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I bought this machine to replace a canon pixma - I wanted a machine that would print quickly, was wireless as wanted to connect a laptop and a desktop computer - and that could print double sided - this does what it says on the tin.
I had it out of the box and printing within an hour wirelessly - instructions could have been a bit easier but on the whole if you have a basic knowledge about these things, it was easy to set up. Another reason for buying the machine was that you can get ink cartridges that are high capacity i.e last twice as long as normal ones - although a wee bit expensive to buy they are worth it as they last much longer.
The duplex (double sided printing feature) is great - unlike some machines this actually does this for you - you don't have to do it manually - watch out for this on other machines as sometimes they say this is a feature but you have to manually change the paper - you don't on this machine it feeds it back in itself.
The casing looks really nice but WILL attract dust like a magnet. I would advise keeping it covered with a towel, like I have. If you only occasionally use your printer, then covering it up against dust is a very good idea.
It's a little bit expensive, but with the free three year extended warranty it is DEFINITELY worth it, that's what sealed the deal for me. I say go for it!
Only downside is that it's not so good at printing photos (not as high quality as the canon for photos) but it wasn't bought for that purpose unlike the pixma. If you are going to be printing a lot of photos then i would recommend the canon range - this will print decent photos though.
This has all the controls on the front, including a 2.4 inch screen that is so clear you could watch a movie on it.
The control consist of such things as the power button, wireless connection light, home button, stop button, start button and a cursor arrangement that helps you move through the options when you're using the unit.
I mention the wireless light as this all in one is wireless, which means the only wire needed is the one that plugs into the mains socket in your home. This also means that you can print from any PC in the home, as long as you have installed the software to do so.
You can also print from anywhere in the world, apparently, but I've not done that yet so I can't say where it's a good or bad thing.
It uses the preferred four ink cartridge system, which means that you only have to replace the one colour you run out of. To check the ink levels you simply press the menu keys, scroll through though the settings and find the 'check ink level'. This gives you an idea of how much there is in each cartridge.
The printer itself is great at doing what it is supposed to do, it prints, scans and copies what ever you want it to do, and it prints as fast as any other all in one does.
You can work without a PC by simply plugging an SD card and using the menu to get to see the image son the small screen.
Using this is simple, especially if you are using a PC do do it from. All you do is turn this on, wait for the wireless system to kick in. the find the thing you want printing on your PC and press print. This sends the data over the wireless airwaves and the printer prints it out.
The scanning is the same, put the thing you want scanning underneath the top, placing it face down on the glass. Then, from your PC, or the menu controls, you press scan. The copying is as easy as the others, being a little mix of scan and print.
This printer sells for about £100, give or take, which is money well spent on something that does it all in one.
I bought this all-in-one printer last year principally for my home based office (and the occasional personal use). In researching the product, I was looking for a printer straightforward to use and that had a good print economy.
The set-up process was very easy to do and scanning / printing is also a breeze. I use the printer wirelessly and get a good connection most of the time - sometimes I do have to turn it off and on again before the computer detects its presence, however the router is located on the other side of the house so I put it down to that. In terms of print economy I don't think it performs any better or worse than other printers.
The scanner runs very quickly and the software is easy to use. The different functions available seem to cover everything I would typically need. One thing however that I've been unable to do is to scan a number of separate pieces of paper into one document. I don't know if the scanner is capable of doing this, but if it is, it isn't obvious.
I work from home so a good all in one Printer, Scanner and Copier is a must for me. Having used HP's mainly in the past I decided I may give another make a go as my previous HP did not last that long. I went and had a good look around PC World at what was on offer and compared prices and specifications etc.
In the end I decided on the Epson Stylus SX525WD Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer (Colour) which combined everything I needed in a printer. It says it is ideal for home and small office use which for me working at home sounded ideal. Although I could bill the printer to the company I still wanted to ensure good value for money and this seemed a good price at £149.99 although I have since seen it a lot cheaper online so well worth shopping about before purchasing.
The printer unit itself is black in colour, which was a must with me to go with my laptop and other office accessories. It combines Printing, Scanning and Copying features along with wireless capabilities as expected with any decent all in one these days.
The printer has a resolution of up to 5760 optimized Dpi, which for me is more than adequate for the types of document I print out daily. I send a lot of stuff out to customers such as letters and quotes and these come out very professional looking on a good quality paper. Prints at 36 pages per minute in both colour and black and white which again is more than quick enough for me with what I am doing, although I am not constantly printing all day.
The machine comes with a built in Flat Bed Scanner and Photocopier which scans at 2400 x 2400 dpi. I find the copying very quick on this compared to my old HP Deskjet which sometimes seemed to take an age to do a copy run.
It comes with very comprehensive and easy to understand instructions, although I have set up a fair few printers in the past I always like to go by the instructions and get it set up properly first time. I am running a number of different PC's and laptops around the house all on different versions of Windows and this is compatible with all of them it supports Windows XP/XP-x64/Vista, Win 7, Mac OS 10.4.11 or later. It come with the power cable and a set of ink cartridges (not full ones I don't think), when shopping for replacement cartridges the supermarkets own makes are a lot cheaper and just as good as the manufacturers own branded ones. My main bug bear with it like most printers I have bought is why can they not include a couple of pound USB cable to connect the printer to laptop if you're not using the wireless. Luckily I had one that fitted hanging around so no need to buy one (although they are not expensive).
All in all I am very pleased with my purchase and hope to get a good few years of printing out of the Epson Stylus SX525WD Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer .