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      20.12.2013 18:12

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      I would recommend it to everyone who needs a great, but cheap printer.

      I bought this one after my old Epson passed out after 6 years of use.
      I read lots of good reviews on the internet and so I decided to buy it.

      It is all in one printer with capability to copy B&W or Colour. It is equipped with four cartridges, one for each colour. So you can buy just the one colour when it has ran out (not a cartridge with four colours wasting the rest of the colours which haven't ran out. So this saves money!)
      The printer's price is about £40, which I consider to be really good for this printer, which besides also looks really valuable due to its elegant black design.

      I have printed coloured Brochures and it prints with quite a speed and print quality is excellent (no matter if you print colourful things or just B&W). Blacks are better than before. It took just over an hour to print an amount of 500 pages of brochure. I find it a bit tricky to put the paper into the paper storage but it is not that big problem.

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      17.10.2013 17:28
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      A good printer/scanner/copier that requires Epson inks.

      I bought this Epson Stylus SX200 printer, copier, and scanner when my previous photo printer stopped working. That had also been an Epson and it was an excellent printer so I decided to go with that brand again and an all-in-one model to save space.


      The Product
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      The Epson Stylus SX200 allows you to scan, photocopy and print photos and documents in colour or black and white. Epson promises high quality prints at a low cost using the DURABrite Ultra pigment ink system and the ability to print photos directly from memory cards and cameras with PictBridge.


      Design
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      This all-in-one printer looks sleek and professional with rounded corners and a high build quality. The main body of the machine is matte charcoal black and the scanner lid is glossy black. The buttons are dark grey clearly marked with both text and graphics.
      The paper feed inlet at the top-back of the machine has a slide-up support that can be collapsed when not in use to prevent dust from getting into the printer and the paper outlet has a similar horizontal feature at the bottom-front. Next to the paper outlet is a port for a variety of memory cards. The overall look is pleasant and this printer would look good both in the home or the office.

      To access the scanner/photocopier just lift the lid, the item to be scanned or copied is placed against the glass and the the functions can be selected using the buttons once the lid has been closed.

      To access the ink cartridges the scanner bed underneath the main lid can be lifted and the cartridge housing is visible beneath.


      Specifications
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      Size: 34.2 x 45 x 18.2 cm
      Weight: 5.8 kg
      Wattage: 12 watts

      Printing Speed: 34 pages per minute
      Max Papar Size: A4
      Borderless Printing: Yes
      Maximum Paper Weight: 300 gsm

      Max Native Print Resolution: 5,760 x 1,440 dpi
      Max Optical Resolution: 1,200 x 2,400 dpi
      Output Bit Depth: 48-bit

      PC Free Printing: Yes
      Connection: Hi-Speed USB
      PictBridge: Yes
      Supported Memory Cards: Secure Digital, SDHC, Compact Flash, Memory Stick/PRO, Microdrive, MMC, XD

      Copier Zoom: 25 - 400%
      Max Copy Resolution: 1,200 x 2,400 dpi

      Ink Cartridge Multipack Code: T0715 (magenta, cyan, yellow and black [Cheetah pack from Epson])


      In The Box:
      Epson Stylus SX200 printer
      4 ink cartridges
      Software CD
      Basic Operating Guide
      Start Here Guide
      Warranty
      Power Cable


      Price
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      Around £70 when released. I purchased it for £60 several years ago but now that it is discontinued and
      a newer model has been released it is available online from £35 new, possibly in stores.


      My Experience
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      When I first got the SX200 home I immediately tested out all of the functions. The photocopying function is very useful and, as with all aspects of this printer, can be used without being connected to a computer. Once the number of copies and colour options have been selected the prints come out quickly and perfectly.

      Whilst the scanner did not have as high a resolution as my previous model it works very well and has the added bonus of being part of the printer and not taking up extra space. I have also used it to take 'photos' of certain flat items such as brooches and coins by placing a protective sheet of clear acetate on the glass first. This works well and allows for very detailed images and helps with close examination.

      The printer produces good quality prints but it's not a dedicated photo printer. Whilst I was a little disappointed in the step-down in quality I didn't mind too much as when buying it I knew this would be the case. Saying that, if you just intend to print off standard sized holiday snaps and documents the quality is good enough but not for A4 photo prints meant to go on the wall.

      I've only tried printing from a memory card once as I much prefer to browse through photos on a large screen first but the results were very good.

      My only issue with this printer is that it HATES generic brand ink cartridges and I find this quit a problem. When using genuine Epson inks the quality is great but within a week of using the highest quality cartridges from another brand the prints come out with bands of random colour, splotches and sometimes gaps of no ink at all.

