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Both me and my husband have printer at work, so fore years we didn't really even think of buying our own printer, didn't have need for it. However, during one grocery shopping I found SX100 in Tesco for an absolute bargain - £24.90, and I just could't leave it there.
Design: size as usual All-in-One, I don't think it can be called easy to store, but the trays can be folded and for ink printer it's ok. It comes in black glossy finish and has no display, just a few buttons, pretty straight forward to operate.
Connectivity: It's an old class printer, no bluetooth or wireless connection, had to be connected with computer with old fashioned USB cable, plus of course, there is a power cable. To use as a photocopier, there is no need to connect to computer.
Scanner: There is a CD with software for scanner attached, which is easy to instal and operate, scanning does take a while, plus it does the preview first and than scans again (this can be turned off I believe). Scans are of good quality and resolution, absolutely sufficient for normal home use, but scanning a 100-page document would take ages.
Photocopier: Quality, just as I said about scanner, is great. I must say I have scanned a letter with signature and then it took a minute to determine which one is original (sure you can see it, but not as first sight). You have to load page by page and scanning, again, takes a while, so same as with printer - ok if you need to occasionally photocopy few pages.
Printer: Needs four cartidges - black, magenta, yellow and blue, which really saves money as you don't need to change the full "colour" cartridge as soon as one of the colours is gone. Personally I buy multipacks of Tesco cartridges compatibile with SX100 and never had any probs at all (I have the printer for more than 2 years now), only need to change them twice (colours) or three times (black) a year, but it really depends on how much you print. Again, the printing quality is good, never had any problems with printing dirty lines, etc. Speed of printing - can be a bit of a nightmare if you're in hurry, but it's pretty much normal for ink printers.
I must say I'm really glad we have a printer at home now, especially as it has never let us down, is always to hand whatever you need to use it for. Doesn't need any maintanance at all (except for changing cartridges) and is reliable. Sure there are no extra features you can find on any modern printer these days, but for old fashioned printing and scanning it does the job very well.
35 quid at Tesco's for an all in one printer?? Can't be bad!
What does it look like?
Big is the word here and if I had to choose a 2nd word I'd go for dull. The black (mega dust collecting) lid lifts to reveal the scanner bed and to the left of the lid you have the power button plus several other buttons allowing you to do one touch photocopying.
You put the paper in vertically at the back (which is rarely a good thing) and as with many toploading printers you find that if you put too much paper in i.e. 30 sheets or more, it will either drag through two sheets at a time or put through pages at a jaunty angle meaning your margins go from 4cm at the top of the page to 1mm at the bottom.
Installing the printer
With the exception of getting it recognise the cartridges the setup was pretty straightforward. Simply run the CD and follow the instructions. It talks you through connecting the device to power and the USB socket and setting up the ink cartridges. The software would probably have installed a lot more quickly than the half hour it eventually took but it does seem to want to install a lot of Epson software. You will probably find you won't use a lot of it but it's a simple enough job to uninstall the programmes you don't want afterwards. I would recommend keeping the scanner software though as it is very quick and easy to use.
On the other hand putting the cartridges in was a bit of a nightmare. You follow the instructions and the cartridge tray refuses to move to a position where you can get to it. After a battle it will eventually move but even then it refuses to recognise the cartridges. Twenty minutes to get it all sorted would be a conservative estimate
How does it perform?
I can't really complain. Sure it is a bit noisy and as I mentioned before it doesn't perform well if you put too much paper in the feeder but that is easily sorted....just don't put too much paper in. The one touch photocopying works very well: just pop your page on the scanner bed and press one of the buttons on the top to select colour or b&w photocopying and away it goes.
Scanning is almost as easy. The scanner bed is clearly marked so you can see where to put your page and you then simply load up the Epson Scan software. You can faff with the settings or just hit the <Scan> button and 30 seconds later your page is scanned in and saved to the My Picture folder.
I know there has been some criticism of it being a bit juicy in terms of printer ink but again I cannot complain. You have a good range of options: draft, text, photograph, photograph and text. Most of the time I don't want a fantastic quality print out and stick to draft. I guess I have done 200 sheets in draft, a couple of high quality A4 photocopies and maybe 20 good quality prints and I have only needed to replace one cartridge
One to buy then?
Despite its faults I'd have to say a definite yes. I have not seen any other printer, scanner, photocopiers going for this price and it does those functions well and has never given me any hassle in terms of needing repairs
Ok, so I'm not very technically minded so please take this as a non-tech review of a Epson SX100 printer.
