Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
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First ever printer to live up to my expectations
Epson Stylus SX400
Member Name: ChrisJE94
Epson Stylus SX400
Advantages: Easy to use, reliable
Disadvantages: Expensive ink, noisy, dodgy software
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.
Summary: A great home printer for all uses