      Having used generic inks in other printers and had no problems I can only assume the problem is the printer and it often refuses to print from these cartridges even when they are brand new and full. This is a problem as the Epson inks are painfully expensive considering how much printing we do.

      Ultimately we have decided to get another printer because of this as over the years the problem has gotten worse no matter how well we clean and maintain the printer. It's a shame as otherwise it's a great all-in-one.

      Ideally I'd give this printer 3.5 out of 5 but seeing as I can only rate in whole stars I'm giving it 4 as so long as the branded ink is used it works well.


      Recommendation
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      Yes, this is a very good all-in-one but only buy if you plan to exclusively purchase genuine Epson ink cartridges.

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      16.01.2012 22:13
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      Not a cost effective long term printer

      I've always admired Epson printers and every inkjet printer I have ever bought has been an Epson. However, I was disappointed with this Epson SX200 which I paid about £60 for at the time. The first thing I was disappointed with is that when you add the paper into the paper feed, the paper hangs down at the top as there is no support to keep the paper upright. As far as I know there wasn't anything to resolve this problem, but even if there was, I tried hard and couldn't find anything. This caused problems when trying to print as I had to keep the paper up with my hand so the printer would take in the paper.

      Another disappointment was that the printer used up too much ink and before you know it, the ink cartridges have to be replaced. I've always known Epson printers to use up more ink but provide better quality prints. I believe my ink was running out quickly because I kept needing to clean the head several times and even then I still had problems with lines appearing on my printouts.

      I do like the design of the printer (though quite heavy to lift) and it was also easy to use and install including the replacement of ink cartridges. It also had a scanner and it was a good all-in-one printer. But it was not cost effective and therefore I decided to stop using it and invest in a colour laser printer which would save me more money in the long term.

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        18.11.2011 13:34

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        a good basic printer and scanner

        I've had this printer for about 2 years, and have no complaints. It prints well and reliably, it scans well, and the one-touch 'photocopy' function (scan and print) is so convenient, it saves lots of trips to the library photocopier. It does get through the ink quite fast, but since it will take cheap generic cartridges this isn't a big problem. My biggest complaint would be that it is quite big and heavy. I don't do anything particularly high-spec with it, so not sure how it performs on things like photo printing. I use it mainly for printing documents related to my degree, for that it is great. It also seems to be pretty robust: it has survived 2 house moves and being moved around my current house with no damage at all. I've always found it easy to use, just plug it in to the computer and go. Scanning takes a little more time to work out, but was still pretty simple.

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        11.08.2011 15:52
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        Cheap printer which does the job well

        This is one of two Epson printers we have in our house. The reason I bought this one was because I needed a good quality printer which could also scan and photocopy... but I wanted one which was reasonable to buy ink for, as printers are quite cheap these days, the companies try to claw back money through ink sales.

        I was wandering through Tesco not looking for a printer when I noticed this one. It was £35 at the time which was a special offer. It came with one load of ink and performed all of the functions I needed so I bought it.


        ~~~ The Epson SX200 ~~~

        The printer is classed as an all in one printer because it also functions as a scanner and a photocopier. It can be used without a computer and has a place for a memory card or USB to be inserted. It supports a wide range of memory cards and sticks although admittedly I have never used it this way and always connect it to the computer before printing photos etc as I want to be able to see them first. Unlike some newer printers, this one does not have a view screen to see your photos before you print, hence why linking it to computer is better.

        The printer shell is made from shiny black plastic, it is rather bulky, but it is a convenient cuboid shape so does fit easily under the desk or somewhere near the computer. It connects to the computer via a long USB cable which plugs in to the back of the printer.

        The printer comes with various software CDs such as driver software and scanner software as well as a photo suite tool. It is very simple to install - you basically just hit next until it is all done!


        ~~~ Technical Specifications ~~~

        For full tech specs go here: http://www.epson.co.uk/Printers-and-All-In-Ones/Inkjet/Epson-Stylus- SX200/Tech-Specs;jsessionid=20D55606F5939F1558B02935E012D8B7.acc7-new

        I will simply provide an overview mixed with my own thoughts and experiences.

        The dimensions of the printer are 34 x 45 x 18 cm and the Epson website says that it weighs 5.8kg... not that I imagine you would be carrying it around anywhere.

        The printer uses micro nozzles in the print head. Each colour (Black, Magenta, Yellow and Cyan) has 90 nozzles. It uses Epson Durabright ink - apparently Epson ink lasts 90 times longer on printed photos than other inks. It is also recommended that you use ONLY Epson ink as the print head is calibrated for this and no other inks.

