Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
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All in one without compromise
Epson Stylus SX215
Member Name: davidhoard
Epson Stylus SX215
Advantages: Does everything you need and more
Disadvantages: Pay a bit more and you could have better quality printing if you need it very sharp
When you hear the term (or rather, when 'I' hear the term) All-in-One I tend to think compromise. Something has to have been compromised to put this all in one together, whether it is quality, function or style, something has to have been compromised to get all these functions at an affordable price. I was however, taken aback by this printer. Number one, for it's price of £50 new, and two, the sheer quality of the printing. Ok maybe sheer quality is a bit too far, we are talking about a £50 printer here. But the quality is very good!
So what are we talking about with an all in one? This machine contains a printer, copier and scanner. You can even print out photos without turning on you computer, but more about that feature later.
The look of it reminds me of an old Xbox. I think that may be because it is black, chunky and rectangular. However, it is not chunky for a printer. It is in fact quite compact for an all in one. The height especially is good because it should easily fit on a shelf in your office. Some all in ones can be rather high and take up a good lot of space. If you work from home, or just need a printer for your house, then this could be the one for you. It is compact but also has a good amount of functionality. This printer does well as a home office printer for me personally.
The print cartridges are all separate which is interesting to see. I am not sure which I prefer really, having black and colour cartridges or having black, cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges. If you do a lot of colour printing which is specific to a certain colour (for example, if you mainly do business letters and have a magenta coloured logo and black writing for the body text) then this could be one of the best features for you because it means stocking up on a few black and magenta cartridges and just buying the others as and when. It could be argued that this is more economical because you are using up every drop of each colour before it needs replaced, but on the other hand more plastic is used because you are using separate cartridges. At the end of the day, it is going to be dependent on the type of printing you do and how frequent you do it. I do use mine as a home office printer mainly, and for photo printing at times, so I do find myself usually changing the black and magenta cartridges (magenta crest on my letter heads) which does save a bit of money in the long run.
One feature I love is that you can insert a memory card and print your photos without even turning on your computer. As much as this feature may seem novel and perhaps unnecessary at first, perhaps just something to push it a bit more during marketing, it is in fact very useful. I can walk over to the printer, put my card in and see my photos on the LCD screen and choose ones I wish to print. In an age where speed is everything, this should appeal to those photographers amongst us. Or just those who arrive back from a holiday and want to fill their photo albums and frames up right away before the holiday seems like a distant memory.
Quality of printing is very good, especially when you consider how much you are paying for this printer. Sure, if you shell out double the price then you will more than likely get a better and sharper print but I would say that the quality is as much as anyone would really need, unless you are in the printing business and need ultra sharp printing then this printer will do just fine.
Scanning is also brilliant. Details are sharp and shading is even whether in colour or black and white. Coping is also very good and will not disappoint. I have found that I only use this function occasionally as I do not need it very often but when I do use it, it copies well. Why did I get the all in one then? Well it's nice to have the option to copy if I need it. I do use the scanner often for work documents and I am yet to be let down.
This took me 15 minutes to set up from the box to computer. If you want a user-friendly all in one printer, copier and scanner then this is for you. ?The photo feature of just inserting the memory card is one of my favourites and very useful.
4 colour inkjet
Print resolution: up to 5760x1440 optimised dpi
Scanning resolution: 1200x2400 dpi
A4 sized flatbed colour scanner
3.8 cm colour LCD screen
Memory cards: memory stick, memory stick duo, magic gate, memory stick PRO, MicroSD, SD, MicroSDHC, multi media card, xD picture card type H and type M, memory stick PRO Duo
Takes 120 sheets of A4 paper
Can take other sizes including: letter, legal, A5/6, B5 and envelopes
Compatible with Windows 2000, XP, XP-64, Vista and Mac OS 10.3.9 and later (although friends have had printing problems with their Macs so I would suggest this is bought for PC users predominantly)
Expect to pay around £50 new
Summary: I love this all in one!