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Epson Stylus CX3200 all-in-one printer
I've had this all-in-one printer now for the past few months and so far I have had no problems with it. This is quite an old printer as it came out around about 2002 but it still performs well.
It needs a USB cable as it doesn't support connecting via wireless to computers and a power cable. The good thing about this is that it doesn't use a proprietary power cable like most printers I have come across but instead uses a standard 3 pin kettle type lead.
The all-in-one printer is an average size for this kind of device. It has curved edges which I think makes it look better than having one with severe angular edges. It is a silver greyish colour. On the front of the printer it has a small LCD screen for displaying error messages or menus and around it are some large tactile rubber buttons in different colours. I am disabled and I find it easier to find the buttons on this, whereas with a lot of the newer printers, they have touch screens which I would find difficult to use. I think this would also be suitable for people who had problems with their hands, the elderly and technophobes.
The scanner is on top of the printer and you have to lift up a plastic lid to reveal the glass plate where you put your paper to scan on. Just behind this is where the paper feeder tray is. You put the paper facing portrait and once printed, it pops out in front of the printer just below the control panel where the LCD screen is. I try to put a few papers in at a time as if I put too many then it can cause a paper jam.
Both the printer and scanner don't make a lot of sound while working. For black and white printouts, it can take between 5 to 10 seconds to print.
This has drivers and software available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. You can download it off the Epson website. I am using this on Windows 7 without any problems. Installing the software was very easy and quick. I find the software doesn't get in my way during daily use and is easy to use. I can check the ink levels using it and I can run tests to clear the ink nozzles if I haven't used the printer for a while.
It responds quickly whenever I send something to either be printed or scanned.
It also has a photocopy facility which is simple enough to use. You put the page you want to photocopy onto the scanner and then press one of the two buttons on the front of the printer depending on whether you want a black and white or colour photocopy.
Printouts seem to be fine although the colour printouts aren't coming out properly. Some colours are faded. I'm not sure if this is because I am using a faulty ink cartridge or if it is running low on colour ink. I rarely need to print in colour myself.
Compatible inks for this can be bought for £2 or so from EBay. This is much cheaper than the HP printer I have for which it can cost as much as £12 per ink cartridge, and I couldn't find any compatible inks for my HP printer.
The best place to buy this printer would be second hand on EBay. I am not sure about exact prices.
* Recommendation *
I can recommend this for anyone who wants a reliable printer that is cheap to run. It doesn't have the latest features like being able to connect to computers wirelessly or being able to plug memory cards directly into it to view and print photos from it. However, I just need a simple scanner and printer that works and is easy to use - This does that well.
Just seeing this printer again brings back memories. I had this printer from 2003 Up until about 3 years ago making it the most durable printer I have ever owned. Have you noticed that as technoology mover foward and devices become cheaper, they tend to last less that their older "inferior" models? That it is a great example of that because when I got rid of this printer I was so impressed I went out of my way to buy another epson with all the bells and whistles - wifi faxing blah blah blah and it lasted me a grand total length of 8 months, but thats for another review.
The first thing you may notice about it is that It is very big, grey and has an old display. Well I have to tell you - it is an old printer and most people today are unlikely to buy it but why is old bad? This printer printed fast had good quality and you could pick up a full set of ink (2 cartridges one colour and one b&w ) for just £10!. Installing this printer was easy - windows xp found all the drivers but that may be a problem now if you have windows 7 because I heard Microsoft dropped the stylus drivers to save space which wouldn't surprise me as not many people have this machine now. Photocopying is simple just press the green button and you're ready to go- even the buttons feel good they are made of a spongy plastic material. Faxing is not standalone- you need software on your computer but epson provides that, they also provide scanning software and a driver disk so maybe windows 7 will not be a problem.
Print quality is good an photocopying is very quick on its fastest setting it prints about 30 pages a minute- in fact it went so fast I was worried it was going to blow up - as I am now talking about its biggest problem - the noise. Turning on its very noisy printing its noisy scanning its noisy - even on standby you can hear a faint buzzing - which isn't good if you're trying to print something for work while your whole family is asleep (as I found many times). But its not a big problem at the time it was the most advanced printer for the price (£50) and even today holds its own against newer printers. I would still have it to this day if the rollers didn't collapse after me dropping it down the stairs. Its the best printer I have ever had and brings back so many memories.
