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If my memory is serving me correctly, we have owned approximately six printers over the years; all of which guzzled ink as if there were no tomorrow! As hubby spends the majority of his time using the computer to print out his digital photographs, it was essential that we had a reliable, yet economical colour printer.
After replacing the inks in our previous model and producing only a dozen or so photographs, a message would be displayed on the computer screen that more ink was required. At £40 a time this was far too expensive and becoming totally unaffordable. To be honest, we really did not know what to do and hubby who is a computer genius was totally beaten!
However, last summer by sheer coincidence, our next-door neighbour who was in the process of moving discovered an unwanted and rather dusty Epson Stylus C66 Photo Edition printer in his attic. As he did not even know how to switch on a computer and due to the fact that his ex-partner had left the machine behind he asked if we wanted it, which hubby gladly accepted. My initial thoughts were "here we go again!" as hubby is rather like Steptoe and will hoard anything and everything if he had his own way! As per usual, hubby dumped it on the floor for several weeks until I nagged him to either bin it or use it!
The appearance of this printer is somewhat old-fashioned compared to some of the newer models currently available and it is fairly heavy at almost 4½ kg. Its' size is 46 cm in length x 23 cm in width x 15 cm in height and it is manufactured from a sturdy plastic in a combination of silver on the outer sections and black in the centre. The familiar Epson logo is situated on the centre of the printer and on the right hand side we are advised that it operates with Dura Brite Ink.
The paper or envelopes sit neatly in an upright position in a robust plastic tray located at the rear of the printer, where you are able to place numerous sizes, such as A4, B5, A5 and Legal. I cannot say that I have counted the amount of sheets that can be placed in the tray, but I would hazard a guess that it will hold at least forty. Whilst Epson advise that only their paper should be used up to a maximum weight of 64 g/m2 to 90 g/m2, we tend to purchase any type of paper for general printing and Kodak glossy for prints.
There is a paper tray located on the front of the printer, which is securely hinged underneath and neatly clips shut when not in use. The great thing about the tray is that the small lip on its' end will securely hold your sheets when printing, as there is nothing worse when dozens of sheets decide to disperse themselves all over the floor, which has been a common fault with some of our previous models! There are three large black function buttons situated on the top of the printer; one of which is the on/off switch, the other is the low ink warning light and the other we have absolutely no idea!
The printing quality of this model is simply superb with its' 5760 Optimised dpi, 2880 x 1440 dpi and for general printing, such as letters, we use the "draft" or "text" printing mode, but for printing of photographs, we always select the highest resolution.
As our printer was donated to us, we were not provided with the normally accompanying printer driver or manual; both of which can easily be downloaded free of charge from Epson's website. Fortunately, our neighbour was able to provide us with both the power and printer cables, which are a fairly good length. Operating this printer has been extremely easy, particularly for me, the technical novice, so we've never felt the need to download the manual.
As with all printer manufacturers we are always recommended to use their own inks and Epson recommends we purchase from them at a cost of £55.92 for a pack of four coloured inks where you will receive the standard cyan, magenta, yellow and black or a single black ink for £24.39. In my opinion, these prices are absolutely extortionate and whilst Epson advise that the Dura Brite inks are "a unique development of pigment based inks that are resistant to water, smudge proof and with improved fade resistant", this is not something that we find particularly favourable.
We were delighted to find suitable inks, reference T0445 from Sainsburys for the fantastic price of £9.99, where you will receive a pack of the three standard colours and black. We went through inks rather rapidly last year as I was in my final year for my part time course at University and it was necessary to print reams upon reams of never ending assignments! At this time, hubby was also printing quite a few photographs and we were pleasantly surprised to discover that Sainsburys ink would last us a good couple of months.
Fortunately, printing has now slowed down somewhat and I generally tend to print the odd letter with hubby printing A4 sized photographs every now and again. In my opinion, this printer is fantastic value for money and the best we have ever owned.
As this is an ink jet and not a laser printer, the printing time is a little slower and will of course take a little longer on a higher resolution. However, when I print letters on the draft or text mode, the sheets are extremely speedy and the quality of all our printing is simply superb.
