I'm not a big user but for my needs this printer is ideal.
It's not small by any means but it is 3 in 1, it has a printer, scanner and also copier, it's all black in colour which helps make it look more expensive than it is.
As said it's a 3 in 1 printer, the copy feature is excellent, it allows you to not have to connect to your PC to copy a letter etc, simply slide the paper under the scanner, press either "start" to start printing and it will copy what's under the scanner, or you have the option to make more than one copy by selecting the required number of copies with the up and down buttons then pressing start.
Printing is as easy but requires you to connect to your PC, takes a couple of seconds before it starts to print, which always makes me think I have don't something wrong, but then it springs into action, yes it's fairly noisy but nothing that would require earplugs.
Again scanning is simple, it has it's own application, open that on your PC, slide under what you want scanning to your PC and press start, it then shows you what you have just loaded onto your PC and gives you an edit feature if you need to turn it around, if you have scanned the item upside down, it has many other options too, such as colour editing, cropping, basically a good basic editing program.
yes ink is expensive and Epson do advise you to use their ink, I do not though, I find a cheaper ink (much cheaper) works for me just as well, I tend to only use the printer now and again, but even after it has been sitting for up to a month or more, it's always ready to go, whether that's down to the quality of the ink I use or the quality of the printer or both I do not know, all I know is it works for me.
I great printer for the not so regular user, maybe it holds up to more regular use? I can't see why it wouldn't, as it's well built, but if like me you want something you know is good to go when needed, this is all you need.
During my time at University studying photography I found that I was spending tonnes on printing my images and essays either in the University library or worse, giving my money to Supermarket photo departments for them to give me a print out that barely resembled what I had sent for printing.
I decided it was time to invest in a printer that I could have at home and would allow me to control the way the images were coming out as well as being able to print out my essays myself. Allowing me to print out at 3am before a deadline when needs be!
After looking at stand alone printers from Epson I noticed this little gem with it's multi functionality and was very tempted indeed. It would allow me to scan in polaroids I had taken and edit them in Photoshop and also I thought the copy function it offers would be great for quickly printing off a page from a book that I had borrowed from the library and would be able to highlight and make notes on my print out.
I was happy with the size of this printer, it measures around 17 inches wide by 13 inches deep and is 6 inches high. This made it very easy to pop on the bottom of my computer desk next to the tower. The paper loading tray folds down flat to allow you to save enough more space when not in use. And the print out tray does the same. Perfect!
So, the make or break moment for printers is the ink.. now, as far as I remember this item came with a full set of inks to use when I bought it but you'd have to check this with the supplier.. So was of no cost to me to buy the first set. But when it came time to re-fill the ink supplies I was pleasantly surprised to find that ink on amazon was around £36.99 for a set of yellow, magenta, cyan and one black. But, if you're trying to look after the pennies like I was, you can get compatible inks for 4 sets for £8.99.. and they work really well!
Overall if you were looking for a high-end fast and quiet printer I'd say you'd probably be best looking for a higher-priced stand alone printer rather than this one as it seems to lose a few points on print quality but it makes up for itself with it's multi-functions in my book.
It's extremely easy to use and the ink lasts for a fair amount of time compared to others I have spoken to and it works well even after standing unused for a while where as previous printers I've had allow the inks to dry up and you get banding on your printouts and then waste ink cleaning the heads.
If you need a jack of all trades and are not expecting too much from something designed to do the basics of each functions, I'd say you'd be very well suited to this printer.
I have currently been running this printer for a year. So far there are no real issues to report! I use it to print a wide variety of things including photos shot on professional and semi pro DSLRs, simple word documents, colour presentations and much more. When loaded with standard paper a reasonable result can be achieved but obviously the exact paper stock you use will have different characteristics to others. I found the draft printing mode to be ineffective as it printed in a light grey somehow instead of a proper black but it has been perfect in all other modes. I have also printed on specialist photo papers including glossy and matte stocks and the results have been crystal clear and the results on matte were beautifully punchy! The scanning and copying functions are rather noisy but they do the job and produce a clean, usable result. I have had 2 or 3 paper jams happen for no apparent reason at points but I use the printer VERY heavily so i suppose its to be expected as general wear and tear. The interface and button layouts are beautifully simple and the tilting LCD screen is a brilliant addition that means I don't have to lean at awkward angles to read the information contained.
I bought this printer as I was going to university and needed to be able to print off work etc. I did a bit of shopping around and decided that this printer was the best balance of quality and features against price, getting mine for around £50 with 2 sets of ink included.
It worked straight out of the box with no installation software necessary on my computer, and after a couple of test pages the ink was coming out fine and producing good results. You do need to install the software if you want to be able to scan photos etc, but if you just want to print then it works fine without it.
One main selling point of the printer is its speed. Doing a lot of essays for useful this has been useful, as it prints pages of full text in just a few seconds, very handy when your really pushing you deadlines! It also prints colour a lot quicker than any other printer I have ever used.
The scan feature is also very good, the resolution picks up all the detail on any document I have scanned so far, the same goes for the instant copy feature.
