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I bought this printer purely on the basis that there are cheap ink cartridges available for it. The scanning is easy and the print quality is great. However when using compatible ink cartridges, there are often ink compatibility error messages. I have had to replace ink regularly due to error messages only to find the cartridges are still full of ink. Additionally, the cartridges block up the print head and the printer does not function correctly. Although the ink is cheap, be wary of compatibility issues.
Overall, the printer works well when the original cartridges are used. The colour display on the printer make it easy to set documents to print and the printer allows users to scan documents from the printer using the clearly laid out pad to the side of the scanner unit. To make the printer most effective, make sure to regularly clean the printer head for optimum printing quality.
I bought this printer a couple of years ago in order to print off important/boring documents.
The reasons I chose this printer
Ink is affordable/available - At the time of buying, one of the factors involved in buying a printer for me was how easy it would be to buy ink for the printer and how expensive the ink would be. I found that the ink was widely available online at a reasonable price.
Print to the edge - You can chose to print with no borders! Great for printing off posters if like me you find yourself printing off short-run posters for events instead of taking a trip to the print shop.
Print Wirelessly via WiFi - If like me you're fed up of wires running across your room, invest in this printer! It makes it more convenient to print as and when you want instead of having to dig out or untangle needless connector cables. This is also ideal for if there is more than one person in the household using the printer as it is easy enough for multiple users to connect to.
Photocopier - Sometimes it's just too much hassle to scan a document, save it and then print it off, this is where the built in photocopier comes in useful, with just a touch of a button you can have instant copies of whatever documents you wish to reproduce.
Other useful features
Scanner - I never thought I'd ever need a scanner again but was proven wrong recently when someone asked me to scan and email them a document, so it is useful after all.
LCD Display/memory card slot - This printer has the ability to allow you to view pictures from memory card on a built in LCD display/print them off straight from memory card so you don't even have to boot up your computer.
Individual Inks - only replace the colours you use and not the full set.
I had to reinstall the printer a few times to get my laptop to recognise the printer every time i try to connect to it.
Overall I am very happy with this printer, if it wasn't for the odd few problems getting my laptop to connect to it sometimes then I would give it 5 stars, but as sometimes I do have problems connecting, I'll give it 4.
Epson Stylus SX515 inkjet all in one wireless printer
The layout of this all-in-one device is pretty conventional. The whole model is as black in colour as black can be with the scanner lid having a decorative pattern of grey dots adorning it. The control panel to the left of the lid is made up of buttons that are set flush with the unit.
Paper is fed from a vertical stack area at the rear of the device to a telescopic output tray at the front and the well-featured control panel is supported by a 63mm full-colour maneuverable LCD display in the back left-hand corner.
The printer can be connected in various ways; either by using the USB or Ethernet connections set into the rear bottom left-hand side, and also via Wi-Fi. To set this up, you need to temporarily connect the Stylus SX515W to your PC via the supplied USB setup cable.
The instruction manuals supplied with the device for setting the machine up, including Wi-Fi, and also for basic operating procedures, are well written with easy to follow step by step guides and diagrams so even the less knowledgeable user is easily able to follow them. I thought so anyway!!
As I print most things in mono I find the machine to be astonishingly quick. There are lots of options available e.g. with or without borders, auto-sizing, etc., which should suit most users. The ability to print photos in various sizes is very useful (a small pack of glossy photo paper in different sizes is also included) as is the ability to print from various types of memory card.
The Epson SX515W is an All-in-One multi function printer that has the usual print, scan and photocopy facilities.
The printer itself looks fairly sturdy with a carbon fibre style design in Black/Grey on the scanner lid and side control panel, with standard Black plastic down the front and sides. As with a lot of cheaper Epson printers, it only has a vertical rear paper feed which tends to lead to more problems than a front horizontal feed tray. Problems I've had include 'out of paper' message when the rollers can't detect the paper properly and also when you leave paper in the feeder for some time, it does tend to weaken and warp as opposed to having a flat feed tray that keeps your paper pristine. It is also prone to collecting dust which is never good going into your printer.
