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I bought this to replace a cheap Canon printer for which the trade-off was expensive ink cartridges, like the razor/blade trick. Having said that the cartridges aren't that cheap for the Epson but there are plenty of suppliers of compatibles out there these days.
I know it's subjective, but I find it a good-looking product and it seems pretty solidly built. The only slightly flimsy part is the extending paper-catcher at the front but I'm fairly heavy-handed and haven't had a problem yet.
Installation was a breeze, I used the software disc supplied, which also gave the Epson Scan software, which although I feel is a bit "clunky" nevertheless does a decent job.
The wireless functionality is great, I've never had a connectivity problem accessing it, I have Windows Vista on my desktop and laptop. I even cloud-print to it from my android phone!
Print quality is decent, I've used it to produce everything from quick drafts to high-quality photo prints and always had satisfactory results. It uses 3 separate ink cartridges for colours - Magenta Yellow and Blue, plus a black. And if the black runs our, you can produce a "composite" black using the coloured cartridges.
All in all, a decent printer that, touch wood, hasn't given me a problem in all the time I've used it. I would recommend it.
We bought this printer a few months ago when my Lexmark finally died. The reviews I read were pretty good and I paid around £50 (on offer) for it in Argos.
I mostly wanted to be able to photocopy things and for the kids to be able to print off their homework. The most important thing to us though was the fact it is wireless so now the kids can print from whichever computer they are using in the house rather than either having to use my laptop or email everything to me for printing. It can is hardwired via usb but we are all just using the wireless now.
I was very easy to install and only took a few minutes to load the software on each of our computers and setup the WiFi. My husband even managed to print from his smartphone - I haven't tried this yet.
To start with I was a bit dubious about using separate ink cartridges, as I had only ever had printers which had colour and black in them, so the thought of 4 cartridges concerned my a little. However, after a short time I completely saw the point in this and replacing one colour at a time makes more sense as some get used more than others. A full set of all four colours is around £22 on Amazon but if you are happy to have them supplied without excess packaging or using compatible cartridges (which I do), they can be found much cheaper with a quick search online. The ink certainly seems to last longer than it did in my Lexmark printer and so far I haven't had to do any maintenance other than adding paper or replacing ink.
As a lot of things are nowadays, it is mostly made from black plastic but, rather than looking cheap, I think it looks like a smart, professional machine. The quality of print so far has been great but I would suggest getting the proper paper if you want to print photos. I like the fact I can photocopy or view and print photos from an SD card without having to turn on my laptop. Scanning pages to then save on a computer is really easy and most things can be done via the buttons and view screen on the actual printer.
During the months my family has used this printer it has never given us any trouble, shows no signs of wear and tear and acts and feels like a quality, trustworthy product. My running costs, due to being able to find bargain ink which the printer doesn't go through too quickly, have been very good too.
The technical bits:
Printing Resolution 5,760 x 1,440 dpi
Paper Formats A4
Product dimensions 450 x 342 x 182 mm (Width x Depth x Height)
Product weight 7.5 kg
Compatible Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP - I use Windows 7 and it works fine
Interfaces USB, WiFi
I would definitely recommend this printer to anyone who wants quality for everyday use without wanting to pay through the nose for it
We got this about 4 months ago now from PC World after our last Epsom printer packed in. We don't really use a printer that much in our household but it's nice to have one just in case for printing out any online bookings or money off coupons. We decided on the Epsom Stylus SX425W because it had everything we needed all in one and is a brand we know and are used to.
It's very easy to set up, you can either connect with a USB cable or wirelessly. I've connected via USB. It comes with an installation cd so all you do is connect it up, pop the cd into the cd drawer on your computer and follow the on screen set up guide.
As I said before this is an all in one printer. You can make photocopies on this which we've used a few times now. It comes in handy when you need to send off documentation as proof when applying for things. We just simple make a quick photocopy and send that off with the application. Photocopying is very very easy with this printer, you just place your document in face down, close the lid and press the button once and your photocopy pops out withing seconds!!!
It has a scanner which I have used so many time now I can't count. It's such a handy feature for allsorts of uses. I've used it to scan and email documents rather than posting them. I did this for my no claims bonus when I changed over my car insurance. They wanted my no claims proof so I simply scanned it and emailed it to them and they confirmed they had it that day!! I also like to scan old photos and get them printed. An old friend who I knew as a child gave me some pictures of my sisters and I as children and I was able to scan them onto the computer to put them onto Facebook plus make copies of them for my sisters.
