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I have owned this printer for around 3 years now and purchased it from Argos for around the £40 mark. At the time I opted for an Epson printer as I new it was easy to get hold of compatible ink cartridges. The set-up of the printer was extremely easy with it basically being plug and play on most of the windows operating systems. The printer looks fairly stylish in its black and dark grey finish and the print quality on both normal and photo prints is very good. I will say that although compatible cartridges are readily available the colour is not quite as good as if you use a proper Epson cartridge. Once of the disadvantages is that the printer is not quiet and although it is a desktop printer I would recommend it being moved away from the desk if you have and use a phone at your desk. This printer is reliable having never broken down since its purchase.
So I had this printer for around 3 or 4 years. It was bought whilst on offer from Curry's I think. Since then it has been used excessively, mainly by 2 high school/college girls both for work and personal pieces. It was very easy to install, even for my Dad who is not computer literate. All it took was putting the CD into the computer, following the setup wizard, and inserting the USB cable into the computer. The printer produces text and images of a good quality, and it also prints photos of a decent quality. The printing quality isn't magnificent, but considering it's fairly cheap to buy, you basically get what you pay for. The main problem with this printer is that the ink cartridges cost a small fortune. Each cartridge costs just under £10 in Tesco, but they do seem to last a fair bit. One good point is that you can replace each cartridge individually, rather than waste ink by replacing the whole lot. One other issue is that it is quite big. This isn't a problem for me, as it sits nicely on a table next to the sofa, but for some it may be too bulky. Size wise it measures about 12 inches long and 6 inches wide (without the paper tray). Overall it's a good basic printer, with information highly available on the internet if a problem does occur. Although in the years I've had it, it has only had a couple of tantrums.
I have had this printer for around three years now. It was bought from Comet for around £36. The main criterias I have for a printer is that it is extremely easy to install and operate, that it prints decently and that the cartridges don't cost an arm and a leg. I tend to buy this sort of thing after a brief foray into the specifications in the shop. Then I get bored and buy it if it is half decent. I remember the Comet sales guy told me that the set of inks provided with the printer were not going to last long as they were for display purposes only. I therefore bought another set - only to find that the set of inks in the printer were the regular ones and lasted ages! Appearance -------------- The printer is a regular looking black and grey machine, however, it is quite compact and neatly sits in the small amount of space allocated. It has a smoky plastic transparent lid which sits over the printing inks and printing band and flips open for ink cartridge changing. There is a plasic paper supporter which slots in the back to hold A4 paper. Setting up ----------- This is a simple process necessitating a quick read of instructions, putting the printer in place, slipping the cd provided into the computer and following the set up wizard. The printer is then connected to the computer and printer set up is complete. Printing --------- The quality of the printing is quite decent with up to 5760 optimised dots per inch. The text and images it prints are of a high quality but the printer can also print photos which are also of a good quality too. Right clicking on the printer icon on your screen can take you to some controls. This includes adjusting the print quality. The choices are: draft (printed out swiftly) regular printing (takes a little longer) and photo (takes a little bit longer than regular). I find that when I change my settings, the printer still prints just one more sheet at the old setting! Slightly annoying. Cartridges ------------ The Epson cartridges are too expensive for my liking, averaging at about £10 a cartridge when bought in shops like Currys or Comet. Fortunately, I have discovered that Tesco sells compatible cartridges at £6 ish. I have also noted that Epsom cartridges can be bought from Amazon for a cheap price. This is ok if the postage isn't whacked up. The Ink Monitor Wizard thing that appears on the screen when printing likes to try and bully you into buying proper ones, telling you that others could damage the printer. I think this stuff is tosh. Epsom (or high street shops) should not be selling ridiculously overpriced cartridges. How expensive can ink be? The cartridges run out individually and can be replaced individually. Replacement is again quite simple with a few directed clicks and following the instructions given. The cartridges click into place easily. To conclude ------------- I think this printer is generally quite good. I am a bit of a computer duffer but I can always find some help for sorting the printer with new cartridges or cleaning the printer nozzle by clicking on the printer icon. If I want to stop printing, I can also cancel the printing jobs quite clearly and easily. Another really great thing about this printer is that it does not jam up very much at all. In three years, I have only had to remove a couple of sheets and I think that has been mainly my fault in my defective loading of paper. The printer is still going strong and it is looking forward to another year of bashing as I prepare lessons etc in September.