It has a multitude of connectivity options. Of course the traditional USB connection direct to a PC or laptop is there, but you also have the bonus of not only wireless, but also direct ethernet network connection for ultimate speed and response. The wireless is easy to set up via the control panel on the top left of the printer, although it can be fiddly using the arrow buttons to scroll through all the characters when entering your network security key.
As is standard these days, the 515W has a single USB port and a variety of the most popular card slots for attaching cards and cameras straight to the printer. The paper output tray is horrible by the way. It's difficult to describe, but reminds me of one of those Russian dolls! It is made of 4 ill fitting plastic 'steps' which get progressively smaller as they extend out of each other. It just feels so badly manufactured and you wonder why they couldn't have just had 1 piece of plastic that extending from the printer like most other makes do?
This model also has a 2" tiltable LCD screen above the control panel. This has a basic looking display and feels a little outdated by today's standards. It doesn't feel very well built when moving from the flat position to tilt position either, as it wobbles a little from side to side....very much like the entire printer really. Once you get past the attractive looking outer shell, the parts and creaking mechanisms don't fill you with confidence that it's going to be a printer that will last a while.
Unfortunately, the majority of Epson printers I've seen do not have a removable print head. Meaning once you get a blocked head that isn't cleanable via the in built printer utility, you're stuck. Unlike brands such as Canon, where you can usually remove the head to clean any build up of dried ink thoroughly. Incidentally, I've personally seen 3 different instances of blocked heads with this particular model.
In use, the printing is of a good standard but it can be quite noisy when the carriage moves across the page and also when loading paper. Unlike previous Canon printers I've reviewed, this is a lot quicker from pressing print on the PC to the printer actually kicking into life.
You will require the T0711-714 range of inks for this printer. These are usually around £35 for a full set of originals but most people use cheaper compatible or remanufactured cartridges in these tough economic times. The original cartridges contain 7.4ml per Black and 5.5ml in each of the other 3 colours, so expect to be buying replacements quite often.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this printer. The poor build quality doesn't fill me with confidence and despite having very good connectivity options, I give this printer a generous 3/5.
This product is very good for £100 as it has a scanner which can cost quite a bit of money to buy on it's own, it works as a photocopier which was a surprise for me and it is a printer. The product is wifi so you only need one per household and if you have a lot of peope wanting to use the same printer at once it means everyone can do it from different computers saving you a massive headache. The printer is extremely fast at printing compared to my old Epson printer which took a good minute to print a page were as this printer can print an entire word document page in under five seconds literally the first time I used this machine I actually thought it had ripped the paper as it sucks the sheet in that fast. If I owned a business or school I would definitely buy some of these as I feel it would vastly improve the amount of work being done and make buying equipment a lot cheaper. The install for this product is incredibly easy as once you set it up fully on one computer from the disk which can take about an hour you can then proceed to put the disk into all the other computers in your home and after the installation of about fifteen-thirty minutes you only have select a couple of options at the end like you are setting the item up as wifi or USB and if you calibrated it before that is it finished and fully useable. The quality of the print outs are also of incredibly high standard. You can get ink relatively cheap for this printer and it uses much less cartridges than other printers. As Epson printers last a long time I hope this one will last me a long time to. If you are a student doing a art degree then I would recommend getting this product as I feel it would help you a lot if you have lots of work that you have to do at home that requires high quality print outs. The warmup time for this printer is also only a few seconds which is good for if you need to print something and you are in a rush.
I bought this printer from Amazon as a replacement to a cheap (useless) HP all in one. I wanted it to primarily print lecture notes, as well as scan the odd document in. The fact it was wireless was a bonus, to be honest.
Set up was easy, given the included driver installation and driver setup CD. Then once the printer has joined your wireless network, you are free to print.
I was extremely impressed with the speed of printing, a lot faster than any other printer I've had. A lot of the time the advertised 'pages per minute' are quite optimistic (to put it lightly), but with this it probably does go near to 36ppm (for text), with pretty good quality.
I rarely print photos, but decided to with the included photo paper sample. I was pleased with the results - an A4 photo print came out in good quality, vivid colours.
