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When it was time for me to get a new printer, I wanted one that was a reasonable price, but the special features of this printer really attracted me to it.
Unfortunately the R265 is quite a big printer. My previous printer sat on my desk, but this one needed the entire shelf underneath! It looks quite industrial, but is very easily accessible, for example to change the ink cartridges.
One problem is that the paper feed only holds 100 pages or so, this is ok for most people, but because I print long documents, it can be quite a pain to have to load paper mid print.
One interesting feature is that 6 ink cartridges are required for this printer. This seems scary, but don't worry, epson ink cartridges are very reasonable! An advantage of this, is that pictures with multiple shades of the same colour, print very well, particularly blues and pinks, the printer has both Cyan and Light Cyan, Magenta and Light Magenta. I also found that the ink cartridges last a very respectable period of time.
Earlier I mentioned that there was a special feature that attracted me to this product, well it is the CD printer. You can easily slot a special included tray into the printer, and you can print full colours onto the CDs. This looks a lot better than a scrawl across with a running out marker! It's great for burning CDs as gifts, or as promotional material for your business.
I found there to be two main problems, noise and length of time to print a page.
I think the printer is quite loud, you will have a sore head sitting beside it for too long! The other problem is that it can take over 10 seconds, just to print a black and white text document. In other words, it can take over 15 minutes to print a long document.
Some great features on this printer, and is good mostly for short documents, or graphically intensive photographs as you are sure to get a high quality print. The printer cost less than £50, so perhaps I am being too critical?!
THE EPSON STYLUS R265 CD/DVD & PHOTO PRINTER.
I must say that since this one was chosen for me by Epson UK having had a somewhat disasterous time with the previous model of similar ilk, the (EPSON STYLUS R260). The R265 is so far doing well!
I have yet to give it the test of time since the R260 "croaked" after a somewhat short space of time in my estimation. 12 months almost to the day! I had an error messages up about non-replaceable parts wearing out and life of printer about to end. ALREADY!!! I fumed! Just out of gaurantee too. I telephoned the Epson UK establishment and was told that it could be repaired but... costs would outweigh the value of the printer. They did suggest that I take up the offer of the Epson Stylus R265. Yes, an altogether better piece of gear in many ways - so far! I await at least another six months to see if I have a repeat performance of the "unworthy" R260.
I have owned the Epson Stylus R265 for about six months to date. I have always used Epson printers and have another that has never let me down (now 4-years-old). So I asked myself, Why did the R260? Will this R265 be the same?
There are many good points to mention here: Fast printing and good quality photo printing too, the DVD/CD printing I have found to be excellent. Really good to use. Comfortable to use with the minimum of fuss and setting up. Mine is in use daily. I would be lost without it for certain. I need it to be reliable and I do believe that this R265 will be. It has been so far. It does not falter.
It is reasonable regarding the noise factor. The design has improved on the previous R260 in as much as the tray that carries the printable DVD/CD does not exit at the rear as the other one did and I wondered for a long time why that one would not print the DVD I wanted to try it out on. A few unsuccessful attempts and I was about to cry!! Then I realised that there was a metalic clank as the tray went into the machine to set itself in line to do the printing. THE TRAY WAS GOING OUT THROUGH THE REAR AND HITTING THE WALL BEHIND THE PRINTER!! I needed to pull it away from the wall by at least 5 inches and that meant losing some valuable desk space. NOW!! The R265 is so different in as much as the tray does not extend through the rear of the printer but is retained inside while it sets up position for printing the DVD/CD. That in itself, more or less convinced me that I had a much better machine here.
The Epson Stylus R265 uses 6 (six) ink cartidges. That is beneficial for a good photograph printer. Photograph print quality is better with the semi-tone colours of Light Magenta and Light Cyan.
