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      28.04.2011 00:37
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      A great home printer for all uses

      After being through at least 5 HP printers, I finally decided to move away from the mainstream printer company, and move to a different name. Thank god I did. This is the first printer I have ever owned that hasn't just stopped working because it didn't feel like printing something.

      Since the minute the SX400 was turned on (over a year ago), it has yet to go wrong or no obey its owner. I do treat printers like dogs, I shout at them when they do something wrong and praise them when they finally provide me with a freshly printed word document. Anyway.

      The setting up of the SX400 is incredibly simple. Assuming you own a relatively new computer, it really is just a case of plug and play. Quickly installed the ink cartridges and I was off.

      This is designed to be a multimedia printer, so a computer isn't necessarily required if you want to print photos form an SD card or CF card, thanks to the memory card reader on the front. You can easily navigate the on screen menu and select the photo's that you want to print. This printer also serves well as a simple photocopier and a very high quality scanner.

      One downside I can think of however is the paper loading mechanism. The paper is located in an upright position, meaning that the printer can't easily be placed on a shelf. However, this is only a small problem, and doesn't affect the print quality.

      There have been attempts to prevent dust getting into the printer by the use of many plastic flaps, which I feel is one of the reasons the printer has yet to fail me.

      Another downside of the printer would be the amount of noise it creates while printing. This is definitely not a printer you would use at night while others are sleeping. It is quite clunky, especially if you set the printing speed to high.

      Overall, this is is a good home printer that fights on unlike many other printers that are far more expensive. I would highly recommend it.

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        05.09.2010 16:17

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        Niceeeeeeee

        I was looking to purchase a new printer and finally decided on this one after a friend of mine recommended it to me. I look about to try and find a good deal on it, and eventually purchased it when I seen it on special (half price) at a well known electrical store.
        The actualy printer itself is quite bulky in comparison to the one I had before, its black in colour, with the top being a black glossy colour.
        Set up was really easy, all I had to do was plug it in via usb and then it automatically installed itself. I could then print stuff straight away and I proceded to do so.
        Whilst printing the machine is quite noisy, but is relatively fast in comparison to my old model. The print quality is good, and doesn't give those annoying lines accross the page I found to happen with some other printers.
        This printer has a computerised panel at the side to make it easier to do certain things with the product, but I've not really had the need to do this yet, and the only thing I have used the buttons on the side so far for is to change the colour from black and white to colour and toset how many copies I want to print.
        Overall a good printer for the money, but I haven't had the need to use the extra technology available with it yet.

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        11.05.2010 03:41
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        Great value for your money

        A great bargain for your money. Epson have released a shiny,sleek black stylus printer. Although it's been out in the market for over more than a year, it is the perfect printer for any stardard home for present times and for years to come. I bought this for £55 on offer in my local retail park. I've been using it for about 11 months now, and i've never had a problem with.

        It has 3 features
        Print
        Copy
        Scan

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        A small sized adjustable printer screen. Nicely layed out buttons, simplicity at it's core.
        The print out tray has a fold in mechnism, which if not using the printer, it can be folded in and put out of the way.
        When I bought a desktop computer recently, I needed to install the programmes for the Epson printer. I noticed that I had misplaced the Epson installation CD. But not to worry all the files are downloadable free from the Epson website. A great printer, gives a quality printing experiance.

        The downsides are that when it's scanning it takes about 30 seconds to complete, which I would thought could have been improved, and also you have to click on scan from it's epson programme on the PC or laptop, whereas with other printers, you can find a scan button on the actual printer itself. The cost of ink is a about £30 to £35, quite a hefty price tag I must say. Yes I have tried the cheaper ink cartridges which are compatible, to give a few wise words, the printing did not come out properly on occasions, all different colours of text and pictures where being printed which were not the original colour of the actual picture or text, so if you do try the compatible ink cartridges then you do risk your money, because you may need to through them in the bin and buy original ones!!!

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          16.03.2010 20:08

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          Good quality print outs, rather ink heavy.

