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I bought this printer around 3 or 4 years ago for approximately £60-70. For me the software installation was quite quick given that it installs paper port software (scanning software) before the printer driver and the total amound of hard disk memory used is just slightly over 300MB's.
This printer consists of both a page and flat bed scanner and while i was perfectly happy with the documents canned i was some what concerned with those on the flatbed where pages from magazines and books are the likely uses. At times i found that the scanner often had a shadow when i have scanned thicker items, such as text books.
The printer itself is 33x36x16cm - a bit chunky, but still light enough to move without too much hassle. The right front edge has 15 buttons and a two line 5x1.5cm two line LCD that at certain angles is very hard to read. There are card slots for most card types on the front of the unit above the paper store (stated at 100 sheets) and printed sheets are delivered face up on a shelf above the paper store.
The main feature that drew me to the printer is that it is wireless, meaning that you can simply send documents, images etc. to print without having to connect it via a usb cable. This, while appearing to be a simple time saving solution, can however be somewhat unpredictable as the printer can, on occassion, fail to recognise the computer/laptop. This means that you have to re-install the software all over again.
I can find little evidence that would lead me to recommend this unit and believe me I've tried. Copying for the occasional copy is slow because of the cleaning cycle, printing is slow and scanning is a work of art to avoid shadows when doing so from larger books or even magazines.
Approximately three years ago we saw this printer on sale for around £60 and considering the features it had thought that was a bargain. So we bought two, one for us and one for my brother. Three years on I don't know what I'd do without this printer now!! It is genuinely so much better than the two Epson's we had preceding it and I hope I can get another one very similar when this eventually dies.
At the time we paid £60 or something around that mark for this printer which I consider in hindsight to have been even better value than we thought it was at the time. m But I've just done a quick Google search and the first price I saw for one was almost £160! This is certainly more than I'd be willing to pay but i'm sure cheaper could be found with a bit of shopping around.
"All in one printer" says it all really. Not only does this print from the computer, it also acts as a flatbed scanner or simply a photocopier. Furthermore you don't have to be as reliant on computer programs to do these things as you do with other similar products because of the amount of options on the printer itself. Say I want to scan a sheet of A4 paper. I simply stick it in the scanner, go through a list of options as to whether I'd, for example, like to scan to image, email etc. etc. Then I just press the 'colour start' or 'black and white start' button. Simples!
Then there's other features such as as SD card drive so you can print photos straight from your camera without having to upload them to the computer. The problem with this however is that with the printer being a bit older now it doesn't support some of the newer SD cards which is very frustrating!
Having read other reviews for this product before writing this I know that some people have had numerous problems with this printer, but luckily I'm not one of those. It's worked great for us in the time we've had it and hopefully it will last a good while longer.
Basically as I'm sure you've figured out by now this printer would be highly recommended by me to anyone. It has a great deal of features whilst being as compact as any other printer. The small screen display is great, it always keeps you informed of what's going on (for example it'll say 'receiving data' when it's abot to print or printing). It also tells you on the screen that paper has got jammed and will tell you what to do to solve the problem. Little things like this make me love it even more!
If you're in need of a printer and manage to find this reasonably priced somehwere then I say go for it!
The DCP-340CW offers high quality color printing, copying and scanning features across your wired or wireless network. This all-in-one brings your digital photos to life, providing realistic color borderless prints on a variety of media sizes. High quality color copying has never been easier. The DCP-340CW features both a flatbed and an automatic document feeder, enabling you to copy and scan from a variety of documents.