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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.
Being an art student, at Christmas time I really felt it essential that I should ask Santa for a scanner/printer as I am constantly printing off my work as well as scanning in different things and without one it makes my life a lot more difficult. Then, one day on a trip to Staples my family agreed that they would buy me one as there were a lot of good deals going on and I found one that was perfect for me, this is the Epson SX415. I have had Epson printers in the past and know they are a good brand but they really have developed a lot since I last purchased one and prices have also fallen dramatically.
Right away, this printer is quite big but being compact it can fit under your desk or on top of it. It is rectangular shaped and has the lid which lifts up obviously for the scanner component as well as having a small pop up 6.3cm LCD viewer. The buttons are all down the left hand side for checking ink levels, maintenance and quick buttons for the different settings too. The printer is approximately 16 inches wide and is about 6 inches tall in height and about 12 inches back in length so not too bad compared to some inkjet printers.
So, being a compact printer this can obviously do more than your standard inkjet which is why I like it. It is a printer which is meant to make photo printing a lot easier, so it comes with a memory card slot. The slot is at the front of the printer, you literally just insert the memory card and it will load up the photos. On the LCD screen you can view the photos as a slideshow to see what is on them and it will also open up the files on the computer so you can print this way too. To speed things up you can just click the photo on the screen you want and then click print and it will do this right away as well. So, this is the memory card feature, I am still more likely to go to a photo stand at print them out that way for ink reasons but it is a handy feature if you do photography or like to print photos yourself.
The copy option is pretty much like a photocopier, you just click copy it will scan what is inserted under the lid and then will instantly print it out. My only issue with this button and feature is that sometimes by accident I have hit copy and it has printed things out which consume a lot of black ink that I haven't even wanted printed. It is just a case of being careful where you hit the printer but it is a good option if you want an instant print rather than going through the scan and print process.
Next, the scan option which is one of the features I probably use more frequently. I am always scanning things into my computer and this makes it easy. You just lift up the lid; always make sure it is clean as dust can ruin a white scan. Then, just close the lid open the Epson Scan software and then click preview first if you want to quickly see how it will look, this literally does a rough scan in seconds. Once on preview if you like what you see you can click Scan for a final copy or you can crop and rotate the document before finalizing the scan. With the software you can also edit the DPI for scan quality and change to have a colour or a black and white scan, there are many options and you can choose if it saves as a jpeg or PDF and so on.
Lastly, the printer setting is again the most popular part I use too. I am always printing things off and find it is helpful. To print you just need to make sure you have A4 paper fed into the printer which is very easy to do and it will tell you if you have not set it in correctly. It then automatically feeds the paper in and your print will shoot out in the finish tray. The printer holds quite a lot of sheets of paper and if there is a jam it will tell you and it will also try to feed out the jammed paper rather than it being a difficult job. It usually takes the paper in well but I have had the odd jam which is stressful
QUALITY/SPEED OF PRINT
I find this printer to be very quick compared to my previous printers, it always prints text sheets in seconds and they are usually of a good quality. My only problem is that when I changed my black cartridge the odd bit of type does seem to be smudged ever so slightly, causing a blur effect to the type. However, when I left the print for a week or so and printed it was fine so I'm not sure why it is doing this as it does look unprofessional on letters when certain words are blurry. The colour prints again always come out very good quality and are very quick too. The ink levels are easy to check as they are displayed when you print so you know when you need to change the cartridges.
EASE OF CHANGING CARTRIDGES
I find that when it comes to changing cartridges, it isn't at all difficult. You just lift up the lid; change the setting to changing a cartridge. The print head will be in an accessible position on this option; you lift up the cartridge lid and take out which ever is low. For this printer you have 4 cartridges one for black, one for cyan, magenta and yellow just so that it evenly prints. I prefer this as in the past when I had one colour cartridge, it did annoy me when there was a lot of magenta or cyan left and you had to throw it away just because yellow was low. The cartridges easily slot out and it is just a case of pulling of the new cartridge strip and inserting it the right way round into its area where it will click in perfectly and should be ready to go, no difficulty here.
COST OF CARTRIDGES
I find with buying ink cartridges, they don't seem to run out too quickly unless you are obviously printing photos of then they will go down speedily. I find that black is the most common to run out frequently because it is used most and if you let it run too low the black will not be sharp so make sure you buy more of this cartridge. They can be bought in staples but official Epson cartridges do cost more, Staples now do their own brand which is compatible with Epson. I, however buy my cartridges on eBay which I find is the cheapest option. I know I shouldn't be saying it but I buy them and they come from abroad but they fit into my printer perfectly and it recognises them and it only cost me £8 for 12 cartridges, 3 of each colour which is brilliant and they have lasted me for ages. It definitely makes printing a lot cheaper and they last just as long, my only concern is the fact they are not official Epson could be why they are causing a blur when printing type but otherwise I am satisfied.
If you are concerned about using non Epson cartridges then the official cost for them are as follows. A cyan/magenta/yellow/black cartridge on its own costs £10.68 or a multipack with all included, 1 of each costs £36.66 as you can see not so cheap when you print as much as I do so I will stick with my supplier for now. These are the rates from the official Epson website but maybe on eBay the official cartridges could be purchased at a discounted rate.