The printer does not seem over heavy on ink usage. This can be a factor when considering the purchase of a new printer since ink can be costly. I admit it. I do use compatibles! This might well ruin the warranty of the printer? Oh dear! The life of the printer? No, not at all. I do resist filling the spent cartridges from a top-up kit though. Too much hit and miss! To say nowt of MESS! I used to do this at one time. Believe me. It is not worth the bother.
My experiences of printers goes way back. I would purchase another Epson like this one again to do the job I need it to, I would certainly go for another R265. This one is doing very well. As I mentioned earlier, time will tell.
I do know why the previous Epson, the R260 went soon after the 12 months period and it has more or less been proved by the boffins. Once the overflow tank is full in the bottom of the printer after countless cleaning and purging of the stylus nozzles, the printer grinds to a halt. It is all but impossible to empty this. Once the printer is opened up. I defy anyone to put it all back together again as it was! An experience I hope that I don't have with the Epson Stylus R265. It is a nice printer! I paid £65.00 from Epson six months ago. For that price I recommend it. I am very happy with it so far. I will however, add any further comment to this should it fail me in the same way as the last model.
I am confident that it won't happen and so for this moment in time I would give it a 5 star rating.
Thank you for reading my thoughts and about my experiences with the Epson printers. the Epson Stylus R265 is good enough for me!
This is a mixed review, some good and bad points. I Purchased this printer end of November (ish) 2006 from my local PC World for a tad under 90.00, after having my HP printer commit hari-kiri and go mental I decided to break ranks and go for a 'cheaper' printer, and what a mistake that has turned out to be. Beware of greeks or even geeks bearing gifts, especially if their name is Epson.
This printer comes with everything you need to connect it EXCEPT a USB cable, the most fundamental item you would expect in the pack is missing, lucky for me although i threw out the dead HP in the trash, I did keep the USB lead and what hindsight that was.
Setting up is simplicity just slam the disk in and follow the idiot prompts on screen, then plug in said printer to spare USB socket and off you go...
Simple eh? No, not quite. Nowhere on the box or the on-disk manual does it tell you what nasty surprises and I mean nasty expensive surprises Epson have in store for the unsuspecting punter who buys this arthur daley item of the printing world.
First off, you do get a full compliment of cartridges with it, all six yes SIX, as this is primarily a photo printer that does borderless printing, unlike my old HP which left a nasty white band at the edge which needed lopping off with a guillotine.
So, you plug all the carts in after spending 3 hours unwrapping them, select some pictures and using the dozen sample 7 x 5 sheets you start printing, and yes, very nice,as good as if not better than some high street photo labs, even from a 2 megapixel camera the interpolation and colours were striking to say the least, 10/10 and very impressed, do a few documents, a word document here a few PDFs there, print out some more pictures (the ink is disappearing quicker than new labours promises). If you use the CD print option (CD printable or DVD) then this sucks the life out of all 6 cartridges.
Then BANG, the 'pop-up' comes along, ink low, and then gradually goes to 'printer-stops-so-go-buy-some-ink' mode, this printer will not allow you to combine colour cartridges to make black like the HP's do,oh no, it demands you go out an buy another cartridge at a cost of 9.99 for black from PCW or 7.99 as I found from my local cartridge world, who can't re-ink them as yet due to the fact the printer is so new on the market.
I get a black cartridge, get home plug in after removing old one, nothing but flashing lights and now It tells me (which it DIDN'T when the Yellow cart was sitting nicely) in it, that I need to get a Yellow one now, my GOD!!!
So, no printing, no letters, nothing until I pay homage to the god of Yellow cartridges, and conveniently EPSON do not tell you this in the manual or anywhere on the box. great eh? Maximize the input of money from people, so at 9.99 x 6 you're looking at nearly 60 quid to replace them all, and believe me, they don't last long at all.
This is a nasty feature and totally unwarranted, and try as you might you will NEVER get it to print only in black, UNTIL you replace any other cartridge or cartridges that are out. This is a bad way to make money out of people and the fact that you can't refill them yet means even more heartache for the wallet.