After having this printer for a long time, it is still going strong and hasn't failed to impress me, Not only is it a printer but it also has other features such as the ability to scan and copy. It is of great quality, very easy to use and fits nicely on any desk.
The machine is quite large and grey as it's not the newest machine. The bottom bit is light grey and the top has a darker grey lid, which opens up to reveal the glass for the scanner. There is a tray on the front at the bottom, which is where copies or printed pages will come out. You can extend a bit of plastic here so your paper will be loaded onto the tray and not fall out onto the floor. The printer doesn't shoot it out but simply places it on the tray to be taken.
There is a hole round the side of the printer as you can lift up the top half to refill the cartridges. The cartridges are widely available from almost anywhere but aren't exactly cheap like all ink cartridges. This printer takes both black and coloured cartridges for use.
There is a small screen with buttons just above this gap. The screen has writing that goes across the screen, which can easily be read. It explains how to use the printer and what to do. The buttons are very simple too. There is a large green one, which is used to colour copy or as a 'select' button. There is a red stop button, to stop the process. There is also a large grey button beside the green one, which is used for black and white copies.
There are other buttons to scroll the menus and adjust the values of copies. The on button is to the left with a standby symbol. It must be held for a couple of seconds to switch it on and off. There is also a scan button. It's not complicated and you are literally required to press these buttons just once to carry out a function. The buttons are all rubber so you can easily press them down.
The printer can print black and white pages very quickly but colour ones take a lot longer. You can adjust the quality on your computer and if you're printing photos, you can improve the quality but it will take a lot longer. The scanner works very well too. It scans the image to my Mac and then I must crop the image on the computer before scanning it again and saving it.
Overall, it's a really useful machine and has many functions. It doesn't look great but is very easy to use and serves well. It is very reliable and of great quality as I have had it for years now and it's still working very well. It cost me under £100 a few years back, but I imagine you can get a used one today for nearer £20. I would recommend it, as it's very capable, easy to use and reliable.
Thanks for reading,
Before I sell anything on my internet store, I always test it first to make sure that it is worth selling to my customers. This all in one printer was a hige it in my electrical department, and in fact I used for a while. A all in one printer was a brilliant invention, and it joins a printer, scanner and photocopier in one single product, which saves people a lot of money. I love bargains and considering what you would pay if you bought these items seperately, this is rather cheap.
I got more than I was expecting with this product, and it is as a whole a better printer than others I have has before it. When youn want to print something, it prints like any other printer, and the scanner works like normal, however, when you want to photocopy something, you have to scan it first, and wait while it prints, which may like a normal photocopier, but it works a little differently.
This printer is fast, a lot faster than printers that cost a lot more money, however the scanning time can take a little longer, around a minute or so, so that is a disadvantage. I had a lot of things to print, sometimes large documents running to 20 or more pages, so I needed a fast printer and this is what I got, and it works brilliantly for me, meeting all of my needs.
The ink for this printer doesnt cost that much and I find it much cheaper if you buy ink refills rather than brand new cartridges, and it is more envrinmentally friendly. In all I would recomemmend this printer for all.
I have had this machine for ages now, and it is still working very well. I bought it after I was looking for an all-in-one printer and scanner. This machine isn't that large and works very well and efficiently. It is made by Epson, who are excellent with computer software such as this. It can print out anything in black/white as well as colour and has a good quality scanner too.
The printer cost me around £100 a couple of years ago at PC World. It is still working as if it was new and doesn't look old or out of date. At the time or purchase, this printer was a top of the range one with the latest technology gone into it. It still seems to work very well and is quick at what it does.
It is very easy to set up and only requires you to attach it to your PC with a USB cable that comes with the printer. Once plugged in, you will have to go to your control panel and then set up your computer with the printer so it recognises it. From there onwards, you can sit back and relax and use it whenever you wish.
It looks a bit fat in a way, but you cannot imagine it being much smaller because of the scanning feature. Therefore, the top has a lid that flips open where you scan stuff, and it must be of a certain size. It has a grey colour scheme with two tones on it and a silvery part too. Some of the buttons on the front are coloured to make them stand out so you can differentiate them. There is also a black and white screen that will have information running across it, which is easily read and very effective. This may tell you if your paper is low and it needs more or if you have no ink left as well as many other things. The printer has a few holes on the sides so it can 'breathe' or it may overheat when in use.
