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I have used many Epson printers and, except for one particularly bad experience, I have discovered that they all seem to have the seem positives and negatives.
Firstly, the main reason I bought this printer was that they lure you in with an incredibly low price everywhere. Whenever you see a well-known brand at a really low price you end up buying it, thinking it is good value. What I forgot to take into account was the cost of the ink. At £8 per cartridge and 4 cartridges per printer, the cost mounts up. Adding in that a cartridge does not last particularly long means that you will be forking out hundreds more on cartridges than you ever did on the actual printer.
An improvement on other Epson printers before this generation for printers is that it includes an LCD screen and extra buttons which means that you can do many operations without the use of a computer as an interface. You can now indicate that you ant to change cartridges (You will be using this command most of all), clean the heads, change settings and much more without having to boot up another device - this makes using it far easier than non-screened printers.
The print quality is pretty good in this printer with all prints coming out sharp and crisp with good colour - something I expect considering how much it uses. Using official inks will give you even better results as it is even waterproof - I can not say the same for the paper however. With cheaper inks, if you get even the slightest bit of water on the page, the ink will run, this will never happen with the official Epson cartridges though.
The scanning quality is very nice for a home scanner too, it produces a high resolution with great lighting an detail. However it is a little on the slow side. If you plan on scanning multiple pages, you will be there a while
The Epson all in one printer is probably one of the better household type printers out there in my opinion.
It looks stylish, completely black with a small screen located at the top left of the printer which measures to about 2x3 inches, so its not a huge screen but its big enough to see what you are doing.
There are also buttons with 'Copy' 'Memory Card' and 'Photo' which are different formats to set your printer.
Then below that there are your up down left right buttons and a plus sign and a minus sign which lets you alter how many copies you want to print, and also a menu button and back button. Everything is very nicely laid out and well signed so it is easy to know what you are doing whilst using the printer.
Below those buttons there is a Settings button, a Stop/Clear button and a big green button which says start. These buttons are the main ones that are used and are also laid out very clearly.
On the front of the printer, there is a few holes for different cables, which is next to the where the printer sheets come out of. There are also a few USB ports on the back of the printer so you can plug lots of different devices in to be able to print pictures and documents.
On average i would say it takes about 10 seconds to print a picture and about 6 seconds to print a word document which is pretty quick i think. I have never had any problems with the device which after 2 years is a plus!
The ink Cartridges are easy to replace, when you flap down the protective bit of plastic above where the printed sheets come out of there are pictures and directions to make it even easier to replace the cartridges.
I would say that the printer is definitely worth the investment as it really does do everything you need.
We don't use a printer much but when the time came for a new one, we researched the available options and ultimately chose the Epson Stylus SX405.
It seemed to enjoy decent reviews at the time of purchase and it has given us now about 18 months of good trouble-free service for less than £50, as we bought it whilst on offer.
The plus points for us were:
* Easy to install and set up
* Trouble free operation to date
* Good menu and troubleshooting
* Easy to change print cartridges
* Good colour reproduction
On the negative side:
* Could have done with a longer lead to connect to the printer - this printer normally doesn't come with a cable, like most these days, but as part of the offer we were given one. It was really too short for the distance we wanted it to reach. Might be a tad unfair to list this as a negative, since it is a negative for the provider rather than the printer itself
* Difficult to load paper into the right slot, leading to lots of print errors
This printer also allows you to copy and scan. We have used Copy a fair bit and that has been fine. We haven't scanned anything yet.
One of the reasons contributing to the decision to purchase an Epson printer was the relative cheapness of replacement print cartridges. However, after the initial free Epson ink supply which didn't last long, we elected to buy compatible print cartridges and the whole replacement process has proven straightforward and trouble free.
We have occasionally had problems with streaking when printing photographs but this could have been an issue with the quality of the print cartridges, so again a bit unfair to be too critical. A quick clean of the print heads and normal service has been resumed. We have also successfully printed straight from a memory card.
As I said at the outset, we don't use this unit extensively, but for users like ourselves this printer has proven satisfactory.
We've owned this printer for about a year and a half now. We've never had any real problems with it and it's still going strong. The reason we bought this printer is because previously we had an Epson three in one printer and it lasted a good four years before giving up the ghost. I use a printer all the time, for business purposes, printing off reports, pictures and photographs.