I find with scanning that again it scans very quickly. It takes literally about 20 seconds to do a finalised scan and it always comes up very high quality. Even on the higher quality setting it is just as quick and the file automatically saves into the My Pictures folder. I have had scanners in the past that take up to a minute to scan which is why I am so happy with this and the scan software is all very straightforward and easy to use just helping the process become that little bit easier.
Installing the software doesn't take too long and you have to do it or you can't use the printer or scanner. It is an easy step by step guide though and it registered quickly on my computer. The overall setting up of the printer took literally minutes. You just need to plug the cable into the socket and attach your USB cable into the computer. This is the only downfall with this printer/scanner; it doesn't come with a USB cable which is a bit of a sly catch. I purchased it and at the till they mentioned something about a USB cable but I took no notice as normally they come included. I had to go to Argos and pay something like £8 for mine, it seems nowadays everything is becoming a money making scheme.
As an overall printer/scanner I am very happy with the results, as a student for now this gets me by and does the job but maybe later on I will need higher quality. It is fast, efficient and reliable and that is all I ask for. Now, for cost, I paid £58.29 at Staples which is a bargain for what it is but the official Epson site are charging £74.99 so it is best to look around as places are always having deals on these kinds of things. The good thing about buying at Staples is that I have the reward card so got money back for buying there.
Printing Method 4-colour inkjet printer, Epson Micro PiezoTM print head
Nozzle Configuration 90 nozzles black/90 nozzles, each colour (cyan, magenta, yellow)
Droplet Size 3 pl (minimum) with Variable-sized Droplet Technology
Ink System Epson DURABrite Ultra Ink
Print Resolution Up to 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi on suitable media using RPM (Resolution Performance Management)
Print Speed Black Text A4 Up to 34 ppm
Printer Interface Hi-Speed USB - compatible with the USB 2.0 specification* Pict Bridge, *USB cable required for PC/Mac use (not supplied in box)
Print Speed Photo 10x15 Approx. 26 secs
Print Speed Colour Text A4 Up to 34 ppm
Scan Speed Black A4 300 dpi 2.2 msec/line, 600 dpi 7.2 msec/line
Scan Speed Colour A4 300 dpi 7.2 msec/line, 600 dpi 13.1 msec/line
Scanning Technology A4 flatbed colour image scanner
Sensor Type CIS
Scan Resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi
Paper Capacity Input: 120 sheets
Media Size A4, Letter, Legal, 20 x 25cm, 13 x 18cm, 10 x 15cm, 9 x 13cm, 13 x 20cm, A5, A6, Envelopes: No.10, DL, C6
Print Margin 0mm top, left, right, bottom via custom settings in printer driver*. *Otherwise 3mm top, left, right, bottom
Power Consumption Approx. 12W (standalone copying, ISO/IEC24712 Letter)
Voltage AC 220-240V
Standard Warranty 1 year
Optional Warranty 3 years if available
Dimensions W x D x H 450x342x182 mm
Weight 5.8 kg (excluding ink cartridges and power cable)
Noise Level 5.4 B(A) (according to ISO7779 pattern with, Epson Premium GlossyPhoto Paper/Photo RPM mode, 41 dB(A) (according to ISO9296)
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/XP-x64/Vista, Mac OS 10.3.9/10.4.x/10.5.x or later
Software Epson Easy Photo Print, Epson Web-To-Page (Not compatible with Windows Vista, XP x64 and Mac OS X), ABBYY FineReader® 6.0 Sprint Plus (PC), ABBYY FineReader® 5.0 Sprint Plus (Mac)
Supported Memory Card
Compact Flash (Memory card only), MicroDrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo*, MagicGate Memory Stick, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo*, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo*, SD, SDHC, MiniSD*, MiniSDHC*, MicroSD*, MicroSDHC*, Multi Media Card, xD-Picture card, xD-Picture card Type-M, xD-Picture card Type-H. *Adapter required (not supplied in box)
For more information go to http://www.epson.co.uk
The Stylus SX415 is a high quality compact all purpose All-in-One. Packed with advanced features for home, office and photo printing, this machine provides the perfect solution for multi-purpose users. It provides high quality direct printing using either memory card slots or PictBridge, together with an LCD preview monitor.
|Product Description:||Epson Stylus SX415 - multifunction ( printer / copier / scanner ) ( colour )|
|Device Type:||Printer / copier / scanner|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||45 cm x 34.2 cm x 18.2 cm|
|Printing Technology:||Ink-jet ( colour )|
|Inkjet Technology:||Epson Micro Piezo - 4-ink|
|Max Printing Speed:||Up to 34 ppm (mono) / up to 34 ppm (colour)|
|Max Printing Resolution:||Up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (mono) / up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (colour)|
|Scanning:||1200 x 2400 dpi|
|Original Size:||A4 (210 x 297 mm) (max)|
|Media Size:||Legal (216 x 356 mm) (max)|
|Media Type:||Plain paper, photo paper|
|Standard Media Capacity:||120 sheets|
|PC Connection Availability:||Yes|
|PC Connection:||Hi-Speed USB|
|Power:||AC 230 V|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Environmental Standards:||ENERGY STAR Qualified|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|