After our last printer giving up the ghost in the middle of me printing out out my dissertation I ordered my father to rush out and grab me a new one since I had literally been begging him to get a new one for our house computer since the last one would miss out half a page every 3rd page and jam every ten pages or so which was very frustrating I was ready to push the bloody thing out the window and kick it.
This Epson on the other hand I have never really had a problem with. It is about medium in size for a domestic computer taking up maybe a quarter of the computer desk it is compact enough for our little spare room. Due to the fact that you input the paper from above though it is difficult to sit it on lower shelves. I do like the fact it is black though it gets less grubby than the white and grey varieties and can easily be wiped clean should you accidentally spill food or ink on it.
Installation is really straight forward also you just plug it into the wall and into the computer with connectors included in the box. Enter the installation CD included into your PC and follow the on screen instructions and you are pretty much ready to roll.
What is a little more complicated is the installation of the ink cartridges however. In our old printer there was a black cartridge and a colour cartridge, the Epson on the other hand has four slim cartridges black,blue, pink and yellow. Firstly you need to pop the lid remove the foil seals on the individual cartridges and slide them in. Each colour has a specific slot so it can take a bit of time the first time to get it right but looking at the paper work included often helps and the little built in screen on the printer will tell you if you have installed them wrong.
In terms of the cartridges you may want to have a good search online to get the best price as the official ones cost a lot more than some you can get on amazon.co.uk and although there is a warning saying they may interfere with your printer further down the line with continual use but we have never had such a problem. The bargain ones are 100% successful on this model. For instance the official Epson ones can cost between £15-£40 whereas the bargain ones on amazon are maybe £2.50-£8 for the same amount of ink so I would advise using the cheaper since there is virtually no difference in quality apart from the price.
Next you will have to let the ink load which could take up to 30 minutes so it may be a good time to go get a cup of tea or coffee while you wait on it. Or get your paper ready so you could load that in too. I think it does say you can maybe have up to 100 pages at a time but I have found that maybe 30-50 at a time keeps the whole machine running smoothly if you don't want a jam when you are printing out a lot of pages. When it runs out of paper the little in built screen will tell you and all you have to do is put in more paper and press a little green button which the little screen show you in a little image so it is all very straight forward as it just resumes the print from where it left off.
The printer also has a scan facility which I find great if you need to photo copy your passport or birth certificate for a new job or if going on holiday. You can scan it so that it is immediately printed or so that it is stored on your computer for later use. You can also change settings via little buttons beside the built in screen or through your Microsoft office program such as to have your print outs in black and white or colour or different page sizes in case you are making a leaflet or something similar. It does not have to my knowledge a two sided print system since its not an industrial printer however but you can do this manually if you print out all of you odd pages first then reload your pages clean sides up and then print out your even pages so there is a way around it if a bit fiddly.
It was quite a few years ago that we purchased this and it is still going it has never needed fixing I think it was around £120 at the time since it was a reasonably new model at the time but you could probably get it for a bit cheaper now.
We have always liked the Epson brand for printers as we have always found then to be hardwearing and reliable, my parents were replacing their printer so asked if we would like their old ones which is this model. The printer is available to buy on Amazon at £70 but it does seem that generally this printer has about had it's day.
The printer is pretty bulky and I find it heavy as well which I presume is as it is a multi function printer as previous ones I have had from the brand have always been lightweight. The printer is made of black plastic and isn't a sleek design in my opinion and I also find it attracts dust dreadfully which I have never found before.
Black printing - up to 32ppm
Colour printing - up to 15ppm
Resolution - 1200 x 2400 dpi
Max paper size - A4
For basic printing this printer is very easy to use, simply put your paper in the top of the printer which holds 120 sheets at a time and then tell your computer to print, the printer obviously jumps into action and delivers your sheets at the bottom of the printer where there is a drop shoot which has 2 pieces of plastic to make it up so it can be extended.
We no longer have a computer desk set up as we have moved to the world of Laptops so our printer actually sits in the corner of the kitchen and is only set up when needed, when we need to use the printer it is a simple USB lead to connect the printer to the laptop and it's ready to use.
On the left hand side of the printer you have a small LCD screen which lights up when the printer is on making it easy to see what the printer is doing and then you have a number of buttons. One button obviously is the one off switch then you have a number of function buttons to tell the printer whether you are copying, scanning or printing photos along with a stop and start button. The buttons are all level with the plastic but are easy to push and the screen tells you exactly what you are telling the printer to do so that you can confirm the selection with the start button.
