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Epson Stylus SX215 - Easy to set up, poor performance and print quality.
Epson Stylus SX215
Member Name: kirstymc
Epson Stylus SX215
Date: 15/08/11, updated on 18/08/11 (256 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to set up
Disadvantages: Expensive to run, poor paper handling.
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.
Summary: All in one that performs poorly.