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The Epson Stylus printer was bought as an inexpensive solution whilst I was updating my computer equipment. It connects to your computer using a USB cable and does not require any complicated set up. It does not print in fantastically high quality, despite the fact it seems to drink costly ink very very quickly.
This printer by Epson incorporates a scanner and a photocopier into the bargain as well, so although it does look like rather a big unit, you're probably saving a bit of space on your desk.
The scanning software is included and is really easy to use. There are actually instructions just inside the scanner lid, as well as simple on screen windows, so you can't really get stuck. The scanner is of a reasonably high quality, as good as you can expect for a fairly budget machine, but it does take rather a long time and makes an awful lot of noise.
The photocopier function on this printer is also very handy, although because there isn't an option to use a low resolution it drinks ink. I find it cheaper to use the public photocopier in my university library, especially if i have a few copies to make.
The printer did not last me very long because the runners that fed the paper through broke after probably about a year. The paper will only feed at a slightly off centre angle. I first noticed this a long time ago but it was not a problem, it only meant that my printing would be at a very slight angle, however now, one side of the paper always gets chewed up horribly and the same bit of paper gets printed on over and over again. Funnily this problem seems to correct itself sometimes and goes much much worse just when I have something important to print.
I have been using this printer for a good 2 years now and, overall, it has been very reliable. It was initially very cheap to buy even then and came with a set of cartridges (which did not last long, though I understand they only half fill them in the factory - cheapskates!). I did not come with a cable though, which I had to go and buy - something of an annoyance, buying a device you can't even use without buying something else!
The printer itself is pretty good. Sure it doesn't print magazine-quality photos, but I never expected that, and it achieves the sort of quality I need. It is also pretty ink-economical and immitation, non-official cartridges can be bought VERY cheaply (and without a particular compromise on quality) so the printer is not expensive at all to run.
I did have a large period of time where it just wasn't printing well at all, regardless of the number of head-alignments or cleaning cycles I ran, it was still rubbish! I was just about to throw it away and buy another when it started behaving again, to my relief. It has been serving me well ever since. Though this is not helpful for anyone thinking of buying this printer, it does show to an extent the sheer longevity of this model, even when using cheap cartridges!
The software is simple to use, the scanning feature in particular is great and the unit itself forms very good quality jpegs. It can be very noisy though, when scanning but especially when printing, and it is in general very slow to complete tasks. If you just want a quick draft for reference purposes then it can pump one out in seconds, but anything beyond that tends to take ages.
I would admit that this is definitely a printer on the lower end of the scale, but for basic printing needs it is perfectly suitable, and most importantly, it is VERY cheap to run and maintain. An all-round decent printer.
I have had this printer for about two years I think with varied results. So firstly epson is a really really good brand and it makes printers that are built to last, as my printer is relatively still in the same condition as I bought it, even after about two maybe three years!
The printer is a multi functioning, all in one printer, as it firstly is a printer and it is also a scanner/copier. In my usage of this printer I have found that the scanning process can be quite sensitive, for example, when scanning an item there are three opinions on the printer. One for colour photos/images, one for black and white text/documents and one for colour documents. Which is useful as it specifies which one would be the best to use for you needs, but when you press the appropriate button for you item to be scanned it can take quite a while for the printer to respond/react to the command - usually needing me to press the scan button a number of times until it actually scans the paper.
The printing is of quite a good standard but some times the picture can come out 'fuzzy' or a bit blurry - not as it was on the screen - which is a bit disappointing. The printing times varies depending on how much text you have on your document and pictures and images take quite a long time to print (about a minute may be longer). Also I have found that you need to go on to the epson printer software on your computer or iMac quite often to clean to nozzles, align to nozzles and check that they are all working, because it you don't check them about each month when I print something out it can have lines on it.
It is a ink jet colour printer and the ink is durabrite ultra ink, which in my experience of using this printer really shows the high quality of the ink on photographic paper/glossy paper, but not so much on normal paper.
