20 which is about the price you pay for 1 catridge. To sum it up, I’ve been using this printer daily for the past year with generic ink catridges and have had no problems. It’s still producing great printouts and I’m still happy with it, especially since it was free. Overall good printer! Would recommend! “ – by Konni Cantrall
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great Printer
“I really like the dura ink. I like not having to worry about projects being ruined because of a bit of moisture.
Yes, if the ink’s out you can’t print. My solution is to have back up ink cartridges. I have not had any problems with clogged printer heads. I had to toss a Canon printer away because of printer head problems. Now I own an i560 Canon and an Epson C86 and I use the Epson more than the Canon. “
– by A. Hinckley
Rating: ★★★★★

Brilliant, Top Marks for EPSON
“I have one of these printers at home and work. At work, we have the C86 for printing marketing material. After the C86 had printed around 15,000 pages in the space of 13-months, we replaced it, (as the print heads were clogging up too often)with another C86. What more can you ask from a budget inkjet? I use the printer for all kinds of documents. It is an absolutely fantastic printer, and suprisingly cheap to run. With reference to other reviews – I had my C86 turned off for two months while I was on holiday, when I returned, it carried on printing in perfect quality – not even 1 clean required.” – by A. Watts
Rating: ★★★★★

Best printer ever
“I bought this as a close out at Radio shack for $49.00 year later works like a charm INK is so cheap for Ebay knock offs its sick..If you buy Epson ink cartridges your pretty much a dope. i guess for Office archive work you might want the Durabright But when you can buy like a dozen Cartridges on ebay for $20.00 man oh man..No other ink is so cheap for knock offs…” – by Dana A. Mckinney
Rating: ★★★★★


Epson Stylus C86 Brochure & User Guide

Epson Stylus C86 User Guide

Features & Specifications

Epson Stylus C86 Features

The Epson Stylus C86 Photo is the ideal multi-purpose printer for the home and home office. It features Epson’s advanced technologies for perfect black-and-white, color, and photo printing, and includes separate inks for optimum quality and cost-efficiency.

Built to combine quality with efficiency, the Epson Stylus C86 Photo is the only printer in its class to use separate ink cartridges. It also uses EPSON DURABrite inks, to create superb quality text, graphics, and photos up to a class-leading 5,760 optimized dpi.


* Individual ink cartridges for cost effective printing
* EPSON DURABrite inks for superb, long-lasting results
* Smudge-proof output straight from the printer
* Class-leading resolution up to 5,760 optimized dpi
* Enhanced quality with EPSON Variable Sized Droplet Technology
* 4 picoliter EPSON Micro Dot Technology
* High speed printing up to 22 ppm black (actual ppm will vary)
* Simple to set up and use
* Easy USB connection to your PC or Mac (parallel for Windows only)
* EPSON PhotoQuicker for simple, fun photo printing
* EPSON Web-to-page software for web printing
* Stylish silver design

What’s in the Box
C86 printer, one black ink cartridge, one cyan ink cartridge, one magenta ink cartridge, one yellow ink cartridge, CD-ROM with drivers and utilities, EPSON PhotoQuicker 3.5 software, user’s guide, warranty information; printer cable not included.

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