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I trust Epson. Every one of them I have ever come across produced results I whether it was a scan, black and white copy or multi-colour photo printout; the quality many times exceeding the price range.
Bearing that in mind when I was on limited budget, I've chosen this one online after bit of a research (back in 2007 so I don't remember exactly where) paying around £40, that for a solid multifunction (scan, copy, print) device seemed good value for money.
It arrived with clear step by step instructions, software but no USB cable (talking of selling a car without steering wheel!). What it did have as an accessory was full set of original inks (! - they can cost £40 alone). I found that a very nice surprise because it paid for itself before I even started using it.
It is rather no frills device (without gadgets like card slots and LFT display or Wi-Fi), and when nothing goes wrong the quality of service is excellent - crisp images, easy scans and quick copies.
My luck has ran out however at the same time as the inks. There's no way that for my light office use I am going to be splashing on brand new genuine inks costing in excess of £30 a set so I got compatible one for £20 (not the cheapest so I thought that's enough of a compromise) and installed them following all recommendation.
The printer picked the cartridges up and continued printing. Not for long though - after few days it announces to me that it has no ink, which was a blatant lie because there was still plenty left. I had no choice however but put new ones in but whatever I'd put from then on, whether compatible or genuine, it refused to co-operate with a sulk as if it wanted to say: how dare you feed me compatible in the first place.
I ended up chucking the machine. This is a shame and complete waste of resources. It probably works out economically to chuck the printer together with ink when they're finished but I will be not doing it again as it still is sitting on my environmentally friendly conscience.
I have a friend, to whom exactly the same thing happened so I'm not alone in my experience.
I got this printer about 3 years ago and it was a christmas present (I know, I know, pc world and comet are the only places open late on Christmas eve that you can park right outside, hence where my dad shops last minute). It has lasted me all the way through uni and it is really pretty good, reliable printer. I am in no way a techy person but this will be my review of my experience of the printer and what I like and dont like.
The printer came in a big box and it had a disc of drivers with it i think. I have however just downloaded the drivers online since and sometimes if you plug a new computer which is online into this printer, it just realises it and starts downloading all of the software automatically.
The printer takes the CMYK ink cartridges in the "leopard" range from Epson. This is my main gripe with the printer (as with all printers) they cost about £35 for a set of 4 and if you print as much as I do, these dont last long. You can however get copy or chipped fake cartridges from other places like ebay and tesco. On ebay they cost about £1 per cartridge, a much more acceptable price to those of us on a tight budget.
The ink cartridges are really easy to fit into the printer and the whole range takes similar cartridges so I can borrow/lend them to my boyfriend/dad who both have better models of the same printer no hassle.
The other thing I dont like about the printer is that it is really slow. Like really slow. If i want to print lecture notes before class I have to set the printer going as the first thing I do when I get out of bed because it takes ages to print each sheet and also I have had to go to uni a few times with only half of the notes because the printer was too slow. My housemates laser printer is really fast and prints double sided - putting mine to shame.
I have also had a few problems with this printer actually getting clogged print heads and printing stripes (probs for using copy cartridges but hey) so do watch for this!
I do like the scanning/photocopying abilities of this printer though as they let you do all sorts and are always coming in useful. The scanning software is epson scan and it is really easy to use. The photocopying is also quite fast and a good way to do single pages, but I would never use it for photocopying a book or something, rather pay in the library to do it as it is better quality and faster, even if it is 6p a sheet (I know, rip off!)
I do like this printer and I would say it is perfect for single people or students like me, but I really wouldnt buy it for my work or business if i had one. I also think it is a bit slow and there are new improved models of the printer which are available.
I know this is standard but now the printers only cost about £50 and the cartridges cost £35 so it doesnt really seem to make sense but it is a good printer to have at home.
The Epson Stylus DX4000 multi-function printer does what it says on the tin. It prints, it copies (either in black and white or colour) and scans.
Overall I am pleased with it. It's quite simple to work out how to use it as there are buttons on the top to push if you want scanning or photocopying.
The printing quality is excellent and photos look great.
Where it lets itself down is with the printer cartridges.
It absolutely refuses to use any cartridges that are not manufactured by Epson. Any Epson Stylus DX4000 compatible cartridges I have tried were refused. They fitted and looked exactly the same, but the printer would not recognise them and would not print. Not helpful.