It is 600 to 1200 dpi - dots per inch but I think you can get better a better dpi on other printers.
It has a paper capacity of about 80 sheets of paper, my printer is quite durable and it can just carry on printing for a while.
It weighs 5kg which is quite heavy, for me it is anyway so it is not good for moving around the house/office.
It is compatible with a lot of operating systems, Windows 98/ ME/ 2000/XP/ Vista, Mac OS 10.2.8 or later. It also uses a usb lead to attach to my iMac and to my computer. I have an iMac and I also have a computer which has the XP operating system and the printer works fine with both of them and so does the software.
There is some software that comes with the printer which includes, the epson creativity suite, scan assistant and the easy photo print. But I have not used these really. But I think the creativity suite is good for editing/adapting photographs.
Also the ink cartridges are really quite cheap as well, well compared to other cartridges on the market. We had a HP printer before this and it costs loads in cartridges but this is so cheap at two for £8 in asda! Also the printer is quite cheap too, on the epson UK website is has a rrp of £60!
I think you can buy this printer from various tech stores, I think we bought this one from Pc world. But Currys, argos and comet might have it. I would recommend looking online or ringing them to see if they have it in stock first or to reserve it online then pick it up. But is it quite heavy but it is also compact - I just measured my printer and it is about 42cm in width (from the widest part).
*Very very cheap printer and also very cheap ink cartridges
*Good printing on photographic paper in my opinion less good on normal paper
*You need to set it to clean it nozzles and align its self in my opinion about every two months to avoid lines on the text or images you are printing
*Good and fast at printing text or small images but bigger images or photos take quite a while to print in my case
*Not very 'pretty' it looks quite industrial
Thank you for reading my review
I'm keen on bargains and gadgets so the all-in-one aspect of this printer really appealed. I got mine from staples about 18 months ago now and it was £44 at the time. I had been looking for a fairly basic printer but this seemed to have more on offer for the same price. It hasn't turned out to be a gimmick either as having the scanner and photocopier is really useful. When it mentions being a "photocopier" by the way, it just means that you can use the scanner part to print a copy directly (colour or black and white) without having to be connected up to your computer like when you're scanning something in.
For me the print quality is fine but I mainly use it for word documents. Pictures that I have printed have come out well but I can't really vouch for how good it is with photos etc. though I'd guess it does them fine. It's pretty speedy too.
The main drawback of this model is the size (it's around 44 x 35 x20cm) because it has the A4 flatbed scanner built in on the top. However, it will still take up less space on your desk than a printer and a scanner separately. As with all printers, it's the cartridges that really cost you. This one takes a yellow, cyan, magenta and separate black cartridge (so you don't use up all the colours just making black) and the epson versions are quite pricey (though you can get a multipack). However, compatibles are around. Tescos have a cheap version and I think Rymans is working on it. These cheaper ones don't tend to provide such good quality but are significantly easier on the pocket.
Like the other users, I recently bought this All-In-One Printer just under a year ago. I was in a supermarket looking for a £25 cartidge for a bog standard £30 Lexmart printer when I saw this little (maybe not so little)beauty by Epsom. I had to do a double take £35 for an all in one? It wasn't miss labeled, and it was the best printer purchase I ever made.
I love the fact that all the cartridges are separate. Yes the black does run out quickly, but at least you don't have to replace half finished colours because the black has run out. The cartidges are really easy to change. No mess no fuss click out the old and click in the new.
Yes it can be a bit slow scanning, but this can be affected by the speed of your computer, so it may not be down to the printer. I didn't even notice the missing USB cable, having gone through a number of printers, I am awash with cables.
The quality settings of the print can be varied according to the purpose, so it is generally good. I have not found th Photo print quality brilliant, but once again there could be other reasons for this, such as paper type and ink typeand the quality of the original photo.