          I got this printer last November with the plan of using it to print photos and so on for art work. I have found it has a high print quality, images are clear and crisp but take a while to dry it puts a lot of ink on the page. this means that the ink cartridges run out quite fast. They are expensive as well if you buy the proper ones. compatible ones are much better value but don't last quite as long. the tray that catches the paper is a bit flimsy and feels like it is going to break when you pull it out and if you don't pull it out completely the paper folds up. The little screen is a handy addition you can insert a memory card and print without using your laptop, which if you print photos straight off it would be a handy extra! the photo copy works well and the buttons are clearly marked. It scans crisply and the disk software works well. I have been using it with a mac and it works perfectly with the operating system. over all I would say it is a very good printer but if you are just wanting low quality print outs don't pick this one.

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          09.12.2009 00:48
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          Great buy - highly recommended

          I was fortunate enough to be given this printer as a gift for my birthday this year. I've been running it for a few months, and must say it is by far a superior machine to my previous Lexmark.

          Although the genuine Epsom ink cartridges are a little on the expensive side, I found a supplier on eBay who sells two full sets including two black ink cartridges for around £12.00, and they work perfectly well.

          I am by profession a writer, so just needed a machine that could cope with a lot of text printing, which the Epsom does with ease and speed. But since having a bit of a poke about with it, have found that it is capable of so much more. The photo-print quality is excellent, it is more than adequate for my five school age children to print out their homework, and an added bonus is that you can operate it from the unit rather than the computer (very useful if someone else is using the computer at the time).

          It also has a USB port to upload directly from your digital camera or cell-phone. The software that comes with it is very clear and user friendly, and the scan quality is excellent. I particularly like the flip up screen on the unit itself.

          With other printers in the past I have found that the loading and printing trays have been prone to damage if the unit is say, pushed a little hard back into the supports of the desk under the computer, but as everything seems to fold away neatly, it hasn't been an issue for me.

          Having used a great number of printers in the past, I would have to say that this is my favourite so far.

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          26.09.2009 12:56
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          Good overall but remanufactered may be better for some people

          I have owned this printer for a few months now and to be honest its pretty good in nearly every aspect apart from the fact that the ink system is picky and the speeds are not as advertised it is good. This model uses T0711 ink which retails at around £7 for 6.5ml of ink which is just plain expensive but luckily there are re manufactured cartridges which contain 18ml of ink but costs less than a pound each on ebay. The actual speed of this machine is around 12ppm when on normal setting which to be honest is the only decent setting if you actually want to read what you print. The draft setting does achieve 24ppm but be warned it is going to be very faint and hard to read. The scanner works perfectly and the lid itself is heavy which presses the paper down well to iron out any creases the scanned document may have. The printer comes bundled with software which should be avoided apart from the barebones such as the drivers etc. When used with photo paper stunning images can be produced although this does use a lot of ink so be warned if you insist on using original cartridges. Please note that using compatible cartridges do NOT void your guarantee. Overall a decent printer although you may be paying much more if you use original cartridges.

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            17.01.2009 21:22
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            a good home all in one printer

            Epson Stylus SX400 All in One Printer.....


            Having had my previous printer for a good couple of years now I thought it was about time I had a little look around to see what I could get for my money. As is usual with me I did not do much looking and found something I liked at a reasonable price so I decided to buy it (well put it on the Argos Card).

            I was after something more than just a bog standard printer and when I saw this is the Argos Sale booklet, it just screamed out at me. I thought it looked stylish, it was a great price and had a lot more features than my previous run of the mill printer.


            ***Price and Look****

            The original recommended retail price of this all in one printer was £119.99 pence but seeing as it was on a half price sale in Argos I obviously paid only £59.99p. Seeing as the Epson SX400 is so much more than just a printer I couldn't get over how much of a bargain it was. I have since checked out the Amazon website and seen exactly the same offer but of course a postage and packing price would need to be paid on top of that price.

            The price, compared to other all in one printers such as this, is rather reasonable of course seeing as it is half price I would think it could be nothing but reasonable. Most all in one printers are over £100 and for what you are getting this one is certainly priced well.