To change the inks in your printer is very easy and there are 4 separate inks in the printer which I really like, to change the inks you simply pull out the empty one which you are told on the LCD screen and then push in the new one and you will here a click once it is in place.
To scan with your printer you simply have to pull up the top of the printer and then place your document face down inside and then close the lid, press the scan button and start and off it goes and it will scan your document into your computer. To copy a document you do exactly the same although you press the copy button rather than the scan button and then your document is delivered straight out of the printer.
I have found that colour printing on this printer is brilliant, we recently printed our daughters party invitations out on photo paper and consisting of an awful lot of pink ink but the document printed really well, the colours are bright and best of all smudge proof. I have found that black and white printing is great too and I like that if your black ink is running out the printer will bring a message up on your computer asking if you would like it to mix a colour with the other colours to save your black ink, when it does this the printing is a very dark brown rather than being black.
The only thing I have found with this printer is that the heads seem to need cleaning pretty often although this could be because we don't use the printer very often or could even be it's age but we have never had this with our previous Epson printers. I give this printer 4 stars as I deduct a point for the head cleaning as when I am in a rush to print something I got annoyed with it doing this.
When our printer gave up the ghost just before Christmas, I decided to have a look for another Epson all-in-one to replace it with. I've already got the software installed on my computer, and to be honest I just don't like to change technology brands unless I have to! I'm comfortable with Epson, so I wanted to stay with Epson.
Looking at the Amazon site I had a few choices of Epson all-in-one printers to choose from, but at only £40 this seemed like the best value for money. Amazon are still selling this for around £40, and they're claiming that the original RRP for it is £100. Hmm, well I'm not convinced seeing as how other sites were selling it from around £60 when I looked to buy it, but the bottom line is that £40 is a very good price for a printer of this standard.
Getting set up took a matter of minutes. It really was a case of plug in and get going, though this might be a bit different for someone who's never used an Epson printer before. I just had to connect the power lead and then connect the USB lead to the computer, and my computer sorted out the rest in a couple of minutes.
I have been exceptionally pleased with the performance that this printer has to offer. A page of black text is produced from this baby in a matter of seconds, and full colour pictures don't take a whole lot longer. The print quality of photographs is superb, and I wish I'd replaced my other printer ages ago after seeing the improvement!
The copying and scanning functions are easy to use, and the quality is brilliant of course. My only grumble with these functions is that the buttons which you can use directly on the printer to perform these tasks, are a little hard to locate under your desk. That's because they're all black, as is the printer, and not very clearly defined. So be prepared to bend down to find your button, or have a torch at the ready!
When I first saw this I was a little apprehensive, because it looks and feels a little on the cheap side. And in fairness, it is a little cheap at £40! The lid on the scanner panel feels particularly thin, though I have to say that's it's put up with its fair share of use and abuse so far. As long as you're not planning to kick this around, and only want to use it for regular home-printing, scanning and copying jobs, then I'm sure you'll find this is plenty robust enough. For the price, you really do get exceptionally good printouts.
The Epson Stylus sx210 is a very convenient all in one multi purpose printer which allows you to print, scan and copy. I had another HP printer all in one before but it wasn't as nice looking as this one and was bulkier. I got this one from my university for free, however I have seen that the price is very low for what it does and how easy it is to make it work. Its price is around 40 to 50 pounds. Obviously it is not as convenient nor easy to use as the wireless modern printers you find on the market lately, but at least it is way cheaper and still does all the same things. It copies, scans and prints in black &white and colour.
In my opinion the printer is quite small for what it does, since normally scanning devices are rather big and awkward to fit anywhere. It has a flat top which I always use for putting files to be scanned or books for university as I have limited space on my desk. It has a stylish black colour that matches most technology equipment I have.
The printer is very easy to use. You have to install the disk that comes with it to get the software for the scanning I assume. If you want to scan a document you just press the scan button on the panel and it will do it really effectively organising it on your my pictures folder for you. And if you want to copy, you press the button for that function, and on the screen on the printer you can decide how many copies you want. The stop button is very handy since if you regret any of the orders you gave, you can cancel it quickly by just pressing this button.
A downside I have noticed is that when a cartridge of a colour runs out, it will not print in black and white until you replace that colour's cartridge. I find this a bit ridiculous since I hardly ever print in colour and not having a blue ink cartridge doesn't affect being able to print black writing. In addition to this kind of issue, if you do not have ink in your cartridges it appears to not scan either, something that does not make sense since the scanning has nothing to do with the ink. On top of that changing the cartridges was confusing until I realised you get the tray for them using the software on your computer that tells you the ink has run out you have to click next and it moves the ink tray to become accessible. It will not come out by just opening the lid.