        The maximum resolution of the printer is 5760 x 1440 which is fairly good as far as these printers go. The scanning resolution is 1200 x 2400 dpi. It works with Mac OS10.3 or later and Windows 2000 or later so most home systems will certainly be covered.

        The Epson website claims that the printer can do 34 pages per minute of black or coloured text, however, this must be on the very fastest and lowest quality setting as I have found it to be about half this speed.

        Maximum paper capacity is 120 sheets. I have to say here, it seems like less although I have never actually counted. However, when you are printing off drafts of a dissertation, you feel like you are constantly reloading the paper. The paper load tray makes a horrific noise when the paper runs out. It clicks and bangs like some kind of kicking beast! It actually sounds like the printer is in distress. This makes paper loading quite irritating!

        The full, basic tech specs are available at the link above.


        ~~~ Quality, speed, sound and ink ~~~

        I mentioned the "numbers" for quality above, so now let me consider the quality by looking at it. There are several print quality options ranging from draft right up to excellent photo. For uni work and notes I always leave the printer on "text and picture". This is a setting which prints good quality text and decent quality images and is fine for printing off lecture notes and non-photo images.

        When printing photos you have two choices. One is a good enough quality image, but the second on - best photo - is a pristine photograph quality image. It eats your ink like a fat kid eats cake but it is so worth it for printing off great photos. It is always best to use Epson or another high quality paper with your photos so that the ink sinks in properly, I have found that using cheap photo paper makes the photos less crisp.

        I used this printer to print my dissertation. I used the high quality option and my dissertation looked pristine... it looked much better than the ones which were printed professionally, which just goes to show that home printing can be more effective.

        As I said above, the speed varies depending upon what you print and the quality. Text is quicker than photo, but high quality texts will still take quite some time. Printing off 3 copies of my dissertation to be handed in took me an hour, but then it was a big piece of work which contained charts and images and was printing on high quality. I worked out that it printed about 270 pages in 55 minutes which works out at almost 5 pages a minute. This seems slow, but when it is an important piece of work, you are more than happy to wait!

        The Epson website states that the noise level is "5.3 B, 40 dB(A)" which I can only assume mean "damn loud". It's the noisiest printer I have come across. My other Epson printer is a newer model of this and they seem to have cut the noise down on newer models, but the SX200 is the heavy metal music of the printer world. It's loud and it makes so strange noises. It clatters and thumps from time to time and it genuinely makes me think of a living being with all of the noise it makes...I should name it... Harold the printer.

        The printer is a 4 colour inkjet. This means that the ink comes in 4 cartridges - magenta, yellow, cyan and black. This is great because it means that you can change each cartridge as you need it. There is a slight drawback though. When one colour runs out, the printer will not let you print at all until you have replaced the empty cartridge. This even seems to apply when you select black ink only from the menu. This is a bit of a pain, but it is easy enough to maintain a backup stock of cartridges just in-case.

        The ink lasts a long time. I can't quantify this as the printer is used for such a range of projects. I seem to run out of black and cyan ink the most so I always keep spares in the desk drawer. Yellow seems to last the longest, it must not be used as much.

        The ink for this printer is fairly cheap. You can buy a set of all four inks in Tesco for under £20 although this price sometimes increases and decreases. You certainly receive the best value by buying the ink in the multipack; however, I would recommend buying an extra multipack to have spare so than when a colour runs out you can replace it immediately otherwise you can't use the printer at all.


        ~~~ Conclusion ~~~

        This printer has served me well. It has printed out photos, wall displays, essays and a dissertation. I have photocopied and scanned to my heart's content. I am very pleased with this printer and feel that the print quality is higher than my needs, which is a plus! I can rely on this printer for all print jobs.

        I would warn you that Epson are not lying when they tell you to use only Epson ink. I used a Tesco ink once and it clogged the nozzles for the yellow. We thought the printer was broke as we tried to clean the ink heads etc with no luck. We were advised to continue to run the cleaning process and eventually the clog was flushed out. Apparently this is a very common problem with Epson printers. It is not possible to fix it in any other way but to continue to flush it with ink. If this does not work you have to buy a new printer as there is no way to fix it apparently.

        Luckily for us, it eventually cleared. I am sure this may put some people off buying this printer, but I have to reiterate, if you buy Epson ink this does not happen as this ink is made especially for the printer and the molecules are the correct size and consistency so that they do not block the nozzles.

        I have been pleased with the service I have had from this printer and I will continue to use it for all of my printing for my classroom. It is a very affordable and easy to use all in one printer and I recommend it for students, for home use and general use.

        The printer comes with a 1 year standard warranty which you can upgrade to 3 years.

