I have owned this printer for a number of years now and for its cost it certainly does what I expect and need it to do.
Having been through university I printed numerous amounts of class notes and essays and the prints always turned out good and readable. So if this is the reason you're looking for a printer then this is ideal for you. I haven't used it for printing proper pictures but I have to say I'm dubious as to how well they would turn out. I would suggest looking at more expensive printers if you were going to print pictures on a regular basis.
I don't remember having any difficulty setting up this product, it's easy to plug into the computer with the USB cable and also comes with a CD should you encounter any problems settings up. Most computers these days can recognise a device and install all the drivers etc if it is connected to the internet. I also use this printer wirelessly as it is connected to my home network. Meaning it isn't limited to just one computer.
The one place where Epson really seems to hit the pocket is the refills. The Epson printer will warn you on the computer when your ink is low and sadly, I felt like I saw this message all too often. I initially tried to offset this cost by buying compatible refills. However these soon began to have a negative effect on the functioning of the Epson printer and was only rectified when proper Epson cartridges where used. So be warned be sure to check out the cost of refills as well as the printer cost. If you can get them on the cheap, then this printer can prove itself.
I'm pleased with this printer. I find Amazon does good deals on the refills which reduces the operating costs of this printer.
Had this for a good few years now, still works fine, and gets used often for photos and documents.
Quality >>>> Nice compact printer, would be good for those with a small desk. No componants have broken through general usage.
Reliability >>>> Normal a very reliable printer, if you use it fairly often. As with all printers, if you leave it for a long time, the ink will dry up, and will need 'recharging', or replacing. The maintenance button with light, works well, notifying low ink, or incorrectly loaded paper/jam. Very simple too use, good printer for the un-tech savvy.
Ease of use >>>> Gives great instructions of how to replace ink, on the computer screen, very helpful if your aren't sure. No complicated settings or built in scanner to contend with. on/off button and a maintenance button. As simple as could be.
Print Quality >>>> When set on its best settings, it can produce some really nice looking photos, but on the downside it does take an absolute age to do so. Normal documents, relatively fast, but of good quality. Ink can be expensive, so opt for a different cheaper brand (supermarket), still fine.
Overall, great little printer, very simple, whether that's an advantage or disadvantage is up to you. Prints good quality photos and documents, just a bit slow.
We've went through a fair few Printers since getting our first Computer 10 years ago. We used to use it loads and got a Packard Bell as part of the PC package all that time ago, but back then it was pretty expensive for Ink and we were steered into the Epson range, which we have bought since.
I think this is our 2nd Epson printer, and although there is some conspirancy's out there about Epson I don't think they are true. generally and especially thesedays a Printer is quite a Cheap thing. We have had this I think 2 years and it cost us £42 with a full set of Epson branded Ink. Some people say that they are engineered to break down after a certain amount of pages printed, and i'm sure Printers can be fixed, but to be honest they are probably cheaper to be dumped and a new one bought.
To look at this Printer it looks alright. It is a dark grey colour and even now looks quite matt but that bit shiny. It doesn't look cheap or nasty and I think it looks of good quality and a good price. Not super expensive looking, but perhaps a little bit more expensive looking than the £40 mark. I There is a plastic bit on the top which you lift up to get the Ink in and that is a black colour. The 2 buttons up the top left of the Unit is the pwoer button and 1 to automatically feed the paper through in case there is a jam. In short through it looks exactly like the Dooyoo picture.
This gives good prints and now had any issues with it. The standard print setting is the 1 I use the most, but if i'm printing out any Photo's on Photo paper then i will sometimes put the print setting up to the highest. As you would expect this uses quite a bit more Ink.
I don't use proper Epson branded Ink, as it is quite expensive. I buy Ink online from Inkshop and can get a whole set of Ink for £10 including postage. The Ink is in seperate compartments, so if you just need a Yellow, then just put a yellow cartiage in. The Ink compartments aren't too large, but since each colour part make up the colour part and replacing them on their own then they last an alright time anyway.
It is easy enough to get into the ink, and there is a self cleaning section that you click on and it cleans the nozzles. When you are printing there is a pop up like how i've seen on any Printer and you can see the Ink levels. It flashes up when you are getting low as well and quotes a minimum amount of pages before the Ink would be finished.
You can still pick up this model on e-bay, amazon and the like and I would get another one. It does what it is meant to do, but the newer the models that come out from such brands are usually all around the same price bracket. I'm happy with the Epson brand and would recommend they for cheap, good printing.
I don't really know what I was expecting when I bought a printer for just under £25?! Perhaps I tricked myself into thinking that because I bought it brand new, from a reputable, nationwide electrical store it would be a fairly decent buy, a steal infact...well someone was robbed.....and it wasn't Comet!
I have owned this printer for 6 months, during which time (and not really having had that much use...I print out word documents and the occasional spread sheet...yes, I am that exciting!) it has run out of ink twice and the refils have cost £30 each time; it has blatently refused to print for what seems like no apparent reason...quite literally just poo-pooed my instructions and the print quality gives a nice faded effect that you might expect if you had left your piece of paper on a windowsil for a good month or 10! I invest carelessly in good quality paper, as every self confessed stationary addict should; I shall never scrimp on a printer again!
