Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
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Epson Stylus SX125 - not worth the money I paid for it
Epson Stylus SX125
Member Name: thriftygiftyisme
Epson Stylus SX125
Advantages: Its a 3 in 1 printer
Disadvantages: for me there is too many to list here
Epson Stylus SX125
I had a accident with my last printer, I dropped the printer while I was moving units- not a good idea, I was desperate for a printer and I had a document I needed printing, that I just reserved the first printer I came across at Argos, that was cheap and cheerful.
I paid £30 for the printer, which I was pleased with for an all in 1 printer and ink cartridges included.
The printer came with a set up disk, a quick "set up guide" and an more complex instruction booklet.
Unless you have a cable you will need the USB cable for connection to the computer.
=Setting Up the Printer=
Once you have taken the printer out of the box and removed the protective wrappers and seals, not forgetting the seal on the scanner element of the printer.
You first plug in the electricity, then you put the disc into the computer, the process is easy to follow, and your are given prompts to follow, during this process you will be prompted to connect the USB lead.
=Installing the ink Cartridges=
The printer comes with 4 separate inks, black, cyan, magenta and yellow. When you are prompted to connect these, you need to shake the cartridges then you take off the plastic wrapper and slot into the matching space in the ink section, this process is repeated for all the inks.
Once installed the ink will load into the printer, and this process can take up to 10 minutes, as it charges the ink, runs the machine, and will so a test print.
The Printer has a scanner facility, once you lift the lid, you put the item you need to scan face down, there are guidelines on positioning the item the largest you can scan is an A4 size. Once scanned you can choose where to put the item for storage, whether that's as a file or a picture.
This has a photocopy facility, again its simmer to the scanner, you press the buttons on the printer, as to whether you want it to be black and white or a colour print.
You can load up to A4 size paper. At the rear of the printer there is a paper tray that you lift up and this rests the paper when not in use. This holds 100 pieces of standard thickness paper or up to 80 sheets of better quality paper. You just need to line up the pins for the paper to hold them in, this is as if you wanted to print A6 size this can be moved to hold the paper in place.
There is a collection tray at the front of the printer, and when not in use this folds back into the printer unit.
It is not the fastest printer I find on average to print about 10 pieces of black and white per minute, or 6 in colour.
The positives - there is only one is that the cartridges are 4 single units, so they can be replaced individually, if the black is running low, it will give you the option of using the 3 colours together.
The Negatives -
This is the major negative for me, as the machine has been designed only to use Epson own brand cartridges, as it reads the microchip, so to replace the four colours you are looking at about £28 - The cost of a new printer.
Negative two - if one ink cartridge is empty the whole machine goes into meltdown and refuses to print, even if that is the black cartridge, it will mix the colours when the black is low, but after that you need new cartridges
This machine is very temperamental, if the paper has a crease in it, the machine automatically rejects it, even half way through a print it can just go.
If you were printing a document 4 times, and you went through the individual print settings to ask it for 4 of each copies, it misses chunks of writing out, it decides what it wants to print. The same goes for if you were asking for it to print 20 pages, I find that I have to go 3 pages a time.
The buttons are on the front of the printer, they are not very clearly displayed, they are not very strong, I have a vision of pressing the button and sending the printer unit through the wall. I literally have 1 finger on the button and the other hand sorting the machine.
=Would I buy again=
Whilst I like Epson printers as my previous was also an Epson, this is not worth the money, when the ink cartridges run out, I won't be buying another set, I'll be putting that money towards a better printer.
Summary: Not an ideal printer for me