Overall, it is an efficient printer and for a basic student/house use it is enough and I can say it has been really useful to have it.
What is the point in having seperate device for printing, scanning and photocopying, when there are models like the Epson Stylus SX215 available to buy. An all in one printer is brilliant, it compacts all three devices into one, and not only that, it also compacts the price. For £60, you get all three, rather than paying probably the same for each individual product. With this model, you can print, in both colour and black & white, scan documents onto your computer, and make multiple copies of your document.
Although it is relatively cheap, my main problem with this model is the ink cartridges. Again they are cheap, but you need to replace them quite often, so when you calculate how much you spend on ink, maybe another model would offset the cost a little. I know for a fact that other Epson models are also cheap and have low running costs.
This printer is perfect for home use, and also for a small office, but if you are going to be constantly printing, I would advise another model, as printing times are long, and like I mentioned, ink prices. However, the printing quality is of a high standard, especially with photo printing, so you really need to weigh up all there prons and cons before you buy the SX215. A good printer for general home use. Thanks for reading.
This printer is everything you need in one, if for the home or a small business.
It scans, photocopies and prints in colour or black and white.
The ink is relatively inexpensive, costing £7-8 per cartridge, but does not last very long in an office environment. We have to replace our cartridges (at a small office) every 3 - 4 weeks. It uses single colour cartridges in black, yellow, cyan and magenta.
The print quality is definitely good enough for business use, but you would probably need a higher spec machine to cope with lots of photo printing.
The print speed is fairly average, printing one page every 5 seconds or so.
Due to the print speed and ink cost effectiveness, I would not recommend this printer for larger businesses. If you were to have multiple users using one of these printers, the ink would not last much longer than a week or two.
If you are looking for a home printer to print emails, word documents, excel documents etc and scan in certain things, this is a great printer. If you require heavier use, or photograph printing, I would not recommend this machine.
I bought this printer a couple of years ago and it's still working like the first day.
I have never had any serious problem with it and that's why I find it a perfect choice for someone who looks for something simple, wth basic faunction that cover almost everything starting from printing all sizes up to A5 and finishing with printing pictures of a relatively good quality.
What I like:
1. Take all sizes up to A4, which I think is quite good for a simple home printer.
2.All basic functions: scan, copy, print photos and plain paper. Very easy to install and dousn't take much place
4. The speed is ok
What I don't like:
1. The cable is not included (that is very often in home printers, but I write it anyway...).
2. No WIFI (at least the one that I have doesn't include this option)
Conclsuion: a good home printer for a reasanable price.
This has be the best all in one printer scanner and copier I have ever owned. I previously had seperate printers and scanners due to believing that it was better to have two seperate items as surely they would perform better and also incase one of the two broke it would only be one unit to replace. This printer offers a high speed usb port and is easy to setup. I have had no issues with this combined unit and I have used this over and over again with quality scanning and perfect photo prints (with or without photo paper). Its a household must have and can be essential for work and the kids school needs. I would recommend this to both people buying on a budjet and for those with extra cash you need not look any where else. I promise you will not look back on buying this multi purpose product. Also the ink goes a remarkably long way, both black and colour ink.
This Epson all-in one printer is a good all rounder scanner and printer but there are better products available on the market now. I have seen better models and better printers from hp. I bought this a year ago as it was a cheaper alternative to the hp all in one printer. I purchased it from amazon for £34.99
The Epson printer is good for general black and white printing but I find that the colour printing is not clear and that its a little pix-elated, I had checked the picture and it was crystal clear however the printed version was blurry and not as bright.
The printer itself is very big and a little to big for my liking. It is quite heavy aswell. I say ditch this garbage if your looking for a photo printer but would recommend to anyone looking for a budget printer for scanning and for printing black and white documents.
I have had this printer for around two years. It is used for general printing in the home and also for some business printing. The quality is average at best. The colour is often not sharp and if printing any images these can often come and seem to be faded.
The default ink cartridges for this printer are redundant after passing over a page a certain number of times meaning you may have to throw away ink cartridges that may not empty, this is particularly annoying and can be costly.
Recently I tried using the printer to print my University thesis. This included a lot of photographs and graphs. the quality of these was not up to the standard needed for a piece of work like this so I ended up having it printed professionally elsewhere.
This printer is good value if you are not needing particularly high quality colour especially for images. If any higher quality is needed, i would not recommend this printer.