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          11.05.2011 22:35
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          Not my favourite all in one! unsure if i'll stick with Epson next time

          You may wish to consider the Epson Stylus SX200 if you are looking for a family all in one printer that gets the job done well. If you are looking for an all in one that is super quick however - you may want to consider other options.

          **Size and Appearance**

          HUUUUGE! In comparison to my jet colour printer. This printer is about 45cm by 34 cm. It's rather glam looking in shiny black (attracts dust all the time, so that's the downside). It's not the strongest of printers that i've ever had to be honest, and it's quite lightweight (which is good though, because i'm forever shifting it around due to it not really fitting properly anywhere until I get a new desk)

          Talking of ' new' - it took me ages to decide on what printer to get next. I didn't want to have to spend too much when my previous one was set for the knackers yard, but I also know over the years of having other printers, i've paid a fortune out in ink! I paid £55 for this all in one printer about 10 months ago, which I feel has been a very good price so far. Like i've said, its an all in one, so for £55, i'm able to print, photocopy and scan. It's not the best I've had though, and i've had several!


          **Set up**

          Very easy as full operating instructions are included. At the simple pop of a set up disk into the pc, the necessary printer drivers and software began to install. An online manual is included as well as Epson Creativity Suite for photo printing, scanning and file management.

          **Print quality**

          No problems so far! Good, clear printing ability on plain and photograph paper. I've had a couple of paper jams, but that's generally down to me rushing things and not the printers fault. It's easy to print pictures as well straight from a camera. There is a USB port on the actual printer, so you can connect the camera straight to the printer, pc and also print them (with/without) saving first. There is also 2 slots for memory cards. Please note though that the instructions do warn that this facility may not be compatible with every digital camera as operation depends on how the printer is set up and also the camera set up. It can print up to 34 pages per minute and the paper tray holds 120 sheets

          **Photocopying**

          It's not the best in speediness, but it certainly gets the job done!

          **Scanning**

          YAWN! If you are looking for super quick scanning, i'm afraid you won't be getting it with this Epson. I dread having to scan things because although it is super easy to use, i'm a bit of an impatient thingy, and it seems to take forever. Small documents take less time. If you aren't somebody who's had much to do with scanning, you basically place a document onto the glass and select the scan option. After a few, well quite a bit of noises, an image is saved and you have the option to play around with it, altering things like the colour and brightness before saving it to a file on your computer.

          **Cartridges**

          The printer uses four cartridges, black, cyan, magenta and yellow. Replacements can be more expensive if you buy Epson's own label. I tend to shop around for cheaper alternatives on sites like Ebay and Amazon. It costs about £30 to replace the cartridges but if you buy them individually, it's about £10. I have recently used my printer averaging about 30 print outs a week and am coming up to 4 months and have to replace the cyan.

          **For those wanting the full specs**

          Product Description: Epson Stylus SX200 - multifunction (printer / copier / scanner) (colour)
          Device Type: Printer / copier / scanner
          Printing Technology Ink-jet ( colour )
          Inkjet Technology Epson Micro Piezo - 4-ink
          Max Copying Speed Up to 30 ppm (mono) / up to 30 ppm (colour)
          Max Printing Speed Up to 34 ppm (mono) / up to 34 ppm (colour)
          Dimensions: (WxDxH) 45 cm x 34.2 cm x 18.2 cm
          Weight: 5.8 kg
          Media Type Envelopes, plain paper, photo paper
          Standard Media Capacity 120 sheets
          PC Connection Availability Yes
          PC Connection Hi-Speed USB
          Power AC 230 V ( 50/60Hz )
          Max Printing Resolution Up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (mono) / up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (colour)
          Scanning 1200 x 2400 dpi
          Original Size 216 x 297 mm (max)
          Media Size Legal (216 x 356 mm) (max)

          Microsoft Certification Certified for Windows Vista

          **Negatives**

          The printer doesn't run if one of the inks runs out which is a pain. My other printer just mixes the colours to allow you to continue printing.

          It's not easy to scan anything from a chunky book.

          Printer is slightly noisy and the 'quiet mode' option for printing, merely slows the printing down and it's not the fastest of machines as it is.

          You need to be really careful when removing cartridges from their packets because if you touch the little green electronic bit, the printer often complete the replace cartridge sequence which is highly annoying!

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          10.05.2011 14:38

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          A really good 3 in 1 printer that does exactly what you need.

          I purchased this printer for £69 from Tesco when I was studying computing. I was very impressed with the look of it. It's attractive and looks more expensive than it was. This printer takes individual ink cartridges, which is good. The ink seems to last a reasonable length of time. A guide is provided but I would say it's relatively straightforward to use.