The scan function has proved useful, and scans in good quality. However, scanning via the wireless network is very temperamental - a lot of the time the printer can't 'find' my laptop, and I end up having to plug it in via USB. It may be something to do with my computer firewall, I don't know, but there are no clear instructions on how to troubleshoot this problem! A scan to USB stick feature would be a nice addition to, which would negate the need for a computer to be attached.
One pleasant surprise were the ink cartridges for this printer - there are 4 of them (black and the 3 colours), so I assumed replacing them would be expensive. But not so! I found a set of 3 (unofficial) cartridges on Amazon for £15. £5 a set! And In 6 months I have only had to change the black once (printing, on average, about 60 sides of A4 a week).
Aesthetically, the Epson looks like pretty much any other printer of this type: quite large (although the wireless means it doesn't have to be near your computer, so you can stick it out of the way) and in gloss black (which does pick up A LOT of dust!).
Overall I am extremely pleased with the printer for the price, with the speed it prints being the main attraction.
I am a university student doing a design course, therefore need a scanner, printer, photo printer, normal printer, which obviously are all included in this product. I've owned it for a year and had only minor issues involving the wireless connection to my computer, which were easily resolved.
The build quality is not fantastic, however it is expected at a cheaper price than higher end brands. The print quality is fine, the scanner seems good quality, speed is certainly not an issue and it doesnt look bad, for a printer.
Installation was easy, however the start up time when turning it on can take about 15 seconds, which could be seen as too long? The 4 ink cartridges it takes are relatively cheap to replace if you know where to look.
Overall, as I said, if you want a higher quality, better all round printer, pay more, however this one works well enough to satisfy the general users needs.
I bought this product for my grandmother as a birthday present, as she isn't great on computers but she isn't a complete technophobe. I thought as the printer is wireless it would be ideal for my nan as she could just press print from her laptop and it would work anywere in the house. The printer worked fine for about 3 or 4 months but when it came to changing the black ink cartridge the problems all started. The ink was not coming out propperley from the black cartridge. After a few days trying to get my head round it and doing about 10 nozzle cleans, I decided to take it back as the nozzle was blocked or so I was told by a repairs person over the telephone. The new printer has been up and running gor about 6 monyhs now, and another problem has arose. The printer is not communicating wirelessly with the laptop, which kind of beats the object of why I bought it. So at the moment it is being used via the usb lead to print. The overall printing quality is excellent however, and the photocopy feature is great when you want to make copies of important letters. I wouldn't say this was a bad printer but it isn't the best I've ever used. if it werent for the faults I would be more than happy with this product. The faults though in my oppinion are the difference in this being a good printer and an ok printer. My advice would be to maybe spend a little bit more!
I have had this printer for about 12months. It is an all in one printer. I find the printing quality to be good, and ink cartridges seem to last longer than my old HP all-in one printer. Ink cartridges are also reasonably priced, and with colour cartridges you can just change the colour that is running out. The fast draft print mode produces documents that are barely readable, so most of the time I have to use standard mode. For photocopying, it is quite slow and uses lots of cartridges- seems to print every single little spek on the document.
This printer is able to print card- it printed my wedding invitations and RSVP cards (linen 270gsm card)- it took some practice to get the right printer settings though to stop the ink from smudging.
I find the printer fairly straight forward to use, although scanning has to be initiated from the computer rather than the printer itself, and editing the photos with the software takes some getting used to.
I've always struggled with printers - either the paper getting stuck or the colour ink being of poor quality or smudging of the ink. Well I haven't experienced any of these problems with this printer! I'm finally printer satisfied!!
It was relatively easy to set up and the instructions were clear on how to get the Wireless up and running - no more printer cables getting in the way!
At first I thought it was quite violent pulling the paper through at a fast rate and things were printing wonky and I thought "uh oh". But then I realised I hadn't restricted the paper enough (my bad). Now that thats sorted everything prints perfectly! Speaking of paper, it also adapts to various paper sizes and paper types.