Whilst Epson advise to use their own inks to prevent smudging, I cannot say that in using the cheaper Sainsburys inks that we have experienced any problems. Ordinary printing is exceptional and the standard of the photographs mirrors those that any professional would provide.
I've yet to find the silent printer and whilst this model is not noisy, I would advise that the sound of it printing is acceptable and we are very pleased that our neighbour decided to give this away! It has saved us an absolute arm and a leg in inks and we would most definitely not be without it.
As of yet, we have not experienced any paper jams, but from what I understand after reading about this printer, the papers are very easily removed. To change the inks or check inside the equipment, you simply need to pull down the paper resting tray and gently lift the upper section, which will allow you to clearly see inside. On the left hand side you will see ten small images; all of which provide directions on how to load new ink cartridges, which is a very simple operation.
The Epson Stylus C66 retails at around £49 and I would most definitely recommend it. Consequently, this printer receives a full 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
This review has also been posted on Ciao under my same user name.
This is actually my boyfriend's printer, which since living together has been discarded in favour of my hp deskjet. We did use the Epson for some months though, until the ink cartridges ran out, so I have plenty of experience of its little quirks, those mostly consisting of paper james. Having used a number of printers in my time, however, I am not saying by any means that this is unusual ... far from it in fact - all printers seem to jam for a past time. The printer is also quite slow though, and doesn't have a good draft mode for bulk printing, although it is quite quiet which is a bonus. The quality is good for both black and white and colour printing, and it does a reasonable job of printing photos, but for everyday printing it leaves a little to be desired.
The main reason, however, taht we switched to the hp deskjet, was the cost of replacement ink cartridges, which you seemed to need a small mortgage to buy. My boyfirend did buy some cheap imitation cartridges off ebay, but these lasted all of about two weeks. So in conclusion, if you are looking for a cheap printer (about £60), to do small amounts of quality printing, this may be for you. If, however, you are wanting ti do a lot of printing on a budget it probably is not the best product to purchase.
I love my Epson Stylus C66 for it's great looks and unfailing reliability. I have often asked it to print before I have opened up the front, causing the paper to jam and each time I have been able to un-jam it easily and it carries on doing its job. It is a nice compact size so doesn't take up valuable space on my desk. I do a lot of printing, both of documents and photographs, and it produces superb results every time. Despite the amount of printing I expect of it, it is economical with ink and the ink cartridges themselves are inexpensive and simple and clean to replace. It makes very little noise in operation.
I would always recommend this printer for its excellent value for money and efficiency of use. I paid £59.99 for mine in PC World some months ago but I believe they have come down slightly in price now. The results are of very high quality and it produces neat even copies every time. A superb addition to any office.
Personal Printer - Inkjet - Black: 5760 dpi - x 720 dpi - Colour: 5760 dpi - x 720 dpi - USB
I cannot speak too highly of the Epson Stylus C66. I have had problems with every single printer i've used, either breaking down or not being of the highest quality. The Stylus c66, has however, yet to give me ANY problems whatsoever (touchwood).
My technological knowledge is not vast, but my hadns on experience with this printer tells me that it is extremely good.
Pages are printed quickly and to a high standard. You can choose also to what standard it should print at. The default is "text" which is ideal for finalised documents such as letters. However there are other settings, such as "draft" which can be used to print out essays so that you can proofread. "Drafts" print in grey, are readable and waste little ink. You can also select "text and image" which is suitable for documents such as newspaper articles. The two final options are "photo" and "best photo" which can be used to print high quality images.
Ink cartridges also last for a long time, i've found. The shortest a black ink cartridge has lasted fro me, personally, has been 2 months and that was a month were i was printing about 5 or 6 6-10 page essays a week on top of general usage. I have also found it to last for 3 or 4 months sometimes. Cartridges are also a lot cheaper than other brands (a clue, they begin with an L, have an "exmar" in the middle and finish with a K)
Also being a bit of a luddite I often struggle with setting up hardware but this printer was very simple. I set it up in 5 minutes. You just plug it in, wire it up with the PC using a USB cable and then you use the installation CD to set it up. If I can do it, anyone can.
The only problem i've found is the occasional streak in my print but that is easily fixed using the maintenance tools.
(P.S This is my review from Ciao)