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      25.12.2013 13:33
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      This printer does its job.

      The reason I bought this printer is that I already used different printers by Epson and I really liked them, so let's see how this printer will be.

      Appearance:
      My first impression was that this printer has to be really valuable, at least it looks valuable and modern.
      The printer has got an 120 sheet tray at the rear, which is easy to reach. I thin those 120 sheets are enough, though sometimes one could use a storage of more sheets. At bottom right behind an acrylic door are the memory card slots and a USB port, which you can use to connect the printer to a digital camera supporting PictBridge or an external CD drive.

      Functions and features:
      Two of the R300's best features are that you can print directly from your digital camera's memory card and the possibility to print on CDs/DVDs. I tested it and it works pretty fine.
      The setup on the printing modes, the printing quality and all that are a bit fiddly and I did not always succeed at the first try, but after some experimenting everything works fine.

      Quality:
      Everything I printed (whether glossy or normal paper, CDs etc.) looked really good.
      But I also read that the printing quality goes down after a while. I will see if that is true because I do not own the printer very long.

      Conclusion:
      I think this is a nice, well-developed printer which does its job really good though the installation may be not that easy, one has to work with it to learn how everything works exactly. But that should not take much time.

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      07.08.2013 15:15
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      Great for personal use

      I recently changed away from the Epson R300 and thank goodness that someone decide to throw the horrible device away. Before I write a review I also like to look if what I experience with similar with others and i'm simple astonished at how many people love this machine with vast problem that I can list.

      We we first got these machine they were simple of the best on the market with the resolution of printing of 5760x1440 you were getting one of the top spec machines that was available on the market. When first setting up the machine included with the machine is a manual and a quick set up guide and along with this is the usb cable and the various pieces of software. Once we inserted the disk and connect the various cables up which was very easy I have to admit we were ready to go.

      At first this machine was a fantastic piece of hardware within the office but due to the build quality I found that many of it feature and print quality started to diminish. When we first bought this machine the print quality both onto normal standard paper was fantastic and it fairly fast print speed meant that it was literally at first an amazing machine,but as a office we found that as the machine started to get old and simple thing such as the printer started to jammed it started to slowly deteriorate with it regularly need to be realigned and this was all after around about a year of buying it.

      Another nice addition to the printer is the cd printer which for most people this feature would simple not be worth while and probably only used once but in a company we found that due to the software provided even simple label was great using this printer.

      Another big issue we found was the lack of the multifunction uses that most modern day printers have with there ability to scan and also fax which is much more for industrial use that commercial.

      So overall if your using this printer for light use the printer should be a great asset but if your planning on using this printer as a work horse it will simple fail im sorry to say.

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      23.06.2012 18:01
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      Great for everyday printing.

      I bought this printer second hand for a tenner off the staff notice board thingy at work and have been pleased with my purchase. Chances are if you're reading this now, you too are thinking of buying one second hand.

      Now I have to admit from the start, I've never bought photo paper and printed out photos so if you're looking for a review that tells you about that, this isn't the one for you (sorry). However, I just use it for day to day printing and have found it to be great.

      You can pick up super cheap (non branded) inks for this printer, for example on ebay and therefore the running costs of it can be very low. I've never had a problem with any of the inks - it's always still worked fine.

      Occasionally when it's taking paper in, it feeds it in a bit wonky and it gets stuck but this only happens sometimes.

      It has various different settings - I don't think i've used them all but you can adjust the print quality which potentially saves you ink.

      One of the big drawbacks is that if one of the inks runs out, then it stops working - you would think that if the black ink was still o.k it would still work but no! Considering how cheap you can get ink, you can just fix the problem by keeping them in stock.

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      09.04.2012 23:40
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      Ideal for the home and for printing family photos

      Epson Stylus Photo R300

      It was only last night that I dug deep in to my spare bedroom, wiped the dust from my Epson R300 and bought it back to life after it been in hibernation for the last couple of years... We seem to end up with more and more printers in our household each year and after a huge print job that I recently took on all of my other printers decided to cause me many problems and delay the whole job.