The scanner is under a lid on the top, which is easily lifted up by a useful handle. To the back of the printer is a hole where you enter the paper. It does take paper sizes from A4 downwards, but you may need to configure extra things before printing on an A6 piece of paper for example. On the front is the tray where the prints/copies will come out. It sticks out a bit and gives a good base for the paper to come out onto so you can take it. I like to keep mine on my desk as it isn't ugly or too big and is more useful rather than bending down all the time to do something with it.
During usage, you may have a few problems. For a start, the ink cartridges will run out after time. They can cost up to £8.00, but I buy mine for around £6.00 each normally. The colour ones do cost more than the black ones; however I rarely print stuff out in colour. Changing the cartridges is easy. You simply pull up the middle part of the scanner to hinge up the large top bit. You can then see the guts of your printer and prepare for operation! It's really simple though. The cartridge holder will slide across so you can easily change them from there. You simply lift up the plastic cover and take the cartridge(s) out. You then enter the new one in the right slot (colour is one, and black is the other) and then close back the cover making sure the cartridges clicked in place. Close the lid and it will slide back into position ready to print or copy. Apart from that, usage is extremely easy. The buttons are very simple and self explanatory so you don't really need any instructions to do the more simple things anyway.
The printer is very good but it does take a while to warm up, as does the scanner. The printer will print out good-quality work and you can choose the detail and many other options on Microsoft Word for example to customize your print. When it starts printing, it does it very quickly but is quite loud so this gives it a low sound-quality rating. The scanner is pretty good too but does take a while to start up. It will scan it onto your computer after you choose the destination and it picks up everything very well. I even signed a letter in light blue ink once and it picked it up excellently! You can also copy pages with this just like a photocopier, which is an excellent feature for when you need it! All these features will save you money as to using public machines to do the same job.
Overall, it is a very good printer and has lasted me two years without any problems. It is extremely easy to operate despite the numerous buttons! It prints out in excellent quality when you want it to and does so at a good speed after warming up. The scanning quality is very good too and it picks up everything very well. The setup is very easy and quick. You can buy it now for a much lower price than the £100 or so I bought it at two years ago. Overall, a very good machine with multiple functions and easy to use!
Thanks for reading,
- Recon -
I have had this printer/scanner for several years now, and the only reason I would change it would be to upgrade to another model of the same type.
I like the shape of it, and although it is large, at about12" high, I like the size. It feels permanent.
The scanner is good, and I use it with Corel Paint, although you can obviously use it with other packages. Quality is high at 600 x 1200 dpi.
Oh, and it's also compatible with Macs. It connects with a USB.
The instructions for changing cartridges and doing things like head alignment all come up on a little LCD panel on the front of the machine. This is the same place you can set your paper type and number of copies.
The scanner is fab, and can do things like take a single image (eg business card) and reproduce it 12 times for you.
It takes up to A4, with the normal slidey things to accomodate smaller sizes. The only downside of the machine is that it's a bit hard to get the paper into the paper carriage at the back when you are sitting in front of the machine. I can't see why this would be, as it just slides in as in any other printer, but it seems to be the angel that you are at that stops you doing it. I find that I have to stand up every time I want to load a new wad of paper.
It comes from Epson, and the cartridges can sometimes be a bit expensive, but I've found that it doesn't mind working with refilled and comapatible cartridges.
The colour cartridge comes all in one pack, which is slightly annoying, but no different to a lot of other machines.
It also acts like a photocopyer, and works on its own.
I purchased this printer 8 weeks ago, and so far, have found it to be an excellent machine. As well as a very good printer and easy to use scanner, the Epson Stylus CX3200 is also a quick and easy standalone copying facility. I will review all of its functions individually; you will see why I rate it.
Printer: The Epson Stylus CX3200 utilizes the latest print head technology to offer print quality with a resolution of 5760 optimized dpi. The result is very nearly true photo quality output, with crisp, dense blacks and vibrant colours as standard. It also provides instant photo-lab style borderless edge-to-edge printing on media up to A4 size. The ink cartridges for this printer seem to be around £8 - £10 for black and £12 - £18 for official cartridges. I have used the non-official cartridges and have had no problems (£3.20 Black and £3.95 Colour and just as good). I was truly amazed by the photo output, using cheap gloss photo paper, this device prints out photos from my digital camera brilliantly
Scanner: The built-in 600x1200dpi scanner gives you the power to capture documents, photos and other family keepsakes in accurate detail with 48-bit colour. I have had no problem integrating the scanner into my existing graphics and office applications.