It's noisy, lazy and inefficient with ink......not a good buy.
I have to say, it does have one redeeming feature - it's compact size; however, given that the technology in this little baby could be squeezed into a lunchbox, I summize it to be a waste of good plastic too!
Review of Epsom Stylus D92 printer
Epsom Exceed Your Vision is the encouraging slogan on the box, but did this printer exceed my vision? Read on!
I purchased this printer from Tesco in October 2008. I had not owned an Epsom printer before, my previous printer was a Lexmark, which, although I was quite happy with, the cost of replacement ink was very expensive. Having looked around and read a few articles in computer magazines, I settled on Epsom as the company has a good reputation and more importantly the ink seemed far more reasonable than Lexmark's.
A quick price check on a comparison site showed that Tesco had the best deal around at that time, so I hot footed it to the store clutching my slip of paper with model names and numbers.
I was in luck, the model I had earmarked as my first choice was in stock so I parted with my £29.99 and hurried home to try out my new printer.
The printer comes packed in a sturdy box, attractively displaying the printer disgorging a very nice document with a crystal sharp picture and wonderfully clear text. The 'Exceed your vision' slogan is eye catching and the printer looks nice and modern. The printer inside looks sturdy and although not pretty, it is chunky and businesslike in appearance. The over all manufacturing material is of course plastic, as with most printers!
It was fortunate that my partner was at home that day as I am not known for my patience. After unpacking the printer I settled down to try to set the thing up. And I tried and I tried and I lost it completely and swore foully.....Bits of tape that I wasn't sure if I was supposed to remove, tacky ink gadgets which awkward to install and the assembly of the paper tray and other irritants pushed my nerves to the limit. My other half took over at this point, I think he was afraid I'd throw the whole thing through the window.
I would have hoped that simply plugging into a spare USB port and installing the hardwear via disc was easy, but I am afraid it beat me!
I have to say that the manufacturer's handbook was next to useless, although once we'd got the thing connected I did spot a web address and phone number for Epson's troubleshooter guide hidden among the other information in the handbook!
Finally, my brand new printer was ready for action! And act it did! Crystal clear printing and easily understandable instructions once the initial installation process was completed. I have been very pleased with the results of both text and image printing from the Epsom Stylus D92 printer. For a budget priced item, the results are very encouraging. I'm particularly pleased with the non smudge inks, as smudgy prints were a problem that my previous model had.
As stated earlier in this review, I purchased the printer last autumn, so I feel I have been able to give it a good testing period before writing this review. The ink usage, is as I hoped much better than my previous printer as the Epsom seems to not only use less ink, but the replacements are cheaper to buy. I have tried using 'own brand' inks in the machine too, but I won't go into lengthy details on that subject as I do not feel it is altogether relevant in a review on the actual printer, suffice to say that they work!
In the box
12 month Manufacturer Guarantee
N.B. Not all the necessary cables were provided but luckily I was able to use cables I already owned from my previous printer. I understand that this is often the case with cheaper printers, I suppose it is a way of keeping down the initial purchase price.
Availability and pricing
Epsom products are available from most major electrical and computer stores. My printer came from Tesco and was priced at £29.99. With this type of product is worth shopping around and I'd recommend a price comparison web search to find the best deals currently.
My Thoughts and Conclusion
For a budget priced printer, this is hard to beat, good quality printing is what it is all about and that is exactly what I got. I am not overly interested in the technicalities of this type of product and to be fair, do not always understand the technical specs anyway, hence the very basic coverage in this review!
To sum up the Epsom Stylus D92 printer in one sentence- 'It does what it says on the box'.
I'd recommend to others requiring a basic printer.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 August 2009
NB Also posted on ciao.co.uk
The Epson D92 is an affordable colour inkjet (currently priced at around £30) capable of printing up to 25 pages per minute in Black & White or upto 13 pages per minute in colour.
It is well built and the quality of the construction will ensure it can withstand the rigours of frequent use.
The printer is plug and play compatible and connects using standard USB connection. Power to the printer is supplied via its own power cable.
Additional diagnostic/maintenance tools are supplied on the included CD to enable you to clean the print heads/monitor ink levels graphically.
With full dimensions :- (WxDxH) : 43.5cm x 21.9cm x 16.5cm the unit is medium sized and should fit onto a computer desk without too much difficulty. It weighs 2.8kg.
Using four separate ink cartridges (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) the printer is marketed as being cost effective. The idea being that you can replace each cartridge independently when empty.
However, the D92 uses only chipped cartridges. When a cartridge is approaching empty it sends a message stating it needs to be replaced. I find that when this occurs there is still quite a bit of ink remaining in the cartridge but there is no way of making this work in the printer (officially anyway). So rather than being economical you actually waste ink!
Official Epson cartridges are ridiculously expensive (hence the reason they can afford to price their printers so competitively). You can find much cheaper compatible cartridges for a fraction of the cost.
Another annoying feature of this printer is the noise it creates when printing. Whenever it begins to print you hear a very loud mechanical screeching noise. This can become irritating when printing lots of documents.
For the money it is a reasonable printer that produces good mono documents and reasonable colour. More heavy duty users may want to look elsewhere.