      After shaking the Ink cartridges and cleaning the heads the printer was working amazingly putting real shame on some of the newer models which had really let me down at such an important time.

      The first thing that I have noticed is the fact that the Ink in this model has already lasted 3 times the length of time in comparison to the newer Epson model with identical quality settings and original cartridges, I know its not exactly ideal to be using Inkjet printers for large jobs but given the fact it was a bank holiday I have been unable to obtain Ink for the laser alternatives.

      The speed of print obviously vary's according to the quality and media type in which your printing on, but for average documents, drafts etc it has a very fast turnaround pace. Photo quality images printed on glossy paper take a good few minutes to deliver however the time is reflected within the quality.

      The unit takes 6 cartridges consisting of Black, Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta and Yellow, this in one hand does help improve the overall quality of print however when purchasing original cartridges your looking at around £12 each which is very expensive for regular replacements. However there is many places online and through eBay etc stocking high quality compatible units for around £2.50-£3.00.

      In comparison to the printers on the market today the overall specifications aren't quite as good but with Technology moving forward every day we have to accept that their will always be something better around the corner. The unit was however back in 2004/2005 one of the first proper quality photo imaging devices which allowed us to print with the use of portable memory devices aswell as a PC.

      The design is compact, with a modern looking black and silver finish, there is an LCD display featured on the top which can be used to perform ink replacements, quality improvements etc and of course printing directly from a memory card.

      As far as im aware I don't think this model can be purchased new anymore however as a second hand printer for a budget price range you can't really go wrong!

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      12.04.2011 10:29
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      Reasonable printer, but don't buy if you want to use it for professional pictures/CD's

      I have owned two of these printers now. One was new, and the other was passed on to my from my brother after not much use.

      Photos
      I've printed many photos from this printer. It's nice to be able to do it yourself for less. There's even a card slot so that you can put the SD card from your camera straight into the printer and print from it. However, the quality of the photos are never going to be as good as buying them from an online photo printer. I'm also dubious about how cost effective it actually is as you sometimes end up wasting ink and paper when things come out wrong. The photos are easy to select and edit on your computer with epson's program.

      CDs
      The printer can also print on CD's, which is an interesting function. I've used this quite a lot and it works well, though I've noticed that after a while the ink has come off a couple of my CDs on to the plastic in plastic wallets. They're fine if you store them in normal CD or DVD cases though. My brother has used this printer for printing commercially. His business was a very small one and it's suitable for that, but if you're going to be printing hundreds of CDs, I recommend getting it done professionally, as this just isn't as good quality.

      Ink
      I mostly use this printer for printing documents these days. It takes 6 ink cartridges, which you can get quite cheap on the internet from companies other than Epson.

      Speed
      This printer prints quite fast. You can select on your computer or on the printer if you're printing from an SD card, what quality you want it to print. The beter the quality, the slower it prints.

      Reliability
      As for the reliability, this printer has let me down quite a few times. Both models didn't last more than about a year with moderate use before the quality started to deteriorate. The print heads need cleaning quite often, and sometimes I end up wasting a lot of paper before it actually works.

      In conclusion, I think you'll get better results with this printer if you use it with Epson branded paper and ink cartridges but of course that will make it more costly (that probably applies to most printers though). It's better than a lot of printers I've had before, but I think you can get more reliable printers now for a similar price. If you need a printer just for printing photos, or just for printing CDs, buy one specifically for that purpose. This printer is an all rounder, and as such doesn't do any of the things it does as well. If you however, want a printer that does everything cheaply, and don't mind too much that the quality isn't quite up to scratch, this is an option.