The printing quality of this is very good compared to our last printer, no smudging or bleeding colours and nice and clean and crisp. The only drawback is that the paper gets jammed almost every time we go to print!!! We have to take the paper out and pop it back in again most time which is very annoying.
The manual included shows which buttons to press for whatever function you want plus the buttons are labelled on the actual printer.
It's no longer available in PC World but a quick check online showed it's available to buy on Amazon for £44.99 delivered free in the UK. We paid £50 in PC World.
All in all this is a great all in one printer for the price but I've knocked off a star because the paper jams all the time.
Below I have copied and pasted the specs for this printer so you don't have to go hunting about for them. Thesse were taken from www.amazon.co.uk
Product Features and Technical Details
SIZE (cm): 19.5 (H) x 45.5(L) x 37(W)
WEIGHT (kg): 5.3
TYPE: Office Products
Products Under Manufacturer Warranty
Wi-Fi Small-in-One - Print, scan and copy wirelessly
Space-saving - Epson's smallest all-in-one
Economical - Save money with individual inks
PC-free printing - LCD screen and memory card slot
Mobile printing - Smartphone and tablet PC printing
Printing Resolution 5,760 x 1,440 DPI
Printing Speed 33 pages/min Monochrome, 15 pages/min Color, 54 seconds/photo 10x15 cm
Paper Specifications and Sensors
Paper Formats A4, A5, A6, B5, C6 (Envelope), DL (Envelope), No. 10 (Envelope), Letter, Letter Legal, 9 x 13 cm, 10 x 15 cm, 13 x 18 cm, 13 x 20 cm, 20 x 25 cm, 100 x 148 mm, 16:9, User defined
Paper Tray Capacity 100 Sheets Standard, 20 Photo Sheets
Number of paper trays 1
Interfaces & Connetivity
Interfaces USB 2.0 Type B, WLAN
Weight 4.1 kg
What's in the box Individual Ink Cartridges, Main unit, Power cable, Setup guide, Software (CD), User manual, Warranty document
Dimensions 390 mm x 300 mm x 145 mm (Width x Depth x Height)
Noise Level 5.2 B (A) with Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper / Photo RPM mode, 38 dB (A) with Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper / Photo RPM mode
Colors Black, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta
Nozzle Configuration Nozzles black: 128, Nozzles per color: 42
Minimum Droplet Size 3 pl
Ink Technology Epson DURABriteTM Ultra
All-in-One Functions Scan, Copy
Power Supply 110V, 240V
Scanning Resolution 1,200 DPIx2,400 DPI (Horizontal x Vertical)
LCD and Memory Cards
LC-Display color, 3.6 cm
Memory Cards Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MagicGate Memory Stick, SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, Memory Stick Duo*, Memory Stick PRO Duo*, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo*, Memory Stick Micro M2*, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo*, MiniSD*, MicroSD*, MicroSDHC*, MMCmobile RS-MMC*, MMCmicro*
WLAN Security WEP 64 Bit, WEP 128 Bit, WPA PSK (TKIP), WPA PSK (AES)
Features Marginless print, Manual duplex
Included Software ABBYY FineReader® Sprint 8.0 (MacOS), ABBYY FineReader® Sprint 9.0 (Windows), Epson Easy Photo Print, Epson Event Manager
Compatible Operating Systems Mac OS 10.4+, Mac OS 10.5+, Mac OS 10.6+, Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64
Energy Use 15 (standalone copying, ISO/IEC 24712 pattern), 3 (sleep mode), ENERGY STAR qualified all-in-one
Currently around £70 online - but shop around.
I bought my SX425w last summer at Tesco. It was 'half price' at £49.99.
Having had printers before that just seem to be so expensive to run I was eager to get one that I would be able to get cheap inks for. So I did do a bit of research before heading out - for me a real change.
The printer itself is lightweight, and not difficult to handle. It is probably 2 or 3 inches longer than a piece of A4 paper, and 2 or 3 wider than a piece of A4 paper.
It has buttons on the left hand side of the unit, and has a little screen that will tell you what you need to press for what outcome.
The 'lid lifts, and this is where you place documents to either scan or copy them. The copier can be used without your computer being turned on.
The top of the unit lifts up so you can replace cartridges easily. The official Epson cartridges can be costly to replace, and come in two sizes called Apple or Fox. (They have technical names that are full of numbers, and letters but these names are recognised by people who work in IT shops). I however can replace a whole set twice for a little under £14. (The cheap on-line places are the place to go). The printer has 4 individual cartridges.