The colour printing which is normally the major flaw with printers is excellent on the Epson Stylus SX515W! You are given the option on how you would like the colour to be printed - between "Draft" and "Best photo". To use the "best photo" option does drain the colour ink, but in my opinion it is well worth it with the results you get.
The printer also comes with a photocopier/scanner. I have to say that the scanner is very good.
You can also put your camera's memory card straight into the printer and there is a small screen that allows you to control the printer FROM the printer, which is another excellent feature!
As mentioned previously, the only downsides to this printer is that it is not entirely compatible with my stupidity, and the colour ink does run out quite quickly when printing photos. However, as a university student I have printed out a lot from this printer, and the black ink has lasted well. I guess it depends on how you wish to use this printer, but for a university student like myself, or the average joe, it is very good.
I changed to this Epson printer after we bought an Apple Mac and our old printer wasn't mac-friendly. After shopping around and looking in PC World for a good value, wireless all in one printer we settled for this one. It has a printer, scanner, copier, and card slot so it was a no-brainer really.
We took it home and were extremely impressed, it connected to our computer easily and the set-up disk was simple to follow. The first few prints were very good, and it seemed a good purchase.
We have since then had so many problems with ink, and have spent a lot of money trying to get it to work. The first thing we noticed was that after just a few pages printed, the colour cartridges were all out. We hadn't printed any large photographs so couldn't understand it.
We have also gained problems with the black cartridge, as even though it says it is full, nothing that needs black will print properly. When printing word documents black text is stripy and unreadable, but strangely enough if colour is changed to dark blue then it will print perfectly. We have cleaned the print head, replaced the cartridges, and rang up a helpline to no avail. I have been reliably informed that Epson stylus printers are notorious for this kind of problem.
Another problem to note is that the scanner will not work unless the printer is physically plugged in to the computer. This was a nuisance for us as we don't have any space by our computer and being a wireless printer it is ideal to keep it upstairs, so we can get printed documents from the spare room.
So all in all my advice is - this printer looks the part, but steer clear. It claims to be cheaper because 'individual cartridges mean you can just replace the empty one', but this has turned out to be our most expensive printer ever. Thank god ours is insured, I'm sending it back tomorrow!
Epson SX515W, is this a great printer?
Spec: Wireless Enabled: Yes
Print resolution: 5760x1440 dpi
Print speed - black: 36 Print speed - colour: 36 Print speed - photo: 10x15 in 20 seconds
Direct printing: Media Card
All very well, competent specification, looks good, quiet but I replaced my PC in January and thought I'd buy a nice new printer to replace my Dell all in one 942, this was a great machine which never once gave me any problems, I had to change due to the dell machine not being compatible with windows 7 so I looked around and settled for the epson.
Coming with a basic photo suite, wireless enabled and with the numbers looking good I felt confident that this was a better Printer, Initially everything worked fine, the scanner/copier worked fast, it was installed easily using the wizards, the print quality was excellent. I could get 4 genuine inks for £36.99 from epson which is considerably cheaper than genuine dell ink, compatible for the epson can be bought online for around £10 from-
Dell compatible ink is much more difficult to find and I never tracked it down.
This is where the problems began, I was happily using compatible ink (have done with many printers with no problems) therefore invalidated the guarantee.
After about 2 months use the printer became infuriating when attempting to load paper and consistently jammed, worst of all there is a small foam insert which runs below the cartridges, this started dislodging itself everytime I tried to print something replacement of which resulted in very inky hands. The paper out tray came off in my hand too.
Sometimes for no reason the thing just refused to print and had to be unplugged and re started before it would move.
In my opinion the build quality is inferior to my trusty old Dell printer and it is a poorly made device, I am competent with computers and have never had a worse piece of kit.
Sadly it now has a hole in the casing as one night after 2 hours of trying to print one sheet I punched it ending all hope of trying to argue the guarantee issue.
Conclusion: I will be buying a new Windows 7 compatible dell this weekend.
I was bought this printer by my parents about seven months ago, and I love it. The printer I was using before I got my Epson was terrible. It never printed anything straight and some times 'chewed' up my work, but this is probably because it was quite old. So I didn't have a clue what kind of printer that I wanted, but I defiantly knew that I wanted it to have a scanner and photocopier. When my dad told me about everything that the Epson Stylus had, I knew that I wanted it.