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        10.02.2011 23:25

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        excellent printer

        i brought this printer quite a few years ago now and thought that it was amazing. i started using it with a computer but moved to a laptop eventually and found it connected quite easily.
        the program you get with the printer to edit and print programs is quite handy and very basic so anyone could work out haw to print and edit the pics. i found that although it needs 6 cartridges you could buy these off various sites quite cheaply and they all worked fine and lasted quite a while.
        i found that the epson paper worked best with this printer but did only buy the photo paper and didnt need to use any better quality.
        the printer prints quite quick and is easy to load. the printer has a memory card slot making it easy to print straight from camera's and also can print in differet sizes.
        the printer also has the facilities to print to disks and comes with a plastic slot for the disks to go in. i couldnt review the quality of this as i have never had the need to print on a disk face.
        unfortunately after about 4 years of frequent printing my printer decided that it wasnt going to work so had to buy a different model, however i would buy this printer again anytime.

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        18.08.2009 23:16
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        It's a good printer for it's age and even rivals some newer ones, minor flaws but overcome.

        I inherited this printer off my dad after needing something that could print out my basic school assignments and the such. At first glance, in this age with glossy white printers and slim designs the Epson Photo R300 looks quite a behemoth, with its bold black and grey styling and monochrome LCD display.

        But at it's heart, even though it's getting outdated, the Epson Photo R300 is a good printer with some minor flaws. When set to maximum quality and on glossy photo paper, the printer can produce some great results with good colour replication and inking. It has a myriad of different options to select from it's screen and can do mostly anything you want to throw at it whether it be pictures or text.

        The one big bug with this printer is the ink problems, once you run out of one ink, unless you have it replaced you can't use the printer at all. And this could be a few days from time of ordering ink to delivery. You can't even print out black and white documents even if your only missing say a light magenta ink.

        Ink consumption with the printer with a cartridge lasting me roughly a couple of months with average use of about a couple of pages a day and ink is considerabley cheaper than newer printers. I am able to pick up a cartridge for £2.49 if I order online! Which is amazing value.

        Although the printer is on the bulky side, considering its age it does its job very well, competing even with newer printers although I will be upgrading soon since I would like a multi-function printer with scanner and copier included.

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          15.05.2009 20:17

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          If you can still buy this Printer you would be getting a great deal

          I have had this printer for a while now and I can say its the best one I ever have had. The plus points are that you can get photo quality prints in minutes straight from your digital camera, has a slot for most memory cards or you can link through a cable or through your computer. It is quiet and quick but most of all reliable, i have never had any trouble with it despite using it on a daily basis. The downsides are the fact that original cartridges cost a small fortune (though which company doesn't charge far too much for their cartridges), the plus side is that there is a wealth of compatible ones that can be bought for a fraction of the cost. As a side point in 3 years all I have used is compatible cartridges with this printer and have never had any trouble. The other downside is that it doesn't have an LCD screen so editing and printing individual pictures are better done on your computer. But the upsides far out way the down sides.

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          27.11.2008 22:28
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          Overall a great printer

          I bought this printer over a year ago for about £70 and it is still a great printer. It was really simple to install just stick in the disc and follow the prompts. It has 6 different ink cartridges which are easy to replace individually so if you print a lot of things with one colour then you only need to replace that one cartridge. There are loads of features with this printer one of the greatest is the built in unit which can take memory sticks so you don't actually have to download all your photo's to print them. It can take compact flash 1 & 2,MMC,IBC microdrive,xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, Magic Gate Memory stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Smartmedia & SD Memory Card, mini SD card as long as you have an adapter.

          The quality of the printouts are really good and i often print photo's for my friends and family as it works out much cheaper. I should add however, that I use compatible ink cartridges and not epson's which I have never had any problems with and the quality is just as good.

          On the downside if you're printing hundreds of text pages it is slower than other printers that you can buy but as I rarely do that it's not a problem for me.

          Our printer also came with an attachment so that you can print cd's.

          Overall a brilliant all round printer.