Photocopying: The best features include the quick copy buttons that let you use the printer as if it was just a photo-copier. The computer doesn't even need to be switched on to get quick copies in black or colour, you just hit the Copy button and it's simple as that. The quality of the print outs and copies are easily adjusted, with an easy to use scrollable menu on the printer itself or via the software/drivers that come with the printer.
Summary: This is a ideal printer for people who require a all-in-one printing solution at a very reasonable price. It comes complete with one black ink cartridge, one colour cartridge, USB cable, a very detailed guide and very good prin t/scan software and drivers. For around £85, this printer is a good all rounder, but it does have one or two minor flaws. For instance while printing it is a bit noisy (but not compared to the average printer even a year ago), and paper loading is not as smooth or easy as some printers. Indeed it?s best not to load to many sheets in the feeder. I personally recommended only loading the paper in smalli amounts, e.g. no more then 15 to 20 pieces at a time.
The printer itself would not look out of place in a stylish office and is also quite small considering it can scan, print and copy. Although there are a few minor issues with this printer, overall this device is great for any small office or home user. It really is a great buy for the price and you won't find a better option, for small to medium sized printing tasks
I have used several different types of printer in my time, my first being an Epson and my last being an Epson. I had something else in the middle but got another Epson pretty quickly. I use something different at work sometimes but really like Epson printers best.
When we first bought our computer I wanted one with a good printer and digital camera so that I could print my own photos, several hundred pounds and mistakes later I am doing rather a lot of that.
Some of my first prints were stunning and some of them were too small to see or too big to fit on A4 paper, never did work out why but that doesn't happen so often nowadays. (Joke, I know it is all in the settings)
Nowadays the computer tower sits on the top of the desk instead of on the floor, this came about once the grandchildren learnt how to move around because as soon as they did they found they got shrieked at and moved if they pressed the button and everything went quiet, also of course all the different leads were a terrible temptation to exploring little fingers.
So of course my desk was somewhat crowded with a tower, keyboard, monitor, printer, scanner and of course a digital camera and digital camcorder. I thought long and hard about what we could do, I suggested shelves above the monitor but that was a non starter because it takes a long time to get anything done round here.
The next best thing seemed to me to be an all in one printer scanner. I spent quite a long time looking them up on the Internet, reading reviews and working out which would be best value for money, also which would print best for the money I had to spend. This was unusual for me because I am an impulse buyer usually.
In the end I took myself and grandson to Curry's to see what they had in the shop, (if I find a category for shopping with toddlers then I will write reams and reams) they had loads on the website but I am always in such a hurry I couldn't wait for them to deliver it. Trying to carry this large box to the car while pushing my grandson in his pushchair proved impossible but luckily for me a very kind man offered to carry the box. (Note no one offered to push the pushchair)
It claims to feature Epson's latest printing and scanning technologies, to be quick and easy for printing and copying. To be user friendly and high performance. The best dpi for printing is 5760, which is much higher than my last printer, which was a photo printer. The results are professional looking photos, with edge-to-edge printing up to A4, which makes for even bigger photos. This is a great feature if you like printing and framing the best of the prints. It means no white edge to cut off and being able to use larger frames.
The only word of warning here is that if the photo is old or not so good quality in the first place then it can appear a bit fuzzy or pixelated at the edges. Having said that I have had some stunning results from old black and white photos, the tip here is to ensure that the scanner glass is perfectly clean with no smears or hairs on it. Anything on the glass shows up big time on the scanned in photo.
In the past I have had problems with scanners, I don't know why but the results have often been dark or fuzzy, I spent a load of time trying to scan in and print out old photos and the results left a lot to be desired. With an all in one printer/scanner this problem doesn't occur, each part of the whole is correctly calibrated so the results are as near perfect as you can get.
This machine has a standalone copy function. What a great idea, just scan it in and print it out in one press of the button. But don't rush it like me. For some reason I thought if I scanned in a little old photo I would print out a perfect A4 print. Ha Ha, this can be done, but needs setting up first otherwise all you get is a little old photo on an A4 piece of paper, which of course is a bit of a waste of paper when you use the expensive photo stuff.
