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Epson Stylus SX105

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Epson Stylus SX105 - Multifunction ( colour ) - ink-jet - printing (up to): 26 ppm (mono) / 14 ppm (colour) - 100 sheets - Hi-Speed USB

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      09.12.2010 16:36
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      Good option for people on a budget as a home printer, but not if printing photos.

      As we have a desktop PC set up in the small spare bedroom in our house, you can imagine that space is at a premium. So when I saw that Epson had a printer/scanner/copier on the market at a knockdown price of £21.99 in PC world, I thought that I would take a chance on the Epson Stylus SX105.

      Now usually I am pretty wary of offers that appear too good to be true - however on this occasion I have always found Epson to be a good quality brand, and the size of the device as follows - height 179 mm, width 450 mm, depth 340 mm, which fitted into the gap on my computer desk perfectly.

      Now the third requirement for me after price and size was the cost of replacement ink cartridges. I know from listening to other people's experiences that a seemingly cheap printer can be blown out of the water by needing a new mortgage just to buy replacement ink. However I found the cartridges to be comparable with the other printers available - the cost being £6.16 for the black and £17.60 for a pack of the three colour cartridges. It may also be possible to get these even cheaper in a supermarket buying own brand ink. I also liked the fact that the 3 colour cartridges were separate, as there is nothing more annoying than having to fork out for a new colour cartridge just because you have printed one document in yellow (not the best example but hey you get the idea!!!)

      The machine itself has the following features, all taken from the paperwork that comes in the box: -

      Maximum print resolution - 5760 x 1440 dpi
      Normal print speed - 26ppm b&w/14ppm colour
      Standalone copying - Yes
      Number of cartridges - 4 Individual
      Connectivity - USB 2.0
      Borderless printing - Up to A4
      Direct printing - No
      Monitor - No
      Copier features - Auto fit reduction/enlarge
      Software included

      A couple of things to point out here is that although the device will photocopy without being connected to a PC which doesn't affect me as it is a desktop PC, but those of you with laptops might find this a bonus. Secondly there is no card reader, so you can't connect your digital cameras up straight to it and print. Again not a big issue for me but it may affect some of you.

      On getting the device home, I opened the box and found it to be packaged up very securely with lots of polystyrene and tape holding it firmly in place, which is always reassuring!!! There is an instruction leaflet that also comes with it, which is very clear, but to be honest, it is very simple to set this printer up. Simply plug the device into the mains, and the USB connection into the back of the PC and you are ready to rock and roll. The software is also included and once this is installed, it is very easy to put your ink cartridges in - the software is actually a big plus here as it basically walks you through replacing ink cartridges, nozzle cleaning and other basic maintenance. Another little bonus here is that when working inside the printer, there is a handy little stand that holds the lid up so it is less fiddly. The paper feed is from the back, and I have had no problems with this, it is a smooth motion, and the back folds over to make it look tidier when not in use.

      The print quality I would describe as adequate. For everyday document printing, copying and scanning, the SX105 works pretty well with no issues. It is not the quickest printer in the world, but for the price tag, I have few complaints. I wouldn't recommend this printer to people who print a lot of photographs as the quality just isn't there for the high resolution stuff, and the colour cartridges are quite small and do empty pretty quickly if hardcore colour printing is taking place. Apart from that I think the SX105 does a decent job of being a budget multi-purpose device and would recommend it.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under the same username.

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        08.06.2009 15:28
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        Do not buy this product!

        I bought this printer as an upgrade about six months ago, and I have been extremely disappointed with its performance. The ink consumption is huge compared to my old printer, and it somehow senses when cheaper branded ink cartridges (ie NOT Epson) are loaded, and it freezes and reject the cartridge. I frequently get through all 5 colour cartridge in a week. Removing the ink cartridges is a major challenge for every member of my family. The programme that releases the cartridges is very difficult to find, and you cannot release them manually. Somehow we all end up forgetting which option to click to remove the cartridge, and spend hours trying to change the cartridge. The design of the printer is annoying, with a fold-out flap to hold the paper which is flimsy and takes up an awful lot of space. The quality of the print frequently needs correcting, and although cleaning the print heads corrects the problem, it uses up even more ink! Printer settings seem to default to a setting which gives me a bad quality print - and it is not clear which setting should be used for which type of print. On a positive note, the scanning process is quick and easy to use, and I have been very happy with the results. But this is really the only positive thing I can find to say about this product.