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          03.11.2008 11:41
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          The perfect machine to get started printing your own photos!

          The Epson photo R300 printer has been made redundant by Epson so I am writing this review as a mark of respect to a once great machine but also to let anyone looking for a good photo printer know that there are still some of these going around at now great prices.

          The Epson R300 was one of the first of its kind, a photo printer that could print straight from the memory card so no need for a PC or laptop, simply slip your memory card into the appropriate memory card slot on the front of the printer and using the small LCD screen choose your options and print.

          Once attached to a computer or a laptop though you could make use of the bundled software that comes with the Epson R300 and take your printing to another level. What most people were asking was "could this printer really print lab quality photos"? Well the answer to that is no it cannot but it can come very close if you use good enough glossy paper and the genuine Epson ink cartridges.

          As a pro photographer I would never have considered offering my customers prints that I had done on this printer but it did come in very useful for the office and for trial printing before and after Photoshop. I used the same Epson R300 printer for over three years without a hitch and it could do something my much more expensive Epson professional photo printer could not and that is print discs.

          Using a very simple sliding tray mechanism the Epson R300 can print CD`s or DVD`s to give a professional finish, I found this very useful when offering wedding photos on disc as I could personalise the disc for people at virtually no cost.

          Is running your own photo printer cost effective? This was another question people regularly asked and the honest answer three years ago would have been "no, not really" but now that has all changed. You can now get very inexpensive ink cartridges for the Epson R300 and many other Epson printers; they are not Epson quality but work fine in the machines and cost a fraction of the price.

          There are places on line such as bigmaggot.co.uk where you can buy the six ink cartridges that the Epson R300 takes for under £10 and also get yourself a very good quality A4 glossy paper for around £6 for 50 sheets. A combined effort by the Epson R300, the cheap ink cartridges and the inexpensive paper will not offer lab quality images but to the untrained eye they will offer perfectly good photos which will suit most people just fine.

          As a previous Epson hater I was glad to see that with this machine Epson have finally put to rest the clunky and shaky operation that was present in most of their earlier printers and the Epson R300 prints without any real noise or movement. The constant errors have been greatly reduced also and only very rarely do you get an error warning and refusal to print and they are usually very easily eradicated by following the simple on screen instructions, either through the PC or laptop monitor or through the built in LCD screen.

          Image printing is not particularly fast if you are printing photo quality images but it is very fast if you are just doing documents, the printer offers you the choice of settings for everything from black and white word documents to best glossy photo. It also allows you to specify which paper you are using and allows you to choose your size of image, with every imaginable size available between 4X6 to A3 borderless.

          The Epson R300 prints consistently well and only ever offers poor quality printing when one or more inks are getting low. The printer warns you of low inks from the cartridge having less than 20% ink remaining and Epson recommend that when it points out there is less than 5% remaining you should change it. Personally I used to change when they got to less than 10% to avoid problems but that is a choice you can make for yourself.

          The software that comes with the Epson R300 is extensive and very useful as well as being easy to use and simple to set up. You get software to help you save and file your images, software to help you resize images ready for printing and software to help you print your discs. Using the software provided you will find it very easy to print things such as album cards, calendars, greeting cards, stickers and discs and you will find if you use the cheap replacement inks and shop around for your paper you can cut the cost of photo printing in half.

          I would say that most people would struggle to find any real difference between a lab printed image and an image done on an Epson R300 when you print in 6X4, it is only when you choose to print bigger that the difference in quality of print could be picked out but even then an untrained eye would probably never notice.

          THE EPSONR300 SPECS

          Epson Stylus Photo R300 - Printer - colour - ink-jet - Legal, Panoramic A2 - 5760 dpi x 1440 dpi - up to 15 ppm (mono) / up to 15 ppm (colour).

          Printer Type::: Personal printer - ink-jet - colour.

