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Where do I start with this printer?
This was the first multifunction printer which we ever had. We bought it as my Mom was setting up her own business and wanted to print out lots of leaflets to drop through letterboxes.
When we first got it home we tried setting it up. That was a hasstle. The drivers on the disc didn't seem to want to work with our computer. No matter what we tried, ti wouldn't install even though our computer was over the specifications listed on the bx and manual. After many minutes trying I went online and downloaded them - this worked. I assume the disc was damaged in some way, however I did not see any scratches etc...
This printer is fairly old now and therefore was not a networked one, to print you must plug in via USB. This worked ok although by today's standards may be seen as a slight hassle when the majority of printers are now wireless.
The initial setup was strangely a long process, we didn't really have to do anything (except fro install all of Epson's bloatware onto our computer) but the printer just felt like making various noises fro about 20 minutes before it announced it actually wanted to work.
So that was the setup complete, now we wanted to print. We printed and the page looked nothing like it did on the screen. We assumed the heads weren't aligned and went about aligning them via the computer as this printer had no LCD screen for maintaining it standalone - a computer is necessary to do any maintenance with the device. This worked. What the hell was the printer dong for that 20 minutes? Surely it could have aligned the heads in that time!
We printed another page to decent results - pretty good colours, dry, sharp - but it was slow. We had to print a couple hundred pages of leaflets the next day - it did take the whole day pretty much!
We had the printer for about a year with very little usage as we didn't print to often. I would occasionally use it for some school work and we may print another 10 or 11 leaflets, but that was all. Somehow, doing this got through multiple cartridges which were priced at about £8 each (for 4). We then decided to print only black and white to cut costs - however Epson decided that colour cartridges are needed for this and these must be full even if they are not being used... thanks Epson.
After this time, it mysteriously broke. One day we switched it on and nothing happened. After a lengthy conversation with Epson technical support, they told it to go to an approved Epson repair shop many miles away. To get there and repair it would cost as much as a new printer so we just the the printer away
I had to buy only one printer for me to do my secondary school work on and you would have thought that as it has lasted me this long it would be a good sign. However, it is such a bad printer that I have virtually stopped using it and now only print in emergencies. The print quality is poor at best and colours often saturate the page rather than giving a clean finish. Perhaps worst of all, though, is the time that it takes to print, which can be suffocatingly slow in high density pages. Fair enough, a draft print on a sparsely populated page can zoom through the machine, but this is not up to its promises. Now that the budget printer market has dropped its prices even lower, it is an inadvisable purchase to fork out around £60 for this all in one printer. This is especialy the case given the cost of replacement ink cartridges
Nonetheless, there are some more positive features. The scanning is of a high quality and uses an excellent computer program to prompt the user. It can be made as simple or as advanced as you like it to be with many professional quality features available and options that just make life easier such as naming patterns for your scanned files. Moreover, one-touch photocopying in colour or black and white is a timesaver and generally comes out in poor quality.
However, its structural design is its worst point of all. It may look stylish and have the Epson brand name, but once you begin to use it, its flimsy, cheap plastic becomes irritating The front tray sometimes needs to be opened (or wrenched) with an alarming degree of force and it is even more difficult to close it back up again. On the other hand, the back drawer where you insert the paper has been known to come completely off and need to be manually pushed back in a way that the manufacturer clearly did not intend. Even with the decent scanning, anything thicker than a few sheets of paper wil require you to stand over it and press down or add a heavy weight. This is because of the flimsy top covering, which apart from attracting visibly worrying amounts of dust, is too thin and lightweight and has itself been known to fall off. Overall, its a decent all-in-one for the occasional user but not a heavy duty machine that it looks in its black bulkiness.
This has to be the worst inkjet printer I've ever had! This is a pity, because I've had several Epson printers in the past, and all these have served their purpose without problem.
At a basic level, it offers a printer, scanner and copier (though as with most of these devices, the copier is a combination of the scanner and printer).