Unpacking and installation was quickly and easily achieved. I had a bit of fun playing with the various features, made a few silly mistakes and printed some lovely photos. I must say that is easily achieved if you have a toddling grandchild with you, they are so good at posing.
There seemed to be loads more room on the computer desk, although the family would say that I have filled it up with other things, like a paper cutter and a laminator.
I do quite a lot of printing and ink cartridges are quite expensive but lately I have used some very good compatible ones, with good results, costing £9.99 each for colour and the same for black, saving me loads of money for the next must have gadget. I have found even cheaper ones but the quality isn't always good and I had one set that insisted on leaking all over the inside of the printer.
Printing speeds are good at 14ppm. Obviously much slower for high quality photos and prints.
The scanner is high-quality 600dpi, with 48bit scanning, I am not sure exactly what this means except that if I set it on the absolute best settings I get a huge file to work with and if I do too many like this it slows the computer down a bit.
It can also be used without a P.C. as a copier/ printer although I am not sure anyone would buy this one just to scan and copy.
Another good thing with Epson is it has a USB connection so can be easily attached to a different computer. This machine didn't come with a USB connection lead though, for me that didn't matter as they are all the same so I just plugged it into the old one.
The photo enhance software is useful for printing different focuses or colours and the print image matching compatibility is great with my digital camera. This means what I take is what I get printed with exact colour matches. This is something I use a lot because there are not a lot of things more annoying than printing a lovely photo only to find that when it comes out of the printer the colours are off slightly. This is something I have moaned about at great length in the past.
I really can recommend this all in one machine. I use it almost daily and print photos, copy timesheets etc. You can copy to file, to a programme, to web and to fax. And scan documents as editable text. I didn't know that was what OCR meant, you've no idea how much trouble I used to have trying to copy forms and then not being able to type on them. That was in the days before I found out how to draw forms in Word.
The scan facility is great for scanning photos or documents to email, it comes with Photo Quicker 3.2 which means you can jazz up your photos with frames or make them into fun photos if you want to. I don't use this part very often, but have made fun birthday cards with peoples photos on which always go down well.
I bought this printer in Currys where the in store price was £99.95 which seemed good value to me. It can be bought for less on the website but I wanted it there and then. Also there was a delivery charge, which closed the gap somewhat. Therefore I decided to give it a go. After queuing for ages balancing the large box on the back of the pushchair I handed over my little bit of plastic and the box belonged to me.
I have since bought a newer version of all in one printer/scanner which prints at an even higher quality, I actually can't tell the difference so I might just have wasted my money, but it wasn't my money, it was a Christmas present. This printer now sits on my desk at work and means that I can print signs, symbols and pictures easily while doing other things in the office.
The only downside to this printer is the noise. All the Epson printers I have used are certainly noisier than any other make I have used except the latest one I have which is very much quieter. Other than that I can't think of anything that isn't good about it
More information can be found at the website below.
.Epson Stylus CX3200
Thanks for reading this, Sue
Two days after my scanner gave up the ghost the print heads on my printer decided to become irretrievably blocked. I therefore decided that it was just about time to replace them, so I had a hunt around on the internet for replacements and as luck would have it (or not) all-in-one printers had just started to rear their ugly heads. At the time there were two choices of manufacturer, Lexmark and Epson, and although the Lexmark was considerably cheaper, Id learnt my lesson as regards the price of replacement ink cartridges. So I went for the Epson CX3200, and have now had it in my possession for nearly two years and feel able to tell you all about it.
This printer is, in a word, huge. Remember that it includes an A4 scanner, and is actually even larger than that. In fact, it was a very tight squeeze getting it onto the shelf on my computer desk. Colour-wise its a bog standard beige colour, which actually seems to get grubby very quickly. This is not a printer that is designed to look attractive or stylish, but is purely practical.
Due to the fact that this is both a printer and scanner, installation takes quite a long time. There are several sets of drivers to install, along with a status monitor and control panel. Its very important not to actually switch the printer on until the installation program tells you to, but you can still connect it up via the USB connection.
As part of this installation process you will be guided through installing the two ink cartridges, a process that I still find fiddly to this day.
