Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
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A Good All Rounder
Epson Stylus SX125
Member Name: EJStagg89
Epson Stylus SX125
Advantages: Cheap and reliable.
Disadvantages: Print head cleaning is sometimes required several times.
When I started university I decided to get an all-in-one printer as I thought it would be useful for everyday student stuff. It was useful, but halfway through the year it died on me all of a sudden for no obvious reason. I bought a replacement and a few months later the same thing happened. After explaining these events to my Dad he said that he had always relied on Epson printers. I didn't have much money but I needed a replacement so I searched and found the cheapest Epson option - the Stylus SX125.
-IS IT EASY TO USE?-
The printer was nice and easy to set up. I'm no computer/printer expert but I also hate reading boring instruction manuals and I had no trouble figuring out how to set it up myself. It comes with a cd, as most printers do, which is easy to install and is a big help if you want to use the scanning function of the printer. There's not too many buttons so it's pretty easy to work out how to photocopy (I just pressed all of them until it did what I wanted it to do!). If you're printing and the ink runs out, a little box pops up to tell you and you can click 'show me how' to be lead step by step through the ink changing process. Despite the fact that I've changed the ink several times now, I still follow it just to be sure.
-HOW GOOD IS THE PRINT QUALITY?-
When I was a student, I was mainly printing articles etc to read but I also printed essays and other documents that needed to be up to a certain standard for my university course. The default setting for the printer was completely satisfactory for this purpose. I have also printed several photographs on the printer. I played around a bit with the print settings and was impressed with the quality despite the fact that I used ordinary paper rather than photo paper. The only fault is that if you are printing a document that is several pages long, gaps sometimes appear in the printing. This is fine if you notice it as you just need to run a print head clean (which sometimes needs to be done twice) but it is quite annoying if you only realise once the whole document has printed and wasted all your ink!
-ARE THE INK CARTRIDGES GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY?-
I normally purchase a multipack of genuine Epson ink cartidges at around £30 for my printer but the printer takes 4 separate ink cartridges so you can just replace one - they cost around £9 each. i always buy my cartridges online as they have much better offers, After having previous bad experiences with compatible cartridges, I didn't want to risk using them in this printer! Now that I have graduated, these cartridges last me around 3-4 months as I do not use the printer frequently. When I was a student and printing almost every day, I would replace the cartidges every 2 months or so, especially the black as most of my printing was for documents.
-SCANNING AND COPYING-
The scanning function is very easy to use if you use the software that comes with the printer. It gives you enough options to get what you want but not so many that it is overwhelming. Copying is equally as easy with one button to press for a black and white copy and a different one for colour copying - and it's as easy as that!
As a printer goes, this one is pretty standard! It's compact and tidy and in my personal opinion, that's all you really need from a printer's appearance. I have been slightly careless with my printer when moving house and the lid that goes on the scanner has come unattached but it still works fine. The paper tray has also come off but it still does everything it's meant to (my print outs just end up on the floor!).
Overall I have been very pleased with how this printer has worked considering how much it cost. It has been the most reliable printer I have had in a long time and would definately recommend it as a cheap all rounder.
Summary: Great for general use.
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