Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
Newest Review: ... configuration - 90 (black) 29 (colour). --- Review --- Firstly, as a printer, it's pretty good. I print quite a lot of documents, and ... more
An alright printer for documents and scanning.
Epson Stylus SX218
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Epson Stylus SX218
Advantages: Good scanner, good size, not too pricey
Disadvantages: Copying isn't great, can be slow
From an all-in-one printer, you expect certain things - that it'll actually print; primarily this is the main reason for buying a printer (one would presume), to scan accurately to a good resolution and to copy. This printer does this pretty well.
--- Specifications ---
Size (approximate) 45x34x18 - it's reasonably sized; not impractical to have under a desk or on a surface, not so small that you feel constrained as to what you can scan. The board onto which pages come out can be folded away, which is useful, meaning that it can be condensed when not being used.
Copying size - the specification says A4, but it can do a little larger, which is useful if you're photocopying pages from books, because it allows you to do a double page spread from some.
Nozzle configuration - 90 (black) 29 (colour).
--- Review ---
Firstly, as a printer, it's pretty good. I print quite a lot of documents, and it does a pretty good job most of the time. It prints simple word processed documents (without pictures or colour) fairly rapidly, which is good if you're printing a lot - saves time. As for colour, well it's not always great. It can be VERY slow, taking a good few minutes to do one sheet, which isn't always perfect. With both colour and monochrome, occasionally you get lines across the page, which can cut out bits of the text, or ruin a photo. This can be resolved with cleaning the nozzle heads; which is a fairly easy process, but it can be a bit frustrating, because as it ages, this seems to be need to be done more and more.
As for a scanner, I think this is probably it's strong point. I scan a fair amount of documents because I like to digitalise my work, and this it handles nicely. Although it's not the quickest scanner in the world, it is accurate, and I am able to scan documents to a resolution better than I can see in reality. This is very good. I've had scanners before (separate from printers), which have been equally as good as this, so in this regard, it does well.
For a photocopier, it can be a tad annoying. It is once again very slow, and quite ink hungry I think. It's a cool and useful feature to have, but I can't say that I use it very much, because it does seem slow. If I want to photocopy something, I try to use a designated photocopier rather than this, but for running a few copies of something off, it's not dire.
As for ink, well it can last for quite a while; it would be nice to go a little longer, but it is useful that the ink cartridges are separate, because it saves you having to replace it constantly, instead you just buy the ones you need. This can be handy, and replacing them isn't too difficult, although I have struggled a few times to get the cartridge loader to stop in the right place, but I think this is more down to my ignorance, rather than a fault of the machine.
The screen on the printer isn't great - the resolution is quite low and it's quite small. It's not a huge issue because I print most often from computers, so it doesn't really matter.
--- Summary ---
If you want a fairly well priced printer, which is pretty good at performing multiple tasks, then this is the thing for you. It's not the most high end device in the world, but it does the job well enough, and is pretty practical.
Summary: Pretty good.