As soon as I got it I wanted to set it up, but there was no one in my house at the time. So I decided to give it ago by myself. And I have to say that following the instructions wasn't that hard as they are very clear. I was able to do everything on the instructions booklet, except putting in the ink, which I got help with.
What it does:-
The Epson Stylus SX515W Printer has many brilliant features, including a scanner and copier. There is also a slot for a memory cards and in the instructions booklet is does give all the types of memory cards that fit into it. If you have a bigger camera memory card it will fit, but if it is say a phone memory card, it does say you will need an adaptor to make it fit. As well as memory cards pen drives can also fit in the printer. I find this very useful as I often save photos to my pen drive and then just pop it into the printer and print them off.
Probably the best thing about this printer is that it has WIFI, which means that once you link it to your computer then you don't have to keep it attached to your computer. This is very handy, but I do often find that my dad some time uses it as well, as his computer also recognised the printer.
I find that the little screen that is on the printer is very handy to view photos on. All you need to do is pull the screen up to view it and when you are finished with it, push it back down. Below the screen is a panal which has all of the buttons you need to work your printer. They all have little icons on them so you know what they do, which is very useful.
I have to say that I absolutely love my Epson Printer and it defiantly meets all of my needs. I find that if you need to buy refills of ink for this computer that it can be a bit expensive as far as ink goes. On the Epson website it says that for a pack of all four colours it is £36.66 (at the time I wrote this review).
But when I needed to buy ink for my printer months ago, I really didn't want to pay this so I looked around. And I found that you can buy Epson Ink in places like Tesco for around £20 and also on eBay for the same price as Tesco. In the end I did buy my ink off eBay, but I really checked out the person that I was buying it from to see if they were reliable or not, and I didn't have any problems with my ink. You do have to be careful if you decide to buy on eBay, as it has to be the real ink, or it could damage your printer (well so they say on the Epson website.) If you want you can also choose to only replace one colour at a time.
For someone like me who is not fantastic with technology, I found that working the printer very easy to do. Carrying out basic functions like scanning a document quick and easy. Once you read the Operation guide booklet on how to scan and copy, it becomes very easy to remember.
The best thing about this printer is the basic operation guide book that comes with it. I can admit that I did have a small problem with my printer, but it was my fault. It was so very easy to look the problem up in the guide and it gave a solution. Also Epson has a website that you can go on to for additional support. Here you can get help with any problems you may be experiencing and also you can access and download any drives for your printer.
The Epson Stylus SX515W Printer is priced at £80.00 on the Epson website (But they are out of stock at the time I wrote this review)
They can also be sold in Argos
During the middle of March, after my hated Hewlett Packard printer finally bit the dust (hurrah), I decided to purchase another Epson Printer.
What made me defect from what had been a brand I had tried and trusted for many years, might you ask? Well, one reason was the price, It was on offer at an unbelievably low price. Reason number two was availability. I saw the bargain in the store, and just paid for it without a second thought. I hated that printer with a passion. It was difficult to use, and please don't get me started on the cost of the ink cartridges. I could go on forever!!!
I have had, and used this printer for long enough now, to give a fair, and accurate, review on its performance, oh and by the way - I love it!
This leads us now to the Epson Stylus Sx515W, The current printer in our household. The price was one of the main aspects of the choice, Epson, in my opinion, bring some of the best features into its printers, at an affordable price. As you are all aware, it is not the price of the printer, which should be foremost in one's decision, but the cost of the inks to replace. These are so much more affordable than the HP ones, I had to buy previously.
The second reasoning behind purchasing this model, was the ability for it to be attached wirelessly to the four computers in our home. The machine is sat in the corner of the room, as merrily works away, without the need to take it to the computer (they are all in different rooms) or visa versa.
The machine was on special offer at Tesco.com when I purchased this, at around £70. What impressed me at the time, was it had a 25% saving but had absolutely glowing reviews. I had to get one - It was a bargain! I never can, refuse a bargain.