BACKGROUND My hubby recently informed me that our old printer had given up the ghost and gone to the big computer room in the sky. Seeming as I know nothing about printers apart from the basics, I let him make all the decisions about buying one and then asked him to help me write a review about it. See husbands are good for something after all!! PRODUCT The printer we decided to purchase was an Epson Stylus D78 colour Inkjet printer. We bought it online at Ebuyer.com as it was on special offer at £36. Also at the time of purchase Ebuyer had a special offer on of free delivery. PACKAGING The printer comes in a green box with a picture of the printer on the front, along with general information about it. Inside the box the printer is held securely in place with white polystyrene on either end. The cover and any parts which could move are securely held in place by tape. Most importantly instructions are also included. WEIGHT OF PRINTER When lifting the printer out of the box, I am surprised by how light it is. I would say it only weighed about 3 kilos, which is quite lighter than other older inkjets. SIZE OF PRINTER It is around the standard size for an inkjet, at about 20 inches long by 8 inches high and 10 inches deep, so it will fit on the shelves of most computer desks. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PURCHASE Included in the box with the printer was one feeder tray, one paper exit tray, a full set of cartridges (one each of black, cyan, magenta and yellow), power lead, installation CD and instruction manual. HOW TO SET UP This is fairly straightforward to do. Firstly you insert the paper tray into place (which just slots in), insert the power lead into the back of the printer, and switch it on. You then need to open the top cover to insert cartridges. Next you need to start up your PC and insert the CD supplied with the printer into your CD drive. The CD will automatically start. You then need to select easy install and then install. This will install the driver and several other Epson utilities. Once completed it asks you to connect the printer to the PC via the USB cable (which is not supplied with the printer). The PC then completes the printer installation and it automatically becomes the default printer. QUALITY OF PRINT This is of a very good quality with up to 5760 optimised dots per inch. This is ideal for photo quality printing, but is still very good on documents. SPEED OF PRINTING It is fairly quick printing at standard or draft, but it does take longer when printing photos. To give you an idea it can print about 22 pages of black and white per minute and 12 pages of colour a minute. One A4 sized colour photograph will take about a minute. DURABILITY This printer is quite well built compared to other printers on the market at the moment. INSERTING CARTRIDGES The cartridges are easy enough to put in. Once you remove the plastic tab off the new cartridge, you insert it into the colour coded slot. This printer is different than some others because the colour cartridges are separate. For example if yellow runs out, you just buy a new yellow, instead of others where three colours are in one cartridge. TYPE OF CARTRIDGE REQUIRED The printer will accept any compatible cartridges, but is specifically designed for Durabrite Ultra cartridges. Durabrite ink is more durable and longer lasting, so is ideal for photographs. COST TO REPLACE CARTRIDGES A colour cartridge will cost approximately £6 each, so it would total £18, but it would be very rarely that you would need to replace the three at the same time. Even though you have to buy three colour, instead of one cartridge, the cost actually works out at about the same. The black cartridges come in slightly cheaper at approximately £5.50. MY OPINION I was a bit unsure about this printer to start with because I was so used to the old one we had. I knew what everything did on that one and now I was going to have to start again. I found this printer very easy to use and was surprised by how easy the installation was. Admittedly I didnt set this up but I watched hubby do it, and he explained it step by step to me and I could understand what he was talking about. There was no need to go searching on the internet for drivers like you have to with some printers as it was all included with the package. The quality of print was excellent. I mostly do black and white printing mostly word documents or pictures from sites like CBeebies for my son to colour in, and I was very impressed with the print. Even at draft level it looked quite good. Hubby has used it to print off several pictures of the children and he is impressed with the quality of print. You would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a photo printed off yourself with this, and one you have had printed professionally. The pictures are pretty quick in drying too. I was slightly unsure when I found out that this printer took individual colour cartridges, as I thought it would work out to be very expensive compared to buying combined cartridges. After doing research that showed individual and combined to cost approximately the same, then I felt much happier. The speed that this prints at is very good. Admittedly it takes longer to print a colour photo than it does to print out a black and white document, but then this would be the same with any printer. This printer does sound wonderful, but was one thing that did wind me up, and that was the noise. It is slightly noisy when printing, maybe even noisy than other printers currently on the market. It isnt really annoying, but it is something to be aware of if you are planning on having this printer in a bedroom, or living room. Another thing that did bug me was that the printer did not come supplied with a USB cable. I was under the impression that when you went out and bought a printer, everything you needed to make it work would be included in the price. My hubby informs me that you do not get supplied with a cable whatever printer you buy, and have to be purchased separately at an approximate cost of £2, so it isnt too bad. WOULD I RECOMMEND Yes its a great printer and excellent value for money. Thanks for taking the time to read my review, Cath. xxx
The Epson Stylus D78 combines superb quality with amazing value. It's ideal for all home printing, from documents and projects to greetings cards and photos. Now everyone can discover the Epson color difference.
Bring fun and creativity to everything from homework and letters to glossy color photos with the Epson Stylus D78. It's so easy to produce brighter, longer lasting prints on any paper type with Epson's DURABrite Ultra ink and 5760dpi resolution.
You can also keep running costs low with Epson economical, individual ink cartridges. With these, you only need to change the color that you've used. It gives exceptional results quickly and easily too using Epson's award-winning Micro Piezo print head.