I have had many printers over the years, some good some bad, some big some small, and in my personal experience, I would say that the Epson Stylus SX215 All-in-One printer ranks towards the top end of the range. When looking to upgrade to computer device such as a printer, I tend not to shift manufacture, for example, I have had countless Epson printers over the years and have found that they produce a high standard of printers, but saying that I have very little to compare them to in regards of other manufactures. I run my own business from home so needed a reliable printer that would be used frequently, without giving me the headache of needing repairs every now and again like I have experienced in the past. With this model, not only do you get a printer, but also a scanner and a photocopier too.
I would have to say that you shouldnt get too excited when you read photocopier, it is pretty useless if you have large scale photocopying needs as it is pretty slow. The scanner on the other hand is amazing, simple to use, and easily connected to the software supplied with the printer. Once the software has been installed on your computer, all you need to do is place your document on the scanner, open the program on your computer, and watch as your document appears on your screen. Although my children have described the printer as being on the large side, considering the room that a printer, scanner, and photocopier would take up if they were all seperate devices, the SX215 is quite compact in my opinion. One downside to this printer would to be th ink, the rate at which it use's ink cartridges is massive, but the quality is amazing. Ink for this printer isnt the cheapest, however if you buy the shop's own branded ink which is compatiable with the printer, Rymans Stationary being one example of such shop offering this service, the price with come down dramatically. In terms of pricing, I would advise you to shop around before making a purchase, I did this and found that the price fluctuated from the £55 I paid for it, up to £83 in some stores. This printer suits my needs and therefore I would recommend it, but like I say 'my needs', but try it, it may also be to your liking.
I bought this printer when I got fed up of my Hewlett Packard (don't get me started). I needed a cheap but robust all in one printer, and this fit the bill. Very reasonably priced at £40 from Amazon, this was cheap but cheerful and definitely what I needed. I wasn't about to pay ridiculous amounts of money for a printer as I really don't use it often enough to justify it. Really all I use it for is letters and the occasional print out of a bill for example.
The price of the printer makes it very affordable, especially to university students. It is very easy to set up, you simply plug it in and off you go. Unlike most printers, there's no fussing about with drivers (Hewlett Packard, take note) and it doesn't take a million years to get going. You plug it into your computer (or laptop) and into the mains, that's it. It isn't wireless which some people might find a downfall, but I have never seen the point in a wireless printer as whatever printer I had would just sit on my desk next to the computer anyway, so what's the point in paying more!
You can print via a USB stick which is very handy, I often copy files from my laptop onto a USB stick if I want them printed, it's quick and easy.
There is a flip up LCD screen which shows you exactly what the printer is doing, including any error messages. You never need to guess what's wrong or what's happening as it is all clearly displayed, which is a godsend compared to other printers. You can view your files before printing too.
Copying and scanning are done with the push of a button - no need to do anything on the computer. The copies are of good quality. Every time I have copied something it has always come out well with no missing bits or smudges or faded parts. The quality isn't the best, but it IS very good and certainly good enough. Scanning is easy, does the job well.
Obviously the printer is wipe-clean only, and easy to do. The only problem is installing the new ink cartridges - you have to hold down two buttons simultaneously and this can be a bit tricky and fiddly. However after one or two attempts you get to grips with it and it becomes quicker and easier. The inks are very cheap to buy online, and they last a very long time - probably twice as long as my HP's inks did.
Overall, this printer is very economical. The prints and copies are good quality - not the best, but unless you need them to be, then this will do the job. It is relatively small and modern looking so would fit in nicely on anyone's desk or for a university student. Being cheap to buy and having cheap, economical printing - what more could you ask?
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As I write, the hulking mass of black plastic that is the Epson stylus is perched beside me, taking up most of the desk. I've owned this all-in-one for about eight months now, having bought it to replace a previous Epson all-in-one that developed a print head fault which would have cost twice the price of a new printer to repair. I wanted a product that would be as close as possible to my previous Epson (which worked brilliantly): a colour inkjet with built-in flatbed scanner. I have to say that, as with previous Epson products that I have owned, the print quality is excellent. There's a huge variety of print qualities available, controlled by the easy to use and to install printing and scanning software. However, this printer does seem to consume ink voraciously, and replacing cartridges is not only expensive, but difficult. The lid and scanner open from the main body of the printer at an angle of about 45 degrees, which makes yanking the old cartridges out (it does like to keep a firm grip on them) and slotting in the replacements unnecessarily difficult. My former Epson opened at a 90 degree angle, which was much easier, and I cannot think why they've changed this. My primary dissatisfactions with this printer are with the overall design, rather than the functionality. It's very dark and made of cheap-looking plastic: the flimsy telescopic print tray has already broken. I paid over £60 for my model in a department store, and for that price it does not give good value for money. I think that at a price of around £45 it would represent much better value for money.