The scanner is on the top of the actual printer and easily accessible. I find it takes anything from 30 seconds to two minutes for the lamp to warm up, and then at least another 30 seconds for a page to actually scan. This is far slower than my previous (ancient) scanner, but the picture quality when using the highest setting is exceptional. Obviously the lower the quality setting, the faster the resultant scan appears on your computer screen, but I still find it very slow.
In case youre interested the maximum resolution of the scanner is 600 x 1200 dpi, and this is the setting I generally use for photographs. By using the Windows XP scanner wizard, I can adjust resolution, colour settings and scan size easily so I am able to get almost perfect results.
Before we even get to print, we have to manage to put some paper into the printer, and this is a job and a half in itself. I find it very difficult to correctly place the paper in the guides, and even when I think Ive got it right, I sometimes find that the paper manages to make its way through the printer at an angle, which isnt too much of a bother if its just an ordinary sheet with a letter on, but can work out expensive when its a sheet of glossy photo paper with an A4 photo. Even when I manage to position the paper so that its straight, the printer seems to have the odd quirk of feeding several sheets through at once. With normal printing this isnt a big problem, but if Im trying to create double-sided numbered prints (for an essay for example), it does mean that there are occasional runs where page numbering becomes very messed up.
Now I could just quote the manufacturers specifications on speed here, but then youd get very unreliable results. The official speed for printing in black is up to 14 ppm (pages per minute), but I have no idea how they came up with those figures. A full page of text, takes at least 20 seconds and theres no way on earth I can get that kind of speed, even when there is considerably less writing per page. The figure quoted for colour (10 ppm) is even more of a ridiculous claim, after if youre printing in colour its normally because it is a picture or photo that youre producing. And an A4 sized photo will take anything up to 5 minutes to print, which is very slow.
Quality-wise, I really cant fault the final results. Photos that Ive scanned with this machine, enlarged on the computer and then printed are in a word exceptional. I have several 8 x 10 photos that I created with this printer displayed on my wall, and no-one can tell the difference between them and professional prints.
As well as being able to work with a computer, this printer can be used as a standalone photocopier. Simply put the page you want to copy (face-down) on the scanner, and choose whether you want a colour or black and white copy. This works very well, albeit a bit slower than I originally expected and is invaluable for those times when you need to make a quick copy of a letter and cant be bother to turn the computer on.
There is an LCD display on top of the printer, which provides such information as whether the paper is jammed or the ink is running low. This display is reasonably clear, if a little dim, and gives a good indication of the printers status when its not connected to a powered-up computer.
This printer takes two ink cartridges, one black and the other tri-colour, both of which have chips which make refilling slightly awkward. The official Epson cartridges (TO40/41) are fairly expensive, but Ive found that I get just as good results by using compatibles. The one thing that didnt work out so well is re-filling cartridges, I found this cause the printer heads to get blocked very quickly.
And talking about printer heads, Ive found that if the printer is not used for even as little as a week, the heads tend to get blocked. Although this can be remedied by using the cleaning utility, this does use a lot of ink, so its best to run the printer on an at least bi-weekly basis.
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This printer is no longer widely available new, but is available on ebay, with prices starting from as low as 30GBP.
When we bought this printer for just under 90GBP it actually worked out cheaper than buying a separate printer and scanner. Unfortunately, I think it was possibly a false economy, as I have so many niggles with it that although it is still working perfectly (well as perfectly as it did when I bought it), I have replaced it with separate printer and scanners.
This now sits under my childrens computer and yes they do use it regularly for printing out homework. Maybe they are more patient than me, but I really did get to the point where I just wanted to throw it through the window if it played up on me even one more time.
Am I recommending this? Well to be honest, Im not completely sure. If youre short on space, or feel that you would use the photocopy function intensively, then if you can pick it up for 30GBP or less, then its probably worth buying. Otherwise I would say give this a miss, because it certainly does live up to the saying Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None
I really wanted a little photocopier. Nothing too flash, in fact the more low-tech the better. I was hoping to find soemthing that would give me the great grainy look of a photocopier, combined with its speed of production. This was all mainly for artisitic reasons. So I bought this printer.
Its not exactly what I was looking for, because it is too good. There is very little graininess, and it works in a different way to the kind of printer youd find in a common room or something. It basically scans the thing and then prints it normally, whereas a real photocopier uses some kind of magnetic roller technique I think, and hence the graininess.
