Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
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Compact and Reliable
Epson Stylus SX415
Member Name: topsyturvy
Epson Stylus SX415
Advantages: quick, efficient, good price
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
Summary: Reasonably Priced All In One Printer