Firstly, the printing is of very poor quality. The paper tray at the back is very rickety, and no matter how many adjustments you make, the paper is still drawn in, and consequently printed, slightly out of alignment. For changing the size of paper, the slider mechanism is also very stiff; it takes several go's to get it across or back - you think it's not going to move, then suddenly it shifts with alarming speed, crushing the paper!
I have never known an inkjet printer which consumes ink cartridges like this one does. I mostly print black and white text, with some colour photographs; it gets through at least one black ink cartridge a month, and colours probably need changing every six weeks or so - with a new set of ink cartridges costing around £50, it's an expensive beast to feed!
As with many multi-function printers, the scanner / copier element is suitable for only thin booklets of single pages. Anything thicker than this, such as a book, needs to be held down manually as the top flap is nowhere near heavy enough to make any impact.
As other reviews have indicated, the initial cost of the machine is relatively low compared to similar products; however, what you might save on the initial cost, is certainly made up by the cost of and volume at which it uses up ink! I have never ever come across an inkjet printer which is so hungry!
The whole setup is rather flimsy, and as another reviewer has said, I'm never sure when it's simply going to give up the ghost.
The printer itself is a brilliant buy for the price tag of £35. It suits the need of a household printer and also does good quality photos and has handy quick touch photocopy buttons. Also it benefits from a very simple scanner.
It is relatively slow and quite noisy but personally this doesn't bother me at all. What is annoying is Epson's ink strategy! - You cannot use certain compatible cartridges due to the microchips used as Epson is trying to force you to use their branded cartridges. I have however found that the Tesco Compatible Cartridges work fine and cost around £5.
I have not had any mechanical problems with the printer and have used it a lot. In fact the only difficulty arises from certain ink cartridges - as I said, stick to Tesco or Epson and you should be fine.
For a 3 in one ink-jet that is so cheap and has cheap individual cartridges I would definitely recommend the Epson Stylus DX4450! If you print in volume, I would opt for something else.
To be perfectly honest i keep expecting this printer to pack in at any moment because it's sold at a very cheap price compared to the mass majority of printers, but with all credit to the print it keeps printing at the same quality when i first bought it just under two years ago.
The printer is very easy to install, use and also maintain, so you don't need to be a computer geek to use it. Cartridges can be bought cheaply and installed very easily and quickly. Also scanning of items can be done very quickly and easily. However the reason why it is easy to use is because it is a very basic printer. But don't let this deter you, if basic is what you want, this is definitely for you. If you only need to print off the odd couple of sheets every day, then this is the ideal printer for you. However if you want to print in mass, this isn't really the printer for you because it is fairly slow. Also this printer is fairly big and chunky so not ideal if you want to put it in a small space.
I bought this at the end of last year and although i was originally going to buy a different printer ihad already decided it was going to be an Epson. This was on offer at £30 and although i didn't need an all-in one particularly as it was ny first ever printer i snapped it up. Bit bulky for my box room but that's not a major problem. I don't deal with setting up technology very well so there were a few problems butother than that it was pretty easy. I don't ever use the software on the computer for it as it confuses me andisn't that clear to use. Prints good quality even if it is a bit slow i can leave it to print while doing something else, though may annoy people who sit waiting for it. Changing ink cartridges was dead easy and the Epson ones are really cheap. Used the scannerforthe first time yesterday and was so easy to use and worked well for what i needed it for. Everything else is dead easy like loading paper and all that. Altogether a great everyday printer if you don't print out tons and are patient. The onlyproblem i (thought!) i had was the printer had stoppedworking. Turns out the wire at the back had come out! Noticed that doesn't stay in very well.
The Epson Stylus Dx4450 looked great at just £30 from Tesco. After owning several Epson printers, my last one costing over £200, with less features than this model, i was more than happy spending £30 on this printer.