          Media Type:::: Envelopes, transparencies, greeting cards, plain paper, photo paper, photo stickers, matte paper, glossy photo paper, Compact Disc, bond paper, heavy-weight matte paper, semi-gloss paper.

          Max Media Size (Standard) Legal, Panoramic A2 Max Media Size (Custom) 216 mm (Legal) x 1117.6 mm.

          Total Media Capacity::: 120 sheets.

          So on then to the cost of this printer, well as I said way back at the start of this review it has now been taken of the market by Epson and superseded by basically the same printer but with a scanner attached. Way back in the day when I purchased mine I paid in excess of £200 for it but as with all things technology related it soon fell in price and these days if you can find someone with one in stock you will be looking at a mere fifty quid for this fine machine.

          I would still happily recommend this printer at prices around the £150 mark so at today's great prices I would say it is a must buy. I just bought myself a new one a few months back and it is still in its box because my old one has not failed me yet, I paid £55 for my new one from the afore mentioned bigmaggot.co.uk but they sadly no longer have any left. You can still find them online and I am sure that there will be a few floating around on EBay no doubt.

          With everything in photography these days being digital it makes real sense to be printing you own images rather than paying through the nose and having to wait on labs doing it for you and if you intend to get started printing in this way then this is the machine I would recommend.

          These will soon disappear from the market all together so I suggest grabbing one whilst you still can.

          Everything about this printer is simple, from printing one page documents to printing off multiple glossy photos, it can all be very easily mastered and even the ink cartridge replacement is very easy and all the info you need to do it is right there in front of you on the screen so you need not worry that this type of equipment is beyond you in any way.

          There are some super Epson printers out there now that leave this one in the shade but they cost big bucks and if you have no previous experience of self printing then they will leave you very confused as well as out of pocket, that is why I recommend this particular printer so highly.

          Thanks for reading!

          © thebigc1690

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            17.08.2008 22:37

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            Good overall printer

            Bought this printer about a year ago and it still producing great quility prints. But you do pay a price for this as the printer uses 6 dfferent inks,it can be a bit costly to refill them but I find that the compatiable ink works as well as the genuine ones as if you just using them for personal use as the quality is usally fine. The printer has a great memory stick reader built into the unit which will take compact flash 1 & 2,MMC,IBC microdrive,xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, Magic Gate Memory stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Smartmedia & SD Memory Card. But is you want to use mini SD card you will have to use an adapter.This is so usful as it destory the hastle of having to buy a separate memory card holder.The printer is fairly easy to instal and has a mass of manual and instuctions but you can usally get away with just sticking the disk into the computter and following the instuction that it gives you. So overall I think this is a great printer and ideal for persional printing.

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            20.07.2008 10:55
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            Good cheap way toprint pictures at home

            The Epson R300 is a good low cost Photo Printer. It has lots of useful features, for instance you can print direct from a camera, or pop a memory card into the reader on the front. If you're connected to a PC then it can use the memory card reader as well. It is also possible to attach a Bluetooth module and print direct from a camera phone, but I've not tried this. You can buy a colour LCD for it so that you can preview pictures before you print them in stand alone mode.
            The print quality is superb, and it can knock 6x4 prints out in a minute or so. It also has the capability of printing direct onto white coated CD/DVDs if you want to make your Disks look smart!
            I get my ink from eBay, and this does not seem to massively affect the quality of printouts but is much cheaper.
            The set up is very straightforward.
            The printer has a little LCD screen that gives out status messages and other information, so it is worth remembering this before you stick it under a shelf or desk and hide it.
            All in all I would recommend this printer to anyone wanting to print out digital photos at home. It also produces good quality prints for documents .

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            03.06.2008 23:51
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            Great performing printer with a few extras

            Introduction-
            With the growing popularity in the digital photography market it's only right that you get an increased in the popularity of home printing solutions.With so many different manufacturers of printers and consumables(printer inks and paper)it pays to choose carefully so you get a product that delivers excellent print results at an affordable cost.
            Epson-
            .Epson who are probably one of the biggest and most well known of the manufacturers offer a large range of products and invest a lot of time and money in developing well made and tested printing solutions.

