Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
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Ideal for home use
Epson Stylus SX425W
Member Name: nimnim
Epson Stylus SX425W
Date: 24/07/12, updated on 03/01/13 (25 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap and effective
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.
Summary: It's a total bargain for the price
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