On Looks its not bad at all really. It is a bit chunky but this is to be expected for an all in one inkjet solution.
The printer worked well for about a month, the paper then stated getting jamed. I started to make sure i was loading it correctly, which i was. Then it gradually got worse, and on the final occasion it made the horrible printer jamming sound 'errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rr'. It was nackered.
I know Epson offer cheap ink and they cost less but i think their is a reason for that. A family member of mine owns a little HP printer that he's had for years. It cost him £50 and it's still running today. Rock on.
What a GREAT printer! I managed to snag this from Currys (UK) for £29.99 and it's the best £30 I've spent.
As soon as I got home, I plugged it into my computer (Currently a MacBook - but also works GREAT on PC), put the CD in to install the software/drivers and I was away. VERY easy to install and VERY easy to use!
It also has a great look to it, looks very stylish with the glossy black top (almost like a Playstation 3, or the back of an iPhone 3g).
One of the best features it has is the ink and ink cartridge system. It uses 4 ink cartridges - 1 Black, 1 Cyan, 1 Yellow, 1 Magenta. This means that you only have to replace one cartridge when the colour runs out, not a WHOLE colour cartridge consisting of the 3 colours.
The ink system is also amazing. It basically encapsulates each dot of ink in a resin bubble, which prevents smudging and fading and is a truly great feature.
For the price, you can't beat it!
I've only ever had a non-Epson printer once and I'll never be doing that again, so when I went out to choose a new printer Epson was my first choice. After much deliberation the printer I eventually choice was the Epson DX4450.
Once I got it home and unpacked it, I set about connecting it to me computer expecting the process to take quite a while. I was pleasantly surprised as from unpacking to printing the first document it only took about 20 minutes. Fantastic.
When the document had printed I was also exceptionally pleased with the print quality which was far better than I have ever had with my other printers in the past. Being impressed I decided to print a colour document (the first had been black and white) to see how this fared. Again the print quality was excellent and better still the paper was feeding through correctly and not being chewed up by the printer (again another feature of my past printers). The only problem was it did take a reasonable period of time to print but I suppose I'd rather it take longer but look decent than be printed in 2 seconds flat and look awful.
The printer itself is a combination scanner and printer. A button on the right hand side allows you to scan and print a document without having to touch anything else. You can also scan documents using a programme on your computer and then print them at a later date if you so choose. Anyway my last printer hadn't had a scanner attached and so I had to try this out too. For testing purposes I choose a document that had pictures and texts on it and pressed the quick scan and print (photocopy) button on the printer. The scanning of the document was super quick and when the printed copy was complete the print quality was again very good. The text was sharp and defined and the pictures looked exactly as they had on the original.
Another good feature of the DX4450 is that it contains 4 separate ink cartridges, black, yellow, cyan and magenta, meaning that when one colour runs out you don't have to buy all three therefore saving you money. The cartridges themselves aren't too badly priced and retail at around £8.00 a cartridge although these can be purchased cheaper online or if you shop around, I usually pay about £6.00. It is also possible to purchase combination ink packs, which come with a complete set of colour cartridges, these usually cost about £22.00 but again are cheaper if you shop around. The ink cartridges also last a fair while; at a rough estimate I'd say that each will print around 200 sheets of text before running out, obviously however pictures will use up more ink. Furthermore Epson have also made the purchasing of ink cartridges easier as no longer do you have to remember a long number, simply a picture. The cartridges used in this printer are cheetah cartridges and are also used in other Epson printers so if you are considering buying two printers it is worth seeing if you can find two that run on the same cartridge. This way you can purchase multi-pack cartridges and save more money, which is always a bonus.
NOTE: The printer does come with a complete set of colour cartridges and a black so you can start printing straight away.
All in all therefore I have to say that I am quite impressed by the Epson DX4450. Despite it being a little slow on the printing front the print quality is excellent and it's scanning functions more than adequate. It's defiantly the best printer I've ever had.