            What makes a photo printer-
            The main difference between a standard printer and photo printer is the number of colour cartridges that the printers use.
            Standard printer-These printers will usually have two or three colour cartridges and a black cartridge(sometimes they don't even have a black cartridge but instead use a combination of the colour catridges to deliver what looks like black).

            Photo printer-will have sixcartridges to deliver more colour tones and in turn delivering more realistic looking phtographic results.
            So armed with this information i shopped around and decided on the Epson photo stylus R300.

            The R300-
            What you have with the epson r300 is a photo printer that you can both use as a printer hooked up to your PC or as a standalone printer that you can use with your digital camera or memory card.

            The Specs-
            Print quality at up to 5760 optimised dpi
            6 colour inks for exceptional photo results
            Intellidge ink cartridges for control and economy
            printing up to A4 size for photos
            Print directly onto printable CDs (also in standalone mode)
            Direct printing from a wide range of memory cards**
            including CompactFlash® (I & II), xD-Picture Card, Smart
            Media,
            SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MagicGate Memory Stick,
            Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO, IBM Microdrive
            PictBridge and USB DIRECT-PRINT supported
            Bluetooth connectivity for wireless printing (optional)
            Epson Print Image Matching II supported for photo
            reproduction
            Epson PhotoQuicker 3.5 software to enhance and
            personalise photos

            The build quality-9/10
            As you would expect the built quality is good with nice curves and a sturdy outer case and it also looks good

            Installation-9/10
            As with most USB devices you can simply plug in the connector and windows will automatically detect the device and install the correct drivers(true plug and play which i like),epson also include a CD that contains an impressive software collection for use with the printer more about that later.
            Ease of use-9/10
            I found both the printer and the software that is supplied with it very easy to use,the instructions were brief and to the point which made the unit easy to learn and get familiar with,the CD also contains all the information you would need to use, maintain and configure the printer.When a cartridge runs out the installed epson software will tell you which cartridge has run out and will even show you how to change and align the replacement cartridge(believe you me i found this feature to be really useful and easy to follow).Loading different sized paper and using the cd tray to print on CD's and DVD's was also very easy to do and once again all the information was included in the epson software.

            Print speed and Noise-8/10
            This printer was surprisingly quick and quiet when printing,i have seen quicker and quieter printers but this model is a t the budget to mid-range printing solution so both these features have been comprimised to a degree but they are at an acceptable level.
            The Software-10/10
            The bundled software that comes with the printer is both useful and easy to use,the photo editing package was very easy to grasp and the features where quite advanced for a free bit of software.I also liked the epson software that keeps your printer calibrated and lets you know if your print cartridges need changing and also allow you to calibrate and clean the print heads if you need to.

            The Prints-10/10
            I found the photo print results to be both colourful and vivid and with the right use of photo paper they were easily as good as the prints you would get from a proffesional mini-lab.I also found that text printing was also of a high standard with text both crisp and very clear.
            The ink cartridges-10/10
            Another thing i liked about this package is that epson give you full capacity catridges when you first buy the printer so you don't have to worry about having to replace them straight away.You also have the choice of buying compatible cartridges(these are made by other companies)which can save you a lot of money and make printing large amounts of photo's affordable(having used compatibles myself i have found the results to be of a very high quality).You can buy a full set of cartridges for as little as nine pounds compared to about twenty five pounds for the epson set,quite a big saving.

            Direct Printing-9/10
            This printer also has slots that will allow you to print direct from you memory card meaning that you do not have to connect this printer to your PC(this is ideal if you already have a printer on your pc and only want to use this occasionally).You have an LCD screen that lets you select the print no(no picture display on this model that would cost you a bit more money should you want one)and how many copies you want.
            CD and DVD printing- 9/10
            This is a nifty little feature that will allow you to print on Printable disks which id done by means of a tray which loads in the front of the printer.As long as you follow and read the instructions this feature is very simple to use and once again the resulte are of a high quality.