Nonetheless, the Canon CX3200 has greatly improved my life, by providing me with a fast way of printing, scanning and photocopying. All these thigns are very useful for me, as I am a student. The photocopying, for instance, means that I can handwrite my essays and still give in a separate copy to my tutor. If you know the right website to get some cheap cartridge (which Im not sure Im allowed to advertise here) the whole thing can be a very economical alternative to the hassle of shared computer rooms and inadequate photocopying facilities. And its always useful to be able to scan things in onto ones computer. The only downside is its large size; this shouldnt be too much of a problem, but it is larger than the average printer if space is a concern for you. Otherwise, get it.
The reason that I bought this printer was because I was moving into halls of residence, into a tiny room - almost like a cell! - with limited desk space. I found this printer to be an excellent match for my requirements. Installation Setting the printer up is very easy and took me about 10 minutes. The manuals are very straightforward, and it is quite easy to complete the installing by simply looking at the diagrams. A couple of words of warning though ? don?t turn the printer on until the installation software tells you to, and also don?t forget to unlock the scanner using the little switch next to the glass panel. The Printer The printer has an excellent dpi (see specifications later), and I have found this to be more than sufficient for my needs. One of my favourite features of the printer is it?s ability to produce borderless prints ? an excellent feature for printing photographs. Scanning It is possible to initiate the scanning either through pressing the ?Scan? button on the printer, or by running the software which comes bundled with the printer. Copying The printer has the facility to produce copies in either black and white, or in colour. Copies can be produced using the software or by using the buttons in front of the printer. One particularly useful feature ? to produce photocopies the computer doesn?t not even have to be on ? the photocopier feature can function as a standalone unit. The LCD Panel and Indicators There is an LCD panel on the printer which shows important data such as number of copies to be produced, the mode, and a relatively simple ink level indicator image ? which is actually pretty futile ? the software is much more specific. There is a red LED that flashes if there is an error, for example a print misalignment or if there is no paper. The Software The bundled software is very useful ? it has a number of features which allow you to achieve your objective ver
y quickly, including OCR (optical character recognition) ? which means you can scan in a document and have it automatically converted to a file which can be edited by a word processor. It is possible to print, scan and copy with the software. Additional features which are generally standard include ink level monitoring and ability to adjust printer settings such as tone, quality etc. Print Cartridges The software warns you when ink is low, and stops printing when ink has run out. Genuine Epson Ink Cartridges for the printer are rather expensive, and consequently (with my tight budget!) I am forced to purchase compatible ink. No problem there though ? printer handles them with no problems at all ? incidentally the quality is exactly the same. Further information can be found on the Epson website. The main specifications as given by the manufacturer are as follows: -Quick and easy standalone colour copy function -5760 optimised dpi for true photo quality output -Borderfree printing for perfect photo prints -14ppm high speed printing -EPSON Smart Panel software* makes scanning simple -High-quality 600dpi, 48-bit scanning -Space saving design -No cable clutter -Easy to use -One scan, multiple copies -Intuitive LCD interface for PC-less copying -High definition photo printing as standard -Intellidge Ink Cartridges for added functionality -Simple set up and operation -PC and Mac compatible, with USB connectivity -PhotoEnhance 4 software for image optimisation -EPSON PRINT Image Matching? compatible In summary, I have had the printer for almost a year now. I have had no problems at all, even using compatible ink. The only discouraging feature about this printer is its size. Apart from that, it is an excellent piece of kit, and has suited my needs as a medical student perfectly. An excellent buy! Thanks for reading and take car
I bought this 3 in 1 to replace an older epson 580 printer, which eventually expired after 3 years use.I like Epson printers I think they give good value for money and the print quality is good for the price range.My old Epson 580 was very noisy the cx3200 is noticeably quieter, and is of a superior build quality. The cx3200 represents great value for money combining a printer,scanner and stand alone photocopier,a very usefull feature you do not get with all 3 in 1 machines.