The first time I placed the inks in - I removed a small piece of film on the cartridge - you shouldn't do this as it will cause the ink cartridge to leak. (There were instructions, but I didn't look at them)...
Setting the printer up was easy (I don't use the Wi-fi aspect as my wireless router is still in the box on my bookshelves). I plugged it in, and it took a couple of clicks to accept all that I was told to. (My sister and BiL also have this printer and they have had no issues with the Wi-fi aspect - but as mine is directly next to my computer it seemed like too much effort to set it up). Having said that it doesn't come with the cable needed to plug it in as standard - so either keep it from your last printer, or you will have to purchase one.
The printer is quite quick:
according to the manual
Black text A4 Up to 35 ppm*1
Colour text A4 Up to 15 ppm*1
Photo 10x15 cm Approx. 54 secs*
When i was buying mine the sales person was lovely, and suggested as he had had issues in the past that if the printer was being used infrequently then the paper feed stand could get dust in it, so paper should not be kept standing there for long periods of time in case dust got into the mechanisms. Having said that mine has been fine for nearly 18 months now so it may not be an issue with models newer than his.
I bought the Epson Stylus SX425W printer to replace my Kodak printer that had a broken shelf and that needed the ink changing too frequently. Although the Kodak ink was cheaper to buy I had to replace the cartridges every month or so. A printer is an essential for a student studying at University and running out of ink on the day of your deadline is a nightmare. It was the final year of University when I purchased this printer for just £49.99 from Comet. It was on offer and had the best specifications of the printers in the same price bracket.
We did have to purchase a set of ink cartridges at £29.99 and that had all the four colours that was needed. The ink cartridges are quite a bit more expensive than Kodak cartridges so I hoped that they might last a little bit longer.
The printer did get me through my final year of University and printed to a good quality. However, this printer didn't really save me any money as it isn't much better than the Kodak in that I am constantly having to buy new and more expensive cartridges!! It is possible to buy cheap cartridges on eBay for £5.00 but they do effect the quality of the print and sometimes the printer doesn't recognise them.
One great thing about this printer is that it is a Scanner and Copier as well. I don't get much use out of the Copier but I have used the scanner quite a lot. I mainly use it to scan in photos and to print them on to glossy paper. The photos that are scanned in look really good when they are brought up on picture editing programs (for example I use iphoto on the Mac). Again the quality really depends on the cartridges. When I tried the eBay cartridges the pictures had lines across them which was a little bit disappointing. But then again I didn't expect much from cartridges that are ridiculously cheap. The scanner takes between 2-3 minutes to scan in a photograph but its worth the wait for the quality.
Another positive thing about this printer is that it looks good and its not too big for a small-ish computer desk. I would love a printer that does absolutely everything, the sort you see in a small office but they are just too big. This does similar things but isn't an eyesore that's difficult to find a place for.
Some of the negatives about this printer is that it can be slow and rather noisy. This doesn't bother me personally but i can imagine it could irritate some people.
This is a good little printer, it was easy to set up and does it's job! The only thing that I can really fault with this printer is the expensive ink cartridges that run out quickly.
I bought this Epson Stylus sx425w 3 in 1 printer, scanner, copier because I wanted to be able to print wirelessly from my laptop.
I had looked into wireless printers but I was holding back because of the +£100 pound price tag and some bad reviews, so when I saw this for £59.99 I snapped it up.
Out of the box I found the printer quite smart in appearance in a sturdy black plastic that coincidentally matches my laptop.
A quickstart guide was included which was easy to follow for installing the four inks that came with the printer and when to hook up to your computer. Installing the software although straightforward took an eternity, I honestly thought it was never going to end and had no clue what half of the stuff it was cramming on my laptop was but I soldiered on.
After installing the software and setting up using the usb lead came the wireless setup part. This was a nail biting time after hearing of other peoples problems with wireless printers. I clicked 'setup wireless network'....allowed on windows firewall....waited....done. A print test page box popped up, I pressed that and a second later it was spewing out of the printer, excellent.
The print quality is amazing for an inkjet printer and I am also very pleased with the print speed. I photocopied an invoice that was printed on a laser printer and apart from the colours being slightly duller you wouldn't have known the difference.
Although I was told it only came with starter inks that would probably only print a test page it actually came with a full set of four inks. The black ink has hardly moved even after printing over sixty pages full of text. The quality of printed images is also excellent and again the ink levels hardly budge. I've also seen a full set of genuine inks for sale for under £25 which makes the running costs very reasonable.