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The Epson Stylus was recommended to me by a member of staff in PC World, at the time I was purchasing computers for my office and somehow the conversation turned to photocopying / printing / faxing etc, this conversation was pretty much me complaining about costs... the cost of the hardware the print costs etc, I am a little tight fisted to say the least. The guy in PC world asked me what it was that I have in the office (we were discussing my office / business printing costs, not general home use) and I told him I have quite an old copier / fax and that I was looking to update, however the one I had seen was in the region of £600. He then showed me the Epson Sylus. Wow. I couldn't believe this little guy did all the same things as my current copier (the one that is the size of a small car and taking up half my office). So for £200 I thought it was worth a shot.
I got it back to the office easily, its a little on the heavy side, but for me thats always a judge of quality, I was confident that it wouldn't some flimsy piece of equipment that that is going to need replacing the second it gets the slightest knock. So when I arrived back at the office my IT guy was not there so I figured I would start setting it up. We have a network in the office to which connects all the PC's together, I didn't want to risk trying to add it to that, so I thought I would just connect it to my Laptop which is not connected to the network. I cannot believe how simple, it was literally a 2 minute installation and the click of a button, the ink which was reasonably priced (I have managed to find cheaper by not using Epson ink and I still get the same good quality) was incredibly easy to put in (this is something I found almost impossible to do on my old copier). The print quality is brilliant, its a little slower than it says, I believe it says it can print 38 ppm... I think its closer to about 30, but thats still pretty quick.
When my IT guy got back he managed to connect it to all the other PC's in the office within about 5 minutes, and lord knows how he did it but also managed to connect it to my phone.
I have since got rid of the old system and an office of 6 people uses this and this alone, I have also been advised that within the month I have had it, I have actually saved money on Toner which is always good to hear, unlike the printer which makes virtually no noise at all. Plus it looks good in the office, we have a little more space than we had before which is always a benefit to small businesses.
I would recommend this to anyone who has the need for a solid printer, I would say though that if you have more than 5 - 6 people in your office it might be a good idea to buy two of these little beauties, it saves having 3 people standing around one machine waiting for their jobs to come through, makes things much more efficient!
Good job Epson.