(no PC connection required). The cx3200 falls somewhere bettween the home user and the small office user and would be at its best in a home business environment, where it is robust enough to cope with sizable print jobs, without being overlarge and industrial for the home environment. The one overwhelming problem with this printer is the cost of the ink carts £20, and £28 for the original Epson cartridges . Also the cartridges are fitted with an intelligent chip which records the ink levels inside the cartridge. This chip is designed so that the cartridge must be thrown away and a new one purchased as when you refil the cartridge the chip does not register the refil.without this information the printer will not function. As with most printers compatibles can be purchased for half the price, and refil kits seem to be the only affordable way of running the machine.This leaves the problem of the intelligent chip, which renders the cartridge unusable after use. This problem has been overcome by at least one ink supplier on the web who sell for about £10 a chip resetter which means you can refil the Epson cartridges that come with the machine about 10 times before it wears out, and if you buy your ink refil bottles at the right place you can refil your cartridge for about £1, as opposed to Epsons £28 a time refil for colour and £20 for black.I think this works with the other new Epson printers which also use this new system of cartridges. With this problem
overcome it makes the cx3200 a very attractive prospect being ecomomical to run and producing very high quality images. I have been taking some digital macro photography recently and the printed photos from this printer have been very crisp and detailed indeed. At the other end of the scale I have also been using it for b&w text copying which it does very clearly and quickly. I have not owned a scanner before and have found this a very usefull adition. The scanner allows you to pre-scan the image to make sure you have the correct alignment and then offers a range of resolutions to scan the image proper. The best resolution can the be selected depending on the speed of your computer and size of your hard drive. I have found that with a laptop it is better to choose a lower resolution or the speed of scanning and saving becomes too slow to be usable. I have found this printer works well with windows 98 on my laptop though I have read reviews to the contrary about windows 98, I have had no problems. There is only one real problem I have had with this printer and that it can be prone to paper jams for no apparent reason. The settings for the paper preferences are not very specific and do not cope with all kinds of paper I have tried. I used a cheap unbranded paper for a while which I found was very prone to jamming, probably because I have not found the correct paper setting, but this is very much trial and error as the paper settings on the machine are very vague. I have also used Kodak and Epson paper for which the machine is opptimised and had no problems at all. I do not think it is a serious problem but this aspect of the machine could have been better designed I would recommend this machine to anyone upgrading from an ordinary printer to a 3 in 1,or just replacing an existing multi function printer.
I purchased this item 5 weeks ago, and so far, have found it to be an excellent machine. As well as a very good printer and easy to use scanner, the Epson Stylus CX3200 is also a quick and easy standalone copying facility. I will review all of its functions individually; you will see why I rate it. Printer: The Epson Stylus CX3200 utilizes the latest print head technology to offer print quality with a resolution of 5760 optimized dpi. The result is very nearly true photo quality output, with crisp, dense blacks and vibrant colours as standard. It also provides instant photo-lab style borderless edge-to-edge printing on media up to A4 size. The ink cartridges for this printer seem to be around £8 - £10 for black and £12 - £18 for official cartridges. I have used the non-official cartridges and have had no problems (£4.20 Black and £4.50 Colour and just as good). I was truly amazed by the photo output, using cheap gloss photo paper, this device prints out photos from my digital camera brilliantly Scanner: The built-in 600x1200dpi scanner gives you the power to capture documents, photos and other family keepsakes in accurate detail with 48-bit colour. I have had no problem integrating the scanner into my existing graphics and office applications. Photocopying: The best features include the quick copy buttons that let you use the printer as if it was just a photo-copier. The computer doesn't even need to be switched on to get quick copies in black or colour, you just hit the Copy button and it's simple as that. The quality of the print outs and copies are easily adjusted, with an easy to use scrollable menu on the printer itself or via the software/drivers that come with the printer. Summary: This is a ideal printer for people who require a all-in-one printing solution at a very reasonable price. It comes complete with one black ink cartridge, one colour cartridge, USB cable, a very detailed guide and very good prin
t/scan software and drivers. For around £85, this printer is a good all rounder, but it does have one or two minor flaws. For instance while printing it is a bit noisy (but not compared to the average printer even a year ago), and paper loading is not as smooth or easy as some printers. Indeed it?s best not to load to many sheets in the feeder. I personally recommended only loading the paper in smalli amounts, e.g. no more then 15 to 20 pieces at a time. The printer itself would not look out of place in a stylish office and is also quite small considering it can scan, print and copy. Although there are a few minor issues with this printer, overall this device is great for any small office or home user. It really is a great buy for the price and you won't find a better option, for small to medium sized printing tasks.