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My wife is in charge of IT procurement here at home and almost always does well with her purchases. After our previous long-lived and hard-worked/over-worked printer was rendered beyond economical repair she persuaded me to exercise the credit card on an Epson Stylus SX600. To my non-IT aware eye it looked pretty substantial and serious, giving the impression it could stand a lot of use and perform a number of tasks. Sure enough the print quality is very good and photo printing on glossy paper for party invitations, etc., is pretty impressive. The scanner and copy functions produces good quality copies both as paper copies and as attachments for storage or onward e-mailing. After copying part of a vehicle V5 after selling the relevant car, and then confusing the original and the copy briefly, I've almost been tempted to try banknotes.....
Multiple pages are churned out rapidly after it has had a think about what's going on, almost too rapidly, as it then starts throwing the pages out starting with the first one at the bottom of the pile and then adding the subsequent pages. When I've not been quick enough to catch and sort the pages, I have for example, stapled page 5 on top of page 4 and then page 8 on top of 7, etc; I preferred one of our other printers which printed out in reverse as it were, leaving all the pages in a stack in the order in which they should be read, and saving my intervention in the process.
Otherwise it can get a bit stroppy and refuse to do anything, with the control panel just bleeping whenever I press a button to try and get it going again. Which can easily be sorted as long as my wife is around.
Never before Have I felt such a mixed feeling of love and hate when I see a product. Just looking at it it looks like a real beauty - professional and feature rich In my opinion it was worth every but of the £150 i paid for it- it was a major step up form my last Epson boasting wireless printing, standalone faxing even lined and graph paper printing, it printed very quickly and the quality was very good - photo printing was also stand alone - just plug your memory card or usb device into it and use the full colour screen to crop and directly print the photo you want.
Ink costs are expensive - £35 for the full set but it is good quality and if you are really worried about that price drawback then you can get compatible inks - that's what I did and i found no quality differences. The wifi works well, i often printed from out my back and it worked without a hitch - I wish that was the same for everything else!
After 6 months it was in the dump - it stopped printing or rather it was printing but no ink was coming out - after contacting Epson they said to "charge the print head" which would mean buying a whole new set of expensive inks. 3 sets later it was still broken and i decided to cut my losses and move to my current hp (see separate review).
From other reviews I see that no one else has had this problem so maybe mine was a faulty unit - and i have tried to judge it with that in mind overall its a fantastic printer - one of the best out there - when it works!
I purchased my Epson sx600 6 months ago and to date have had no problems. I do a lot of photography and I find the prints on par with my old HP that was mainly for photographic purposes. The ink in my old HP was one of the reasons that I decided to go back to Epson who seem to be the only manufacturers of printers who don't cripple you on the cost of ink cartridges. I also like the fact that the 4 colour inks come in separate chambers so there is no ink waste.
This printer has so many additional features that make it an invaluable piece of equipment to own. Gone are the days when you have to have a separate fax machine, printer, scanner and photo copier. This does all of these jobs exceptionally well.
My children love it because the can send their work via wifi straight to the printer. The screen is also big and clear enough to see photos clearly. There is a red eye function and photo editing tools for you to use in the menu which saves having to edit on the pc prior to printing. You can use memory cards/sticks that insert into the printer which are read very quickly even with larger files. A feature that I really like is that you can print off lined paper at the push of a button. The photos even at A4 are a very good quality and the speed that they are printed off is amazing.
I have read through the other reviews on this printer and someone has been unable to use their fax. I did initially have problems setting it up, the user guide is quite complicated and doesn't give clear instructions. I got my son to do it for me after huffing and puffing for some time. He had it working in 5 minutes. I think maybe it was just the jargon that I didn't understand.
I know of others who are reluctant to purchase a multi functioning piece of equipment like this but I can honestly say that it performs each job with ease and at a very high spec.