While the computer helps you change cartridges once they've run out, this process can be tricky if you come up with problems ie trying to use compatible cartridges.
The good thing is that the inks are all separate so you only replace the colour you need to... and a bonus is, if you run out of black, it will use the colours to make it up for you.
In summary, great printer - but be prepared to use only expensive Epson cartridges.
Epson Stylus DX4000
Well were can I start with this printer. Its an all round great product, it has many different functions and features which will help any ser along the way to making you pictures or images better and processing your paperwork quicker. Whilst using this printer I found that it was very easy to use from the very simple buttons that are on the top of the printer towards the left. All of the buttons are very easy to use and you really couldnt go wrong with it.
The Epson DX4000 offers a complete printing and copying solution for all of the family. Its ideal for nearly everything. Its compatible with all applications and can be used for school projects, web designing, right down to photo printing. It can be used connected to your computer or you could use it as a standalone printer that allows you to copy documents in black and white or colour. Its your choice. The printer is very easy to use and will meet everybodys needs.
Well here is some of specification of the printer.
The black cartridge has 90 nozzle heads
The colour cartridges each have 29 nozzle heads
The print resolution 5760 x 1440 dpi
It can print up to 23 pages per minute in black text size A4
It can print up to 12 pages per minute in colour text size A4
It takes approximately 94 seconds to print a high quality photo image in colour.
The DX4000 takes approximately 5.3 seconds to copy an A4 sheet of black text
The DX4000 takes approximately 12.1 seconds to copy an A4 sheet of colour text
The printer has a scan resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi
All of the things above are what makes this such a great printer. It has very fast printing and copying times for both black and white and also colour. The printers paper tray can hold up to one hundred sheets of A4 at any one time which is quite a lot considering its a home printer and not designed for industry etc. the printer can print on to a range of paper sizes which make it even better for the user as they may want to print smaller things or may even want to print on to photo paper etc.
The thing that makes this printer even better is that it can run on almost any operating system. It can run on Windows 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP / Mac OS 10.2.5 or later. It can run on a great amount of operating systems and since XP is now the most widely used operating system that is even better for the user. The printer is also quite large for a printer because it is an all in one meaning it can print, scan and copy. The DX4000 has dimensions 430mm(w) x 345mm(D) x 172mm(H) and it also has a very light weight of 5.7kg, which means it will be very easy for you to move around etc.
I think that this is an excellent printer because of all of these features because its very fast, can copy, scan and also print which is everything that I need. I feel that Epson could improve on this model by maybe having an LCD screen at the front showing information about what you are doing and maybe allowing you to change the dpi of what you want to scan etc. also maybe to make it even better they could install a media card reader into the printer and allow you to print pictures straight from the memory cars or from the camera.
The printer ha a high resolution and great quality printing which makes this printer very good and makes me want to use it even more. Whenever I want to print off some family photos Iall I have to do is get on my computer and print them off with the DX4000 this way they look like original photos if I use the correct paper and therefore there is no need to go and spend a fortune at the photo developing shop.
Eventually the printer will run out of ink but what printer doesnt. Ink can be bought from most good computer stores and even from the internet. In the shops ink can be purchased for around £6.99 a cartridge. There are four cartridges in a printer so in theory if I wanted to replace all of my ink at the same time then it would cost me £27.96. but if this is too expensive for you then there are some sites on the internet that will do them for cheaper for each cartridge which will cost you around £15.00 for a set of ink, you would also be able to get the cartridges from places like computer fairs where ink will also be cheaper. This way it saves you a lot of money so that the printer becomes even more cost effective.
I find that buying cartridges from these kinds of places saves me a lot of money so that I can spend them on other things. There is a site on the internet that sells ink called ink cartridges direct that allows you to purchase ink for cheaper and every time you purchase a set of ink they send you an extra black cartridge for free, now that I have found this website I find that Im never low on ink and its great.
The printer itself is great value for money as well because it can be bought from Epson directly for £59.99 which means that it will be cheaper in other places such as Amazon.co.uk and other computer sites. I purchased my printer less than six months ago and I have never had a problem with it since the day I got it. It comes with a driver and utility installation disc that takes you through the process of installing your printer although most XP operating systems will install it automatically for you.
The printer is great value for money and I would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a great, cost effective all in one printer.
Thank you greatly for reading my review and hope to be hearing from you soon.