            As I have previously said when I first saw this printer, I immediately thought how stylish it looked. It is a lot larger than my previous printer was and it is now squeezed onto my desk worktop but at the same time, it is still able to look good. It is made up of mostly black high gloss plastic but it does have some glossy sliver trim. The paper is loaded in at the back of the printer and there is a flap up flap down section so when it is not in use paper does not need to be loaded and this section can be packed away.

            On the top of the printer to the left hand side, there is the main control panel which although has many buttons is fairly easy to follow and simple to use. There is a small LCD display where the photos that are printing will be displayed if the printer is set to print without the use of a PC. There are buttons to allow the function change between all the different modes of use.

            The large surface area of the top of the printer is the lid where you are then able to place you documents that are to be copied or scanned underneath. This lid is rather sturdy feeling and I think this will not be affected much with a lot of use.

            The printer looks good and has plenty of buttons without being over complicated and I think the main aspect of the look that I am not happy with it the super gloss finish. This high sheen means that any finger marks show up very easily so I do find that I am forever polishing greasy little marks off of the top!


            ***Specifications***

            · The printer is an all in one that means it is a printer, scanner and copier.
            · It has ink jet cartridges that print in colour
            · It weighs 5.9kg. it is 45cm wide, 34.2cm in depth and 18.2cm in height.
            · It has a memory card slot that is compatible with a memory stick, compactflash, Smartmedia, SD memory card, multimediacard, xD Picture Card, Memory Stick PRO, IBM Microdrive, SDHC Memory Card.
            · The copy speed is up to 29ppm for both mono and colour
            · Maximum printing resolution is up to 5760 x 1440 dpi for both mono and colour.
            · The optical resolution for the scanning is 1200 x 2400 dpi
            · The colour depth of the scanning is 24 bit (internal 48 bit)
            · Standard media capacity is 120 sheets
            · Operating system support: MS Windows XP, 2000, Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 or alter, Vista, XP 64 bit edition.
            · The printer has a 1 year manufacturers guarantee


            ***Box Contents***

            · Epson SX400 printer
            · Pack of four separate ink cartridges
            · Power cable
            · Warranty document
            · Basic operating guide and "Start Here" guide
            · Control Panel icon sticker

            ***NB as with most printers this one does not have the required USB cable to link the printer to the PC and therefore make sure you purchase this before leaving the store otherwise you will not be able to fully set up the printer when you get home!***


            ***General Use***

            The printer is easy to use in all the different modes that it has to offer. I found the quality of photos, scanned items and photocopies very good and am pleased with all the features.

            I like the fact that you are able to use the LCD display screen to look at your photos for printing which means you don't have to use your PC. I find the LCD screen of a good size and you are able to see photos well before printing. The LCD display is also of pretty good quality and the pictures are shown up well.

            The speed at which the printer copies, scans and prints is satisfactory to me. I do use a quicker printer at work but I feel for a home use printer this one is fast enough.

            The PC software that comes with this printer is easy to install and guides you through all the basic functions of the Epson stylus SX400 and even all the advanced ones too. I found all the software for each of the separate options of the all in one printer easy to follow and do believe that even a complete computer novice would be able to install and set up all the necessary parts.



            ***Overall Opinion***

            On the whole, I have found this Epson SX400 a joy to use. I have been able to take full advantage of all the features that the printer has to offer. As I have not used a printer that has a scanner built in before my expectations were low but this printer really made my scanned in pictures look just like a digital photo, or near enough.

            The printer is easy to use without having your PC turned on and this can be a god send sometimes as my PC seems to take ages to load up. I find that having a photocopier is now an absolute must and when I do need to replace this printer I am sure I will yet again buy a all in one type printer.

            The all in one printer looks good, works very well and had plenty of easy to use features that are real must have in every home and not just in an office type environment. It may be slightly on the large side but the girth is certainly worth it for the features that are offered.

            I would rate this printer highly although not being an expert just your run of the mill daily user I cannot say expertly how this printer fairs against others. What I can say however is that I have found it easy to use and enjoyable doing so. The price was good and I myself feel I have got a good bargain. I do think a four star rating is apt for this Epson Stylus SX400 all in one printer. I think I will give it a HIGH RECOMMENDATION and would also be interested in how other people who own this product find it.

            I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.

            Thank you for taking the time to read.

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