Last year my husband and I invested in an Apple iMac and part of the deal included a discount price on the Epson Stylus SX600FW. As it was the best option for WiFi connection to our iMac we made the decision to buy it, even though at about £130 it was considerably more expensive than the other printers on offer. Its wireless function to the iMac (which is in another room) is brilliant and we have never had any problems with the connection. We have the Epson connected up to our PC using the wired connection. The convenience of being able to print from both computers is great. As a multi-purpose printer the Epson is very good. It functions as a printer, scanner, fax and photocopier. All its functions work brilliantly except for photo printing. It is advertised as a good photo printer and you get a sample pack of photo paper when you buy the printer. I have tried printing photographs twice and both times the quality was shockingly bad. It might be that I do not have the printer on the correct settings, but I would expect its factory settings to be good. This little problem does not really bother me as I did not buy the printer for printing photographs.
In general the Epson is a stylish, black printer which is quite bulky due to all its functions. The pull-out tray at the front is a bit flimsy and tends to get stuck when pulling it in and out. One other area where the printer falls short is the feeder tray for the fax. It works beautifully when you feed in 1 page at a time, but feeds through 2 - 3 pages at the same time if you have a pile of documents to fax. One of the best features of the printer is that the control panel on the front can be pulled forward and angled for a better view. The buttons are clearly marked and easy to use. It also has a nice, clear LCD screen on the front control panel.
Depending on usage, the 4 ink cartridges seem to last a very long time. I have only recently needed to replace 2 of the cartridges for the first time in almost a year (the other 2 colours are on their last legs). The Epson will tell you when to replace the cartridges and it is very easy to do. To replace the cartridges it is best to buy a bulk pack with all 4 cartridges for about £36.
When we bought the Epson we initially had some difficulty getting it all connected up and working, but after trial and error we managed to get everything working smoothly and have never looked back.
PS. The quick rating bar graph below insisted that it wanted a battery life rating! As with other printers, this one simple plugs into the wall socket.
Bought this today because the features and functions are so rich that for the price (£97) it was an absolute bargain. You can even print your own paper with narrow or wide fient or maths squared paper. It was a doddle to set up on the network (I have wired it in rather than use wireless although wireless is there as an option.
The printer and scanner plus PCless copying is great and so far all seems to have worked well. OK I say that but in fact I have one problem, the FAX is not working. Now this could be an issue with the phone lines I have but the manuals are not very comprehensive and the manual on the disk that is installed on the PC DOES NOT even mention the FAX. You can download the FAX manual online, however, again it is not that good when it comes to troubleshooting. I have a call outstanding with Epson and it will be interesting to see what they say. THe problem is that the cable that I normally plug into the phone does not work when plugged into the printer.
Anyway the FAX for me is an add-on, however, I would still like it to work!! THe little screen on the front is lovely and clear and the options are many, although I cannot seem to get the screen to blank which is a worry as the Printer never seems to enter a dormant state!
We were in need of a cheap, good quality printer thats reliable, will work well and is not too complicated for me. H is an IT Geek and this is what we got according to him the cartridges are a good price and Epsons are of a decent enough quality for your standard home use.
Part of the appeal at the time was the price I have to admit for what it does its a bargain.
As a printer its fantastic, rattles off copies quickly and efficiently- no smudging clear definition. Black and white is good and colour is great very good colouring- accurate to say the least. Asfor printing pictures it gives quite simply fantastic reproductions.
As a photocopier its great aswell very quick and very clear even on reproduction of a glossy magazine cover that was detailed and highly coloured.
With regards to usage- it is very simple and easy to use, a nice lcd screen with simple to use reactive buttons. Very easy to change cartridges, even for me!
To be honest although there are other functions ie fax these are all I have used so far.
Lookswise- its very sleek, looks very smart and business like also as it is fairly small for what it is it doesn't require much space to keep it and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. Also as it is wireless you can put it anywhere there is a big enough space which leaves a lot of choices. Also it is very quiet.
The only downside was that it was a bit of a pain to install but you only do that once so I can forgive that.
All in all I would recommend this to anyone wanting a very good at home and light business work printer.