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I was looking for my printer after my old HP all-in-one packed in. I was attracted to the Epson brand mainly because of the company's good reputation and the fact that they were seen to be the best value when it came to ink.
First I'll discuss the printer itself. The build is sturdy, save from the paper tray system which appears slightly flimsy but has held out well so far (this also includes clearly marked zones for the loading of different paper sizes). The central unit is quite hefty, and is reassuringly weighty. Also included is an auto-duplex add-on which slots onto the back of the printer, adding another 5cm to the depth.
The buttons on the front interface allow you to copy and scan directly, while you can also plug in a hard-drive and view photos to on the screen to then print without the need for a PC. Print settings can also be changed directly by the front controls.
Speaking of printing itself, the printer is considerably quicker than my old unit, while the auto-duplex facility works perfectly. When printing standard text I've had no issues with quality or bleeding. I'm yet to print photos on glossy paper but the colours are excellent (admittedly only to my untrained eye).
For me the wireless has been very handy and quick and was also swift to set up. Like with many of the new wireless printers it also allows you to scan documents and send the scanned images directly to network computers.
This model takes the stag and apple ink ranges. A word of advice - use the stag range. They are slightly more expensive but much better value for money overall. Notably, in comparing the black cartridge in the two ranges, the stag cartridge costs around 25% more than the apple cartridge, but contains more than three times the ink! The case is similar for the colour cartridges too!
In this information era it is very hard to assume life without a PC/Laptop, a mobile, and a printer, more so for those living in the developed parts of the world. However, it is increasingly becoming common for mid income professionals in the emerging economies to own all three of these necessities of work.
The current global recession and economic downturn has pushed many of such professionals into leaving the comforts of an office and work from home to survive this meltdown. Some of them have been pushed into it by circumstances of redundancy and joblessness.
One of my friends is victim of this and had to start a home business to make ends meet. He has converted one of his bed rooms into a nice, comfortable home office that includes Lenovo PC, external hard drive, speakers and an Epson Stylus SX535WD. During my visit to his home office the only thing that really impressed me was this printer. I have used many printers during the past but none as versatile and comfortable as this one. Also the size of the printer is impressively discreet.
This three-in-one printer can print, scan and copy from anywhere in home with wi-fi connectivity. This Wi-fi feature can automatically connect printer with your PC/Laptop's Window 7, Window Vista or Mac OS operating systems. The automatic Wi-Fi set-up makes configuring laptops and computers to print wirelessly extremely easy. I did it with mine and the experience was exceptionally smooth.
It has a double-sided printing facility which is automatic. What it means is that you do not have to manually intervene to change paper sides to print on both sides of the paper. The print configuration and the printer itself take care of this. This not only saves printing time but also is more comfortable. This ease of auto double-sided printing allows you to use this mode for those regular tasks that do not require a one-side print. You also save a lot of paper that is not only easy on the environment but saves money too, a scarce resource in these times of recession. This feature is extremely worthwhile to have as most of the times I tend to print on single paper due to lethargy and the cumbersome method of change. This is despite my best intentions and desire to be more scrupulous with wasting paper.
Epson's iPrint facility allows the printer to connect seamlessly with smartphones, PC tablets and iPad making printing from these wireless devices a piece of cake. This avoids the need to double your task - first downloading it to a PC and then go for the print.
There is a 6.3cm colour LCD screen having an on-screen menu together with an accompanying memory card slot that offers viewing any photographs or documents without the need of a PC before printing it.
The printing speeds when printing mono text in draft mode seems to be around 36 pages per minute as mentioned in the specification but normal A4 size printing does take more time than the specified speed.
The A4 size flat bed scanner provides high-quality 2400dpi scanning facility. Doing away with the technical specification, what it does is provide a very high resolution scan which matches the original for clarity and sharpness. Scanning photos and other documents is very easy. Similarly copying any documents is also an easy task. Where it scores over other printers is the feature to print, copy (black and white, as well as color) and scan (photos and documents) directly from an e-mail, I-Pod, I-Phone, I-Pad and other similar devices from wherever you are.
The paper tray is located at the bottom of the printer's front side and holds up to 150 sheets of A4 plain paper of standard 75 gm. So you can comfortably load 100 sheets of standard 80gm paper. But sometimes the bottom feed does cause paper stuck-ups.
This printer uses 15watts of power when in operation and has a sleep mode too. The 'energy star' markings on this printer might make you proud and feel great that you are not only saving energy but making significant contribution to the GREEN environment. Great!!!
You get great value with a choice of cartridge sizes and individual inks. You only need to replace the colour that has been emptied instead of replacing all the colours or the cartridge itself.
The document and photo prints from this printer are of a very high quality. I printed quite a few and all were equally good indicating that it is quite reliably consistent. Loading paper was a bit inconsistent in that it gave different results with different devices - not good with wireless/mobile devices.
Considering its versatility and ease of printing documents and photo alike, this is ideal for both office and home.