The Epson Stylus SX445W is an inexpensive all in one printer and is ideal for a user who needs to print and occasionally do a bit of scanning. The product is fully wireless and connects to you homes Wi-Fi network however if you want you can also connect it to your computer by using the USB cable supplied in the box. On the front of the product is a color LCD screen which is used to navigate around the printer's vast array of features. You can scan to a memory card or a connected computer
Printing photo's out on the SX445W is rather slow but it's well worth the wait! All the pictures I've printed from it looks realistic and the color fairly accurate to the original. The Sx445W uses pigmented inks but this doesn't seem to affect the print quality.
Document printing is also extremely sharp and clear. It's again slightly slow as it only prints 5.9ppm. However 1 page every 10 seconds isn't exactly slow is it? The printed text is legible even when in the smallest of sizes (as long as your eyes are good enough)
The printer consists of the usual 4 separate ink colors which are around £35 to buy a full set, from using the printer for around 4 months they seem to last a reasonable amount of time. Which compared to my previous Kodak printer is a godsend!
The printer has a 1,200dpi scanner and this does a brilliant job at catching any of those fine details on pictures so you get a really clear and crisp digital image. It also works great with text as well! You also get ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR included as part of the printers software pack meaning that you can edit the documents you scan in with ease. The software turns a document that you have scanned into a document which you can edit and change as much as you like.
The Epson SX445W is not at all a bad printer for your money at only £64.00. Photo Quality is brilliant so I would recommend this product to anyone who needs to print the odd thing or two and cares about their scan quality.
I've had this printer now for just over a year after buying it from Laskys. It came in a fairly protective box with lots of polystyrene to protect the sensitive bits. After getting it out of the box and onto the desk it was a 5 minute job. Because this printer is wireless and only requires 1 cable (for my setup, you can also have it wired via USB) it can be stored neatly and reduces the amount of wires behind your computer for a start.
Setting it up:
The setup process could be either done on the printer itself or on the computer it's connected to. It does work with AirPrint (for apple devices) well and can be set up via a little intranet web page and this web page can also be used later for updating the printers firmware. The setup was easy and took around 5-10 minutes for it to download the relevant data. The printer takes about 20 seconds to turn on and to be ready to print, which I feel is fairly quick compared to my last printer.
With genuine Epson cartridges this printer prints well in all colours and in black and white text. There is no smudging and the text is crisp without ink splatter. It is also fairly quick at reeling of the pages (around 10 pages a minute) There is also a 'quiet mode' available that is supposed to reduce the noise coming from the printer but there's not much difference between that and the normal printing mode which is also quicker.
The paper input tray can hold around 100 sheets at maximum capacity and the sheets don't drop off the end after printing has finished thanks to the moveable tray at the bottom of the printer.
However, I have had some problems with printing.
The Functionality and other Features:
I think the most useful feature for me would be the compatibility with Epson iPrint for iOS devices. If I need something printed from my iPhone quickly and I'm not near the printer, this is very useful. You can also scan a photo/document with iPrint and save it to your camera roll or share it with others via email/SMS/Facebook etc. It also comes with the feature to do 'maintenance' - i.e change cartridges, print a nozzle check pattern.
The scanner itself is good and copies pages with good quality. You can choose the brightness of the copy and whether you want it to be in colour or monochrome.
Another good feature is the easy to use menu system with a bright, vivid LCD display that has a touch panel next to it. Also the ability to insert various types of memory card into the printer may be useful for some people (but I don't do that much photo printing).
If ink does run out, which to be fair it doesn't that often, and I do print quite a lot it's easy to replace the cartridge either by using the printers step by step on screen instructions or doing it via the connected computer/iPrint.
From the little amount that I've done, I can report that it truly is lab-quality photos as advertised on the box. The colours are sharp and there are no smudges/gaps in the printout. The options available on the printer are very in depth and could possibly be slightly complicated for people not that familiar to technology.
When replacing a cartridge (using genuine Epson ink) it sometimes displays the error "cartridge not recognised" which means after trying everything I can to fix it which doesn't work, I have to go out and buy another (quite expensive) ink cartridge. This only happens rarely though. But it's quite annoying because the ink is quite expensive and there seems to be no way to fix this error.
As a printer, it's a cheap multifunction one that is very useful for people that are going to university or have a small house and not much room. But for the people (similar to me) who need to do high volume printing, I think the SX445W is just a bit too slow. However, this printer does have an abundance of features and I think this and it's compact, piano black design really does make this quite a good all round printer.
Thanks for reading - ellis2013 :)
This is a brilliant piece of all in one equiptment. It was bought for university to print wirelessly and so far has worked flawlessly. It is an Apple air printer and so will print documents from iPads and iPhones as long as there is a wifi connection. The printer itself is small but sturdy - not of the external components feel cheap and flimsy unlike many printers. It is also very easy to change the cartridges within the printer although if the cartridges used are not Epson, it can clog up the filters and irrepairably damage the equiptment.
The printer is easy to set up and scans items to the computer effortlessly. I have not tried printing onto photo paper yet but the printer is set up to do so and based on the quality of everything else the printer can do, I will assume that it will print photos just as well.
Given the price of this printer at around £60, this is a brilliant piece of kit that does whatever you could ask for and more. Would fully recommend to anyone who wants a wireless printer, especially for students off to uni as it is so compact, it will not take up much room in a dorm.