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I've used Epson printers for about five years now. Apart from one which broke within a month, I've found them to be very reliable. With their cheap compatible ink, it's great if you're on a budget but still want high quality printing.
--- First thoughts and purchase of EPSON XP-202 ---
I reserved this printer from my local Argos store as I had some vouchers which were close to their expiring date. The process of reserving an item on their website is straightforward. It's more or less a two clicks and it's yours. Luckily for me I have two Argos stores within 3 miles of each other, so I was spoilt for choice on where I could pick it up from.
The cost was about £49.99 and it was the cheapest printer in store.
When I arrived at Argos I gave the cashier / shop worker my reserve slip and it was ready in less than ten minutes. It wasn't has bulky as I first thought, neither was it heavy.
-- When I opened the box --
I opened the box as soon as I got home. Just to check to see if everything was included. Everything was there except a USB cable. But this is the usual thing Epson do with their printers. So it might be a good idea to find yourself a spare USB cable before purchasing it.
Also included was some 'starter ink'. Again, this is the same with every Epson printer. Apart from that, a power cable and a installation CD was also included.
-- Setting up --
The set up process was quick and hassle free. I have a Windows 8 PC and it was setup ready to use within 10 minutes. I thought I had to install the installation CD but no, it worked without using it. Not sure if this works for everything computer or just the new ones, so you may want to check before you throw the installation CD out!
-- Print quality and speed --
The print quality was superb! As long as your image is of good quality it will print it out as it's shown on the screen. Print quality is the more important to me than speed. As I use printers to print invoices and receipts for customers for my business. The bonus in this case, is it has print quality and speed!
It takes less than 20 seconds to print a A4 size black and white image. For a colour image it takes around 40 seconds. This also depends on the overall print quality you want to print out. It has text, text and image, photo and best photo quality. Text quality being the quickest and best photo quality being the slowest.
-- Ink lifespan, price of replacement ink --
The starter Ink lasted a lot longer than I thought. As long as you're not printing best photo quality all the time. You can easily get between 60- 100 good quality prints before the low ink indicator pops up.
Replacement cartridges can vary in price. If you would like to still use the 'official' cartridges, then it could cost as much as the printer to replace the inks! In my own personal view. I much prefer to use the compatible inks. These can be found on lots of websites such as eBay, ebid and many other ink suppliers.
The compatible inks cost about £10 for 8 cartridges. I think they are very good value as I can't tell the difference in quality between the real ones and the compatible ones.
Overall, If you're after a cheap reliable printer I can't recommend this enough. I'm still using it now and I've had it over 3 months.
First of all this printer offers what most 'households' need. A quick and easy to use printer.
I bought this printer a couple months ago and use it on the WiFi with all my laptops. Installing the printer was pretty easy on both Windows and Apple systems.
The printing function delivers good quality for documents and pictures. I used it several times to fill up my picture frames in the house.
The Scanner works pretty straight forward and delivers the quality you expect.
I can't tell you much about the Copier as I barely used it but with a push of the button it will deliver you what you requested. :)
Printing goes fast, quality is excellent and is easy to use.
I used to have different printers before (HP, Canon) but I must admit that this Epson is far the most easiest / best to use. Also Ink is quite easy to get for a nice price.
This printer was only £35, which I thought was extremely reasonable for an all in printer/scanner.
I was amazed at how easy it was to set up. As if by magic, it found the wifi itself and also the computer. I use a laptop and just had to turn both machine son and seemed to do the rest itself automatically. I have to be honest, I normally leave this sort of thing to my other was very impressed at how easily I could do this
The one downside to this printer is the cost of the cartridges. They are £7 and the printer takes four different ones. I have not yet been able to find them cheaper but I'm sure eventually a supermarket will do an own brand version. I the meantime, I am a little disappoints. I should have researched cartridge prices better before buying.
I use my laptop in a completely separate room from my printer and yet it is extremely easy to send things to print. I have never had a problem with connections.
The quality of the printing is excellent. I was very impressed. Also, the scanning function is easy to use and the quality is almost photographic.
All in all, a really great little printer.