The instant print from memory card feature is also useful if you don't want to wait for your computer to boot up, just stick your memory card in the printer and get going! The menu system is very simple and easy to understand.
It doesn't just squirt out all the ink it can either, I do a lot of printing what with assignments and other people borrowing it etc, and I have only had to change the ink a couple of times in nearly a year. The inks are also not too expensive to replace, with individual colours making it cheaper to replace if only one has run out.
Overall a very good printer with no real disadvantages, no complaints at all considering it was half the price of many out there!
We bought this printer from Tescos when it was on special offer. I didn't do a great deal of research and was swayed mostly by the way that it looks and by the price. It looks very good for a printer, and is quite stylish, it even manages to make a printer look interesting which is no mean feat! The print quality is great and it connected to my PC without any problems; the software was easy to install and worked first time. The scanner is good, and so far it has worked faultlessly. However, and it is something that I should have considered, it uses a lot of ink. We have only been using it for a couple of months and then only now and again, but it has still used up all the ink that it came with. This should be a consideration when buying it, as it the ink that costs more in the long run. I don't know if it uses more or less than other brands, but it is something worth checking.
This review is for the Epson SX415 inkjet colour printer, scanner and copier, making it a multi function machine.
There is a newer version of this printer that's available, the Epson SX425, but this has the advantage that the price of this particular model is falling and can be obtained at a very good value price.
In terms of printing, I found this printer to be effective and quick to use. It doesn't take up too much space on the table, around 35 cms wide and 18 cms deep. It was quick and easy to connect and I also found it printed at a tolerable noise, as some printers I've had before can be quite loud during the printing process, although the process of taking the paper into the printer can be a little loud.
One of the advantages of this printer is that you can purchase the various colour ink cartridges individually, rather than just throw the lot away when one colour has run out. It does though mean you have to remember to have four different colour ink cartridges available, the black cartridge, and the three colour cartridges.
It's a little difficult to compare effectively, but I was impressed with how long the print cartridges lasted, so they seemed to be reasonable value. I always buy original cartridges when I replace them which is a more costly way of doing it, but you can get unofficial cartridges from other manufacturers if you prefer.
The scanning process I found to be a little time-consuming, and I wouldn't have wanted to have had to do too many documents. However, for an occasional process, it's entirely adequate, and the quality was as I had expected. In a similar way, the photocopy element is fine for a few documents, a little too time-consuming for more.
A handy extra feature with this printer is the card slot, so you can put your memory card straight into the printer and it will print the photos without having to download them via your computer. There is a little screen on the side of the printer which lets you choose which images you want to print. This is a really handy feature, especially for me as I've finally discovered memory cards recently, having managed to have never used them before!
As a note, this printer doesn't come with a USB cable (unless the retailer bundles one with the printer) so you will need to either check that you have one of these available, or purchase one when you buy the printer. It does though come with a CD-ROM, although I didn't need to use this as the computer found the printer easily and I didn't feel the need to install any specific software to use the printer.
The recommended retail price for the printer is 119.99 pounds, but is available for much less than this from most retailers. The printer currently retails for 59.99 pounds in Argos if you want it quickly, but is cheaper from Amazon which at the time of writing charges 48.97 pounds including free postage. You may be able to get a second hand one a little cheaper from sites such as eBay and Amazon.
In summary, this is a perfectly competent printer. The machine quality build isn't superb, but for the money, there are a lot of functions and it fulfils the requirements that the average user is likely to expect from it. It prints quickly, and for a low cost, and the extra features of the scanner and copier are really handy to have. I must admit though, I still find it amazing how cheap technology has become, long may it continue!
I purchased an Epsom Stylus SX415 when it was on offer in PC World. I have been very pleased with the performance. I have always used Epson printers because the inks work out cheaper than other brands and the compatable inks are usually just as good as the originals, although you will void the guarantee if there is a problem.
The printer is slightly longer than previous printers I have had but it is rectangular shaped and fits nicely into the corner of the desk. It scans, copies and prints which is a bonus. There is also a small screen to view photos before printing them direct from the printer, although I prefer to put them on the screen first so I can edit them. It also boasts a memory slot so your camera card can go straight into the printer and no messing with leads.
The quality of the prints is excellent although you do need to watch what photo paper you use for photos as some of it does not dry too well. It prints well onto normal A4 paper including photos so it is an option to print onto paper and then laminate.
A very good purchase I would recommend to anyone.
My partner recently purchased a Epsom Stylus SX415 for me to use at home. On this particular purchase we had not done any previous research before hand, it was bought in a supermarket but the purchase was based on the functions that it performed and the price.
This was very easy to install and took only a few minutes using the disk provided by the manufacturer. Using the on screen display is very straight forward and Ive now tried all of the functions and the printer is very fast, the scanner is works well and the picture quality for prints is amazing!! and I didn't even use photo paper!! So this even prints photo's well on copy paper.
In my opinion this is a good buy, you get a multi-function printer/scanner/copier that is good enough to use in the office but for a fraction of the price to use at home. The only disadvantage I can see is that the printer takes up quite a lot of space on the desk but I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a good deal.