What does this printer do?
Nowadays like most home printers this device also photocopies and scans, which are handy things.
I do scan quite a few photos and have found this to be ok for my amateur needs. I would say the quality is probably not to a professional standard but the software included allows you to change bits and bobs as you see fit.
The photocopy is of an ok quality but nothing to get too excited about, generally the copy is better if scanned and then printed.
The printing (colour and black and white) however is not of a brilliant standard I have personally found. My main problem is that although I print very few things it seems to drink ink with a passion! I find myself being told that the cartridges need replacing every few pages I print, and this is just letters, nothing fancy like photographs as I can never seem to get the contrast right to print a photo.
Everything it does, be it printing, scanning or copying it does make quite a noise, in fact even turning it on makes a noise, this could be forgiven if it did everything else well...however, that is just not the case!
Actually loading the printer and software onto the computer was easy, but you would expect Epson to have this well covered by now.
Can you get hold of replacement cartridges easily then?
Yes you can, and when we first bought this printer (which we coincidentally bought because our old one was too expensive to buy the correct cartridges for) you could buy them fairly cheaply and in a range of places. However they do seem a bit harder to come by and generally cost about £15-20 to replace the black and colours in one go depending on where you buy them from.
And a word of warning, I have tried some cheaper cartridges trying to quench the thirst of the machine, and after printing only 1 page it refused to recognise the cartridge at all!
How much did you pay?
I think we paid around £30-£40 for this around a year ago, which actually worked out cheaper than buying cartridges for our old printer, so it was a bargain as it came with some cartridges included. It also came with software and printer to pc cable.
Would you recommend this?
Even with being such a bargain I would not recommend this to anyone, and am thinking about getting rid of it already. Not only does it insist on having the cartridges changed on a far too regular basis, but the quality of the printing seems to be getting worse. And actually changing the cartridges and getting it to recognise that I have put new ones in can take as much as half an hour and a lot of stress. And then it won't print properly the next time I turn it on!
Also I'm not sure where everyone else keeps their printers now a days, but mine is on a shelf just above shoulder height and trying to get paper into the top feeder is a nightmare and I end up having to climb onto my table to see what I am doing, I didn't have this problem with my other printer. However the paper tray thing at the bottom holds quite a few sheets of paper without any problems and folds away well so you can almost forget that what you have is a printer instead of just a large black box!
When it was new and behaved itself I thought it was a good little cheap printer, but the more I use it the more I dislike it and find it harder and harder to get it to work properly. So only 2 stars as it seems the more you use it the worse it becomes!
Arggghhhhh I have too much stress with this and am starting to regret buying such a cheap printer! It seems like a false economy...if anyone can recommend a low usage printer that is good value I would be grateful!
I really enjoy using this printer even if it has a couple of flaws. I'll begin with what are the flaws in my eyes. firstly the noise generated by this printer can be quite loud when readying for printing and not so much when actually printing. Perhaps this will quieten over time when using the printer and it gets a bit more wear. Although it is noisy it isn't bad enough to make me regret buying printer. The second point I think is a flaw is the time it takes to spool a print. It is slow to spool and actually begin printing but once it does it prints fairly quickly. Again this isn't enough to make me regret buying this printer.
The plus side that made it worthwhile buying for me was the fact I bought it for around £30 and the price of the replacement cartridges are extremely reasonable. The scanner works very well for me and came with software allowing me to scan a text document, run it through the optical character recognition software and work with the resulting text in a word processor. The scan quality is good. The photocopy quality is quite good but not outstanding.
I have found Linux drivers for the printer part of the device but not as yet for the scanner part. Despite this printers weaknesses I still have a lot of time for it and I think it is a good device at the right price.
I just recently bought this all-in-one printer to run a self-employed business at home as it saves me having to buy three different machines; a printer, scanner and photocopier. So far I have been extremely happy with my purchase. The printer was a bargain at £29.34, quick and easy to install and has four different colour ink cartridges.
It allows scanning and printing of A4 or smaller documents and prints at a reasonable pace and is Energy Star qualified.
The main downside is that it is a bit on the noisy side. I wouldn;t recommend it for anyone who has sensitive neighbours or those who work late at night. The other downside is that it does not come with a USB cable so unless you previously owned a printer, you have to buy the cable separately.
Overall I am very happy with this product. I was thinking about shelling out another £50 for a more popular brand however this will suffice if you don't do large amounts of printing on a daily basis.