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I have owned my c42+ for several years and use it as a spare printer. I wouldn't consider using it as my main printer as it is quite old now and has some annoying faults. I admit some of the faults with the printer are probably due to the fact it has no regular (or daily) use, but there is no excuse for the simple lack of speed. Even in 'text' mode it is quite slow and often takes ages to start printing and then even longer to print a single page.
Among the plus points for this printer, is the ability to accept 'compatible' cartridges without destroying the entire printer, the downside is they tend to produce rubbish print quality and dry up too quickly. I would think using genuine Epson cartridges would avoid this, although they are so expensive compared to the value of the printer it's probably better value to buy a new modern printer.
The build quality of the printer seems poor. I don't use it very often, but every time I come to use it the metal plate which the cartridges run over seems to have bent out of place, requiring a hard push to straighten it again and allow the cartridges to slide freely over it.
The best part about this printer is the installation on your computer. It is fast and easy. I downloaded the driver from the Epson website and when run it recognizes the printer very quickly and just installs the drivers automatically, so you can begin printing within a minute of connecting the printer.
Overall this printer isn't too bad as a spare. With compatible cartridges as long as you use them soon after purchase the printer works fine. Once the driver is installed on the computer the cartridges are easy to install without any problems at all. For people looking for a good inkjet printer to use every day I can't recommend the c42+. The lack of speed and the cost of a pair of genuine Epson cartridges (which seem to cost twice as much as the cheapest inkjet printers) means the c42+ is impossible to recommend.
Just a quick note to those of you who read these reviews.My C42UX has just died. I have had it for just on 4 years and it was a regular little work horse. It's seen me through 4 years of Open Uni and replaced a C42 which I'd had for 4 years before this one.They're not spectacular - but they work, are reliable and I suppose they are the Ladas of the inkjet world. I'd have another one tomorrow - in fact I'm trying to get hold of one now - and if you've ever had a Lada you'll know what I mean
I got it free with windows xp.....which is awful. Lasted just over a year and then broke, so couldn't take it back. Qualtiy wasn't very good when I had it.
It started going wrong after 6 months when it would have random "spasms" and do most unexpected movements and noises. During one of these "fits " it had a paper jam. Biut cotinued to whizz around maddly, we left it for about 10 minutes till it calmed down and then my boyfriend tried to remove the paper and it bit him and made him bleed.
It remained possesed for another 6 months at which point itr promptly died :(. Much to my boyfriends pleasure and probably a good thing judging by the quality of what it printed.