The printer is quite big and takes up a lot of room on my desk, but if you consider that it's a printer, scanner and photo copier then it actually not that bad. It has a slot for a memory card and a small screen, that can be tilted up to suit your angle, so you can put the card from your camera straight in and select the photos that you would like to print off. All the buttons on the printer are clearly labelled or they hold a symbol that makes it obvious what the function of the button is. The small screen also means that it can talk you through, well type really but you know what I mean, any trouble shooting that needs doing. The computer uses four different cartridges that retail for roughly £11 each or about £35 for all four together. They will take some of the cheaper cartridges but reject some straight away and some after you've been using them for a while.
I think the quality of the images and photographs is very high. As I said earlier we have never had a problem with it, except perhaps that it rejects some of the cartridges we've bought, but they have been a cheaper make and they do recommend that you use Epson cartridges so I can't say we weren't warned. It also scans very well; the image on screen is almost as good as the original document that you scanned. The photo copier is also very good, you get an accurate copy. The printers last me about a month and if you consider that I'm printing and copying almost everyday for work then that's good value for money.
I have to conclude that this is a good product. I have a small business and this stands up to daily use. The costs are low and the product is quite compact for what it contains. The quality of the printing is good and the same with the scanning and copying. At about £80 this is definately a worthwhile 3 in 1 printer to buy. Cost per use: 3.5p and that's just the story so far, if it lasts as long as my previous printer then I anticiapte it'll be cost per use of: 1p :O)
I've always quite liked the idea of a wireless printer that everyone in the household can use to print their various documents, so when I saw an offer at PC World for the Epson Stylus SX405 (Wifi Version) on offer for £69.99 and free delivery I decided to take the plunge.
I already had an all-in-one printer/copier/scanner - the Stylus RX640 - but it was quite bulky and space on my desk was limited, so the smaller dimensions of the SX405 appealed to me.
First off, it doesn't actually have inbuilt WiFi; the printer comes with an Edimax print server which you plug in to the USB cable to enable wireless printing. It's quite a small print server but requires it's own power supply which I think is a bit of a disadvantage if you have limited plug space and/or want to cut down on the cables that end up being thrown behind your desk.
The instructions to set it up are fairly clear and concise but it did take me some time as you need to plug the print server into your wireless router and your computer; and since my computer is upstairs and the router is plugged in downstairs you can see the problem.
After much cursing and sweating and extending cables and things the print server was set up correctly. I don't think you need any special knowledge of print servers or IP addresses to do this, although you can have a more complicated set up involving assigning IP addresses if you want to.
The wireless facility seems to be a bit hit and miss though. Sometimes you can put the printer on and send a document through to print but you just get a 'printer is not ready to print, please check your connections and ensure that the printer is on' error. Other times the document will start to print but suddenly stop because the print server has gone dead. I find this incredibly frustrating when printing a large text document, as you have to cancel the print job, reboot the print server and print the document again. It does work, but not smoothly by any means. However, given the price of the printer I don't want to complain too much as I can always go back to connecting it to my PC via USB cable if it gives me too much trouble.
The printer itself is a nice shiny black colour and is quite compact. You can scan or copy documents up to A4 size which is useful, and unlike my previous printer you only need four ink cartridges which really cuts down on cost.
A slight downside is that the ink doesn't appear to last very long, I printed out two copies of my sister's university assignment and was completely cleaned out of ink. I noticed that you can buy high capacity black cartridges for this printer though, and the cartridge that was in did come with the printer so I'm thinking they didn't have a huge capacity to start with.
The printing speed is really good, much faster than my RX640. It is quite loud though, and at one point I thought I was going to get a document jam because it sounds like it is ripping the paper through the printer. Unless you are using the printer to print lots and lots and lots of documents this isn't too much of a problem.
The print quality is excellent and I have printed out a couple of photos that I scanned in and I don't think you can tell the difference between this one and professionally printed pictures to be honest.
Other features of this printer are memory card slots for direct printing and picture bridge compatibility. I haven't tried either of these though, as I tend to use photoshop to edit my images before printing them. This model doesn't have direct to CD printing either, which is a bit of a shame as I found that quite useful on other printers and all-in-ones that I have used in the past.
Despite the little annoying problems with the wireless print server I think this is a decent printer/copier/scanner and for the price I would recommend it for anyone with more than one computer in the house.