Product Type: Epson All in one Printer
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Epson have come a long way from 9-pin Dot-Matrix!
Epson Stylus SX435W
Member Name: Novabug
Epson Stylus SX435W
Advantages: Smart looks, good value, good quality prints, good print speed. easy to set up.
Disadvantages: Software installation issues. Slow to start up and shut down, no auto-off, Picky about cartridges.
--Stop the Presses!--
In yet another case of brand names becoming pseudonymous with the product they are famous for, Xerox means Photocopier and Epson means Printer, with the Canon brand possibly having a say in that. I can remember Epson printers all the way back to when the 8-bits were claiming dominance and the Compaq 386 was the choice in the offices. Seiko Epson are a huge world leader in computer printers and media interfaces. They were formed in 1942 and are based out of Suwa, Nagano, Japan. They were the first company to release a colour LCD screen and a rudimentary handheld computer.
The reason I make to automatic connection with printers to the name Epson goes back many a year. I remember the reams of green-lined computer paper that ran through the dot-matrix Epson printers in the school library, churning out nonsensical images and text lines, and that all so familiar sound of the drum pushing the pins in and out. Since then of course, technology has progressed quickly, and now we have high-quality ink-jet printers as common as fresh air. It's this memory, and I'm sure similar ones of yours that make you trust such a brand name, but sometimes, that trust is not justified.
--Cost and Packaging--
This product comes to you in a large and sturdy box, brightly decorated with Epson logo's and supposed examples of the prints you will get out of it. It's all rather predictable and fit for purpose. The printer itself if much smaller than the box, so there is a considerable amount of polystyrene cut outs, and a few card inserts. Included are a USB 2.0 cable, power cable and a set of four cartridges. Overkill on the packaging I feel, but it's contents are very well protected. All the card is fully recyclable, but the big bits of polystyrene is not.
At £59, this is a great price for what you are getting I think. In the mainstream shops, you will pick this up at around £70 and the same for similar models. I bought on-line from our friend Amazon for the reduced price. As we all know with the majority of inkjet printers, it's the cartridge cost which gets expensive. The genuine Epson cartridges can sell for up to, and sometimes over £15 a pop! £30 for a set colours if you will. There are of course more reasonable after-market compatible alternatives, but be wary. Epson printers are VERY touchy about what you put in them, so don't buy the cheapest you can get, as you may find this will not work with the printer.
--Design and Durability--
Comparing to my last printer, which was a rather awful design, this is a nice looking piece of kit. Black plastic with a matt finish on the base, with a gloss shine for the top and control panel. The shape follows a basic flat box design with rounded corners, no wild design cues here, but in all honestly I prefer this. The control panel mounted on the front edge is nicely sized, with well spaced and shaped buttons, with the LCD display and cursor keys positioned in the middle for that element of symmetry. The paper out flaps fold away neatly, as do the paper in holders using a combination of black translucent plastic and a thinner gauge plastic, as so it folds up into a tidy compact box. It's not a design that's going to win a Turner prize, but it's pleasant to look at, subtle and functional. Small silver details and logo's finish off the overall look. All the cable inputs and memory card sockets are well positioned and easy to access, fitting the cables without problems.
The quality of the main body is nice and hardy, heavy to touch and lift and can take a few knocks without damage. This included the scanner cover on the top, which provides good protection to the glass scanner surface. On a negative point of view, the feed flaps seem a little weak, particularly the paper out guides, and could be subject to snapping under pressure. The control panel, which is also mounted on hard plastic, lifts out to lean at an angle. Whilst this looks good and makes the printer easier to operate, the support holding it in place also feels weak and could break when releasing to fold back in. The display screen is quite scratch proof, and the glass scanner bed is also resistant to minor scuffs. The white backing plate however is, as always on most scanners, a little susceptible to damage without care. In would say the gloss surfaces could be damaged a little easier then the matt parts, but this is neither here nor there.
Whatever the outside looks like is nothing without quality print results of course, and I'm happy to report that things are good with this Epson. Firstly, I have had a terrible history with printers that always have problems with the paper feed, and so was chuffed to find I have had not a single problem with this printer feeding the paper in. It holds a good stack, feeds smoothly and, up until now, has never jammed. This all bodes well, and with a relatively easy set up, all the functions work like they should and this is not time consuming either. I have used two different grades of paper, the results were fine on both. The ink lasts entirely depending on what you are printing of course, but it does seem rather economical with standard print settings.
As far as print quality goes, using the genuine cartridges produces a very good print indeed. Details are sharp, with very minimal blurring and the colours are accurate to the screen and opaque. When the cartridges get low, things stay good too, but using non-genuine cartridges can product varying results. Most of the time, the print is true and clear, but sometimes the odd error can occur, or a line of print can go missing. This is due to fact that Epson printers are notoriously picky about the cartridges used, and sometimes the unit needs to be reset altogether. I haven't come across this so far, and it handles my cheaper cartridges quite well. The speed of the printing process is good too, at standard print setting, and doesn't take long for your work to be spat out in a rather noisy fashion. That said, the printing noise isn't to annoying, but the feed in and out mechanics are a touch loud.
Other functions are the included scanner, fax and photocopy. The scanner is fast, creates a sharp image great for Photoshop, and can be used with a variety of software applications. The photocopy function work directly from the unit, easily operated and produces the same quality as the standard print in black and white. This is ink- thirsty however. I have no need for the fax function, but I would assume this would work as well as the scanner as it uses the same types of software.
So, the print quality is good, the speed is good too as are the general mechanics and scanner, but there are a few issues I have with this printer. As I have already said, certain parts seem a little weak in construction, and the printer can object some cartridges, but this can be forgiven. What cannot be forgiven are the fact that the software bundled with the printer is a little difficult to use, and I still haven't been able to fully install all the software included. I run Windows 7 so it shouldn't be a problem, the certain applications just refuse to work, even after a re-installation. Windows and Adobe programs work fine with it, but it's own software seems to have problems. Driver updates however run fine, and automatically install without prompting. Other small issues are the fact it has no auto-off function, so has to be manually switched off after you have shut down your computer, and it's also a tad lethargic in booting up and shutting down via the manual button. Annoying sometimes, because you may think you have turned it off when you haven't.
Height - 135 mm
Width - 390 mm
Depth - 300mm
Weight - 4.1 kg
Colour - Black
Item model number - C11CB21304
ASIN - B005LDLWH6
LCD Screen - 1.4 inches
Wattage - 15 watts
Cartridge Type - Epson T1281/2/3/4 or compatible equivalent.
If you are looking for a good quality printer at a low price, then this is certainly one to consider adding to your computer peripherals. With high quality output, easy initial set up and fine robust but simplistic design, I would mostly recommend this device. Just be wary of the touchy aspect of the unit in regards to cartridges and poor application software. It has not let me down so far without my own influence, and using the correct replacements you should get many hours of good prints weather they be text or pictures. A slightly above average budget printer from Epson, not bad at all.
Thanks for Reading. © Novabug
Summary: It's all in the fine print, a good product overall.
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