Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
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A terrible printer - just awful
Epson Stylus DX4450
Member Name: timetoshine
Epson Stylus DX4450
Advantages: Simple to use, decent scanning and photocopying
Disadvantages: Flimsy and not good value for money
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.
Summary: Look elsewhere for a better quality all-in-one printer