As to the appearance, I was excited when it came out of the box, (I don't get out much :o) ) that it wasn't a matt black finish but it was a luxurious glossy piano black, which complements my computer.
Although described in the details as compact, it surprised me that it was quite large. On comparison, side by side, with the HP one though, it was indeed much smaller. This is compact enough to sit on a desk, as the footprint of the machine is quite small at approximately 16 inches wide, 12 inches in depth and 6 inches high.
There is a 6.3 cm tiltable LCD viewing screen. This is a handy feature for scrolling through and viewing photos that you may want to print. Instructions are also displayed on this screen, hinting that the paper may be out, or jammed, or even giving instructions on how to change the ink cartridges.
All the controls are down the left hand side. These are for checking ink levels, unblocking paper jams, and using the quick functions, such as scanning and photocopying.
What I also like about this machine is that it comes with a memory card slot. This is easily located at the front of the machine. This enables you to print out your photos direct from the memory card should you so choose. You can select pictures stored on your computer and print them that was if you want. The option is there for you.
As mentioned before, this machine has a handy built in scanner. Simply lift the lid, and you can scan an image to be uploaded as a computer file. I do not use this feature much, but is has been handy for my daughter, who's currently in her first year at university. It would be great for archiving old, and torn photographs and then digitally enhancing them to former glory. Just one of many suggestions.
The feature, that I have used almost as much as the print facilty, is the copy function. This enables the printer to be printed almost like a photo copier. This foregoes the need to upload the image to computer, and prints out the image almost instantly. I, in what may be termed snobbery, always use 100gsm paper for printing and copying, and when copies have indeed been printed onto this quality paper, they have been accepted as the original copy and not the duplicate, such is the print quality of this machine.
The reason to buy a printer is to print - and the quality is second to none (see paragraph above). I am most impressed with the abilities of this machine. If the power is off, at the time of selecting the item to print, it dutifully stores the item in its memory (I don't know how if the power is off!) and merrily prints all prints job once power is restored. I love it.
Changing the cartridges is very easy to do, if I can do it, believe me, anyone can. What is great about this machine, is that you have four cartridges, one black and three colour, and when they run out, you simply replace that one. No more changing cartridges simply because you have used all the yellow, when the rest of the colours may be full.
In this way, the Epson SZ515W has proved to be most economical. The price of the cartridges are very cheap to begin with - even better if you use the non-branded ones, and having used these non Epson ones for a while now, I can see no discernable deterioration in the print quality.
As a printer/scanner/copier this machine has been the best one I've owned - by FAR! If a printer can be a joy to use, this one is. It was easy to set up from the word go. We had it up and running, and wirelessly hooked up to four computers on our network, within an hour. This machine is a pleasure to own, and use.
For people who'd rather hear about the technical specifics of it, and not me waxing lyrical, they are listed below:
Printing method: 4 colour inkjet printer
Resolution: up to 5760x1440 optimised dpi
Ink sytem: Epson DURABrite ultra ink
Print speed black: up to 36 ppm
Print speed photo: Approx 20 seconds
Scanning: A4 flatbed scanner
Scanning resolution: 240x240 dpi
Paper capacity: 120 sheets
Standard Warranty: 1 year
Dimensions W x D x H: 450 x 342 x 182 mm
Weight: 6.1 kg (excluding ink cartridges and power cable
Other features: LCD screen 6.3cm colour
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 *adaptor required (not supplied in the box)
just bought one of these printers at the bargain price of £52.95(free p&p) from amazon,i think its gone up again now,anyway what a great piece of kit,i had it installed and working on 3 laptops with in an hour,it prints at a good speed and the pictures come out really good,i have read other reviews saying the machine is a bit noisey,but compared to the lexmark all in one i was using its very quite,also the inks are so cheap compared to others, they can be found on ebay for as little as £13.99 for 20 inks...amazing value...overall i found it easy to set up and configure the wi-fi and think it is excellent value for the money if you are thinking of buying a wireless printer then i would highly recommend this reasonably priced home printer...thanks for taking the time to read my review..this is the first one i have wrote