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          01.01.2009 14:04
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          An ideal printer/scanner for people on a budget

          Over the Christmas holidays I have been trying to sort out my office at home as I shall be taking early retirement at the end of January and won't have access to office equipment at work any more. That set me thinking about things like scanners and photocopiers and what sort of a 'home' solution I could get at a reasonable price. I would like to continue workng if I can find a part-time job but I need something I can use to print out job applications and the like.

          When it comes to printers there are only a few brands I will give serious consideration to and there are some that I wouldn't have even if they were bargain basement prices but Epson is a brand that I know and trust so they were fairly high on my list when I started looking at options.

          I decided that I wanted a machine that could be used as a scanner, copier and printer but that I didn't need the fax option. I think with the fax option the machines tend to be bigger and to be honest most companies now have email so anything I wanted to send anywhere can generally be scanned and emailed.

          I thought about going for a wireless printer but to be honest I am not likely to be moving anything far so having a machine that plugs into the USB port of either my laptop or PC was fine by me. I couldn't justify the additional expense of going wireless, my laptop is quite capable of going to the printer as long as I carry it there!

          So, having decided on all the features I did and didn't want I did a quick internet search over Christmas and discovered that there were some reasonably priced machines at PC World and their sale started at 7.00 am on Boxing Day. Not having anything especially planned for Boxing Day (and being an early riser) I set off early to see what they had to catch my eye.

          To say the roads were quiet early on Boxing Day morning would be an understatement - well at least it would in rural Suffolk. During the nine mile drive to the store I saw just one other car on the road! At about 7.30 am I entered the store and found it quiet and relaxing browsing all the printers on offer.

          I looked at all the different machines they had on display and also I compared the price of replacement ink cartridges as I didn't want to buy a cheap printer only to find that the cost of ink made it much less of a bargain.

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          I narrowed my search down until I found a 'favourite' - the Epson Stylus SX105 - one of the SX100 series from Epson. It was very competitively priced at just £29.35 - allegedly reduced from £59.99. The replacement ink cartridge was £6.16 for the black and £17.60 for a pack of the three colour cartridges - not cheap but comparable to other similar machines on offer.

          It has the following features:
          Maximum print resolution - 5760 x 1440 dpi
          Normal print speed - 26ppm b&w/14ppm colour
          Standalone copying - Yes
          Number of cartridges - 4 Individual
          Connectivity - USB 2.0
          Borderless printing - Up to A4
          Direct printing - No
          Monitor - No
          Copier features - Autofit reduction/enlarge
          Software included
          The size of the machine is - Height 179 mm, Width 450 mm, Depth 340 mm

          So it is compact enough to fit easily on my desk, will photocopy without being connected to the PC but it does't have a card reader for camera cards. I wasn't bothered about the latter feature as I rarely print photos direct from the card preferrring to edit them on the PC first.

          Setting up

          I drove home and soon had it out of the box and ready to set up. It was securely packed and had a few tapes holding everything in place which needed to be removed but the guide showed clearly where these were so I had no problems with that. The ink cartridges were very easy to place in position so once that was done I tried a quick copy. This was very simple to do, the page is just placed face down on the glass and then you can choose whether you want a colour or a black and white copy using the buttons on the top. The paper feed is via a slot at the back, when not in use the paper feed try folds forward covering the slot - a boon for me as more than once the cats have tried to store toy mice down the paper feed slot of previous printers!

          The printer comes complete with a CD containing the necessary driver software. Again the instructions were simple to follow so in no time at all I had the printer installed on my laptop and ready to print.

          Print Quality

          In general I would say that the print quality is good but not exceptional. It is fine for the use I need for and it does print photographs pretty well although for quality prints I still prefer my Canon Pixma. The paper feed seems smooth and trouble free.


          Would I recommend it?

          Yes I would if you want a basic scanner, copier, printer at a bargain price. It doesn't come with fancy features however I wouldn't expect it at that price but for the home user it would appear to be a good solution.

          This review is also on Ciao

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        • Product Details

          Epson Stylus SX105 is quick and easy to print, scan and copy everything from letters and e-mails to color photos.

          It comes with individual ink cartridges which make high-quality printing easy and affordable, as you only need to replace the color you use.

          Whether you print text or photos, Epson's DURABrite Ultra ink provides high-quality documents and lab-quality photos that are resistant to water, smudging and fading.