          As a computing student I used it a great deal. I found it did everything I needed and was very pleased with the quality of the printouts, scans and copies it produced.

          Having left college last Year, the printer hasn't been getting used nearly as much. When I did go to use it I discovered it would not print at all. I went through the cleaning utilities and found that the head cleaning function helped. However I had to do this repeatedly in order to get it back to a good print quality. This used up a lot of ink. It's back to working at its best now though.

          Sometimes I have trouble getting the paper to sit in it correctly and realise this when trying to print only to be presented with an error message that the paper is not loaded correctly or it is jammed. This can be a bit frustrating.

          The scanner and copier work well.

          It's quite a noisy printer, especially charging the ink and printing photos.

          I have found that the photos I print seem to be darker and sometimes there can be a little strip of white down the edge where it hasn't printed, this being due to the fact that the paper had not been fed through correctly.

          I am pleased with this product, it has done everything I required, especially during my student years when I most needed it.

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          28.10.2010 12:47
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          Better than more expensive models I've had previously, but not without its" issues"

          I'm fairly pleased with this purchase because I bought it in a hurry and didn't have time to really weigh up my options. The quality of printing is fine for the sort of text heavy use I need and the photocopy option is a lifesaver when I have been too disorganized to go into town. Compared to the ink slurping Brother I had before, it is not as much of a guzzler.

          I've only scanned a few bits but have had no issues with either the software, hardware and the quality was fine.

          I do have some issues though.

          It is a pain in the bum to be unable to print at all because one cartridge has run out. I now buy the ink in four packs and make sure I always have spares ready because I am the type who lets low ink warnings wash over them until it is too late.

          Changing a cartridge has been a bit hit and miss, because despite following the instructions to the letter the cartridge holder has shown a disinclination to put itself in the right place unless asked three times and sworn at roundly. If I use the software via the computer there is never a problem, whereas using the buttons on the printer for the same process almost always fails to go smoothly.

          I seem to have to run the print head cleaning option regularly or the quality drops to the point where printouts are not usable. This may be because I don't print daily and the heads get a bit dried out.

          You have to remember to take care when removing the cartridges from their packaging. Not taking the time to read the instructions meant I touched the little green electronic bit on a new cartridge by accident. I ended up having to throw it away because I couldn't get the printer to complete the replace cartridge sequence as a result.

          All in all I'm not at all sorry I bought it, the price was low compared to other models with the same functions, the quality is fine for a jobbing teacher and it is far, far less temperamental than other not-so-cheap models I have had the misfortune to own previously.

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          Really think about how often you need to print

          I needed a printer for doing my first Open University course so I opted for this one as it was the cheapest in Staples at the time. I thought I was getting great value for money as it does 3 things ~ printer / copier / scanner. I only thought I would use it for printing initially but thought the rest would be a bonus.

          Set up was very easy and I was soon printing away. I passed my first course with exceptional printing quality and then the printer wasn't used until my next course 5 months later. That's when the problems started.

          I found that if the printer wasn't used continuously, or at least daily, the printer ink would dry up and I would have to change the inks. I initially purchased genuine Epson inks but found that even these did the same. I would have to run the head cleaning task (very easy to do as the Epson printer installs software on your computer so a little Wizard appears to guide you in your task).
          Also want to note that the inks do start to dry when not using an then you have to run the wizard to get them going again.

          The printer also doesn't work if one ink cartridge runs out. For example, if you are doing alot of writing and then the black runs out, it won't mix the colours to let you carry on. Just comparing this to an old printer I had where you could do this to print your work.

          It can become quite expensive buying ink cartirdges all the time so in the long run this hasn't been the bargain I initially thought it would be. I have used the scanner only a few times and the copier, well never! It's certainly a printer that would be ideal for people that print all the time but in this day and age, who does? Most things can be sent via e-mail or never needed to be printed at all.

          It does look very stylish on my desk though in its glossy black and when you do manage to get it printing, the print quality is great. I found it was average in printing my work to the quality I needed.

          Printing : up to 34 ppm ( A4 ) - B/W fast
          Printing : up to 34 ppm ( A4 ) - colour fast
          Printing : 26 sec ( 10 x 15 cm (4"x6") ) - photo draft
          Copying : up to 30 ppm ( A4 ) - B/W fast
          Copying : up to 30 ppm ( A4 ) - colour fast

          I did use it a few times to scan items and found it to be effective but a time consuming task at first to get used to it. After that, it was a matter of just simply clicking a button. I wouldn't really recommend this printer to a friend if they weren't going to use it regularly. Photocopying was easy enough to do but I have never needed to make that many copies to see if it remains effective in printing.