UPDATE MAY 2012
Since I wrote this review, I got totally fed up of having to flick the old cartridges out of the scanner with a knife, and took it back to the store where I purchased it (John Lewis). They very helpfully swapped it for the SX235W, which is much better, and which I will be posting a seperate review of soon.
I have lost count of the number of printers I have had over the years for me these have always been the peripherals that just never seem to work. After making a New Years resolution to print out my photos I thought I should bite the bullet and invest in a new printer. The printer I chose was Epson-Stylus-SX215 which I purchased from PC World for about £60.
*Memory card slot
The Epson-Stylus-SX215 is quite a nice sleek stylish all in one printer.
This is an excellent printer in terms of usability because the printer is very user intuitive - if you have set up a printer before you should be able to set this up without having to look at the instruction manual. I also found it very easy to change the ink, Epson-Stylus-SX215 takes you through step by step via the on screen instructions on the LCD display. You can print direct from a memory card so you do not have to be hooked up to a computer to use it - this was brilliant for me as I was going to use the printer primarily for printing photos.
The scanner works fine as does the memory card utility. Unfortunately I am not at all happy with the performance of the Epson-Stylus-SX215. The printer itself is super slow and really noisy. It seems to drag the paper really heavily through the spools and bounces all over the place, I cannot help but panic every time I try to print something as the noise is awful. Epson-Stylus-SX215 is terrible for feeding paper, you have to get the paper in exactly the right place for it to run through - there is no margin for error. I have found that the printer frequently jams and you can pretty much forget about printing on paper heavier than 160gsm as a result I have spent a small fortune on different types of paper.
The first time I tried printing with Epson-Stylus-SX215 I found that the print quality was ok - not great but good enough for my purposes. However subsequent print jobs have been an absolute nightmare. Despite using Epsom photo paper I have found that my pictures come out smeared, it is clear the ink has not dried and at one point I ended up with about 6 photos stuck together in the out put tray.
Printing out standard documents fared no better. I found that the printer was continually missing lines of text and I had to constantly clean the heads and re-align the spooler - all of which takes up considerable ink.
Value for money
I thought that trying out a printer with separate ink cartridges would significantly reduce ink costs but I have found this not to be the case. You can only use Epsom ink which is expensive in itself but even more so as each cartridge is empty in no time at all. I have also found that the printer tells you that the cartridge is empty when it is still half full! For ink longevity I have found this to be the worst printer I have ever used. I have also found that even if you only want to print black you are unable to if any of the other colour cartridges are detected as empty. If you add this to constantly having to try out new papers and the amount of ink that is wasted on fixing alignment and head errors this is not very economical at all.
If the quality of printing and economics of this printer was as good as the usabilty it would be a great printer. However I cannot give this more than 2 stars as the most important part - the end result was so terrible. This was a relatively cheap purchase but it is definitely an example of you get what you pay for and I will stick to printing out pictures at the supermarket.
I bought this printer when I went to university because I needed something which was relatively inexpensive and would print, copy and scan. I picked up this printer for £40 on Amazon and I cannot fault it. Firstly, unlike many printers, it is extremely simple to use. Some printers I have used before require drivers for optimum quality and in order to change settings, however although this printer came with a driver disk I've never seen the need to install it as it works perfectly straight out of the box.
Initially I was concerned that it might not be Mac compatible but I run this printer on a MacBook Pro and it works absolutely fine. One of the other things I noticed a lot when looking for printers is that wireless printers are glorified as being essential and the next big step in printer technology. I've found however that for my needs, these printers are simply a waste of money (as the price steps up significantly). Either way the printer will have to be connected to a power source, and if you are using a laptop you can very easily move it to wherever the printer is. If you don't have a laptop, this printer also allows you to easily print via a USB memory stick, and, unlike some printer models, has a convenient LCD screen so you can view your files before printing.
Every task this printer has the ability to perform can be done very easily, the LCD screen is very useful and informative and won't leave you guessing what's wrong if there is a problem. Copying and scanning are very easy and can be done simply with the click of a button without the need to do anything on your computer. The only task which I have found to be in any way difficult is changing the print cartridges, because it requires holding down two specific buttons in order to bring the cartridges into the correct section for changing. However this is simply a matter of reading the user guide and making a note of this.
Finally, the printer is very conservative with ink, much better than the HP printer I was previously using, and Epson are renowned for their low-cost print cartridges, which can bought online very cheap.
Overall I would highly recommend this printer for basic printing needs. It is cheap, fast, economical, simple to use and offers a variety of tasks.