I purchased the Epson Expression Home Xp 202 printer as I was looking for something to assist me with my university studies. I looked at several different printers before deciding on this one as it was a reasonable price (£55.99) and done everything I was looking for. The printer is an all-in-one so it's a printer, scanner and copier which is great! I used to have to go to the library to scan things so it has saved me a small fortune. The printer itself is quite big in size but I like this as it feels sturdy. The ink cartridges are relatively cheap (Epson daisy ink around £6.99 each) and you only need to replace one at a time. The best point about this printer is that it can connect to wi-fi, so to print things off you don't need to plug in. You can simply sit and click print and it will print out automatically. The wi-fi is also very easy to set up. In my opinion, the Epson expression home xp 202 printer is a great buy, great value for money and cheap to run which is what you look for!
The Epson XP-202 is an all-in-one wireless printer, copier and scanner, with the following main marketing features:
- A4 print speed - black text: 30ppm (pages per minute).
- A4 print speed - colour text: 15ppm (pages per minute).
- 100 sheet paper capacity.
- Reduce and enlarge function on copier
- USB or wireless connectivity with easy wifi setup
My own needs when buying this printer were minimal: wireless, easy to set up, and cheap price! This printer met all those criteria, the features listed on the box and selling at the local Co-op at £39.99. The printer is still widely available around this price online (October 2013).
Out of the box, I was pleased with the look of the printer, its dimensions are 14.5(h) x 39(w) x 30cm(d) and it has a good mixture of gloss and matt finish to the black plastic from which it's made. It's corners and edges are nicely rounded and there is an unfussy approach to the operations, the few buttons located on the front of the printer. In transit the printer is protected by plenty of security tape, but both the loading and the output tray both stow fully into the unit of their own accord anyway, so the unit will literally take up the specified dimensions when not in use if you don't have an office/desk to house it, as I don't.
I found that the printer met its claims of being "easy setup" brilliantly. It was a matter of switching the unit and my laptop on, pressing the wifi button on the front, and waiting for it to do the rest. It took a minute or two (long enough for mild panic to set in) but it did automatically install onto my computer, found the home wifi network and it was all systems go.
Wireless printing works easily and reliably. I always work on my laptop downstairs whilst the printer is in a spare room upstairs, and I've never had an instance where it's failed to connect or print. When printing starts, a status monitor is launched on the laptop screen, I can vaguely hear the printer clicking to life, and by the time I get upstairs, the printing will be sitting in the tray. My personal printing needs at home are never more than a few sheets at a time, so I have no need to put the printing speed in terms of pages-per-minute to the test. On the occasions that I've printed anything whilst in the same room, I perceived it as very fast indeed and although a little bit of 'clunk-clicking' at the start of a print, the actual printing very quiet.
I have used the scanning function several times for sending documents with emails, and the process has been simple. Lift the lid, then it is a one-button operation and the document showed up in a couple of seconds in my document viewer. The printer does come with "ABBYY FineReader Sprint" software if you need to work with scanned documents.
The copier works brilliantly, and will copy in colour or black or white at the touch of one button. I used it extensively to copy pages from guide books for our recent holiday. Using books it wasn't possible to place the lid firmly back down after placing the book onto the glass, but the quality was still superb, I was very happy indeed with the results. The speed of the scan/copy is fast, just a matter of seconds, and copying in colour was also speedy. The copy function has the added ability to increase/decrease print size, which is simple to operate and could come in handy.
The printer uses 4 inks, meaning that only the colour used up needs to be replaced at any one time. My biggest disappointment since buying this printer was that there is no 'own brand' version of the inks are available in Tesco, where I used to buy my inks from at a much cheaper than the branded price. The Epson branded inks retail at around £20 for a multipack or around £7 individual colours, which is quite expensive, but so far I have only needed to replace just one of the 'shipping' inks, and ink levels remain high on the monitor. High capacity inks are available for the printer, for a little less than double the prices I've noted. I've by no means printed a huge amount of pages, but considering all the guide book pages I copied, together with regular usage over the 6 months or so that I've owned it I don't find the printer to be at all 'ink thirsty'.
The printer comes with photo editing software as well as the scanning software, and is compatible with Windows XP or later or OS X v10.5 and higher. Overall I'm delighted with this printer, its wireless operation has been faultless, it's compact and tidy and has given me high quality prints every time.