          I possibly wouldn't recommend this to people that aren't going to be using it regularly.

          (also appears on my ciao account under novagirl2911)

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            A good family printer

            I'll preface this review with the usual warning that I'm not particularly technical and this review is given purely from a user's perspective. I've included the technical specification at the end of the review for anyone who cares to read it.

            When my faithful little ten year old Canon bubble jet printer gave up the ghost about a year ago, and after several unsuccessful attempts to revive it, it became very clear I needed a replacement. I was very conscious of the fact that often printers which are cheap to buy and appear to be a bargain, frequently turn out to be very expensive in the long run because the replacement ink cartridges cost a fortune. With that in mind, I did a bit of research before buying a new printer, although cost was a large and deciding factor in my final selection. That final choice was the Epson Stylus SX200 which seemed to be universally praised, with some slight reservations, and which I bought for the knockdown price of £45 or thereabouts.

            The Epson Stylus SX200 all-in-one printer is an ideal choice for most households, it's a simple to use machine offering not only a reliable printing facility but also photocopying and scanning. This was my first Epson printer and after a year of use, here is my opinion.


            APPEARANCE:

            After having a small bubble jet colour printer which did nothing but print, the size of the Epson came as a bit of a shock, being twice as big (The printer measures approximately 45cm x 34cm) but after moving everything around, I managed to find enough surface space for it. It's quite a sleek looking piece of office machinery in shiny black, which I've since discovered is a total dust magnet! I would also add that this machine should be treated gently, as it's pretty lightweight and the plastic is best described as flimsy.


            SET UP:

            Set up was very easy. The printer is supplied with a set up disk which installs all the necessary printer drivers and software automatically onto the PC. This software includes an online manual and the Epson Creativity Suite for photo printing, scanning and general file management. The printer is provided with full operating instructions.


            PRINTING:

            Documents: Printing directly from the PC is as easy as with any printer and I won't insult your intelligence by detailing that. I will say, though, that although the printer has no difficulty printing on plain or photograph quality paper. I have found that it "slips" occasionally when printing onto thicker card although, to be fair, Epson has never claimed it was suitable for printing on card.

            Photographs: This is the facility I've used least of all, having only used it once. Printing photographs directly from a camera is a fairly straightforward operation. The SX200 has a USB port on the front of the machine to allow the camera to be directly connected to the printer and thus give the option not only to save photographs to the PC but also to print them without saving them first. There are also two slots for memory cards. The printer prints off a sheet of thumbnails from which you can select which photos to print.

            As I've only used this facility once, I can't speak with any great authority although I found it rather a complicated and unnecessary process, especially when it's possible to load photos directly onto the PC which then provides a much better way of manipulating the images.

            I should add that the Epson instructions warn that this facility may not be compatible with every digital camera as operation depends on how the printer is set up and also the camera set up.

            PHOTOCOPYING:

            Again, this is a simple and straightward process and works in exactly the same way as every photocopier ever made. It isn't a very speedy operation and is quite clunky but it gets the job done.

            SCANNING:

            Scanning is every bit as easy to use as printing and photocopying. It isn't the fastest of operations but perfectly adequate for small documents. As with photocopying, the document for scanning is placed onto the glass and the scan option is selected. After much humming and a little bit of clunking, an image is saved in jpeg format. The option to rotate and peform basic alterations to the colour saturation and brightness is available and once the image is to your satisfaction, it can be saved to the PC.

            CARTRIDGES:

            Replacing cartridges is easy and relatively economical. The printer uses four cartridges, black, cyan, magenta and yellow. Replacements can be more expensive if using Epson's own label cartridges, however, there are plenty of replacement cartridges available at much reduced prices. A set of 10 cartridges (2 full sets plus 2 additional black cartridges) will currently set you back about £10 from Amazon.

            PRICE & AVAILABILITY:

            Although this printer has been superceded by other Epson products, it's still available from several suppliers. When I did a comparison search, I found machines ranging in price from £39.99 up to a vastly overpriced £95 from an Amazon Marketplace reseller.

            SUMMARY:

            This is a great multi function printer for home (family) use. Epson claim this is also suitable for small business use but I'm not sure I'd agree unless it was for a very small business not requiring much in the way of printing of invoices, etc., as I feel it simply wouldn't be up to the job. For family use, however, it's certainly got the capacity to perform all the tasks that are required, although not necessarily in a very speedy fashion and it can be quite noisy.

            Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase. It was cheap to buy and so far has proved economical to run. However, I feel the machine has its limitations. I use this mainly for printing and scanning and very occasionally for photocopying, all of which functions it performs more than adequately. As regards printing of photographs, I tend to load onto the PC and print, rather than print direct from the Epson, which seems unnecessarily complicated. The quality of prints is, again, perfectly adequate for my needs although possibly not for those who treat photography as a serious hobby and definitely not for professional photographers.

            This is a good all rounder, ideal for family use.


            TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION:

            Product Description: Epson Stylus SX200 - multifunction ( printer / copier / scanner ) ( colour )
            Device Type: Printer / copier / scanner
            Dimensions: (WxDxH) 45 cm x 34.2 cm x 18.2 cm
            Weight: 5.8 kg
            Printing Technology Ink-jet ( colour )
            Inkjet Technology Epson Micro Piezo - 4-ink
            Max Copying Speed Up to 30 ppm (mono) / up to 30 ppm (colour)
            Max Printing Speed Up to 34 ppm (mono) / up to 34 ppm (colour)
            Max Printing Resolution Up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (mono) / up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (colour)
            Scanning 1200 x 2400 dpi
            Original Size 216 x 297 mm (max)
            Media Size Legal (216 x 356 mm) (max)
            Media Type Envelopes, plain paper, photo paper
            Standard Media Capacity 120 sheets
            PC Connection Availability Yes
            PC Connection Hi-Speed USB
            Power AC 230 V ( 50/60Hz )
            Microsoft Certification Certified for Windows Vista
            Environmental Standards ENERGY STAR Qualified

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              26.07.2010 12:38
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              Good printer, bad cartridges

              I've had this printer for a while now and am going to rate it 3.5 out of 5. Firstly, the pro's - well it looks great and is easy to use, the print quality and print speed is good, it scans quickly and efficiently, and have yet to have any major faults (touch wood). It can be plugged into you USB and you can also print pictures straight off the memory card. It's a good all in one printer really.

              However, the cartridges are a little bit of a problem, it sometimes doesn't take to the paper, it's quite bulky and it is a noisy printer. I mention the ink cartridges because there are four of them for a start and Epson cartridges are not cheap, but you can find alternative cartridges (ie. tesco or internet) that don't cost so much.

              When replacing the ink with these cartridges (not Espon originals) it does sometimes say that they are not compatible and other times it's fine - this can be a bit testing as you can spend anytime between 30 secs to 30 minutes waiting for the printer to decide that the cartridges are compatible. This may be due to not using the original cartridges but I think this is a small price to pay considering the money saved. (A set of 4 Epson originals cartridges costs around £30 which works out as £7.50 per cartridge, I get mine for £1.50 each)

              Thats why I've given it a 3.5, it's not quite a 3 because it does a good job when it's working, and it's not really a 4 because replacing cartridges can be hit or miss. For the price I paid for it (£50 on offer at Tesco) I've got to say it's not a bad buy but if I had paid anymore than that I would probably be a little disappointed in it's value for money. Hope that helps!

              Also on Ciao under the same username.

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              14.07.2010 22:35
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              Definitely not going back to Epson in a hurry with their faulty printers and expensive cartridges.

              BACKGROUND INFORMATION
              When I bought this printer I was a student and needed to print out my lecture notes daily, which included text and a few diagrams. I don't think I ever actually printed a picture with this printer in the short time that it was up and running.

              APPEARANCE
              I like the look of this product, although it was quite on the large size but what can you expect from an all in one printer? It had a glossy black finish, which made it look like quite an expensive printer. The top of the printer flipped up to expose the scanner and the buttons for both the printer and scanner were just to the left of the lid making it easily accessible for printing and scanning.

              So for appearance I will rate this product as 5/5.

              SET UP
              This product was pretty easy to set up. It came with a massive sheet on instructions in several languages but once you manage to navigate your way to English, they are easy to follow. The ink is easy to place into the printer, which can sometimes be a bit of a task. However, this product did not come with a USB cable to attach the printer to my laptop. I assumed this would be included as it is a vital piece of equipment so that was inconvenient and cost me a couple more pounds on Amazon (cheaper than PC World etc).

              So I will give with product 4/5, it would have a higher rating if they weren't so cheap and just throw in a USB cable.

              PRINTING
              The printing quality was excellent, however I did not test with high definition images. However, I did run into significant problems when one of my colour inks ran out. This printer does not let you print if one of the cartridges are empty (eg the cyan was empty but I wanted to print black), which was infuriating since my previous printer experience with Dell is that if you colour runs out then you can print in black only, if your black runs out then you can use colour to print almost black.

              I bought new inks off Ebay, which were about £5 which I thought was reasonable but they didn't work. Assuming they were faulty I tried one of the refill companies online and payed about £18 for a new set of black and colour inks. Once again, they didn't work. Finally, I got some ink identical to the ink that came with the printer from Argos costing me £35 and this didn't work.