This 'feature' is just a money grabbing exercise from Epson, and that's not all ... I had a bundle of about 100 6 x 4 photo sheets made by HP, so i tried using them, the Epson ink wouldn't even permeate the surface, so whatever chemical composition of the ink is or isn't don't ever try and use HP stuff on an Epson, the results are disastrous, they really do know how to make money out of poor joe public.
Overall this printer gives stunning print output, but at an extremely non cost effective price, this is not an everyday printer and certainly not one to let little hands on print out out full colour gloss prints of 'My little pony' for the bedroom walls! Epson have very cleverly made the printer make it money by being so stubborn, that if one, just one ink cart is empty the whole thing refuses to play ball.
One thing I do know is that when I can afford it, i'm going back to the HP camp. No wonder PC world had them on offer, and probably subsidized by Epson too.
10/10 for image quality - it beats my HP hands down - period.
5/10 for user settings, the buttons are too 'plasticky' and don't 'click' or give any notion that they're going to do something.
2/10 for the total footprint of it, this is by far the biggest printer I have ever bought, it is at least as large in depth, width and height as a laser printer, and just as heavy, the power lead fits side on at the back under a crevasse, which is NOT user friendly.
1/10 for the super duper 'top-up feature of BUY MORE IN NOW!!!! courtesy of the ink vampires at Epson UK.
Overall 3/10 which is low but I am so narked at being robbed by a piece of machinery it's just horrific to have to keep shelling out.
Want to print in just black when the others are out .. The Computer Says NO!!! (from Little Britain)
Due to the exorbitant high running costs - unimpressed overall and best avoided unless you have a large wallet, unlimited funds and don't mind endless trips to your local inkjet supplier who will greet you with a cheesy smile when he finds out you are the 'proud owner' of an Epson Stylus Photo R265, who then promptly does cartwheels out the back when you've just crossed his palm with the best part of 60.00 as you leave the shop in tears ...
The tagline to the item above tells you that you can 'keep costs low' by replacing just one cartridge, no you can't, you HAVE to go and buy another one just to print! Epson should be ashamed of itself for this.
NEWSFLASH 26th JANUARY 2007
I have been told by several inkjet companies that as of yet no one is reinking these. However, I found on ebay a supplier of a set of compatible cartridges that I have purchased and I am VERY impressed. The price was 18.99 plus a few quid for postage, for all SIX, yes all 6 of the little blighters, they came individually wrapped in their own air-tight blisterpacks, are colour coded, all you have to do is tear off the top strip, remove a little protective piece of sponge on the clip, shove it home and hey presto! one working printer again. Compared to the great EPSON RIP-OFF of 60.00 for all six from PC World, I got the darned thing re-inked for a third, a few quid postage for 48 hours service is a small price to pay. To be honest I can't find any major difference in quality between the inks of course the chemical composition will be different but I'm not complaining. The ebay user ID if they don't mind a free mention is ink-world and if you want to look at the item the number is 290073597691 . So, don't go near PC World or anywhere else buy from ebay and if you choose wisely you'll save tons of cash, so I can now print as cost effectively as my old HP!!! Chuffed to buggery I am.
NEWFLASH APRIL 2007
Now im not so chuffed as said printer has given up the ghost and died on me 'a USB device attached has malfunctioned' say Windows XP and try as i might it wont communicate now even with the drivers deleted and reloaded, so its back to HP for me. Never again with epson seiko crap. Not impressed now - not one bit. You'd have thought the damn thing would have lasted at LEAST a year before dying on you !!!
It's time to discover the endless possibilities of digital photography. Just connect the Epson Stylus Photo R265 to your PC and get ready to print real, high quality photos at home. With the PhotoEnhance technology, you can print an even better photo too - it's like having an expert inside your printer, correcting colors and contrasts. And it's fast - a fantastic 10x15cm photo takes just 13 seconds to print out. Individual ink cartridges keep costs low because you only replace the ink that runs out. And the Claria photographic inks will keep your precious memories safe in the family album for up to 200 years!