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I bought one these a few years ago when they had a deal going in PC World. Operationally wise, it is pretty good - an all-in-one printer that should cover all the requirements and needs of a home or small work based computer. The print quality is excellent, even right up to the full photographic mode. On top of that you have the scanner element which also doubles as a straight photo copier - both very functional and giving good results.
That all said, now a few problems that I've noticed. The first problem with Epson is that they put the actual inkjets on the printer side rather than the cartridge itself. With HP etc, they do it the other way round, so every time you put a new cartridge in, you get a new jet as well. With Epson, the jet bit can clog up over time or through lack of use, and there is no way of easily cleaning it or replacing it. New cartridges won't help, so the only way around it is to buy a new printer. Bad for you - good for Epson.
The other issue I've found, particularly with this printer is that when any one cartridge runs low, the whole printer stops. So even if you only want to print in black and white, and the yellow cartridge has run low, you can't print anything because the printer stops until you replace the yellow cartridge. An annoying part of this is that the electronic 'low level' warning (which detects counts of use rather than ink volume left) for the cartridge is set quite high, so you can still have a fair amount of ink left in the cartridge, but the printer won't allow you to use it. I think 'Which' magazine identified that there could be as much as 30% left in the cartridge. I did a bit of research and managed to get a little electronic utility for a few pounds off of E-Bay which you can use to reset the cartridge 'count' level. This then 'tricks' the printer into thinking that the cartridge is still full, and hence allows you to use all of the ink in the cartridge to the last drop.
In summary, all in all, it is a good printer, but it can be expensive to run.
I have had this printer for almost 2 years now, It's a reliable brand, and it does its job when its working properly.
When I first bought this printer I was amazed by its print quality, until it slowly started playing up. It prints awful and I have to keep setting it to clean itself, which wastes ink at the same time.
Printer, scanner and copiers are essential these days and this all-in-one printer does all the simple jobs of photocopying well (having the ability to set it black&white) or coloured. This printer also has slots for camera memory cards so if you don't have the slot/adapter you can just use your printer to transfer all your digital onto you comp..For example I use it to transfer my photos from my camera to my Macbook because it doesn't have the slot. It's a very straight forward printer with a screen on the printer allowing you to select options and you are able to use this printer even if your laptop isn't on-this is a bonus especially if you don't want to turn your comp on.
Very easy and quick to change the ink cartridges within reach. The printer runs on 4 inks (yellow, blue, megenta and black) and when the one ink runs out you just have to replace the one ink. However this is also annoying, if say your black ink runs out but the other 3 havent you are not able to print until you have changed the black ink.
I find myself having to set it on fine print to print to achieve super perfect photos but when done so I must say the results are impressive. It prints very clear and professionally!but if I was just to leave it on normal settings for it to perform normally it starts loosing its shades of colours, not only that it prints red lines, like indicating there isn't enough ink!
Epson is a very renowned name for its good quality but this printer is defiantly a disappointment and its very frustrating to sort it out too! Not only can the quality bad be bad when its not working well the printer is extremely bulky and big! Its very heavy and noisey.
Prints (when set on super fine option) its Perfect (especially) printed on satin paper, or ultra gloss!but a waste of ink..it drinks ink so badly-very expensive to maintain and within printing you may waste paper too from the feed of the printer!
I do not recommend this printer.
Print outs 9/10 for Super fine setting 5/5 (o.k) for Normal setting printing
Cost 3/10 Not worth is at all
Function 10/10 has all aspect of what a printer needs
Appearance 2/10 Very heavy and bulky
I originally had another Epson printer in the CX series but unfortunately it broke town so I got a replacement printer but decided to pay a little extra and get this printer.
Altogether I paid £180 with insurance. From the looks of the printer it looked really sophisticated and difficult to use, but I got a helper who was wandering around and he explained it all to me. It turned out that it was really simple. In the end I took it home and set it up.
The bad thing was that the printer is really bulky and it's difficult to arrange on my desk, but I got it in, in the end. I tried printing some pictures out and the quality was superb like the box said. Every single detail was captured and the colour quality is brilliant. I also tried photocopying as well as scanning and they too turned out really well.
The best thing about this printer is that it can print photos on glossy paper straight from a memory stick or CD, isn't that useful. You just insert them in they're port on the front and follow the instructions that come up on the 3 inch screen. The printer comes with a packet of glossy paper standard size.
Another brilliant thing about the printer is that it uses separate ink cartridges. Normally ink are split into black & white and colour, but in this is split into Black, yellow, light cyan, light magenta, magenta and cyan. This is really useful because before if one colour finished you had to change the whole cartridge but with this you only have to change the cartridge that finished. Ink cost around £36 which is a lot better than the other ink prices on the market.
Unfortunately, in the time of only 6 months the printer has broken down twice which is awful. I wouldn't expect that from an Epson printer. I had to take it to an Epson shop so they fix it for me.
Overall, this is a brilliant printer, which produces brilliant prints but I wouldn't recommend people to buy this as it isn't reliable and might break down in those desperate minutes like it did to me.
The Epson Stylus Photo RX520 is an all-in-one home photo center. Photo-lab quality prints are quick and easy to produce. Plus you can scan and copy, and restore old and faded photos at the touch of a button.
Prints from all popular memory cards - no computer required;
Photo-lab quality printing at resolutions up to 5760 optimized dpi;
Scan film and slides at 2400dpi with the built-in transparency unit;
Quick and easy photo copying and enlarging;
Individual ink cartridges mean you only need to replace the ink that has run out.