My printer does have one strange quirk. I have installed it on two different PCs. On mine all the dialogue boxes are in English so I can understand when it needs a little TLC. On my daughter's PC the dialogue boxes are all in German. Now I know what you are going to say- you need to select English as the Language when you install it. So I uninstalled it and started re-installation from scratch using the CD. Carefully selected English as the Language. Informed my daughter that I had sorted it out. Demonstrated said solution and there it was -German dialogue box in all its glory. Really weird. It's only a small quirk. Makes life more interesting.
I picked this printer up when I upgraded my pc to Windows Vista as my old printer was not Vista compatible and with no plans to make the printer compatible I needed a new printing solution. This like most printers was very easy to install as it was just a case of plugging in the power cable to the mains and the usb to the pc and installing the software & drivers. The printer is an all in one solution so that you can scan, copy and print all from the one device which saves space and power usage but for me the best thing about having an all in one device is that you have a lot less mess due to cables.
The printer is not as noisy as many printers and that it uses black and individual colour cartridges (magenta, yellow and blue) and is fairly quick with its printing which are all brilliant things. The thing I most liked about this printer was that when you lift the top to get to the print cartridges for changing these there is a label which advises the cartridge numbers to make it easier for you to purchase you replacement cartridges (simple but brilliant).
If you are looking for a printer which will make printing and scanning easy then this is a brilliant printer for you...this will allow the simple printing as well as the photo prints and all of the items printed are dry quickly so you don't have to worry about the ink running or smudging.
I've been using this printer for at least six months, maybe more. I bought it when I was looking for new ink cartridges for my old printer in the supermarket one day and noticed that it was only an extra £10 to get the cartridges along with a brand new printer! That's got to be worth my while I thought and bought this home with me.
I found it really easy to set up and I can still remember now that this was the quickest printer installation I've ever gone through. I think that's partly down to modern operating systems and that plug and play capability they have though. I found it was a straightforward case of plugging it in to the power, connecting it with a USB lead to the computer (not included of course) and then following the on screen instructions to get it installed.
This all in one includes a scanner, a colour printer and a copier so it's good for most general basic home office needs. The printing has always been good quality and I'm generally very pleased with the print speed too. I can rattle off a draft quality letter in a few seconds or I can be patient for a best quality photo to take a few minutes to print.
The downside to this is that the scanner and copier facilities are quite slow. The copying isn't too bad and takes about two minutes to copy then print off a standard letter or picture, but the scanner is a bit painful. I've waited up to five minutes for it to go through the motions and upload the image onto the screen before.
Amazon have this for £65 which I think is too much but other places have it for £30 - £40 which makes this an excellent budget printer. We're now thinking of upgrading because of all the family photos we'd like to print off but we'll definetely still keep this as a spare. If you just print off a few photos and letters a month and want something that can take scans or copies in rare cases then this is excellent value for money. If you're needs are more frequent then I suggest looking to spend a few more quid on something faster.
The Epson Stylus DX 4400 3 in 1 printer copier and fax is a great entry level printer for the student or family. I picked mine up from a supermarket chain for a good price of £25 about 5 months ago.I have used Epson printers for years and needed a new one as the heads on my old one finally gave up. Yes the black ink seems to run out very quickly, only after 2 weeks of intermediate printing I had to buy one. The official inks made a bit of a dent in the old wallet at nearly £23 for three colours and one black. The print speeds are a little slow but alright if not in a hurry.The one bonus feature is being able to copy without the computer being on. And with no USB lead included in the box, it's a case of hoping you have a spare for that straight out of the box usage. But otherwise a overall sound printer if a little on the large size for people who want to store it under the computer table.
This all in one printer, scans, copies and prints. The 1st thing that i noticed about this as I was setting it up, is that there was no USB connection lead included, so I had to but that separately. Also the Black ink is the same size as the colour so as you are printing out documents the black ink will need replacing before the rest of the colour.
The prints are good, but white faces don't come out too well, the scanning is good, but before a scan or print is doesn't you have to turn the printer on at the printer, it won't turn on when it is needed, the printer can be left on and it will go in the sleep tho.
The paper holder is good, but on printer tray is a pain to fold back into place when it is finished with, and it feels like it is going to break.