            Summary-
            A very impressive printer with excellent print results,low running cost's and a large amount of useful software included for a low price,this is definently on my highly recommended list.

            This review is listed on ciao under the user name phensh

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              Get you photos printed on the high street

              Some would suggest that one of the first things you must do after buying a digital camera is to get yourself a photo quality printer to enable you to print out your own photographs at home. I would however advise that you think twice before making a purchase because printing your own photographs is far from being the most economical option. You will not only have to buy photo quality paper but also, after while, replace your highly inefficient colour cartridges. You will have to do this even if only one cartridge runs out, because the printer won't work unless all the cartridges are filled with ink.

              The Epson Stylus Photo R300 is one of the most wasteful and ecologically unfriendly devices I've ever used. In the two years that I had it I printed out less than a dozen small photographs before all my colour cartridges ran out. This is because every time you switch the printer on it carries out a little clean up exercise and then makes a calculation so as to determine how much ink has been wasted in this process. This in effect means that even if you don't print out any photos, but just want to use the black ink to print out text documents on paper, your colour cartridges will still be calculated as getting emptier every time you switch on the printer. I think this is the way for most photographic printers that are manufactured for home use.

              I purchased this printer about three years ago. I needed a printer mainly for printing out assignments and notes because I was in the middle of completing a psychology degree. I also thought the added capability of being able to print out your own photos would be a handy feature and an added bonus. I chose this model because it was mid range in terms of price (just under £100) and also because it was the best selling printer in the UK at the time of my purchase. I should have realized however, that just because something is 'best selling' doesn't mean that it's a quality product.

              I will admit that the quality of printed out black and white text documents has been excellent throughout and the printer does run smoothly and quietly unlike the clatter of my previous Canon printer. However, I have never been satisfied with the quality of the colour reproduction when printing out my own photographs. Colours continually lack depth and saturation. In fact the only outstanding print I got was a black and white one. Furthermore, the software that comes with the printer is pathetic and a nightmare to use. Trying to get a picture to print out the right way up or match with the position and size of the paper could not be more complicated and is an extremely time consuming process.

              The home market for photo colour printers is one area where the consumer continues to be ripped off big time, especially regarding the cost of ink replacement. Initially the Epson colour cartridges were £14 each (I have since found a much cheaper alternative). Manufacturers will go on about the high quality of the ink and the production process but this is just an excuse for them to sell their cartridges at inflated prices. It's quite possible to manufacture cartridges that last longer and don't run out after five minutes but in order to maximize profits manufacturers refrain from doing so. One only has to consider high street photographic developers to realize that they obviously don't rely on the same expensive and wasteful digital printing methods as home users are forced to rely on.

              As long as photo printer manufactures such as Epson continue to produce their rip-off printing devices, I for one will never again be buying another photo printer. I recommend that instead of buying an Epsom printer you get your photos printed on the high street - it will be far cheaper and a lot less hassle in the long run. It will also be a lot more environmentally friendly.

              If you could buy an Epson Stylus Photo R300 second hand on Ebay for less than a tenner it still wouldn't be worth the hassle.


              © Zmugzy - May 2009

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                23.10.2007 19:45
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                Good quality printer for under £100

                We all do it… at home, in the office, the library, college, university the list could goes on.

                (I hope you're not being one track minded!).

                So what exactly am I talking about? Of course if you have already read my title you will realise I'm giving you my spiel on the Epson R300 printer.

                Why? This device is invaluable to me. Because? I'm a student (oh no - not one of those!) but also I'm using the R300 in my work place.

                Why did I choose this printer? Sorry about my automatic assumptions about your next question!!!

                So the printer… well as noted above I needed a good printer due to the huge amount of work I have to print out. A friend mentioned that she had purchased this product and how chuffed she was with it.