              I returned the printer and have gone with a lot more reliable HP model.

              Therefore I am going to rate the printing aspect 2/5 because it is fabulous when it decides to work. Hopefully, everyone else has a better experience with their printer and mine was just a one off fault.

              VALUE FOR MONEY
              I got the printer in the sale for £40 if I remember correctly, which I thought was a great deal for a student. However I ended up paying £35 for ink that I couldn't return, before they would accept that the product was faulty (claiming the cheap ink was incompatible).

              To summarise, I had a poor experience with this printer and now understand why it was such a deal in the sale and will not be hurrying back to Epson in a hurry.

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                11.07.2010 18:09
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                One of the best all in one printers (during daytime)

                The Epson Stylus SX200 is a useful all in one inkjet printer which also features a scanner and digital camera printer facilities. A relatively modest priced option, the stylus is very efficent. Whilst the starting price, usually around £100, may seem high, the stylus is very cheap to run. You will probably save money with this printer compared to other cheaper ones because of the price of ink and the printer's efficency when using it. The prints turn out well too.

                Another advantage that sets the SX200 out from its competitors is it's simplified interface. There is no LCD screen on the printer, just a series of buttons with clear functions, not getting you confused with series upon series of sub-headings.

                But there are a few problems I've experienced with the printer. When trying to do some late night printing discreetly (as not to wake up the whole household), the SX200 isn't complient - screeching away for ages being even more loud than you would expect from an inkjet. There is a 'quiet mode' option if you are using it in conjuction with a PC, but it is still quite loud and just slows down the rate of printing.
                Secondly, if you are usually in a rush, the SX200 isn't for you - taking longer than the average printer or scanner.

                Yet, overall, the SX200 is great for a family household to use with the main computer - not being overly portable around the house.

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                11.02.2010 21:27
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                A fantastic printer well worth the money

                The Epson sx200 is an all in one printer with a scanner and photocopier. I purchased the sx200 around six months ago and the printer is still going strong. The print quality is good in black and white and when printing photos, you will not be disappointed. I print around 3 photos a week and have low levels of ink. This is the same ink that came with the printer, so the ink usage is good. It is also extremely cheap to order ink cartridges, as they can be purchased for around a fiver at play.com.

                I regularly use the scanner on the printer and it takes approximately 20 seconds for a scan to be completed. I think that the printer is stylish and is fairly compact. As I regularly upload photos to the computer, this printer is extremely useful for me. You can place certain memory cards into the slots provided, making it even easier to print photos or to transfer files and folders.

                The major drawback of this printer is the amount of noise it makes. The printer is extremely noisy when printing and when photocopying.

                Setting up the printer is really easy and I have also managed to connect my laptop to the printer wirelessly without any problems. Despite not being very good with technology, I found it is incredibly easy to use all the features of the printer.

                I have previously owned some very expensive printers and have found them to be unreliable. So this time, I went for a slightly cheaper model and have not been disappointed. The RRP of the printer is low and I believe the printer is worth every penny and would highly recommend it.

                Thanks for reading,

                Becka x

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                  Personally, I wouldn't buy another one

                  If you had asked me to review the Epson Stylus SX200 when I first got it, I may well have agreed with some of the other reviewers who rant about what good value for money it is. However, after owning one for about a year, my opinion has changed somewhat.

                  The scanning and copying are first rate, I don't have a bad thing to say about them and, for the first six months, I would have said the print quality is ok for the price (you have to use the Best Photo setting to eliminate all banding but this does produce excellent prints).

                  My problems started when I came to change the cartridges for about the 5th time. You could say it is my fault for not using genuine Epson inks but I am not one of the priveledged few that can afford to buy the genuine article every time they need replacing. Anyway, changing the cartridges very often resulted in prints with a purple or orange tint - so logically you clean the print-head. Unfortunately, cleaning the print head consumes ink and, by the time you have cleaned the print-head enough to remove any colour bias, the cartridges are being flagged as empty again (despite still having plenty of ink sloshing around in them) and the whole farcical cycle starts again.

                  I have tried several different makes of cartridge from several different sources and the results are the same - although I have got it to work today and only wasted one set of cartridges in the process.

                  Of course, with some printers, if one cartridge runs out, you can soldier on with the others - not a problem if you are printing draft text. However, the SX200 doesn't allow this and won't let you use the printer at all if one cartridge is empty.

                  Maybe I have been unlucky with my purchase but, unfortunately, you don't get to learn everything about a printer in the first few days of usage.

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