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I recently purchased this printer from Argos after my previous Epson printer started developing too many problems.
I got a good deal at Argos as the printer only cost me £32.99. I am very pleased with it as its compact and does not take up too much space and is also quick when printing. I had an Epson SX130 as my last printer and it is substantially quicker than that one.
The only drawback with it is that it does not have a scanner function with it but then that is not something everybody wants. I have found that the speed of the printer is more of an advantage to me. I do a lot of colour printing so having something like this with its faster speed is a real advantage. You could end up paying a lot more to have a printer of compatible speed.
The quality of the output is also impressive. As I print full colour prints the colour quality is very important to me. The outcome is that you get a quality colour print in a relatively quick time. The set up was also a fast process. When loading the driver from the disc, I find that it is much better just installing the bear minimum from the disc as a lot of the other utilities on there are very rarely used and they take up valuable memory space. If you do need these utilities at a later stage then you can still install them then. In my case I just wanted to get the printer working as quickly as possible so I just chose the printer driver to be installed.
The ink that is supplied with the printer is adequate to get you started and in my case kept me going for a few days. They are not full capacity ink cartridges and when replacing the ink you will find that you will get a lot more ink in the cartridges then. As for replacing the ink cartridges, as this is a very important factor when purchasing a new printer, I have found that the genuine cartridges are more suitable. The reason for this is that in the past I have always purchased compatible ink cartridges as they are far cheaper. But I was thinking, is this a false economy saving? In the past when I have replaced the ink cartridges I could hear more ink was in the cartridge when I took the old one out and shook it. After changing the genuine cartridge in the printer I shook the cartridge I took out and found there was no ink left in the cartridge. You also get adequate warnings when the ink is low so you can plan your printing better. As for the cost, well I got genuine cartridges for £22.00 for a pack of 4 from Wilkinson's, compatible ones would have cost me about £8 - £9. So yes they are more expensive but you will get more prints from the ink in the cartridges and probably the most important thing is that your printer will still be in guarantee for the first 12 months. Using compatible ink cartridges cancels the guarantee as soon as you insert them.
Overall for the price this is a super little printer with great quality results.
Epson's Expression Home XP-30 is the smallest A4 single-function printer ever produced by Epson. Ideally suited for home users and students who need a compact inkjet.
With its compact dimensions, the XP-30 is able to neatly fit in any home environment without taking up too much space thanks to its small footprint.
|Product Description:||Epson Expression Home XP-30 - printer - colour - ink-jet|
|Printer Type:||Personal printer - ink-jet - colour|
|Inkjet Technology:||Epson Micro Piezo|
|Ink Palette Supported (Colours):||4-ink - cyan, magenta, yellow, black|
|Max Media Size (Standard):||Legal, A4|
|Print Speed:||Up to 26 ppm - B/W
Up to 13 ppm - colour
Up to 6.2 ppm - B/W (ISO/IEC 24734)
Up to 3.1 ppm - color (ISO/IEC 24734)
|Max Resolution ( B&W ):||5760 x 1440 dpi|
|Max Resolution ( Colour ):||5760 x 1440 dpi|
|Media Type:||Envelopes, plain paper, photo paper|
|Total Media Capacity:||50 sheets|
|Power:||AC 120/230 V|
|System Requirements:||Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.5.8 or later|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||39 cm x 21.5 cm x 13 cm|