Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
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Epson Stylus Photo RX685
Member Name: trayrope
Epson Stylus Photo RX685
Date: 11/09/12, updated on 12/09/12 (99 review reads)
Advantages: Multi purpose, good quality, durable.
Disadvantages: Expensive cartridges.
The Epson Stylus Photo RX685 has been my main colour printer for nearly four years, Mr H and I brought it from Currys for less than £100 with a free set of replacement cartridges, unfortunately this particular model seems to be unavailable currently although you may still be able to pick one up cheaply on eBay, and the cartridges for this printer are still widely available.
In the box we are provided with an installation disk, a power cable, a quick set up sheet, a manual and a cd/dvd printing draw. The printer was packaged securely and the box was very sturdy, it now houses our Christmas decorations in the attic.
Once out of the box we are presented with quite a hefty piece of kit, luckily for me this is a photo printer, disk printer, scanner and photo copier all in one, and it takes up a mighty big portion of the computer area stood on its own little table brought especially for it.
Set up was relatively simple; it was just a case of plugging the power lead in and the USB lead, if you have difficulty with this there is a handy quick set up sheet to follow. The supplied test cartridges then need fitting, which is also quite simple. You lift the top of the printer up to reveal the printing mechanism and the place where the cartridges live, it is then a case of following the instructions given in the manual and on the cartridges to install and activate the cartridges. I do remember at first I was quite apprehensive swapping cartridges but now it is a very simple process.
The printer automatically installs the necessary drivers or they can be installed from the supplied disk or downloaded from online, so plenty of options available. I have the printer running from my windows xp pc, and it is also networked to various computers and laptops running windows 7, allowing printing from virtually anywhere in the house as long as the main pc is turned on.
The printer has two paper feeds, one from a tray located underneath and the other at the back, the location the paper is sourced from can be set up using printing preferences on your computer. I have printed on the bog standard cheap paper and on the heavy weight gloss and matt papers all with great success. The standard printing size is A4 and downwards, and you can also set it to print envelopes and labels.
Black and white document printing is quite fast churning out a page every five seconds or so, colour document printing is slightly slower. When it comes to printing A4 pictures be prepared for it to take a while as it takes around a minute to print. Smaller pictures on 6x4 photo paper take around 20 seconds each, so as long as you are not in a mad rush to show off your pictures or unlike me you don't leave things to the last minute you'll be ok.
Scanning documents and pictures onto the pc is relatively pain free, you just pop the picture on to the bed of the scanner and double click the Epson scan software that was loaded onto the pc at installation and follow the instructions. Scanning can take a while depending on what you are scanning and the quality at which you want the document or picture to be scanned. This has been a great function for me as I have scanned a lot of old and yellowing photo's onto the computer and my husband has used photo software programmes to repair the pictures. I have also scanned copies of documents that I have needed to send off.
The photo copier function is very simple, just pop what you want a copy of into the bed of the scanner and press copy, the small screen on the printer then brings up options for you to choose from, like colour copy, amount of copies etc. I find the copier very easy to use although it has not been used very often as I usually scan things into the computer and then print out at a later date.
Another feature of this printer is disk printing; this is great for making your own picture cd's and personalising home made cd's of music or pictures. All you need are some printable disks and to follow the instructions in the manual. Disk printing software is installed during the initial installation and is very easy to follow and the results are usually very good. You do have to remember to allow time for the inks to dry on the disk otherwise they smudge and ruin all your hard work.
The printer has a tilt up colour screen set into the front panel, this displays the information as to what the printer is currently doing and when the cartridges need changing. The colour display also allows you to scroll through photos on memory cards, USB sticks and CF cards to select them for printing. The printer has ports for you to plug SD cards, CF cards and USB sticks directly into it.
It is very easy to maintain the printer using tools installed during the initial installation. I very rarely have to run any maintenance on the printer but when I do it is easy thanks to the user friendly software.
The main cost of running the printer is in the cartridges, to be honest the original Epson cartridges give the best printing results but I long ago switched to generic cartridges to cut down on ink costs and I also run a Brother laser printer along side this for document printing. The good thing about the Epson RX685 is that the colour cartridges are all separate; there are six cartridges so if cyan runs out before all the rest you only need to replace cyan.
The photo quality is very good; I would not say it is as good as having your photos printed professionally, but for the convenience and low cost it is more than acceptable. The cartridges last a good amount of time, when I first got the printer I changed all the cartridges every couple of weeks, now the novelty has worn off it is probably twice a year. Despite not using the printer very much now, when I come to print, it prints first time every time.
I have never had any trouble with paper jams, it does occasionally take two or three sheets of paper through at once, I am not sure why though.
All things considered I have found this to be a fantastic printer, copier and scanner; it has been used regularly for nearly four years with little to no problems. If you can get hold of one second hand that is still in good working order then I recommend it.
Thank you for reading.
Summary: A great multi function printer from Epson.