Product Type: Epson inkjet printers
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Epson Stylus C64
Member Name: jo1976
Epson Stylus C64
Advantages: Easy to use, reliable, compact design
Disadvantages: Poor colour matching on printed photographs
In the ten years since I've had access to a home computer, I have slowly worked my way through several pieces of equipment and am now on my third laptop. My printer, by contrast, is the same one that I purchased with my original pc and is still in full working order - this trusty Epson C64.
Despite being in my household for almost a decade, this inkjet printer still seems a relatively stylish piece of kit, with classic metallic silver and black colouring and a simple, easy to use design. I like the compact design, particularly as I no longer have a desktop pc so my printer is kept 'in storage' in the wardrobe between uses! It is fairly heavy but still small enough to be reasonably portable so I am able to cart this about upstairs and downstairs when required. I daresay a wireless printer would be a more practical option, given our lack of space and infrequent usage of a printer nowadays but, I am actually pretty attached to this printer and would feel incredibly disloyal in replacing with a fancy pants wireless model when all this Epson has shown me is loyalty and reliability! (Sadly, now I have upgraded to a Macbook I do need to be another printer shortly as this old design is not compatible with a Macbook so I have to utilise my son's netbook to connect to a printer at the minute.)
One of the reasons why I originally chose an Epson branded printer was due to their reputation as a reliable and long lasting brand. My experiences with this particular printer have certainly born that reputation out and I will certainly be purchasing another Epson printer when I do replace this one. Over the years, this printer has seen considerable action as I originally purchased it when I was studying for a Masters degree. This printer saw me through a considerable number of essays and assignments as well as that all-important dissertation without ever experiencing any issues.
Nowadays, I tend to print less and less and only really use this printer for the occasional packing slip when selling on Amazon marketplace or Ebay unless the kids need to print something out. I have found this inkjet printer to be pretty economical to run, especially as I no longer use the overpriced 'genuine' Epson branded cartridges. Despite warnings that imitation cartridges are inferior and can cause blockages or damage to the printer (as well as invalidating any warranties, although that is clearly not an issue with a printer as old as mine) I have never experienced any such issues when using cheaper non-branded inks.
The quality of the print is consistently clear and faultless. The only issue that I have experienced has been when attempting to print out photographs, where this printer does disappoint. I find that the colour quality doesn't quite match the shades of the images, even when Epson cartridges are used. I also find that printing photos uses an incredible amount of ink and, after some disappointing and costly results, I no longer use this printer to print out photos as the quality does not justify the expense.
One of the main attractions of this printer is its simplicity. Paper is loaded at the top of the printer and I find that it can manage a decent amount of paper without causing any jamming. There are just three buttons at the top of the printer; a power button, ink button (to reset after replacing the cartridges) and a paper reset button. It is very obvious when either the paper or ink needs to be replaced, thanks to the simple warning lights that show up as well as the audible beeping to indicate an issue with printing.
Despite the age of this printer, I find both Epson branded and imitation cartridges are still very widely available, certainly online. My most recent purchase was through inkfactory.com where I was able to purchase six 'Jet Tec' branded cartridges, of various shades, for less than £20, including delivery. There are frequently promotions and cashback offers from various online ink suppliers so it is well worth shopping around but I have certainly found this printer to be inexpensive to run.
I do like that this printer uses four separate coloured ink cartridges (black, cyan, yellow and magenta), meaning that I only need to replace each colour as it runs out. This is useful for me as I generally get through the black ink much more quickly than I use any of the other colours, unless the kids have gone wild on the CBeebies print-outs! The only slight issue is that it is not possible to print at all if any of the cartridges have actually run out - even if it is a coloured ink and I only need basic black printing. There are some clever models that can 'merge' inks so that it allows printing even if one of the cartridges is empty but that is not the case here.
Replacing any of the cartridges is straightforward although I do find it can be a slightly messy business as there does appear to be a considerable amount of ink left in each cartridge, despite the printer informing me that the cartridge is empty. The printer indicates which particular colour is empty, thanks to a simple mechanism which 'points' to the empty cartridge. For anybody who finds this particularly taxing there is even a series of pictorial instructions printed under the lid for a quick reminder of the process.
There is very little that I would change about this printer and would hope to replace it with something fairly similar as I love its ease of use and reliability. The only minor issue is that I would prefer both the lead and connecting usb lead to be slightly longer but that would not be a concern for most users.
I am certainly a satisfied Epson customer and, although this printer is pretty basic in comparison to modern models with their wireless capabilities and scanning and photocopying functions this has served me well.
Summary: A reliable and easy to use printer that provides consistently good results
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