                Not only was she printing with it, she could also slot her SD Card or XD card into a slot at the right hand side of the printer - great I thought, no more bending over behind the computer and trying to find the usb slot for my camera.

                My next question to her was 'the price'. Well, £90 was the response, okay a little more than I expected. So before jumping in head first (like I normally do!), I wanted to know how available the ink cartridges were - to my delight google led me to lots of pages selling the original and refill cartridges and I couldn't believe the prices of the recycled ones! More on prices and where you can buy the ink later.

                You may have noticed the word 'cartridge' being plural, let me assure you this is not a mistake, the Epson R300 takes six cartridges (Black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta).

                Make the most of your printer
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                With up to 5760 x 1440 dpi and the choice to do border less printing up to A4 size; below is a list of ideas, how you can use your printer to its full potential.

                >Make cards<
                Christmas, Birthday, Easter, Get well - well why not? There are easy software packages to help you along the way such as Greeting Card Factory Deluxe.

                (http://www.dvo.com/greeting_card.html).

                >Puzzles<
                You can download and print crosswords, word searches, soduku online at many websites for free. Great family fun and why not take them on the train or in the car (as long as your not the driver!).

                >Photos<
                No longer will you have to trape to Jessops and wait hours for your photos to develop. Print all your pictures in the privacy of your own home. With photo paper for sell in Poundland your be saving a few bob too.

                I'll finish the ideas there. I must remember that the main focus of this opinion is to tell you about the Epson R300.
                Problems?

                I've noticed in previous reviews that I mostly concentrate on the positives on an item - so lets get negative!!

                Unfortunately I may have led you down the garden path as the one problem I have isn't actually the printers fault - sorry! You'll remember I mentioned the refill cartridges, these are cheap and if you saw the quality of some of them they're most definitely nasty. People in your photos may look unrecognisable and don't be concerned if they look on the green side!

                The problem is the difference in price between Epsons ink and the refills as your see below a caparison.

                PRICES
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                The below prices are based on a pack of six cartridges:
                cartridgemonkey.com = £19.95 (Refill).
                cartridgemonkey.com = £39.95 (Original)

                ebay.co.uk = £7.99 (Refill)
                ebay.co.uk = £25.00 (Original).

                I'm not necessarily saying buy Epsons cartridges although it could affect your warranty if you don't. I'm just warning you, perhaps searching Dooyoo for a review on companies that refill R300 ink cartridges is recommended.

                The end is near (phew!). So lets get back to the good stuff. The printer is easy to use and when you are running low on ink your PC alerts you. You can print photos without even turning you computer on, by using the screen on the printer, which offers you all the usual functions for example photo paper size, photo quality or you can even print an index card which prints all the photos in miniature with a number next to each print and you can decide from that which prints you'd like.

                Other great things about the printer is the opportunity to print cd covers with a cd/dvd tray included with the printer - how good this is? I am yet to discover! You can print without even turning your computer on - how brilliant! If your in a real rush you can print pages out as quick as 15 a minute (these are not great quality! - but still a good option to have).

                Conclusion
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                This is a great printer and I would recommend it to any one just as my friend did. If you have the space for a larger than life printer and you know your use it often, go shopping now!

                The ink issue is not a big one if you find the right supplier and although this is strange advice don't go for the cheapest £4 for 6. Yes these sort of offers do exist, but try and find what seems as though it is a reasonable price with a reputable company. Remember when your ordering online use sites such as Rpoints for cash back, and send your empties to a charity thats collecting them!

                Thanks for reading - may the print be with you!

                Printer prices
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                oyyy.co.uk - £112.69
                gotsc.com - £89.30
                amazon.co.uk - £82.48

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              • Product Details

                Print brilliant photos to share with family and friends with or without a computer! A versatile, full-featured performer, the Epson Stylus R300 makes producing colorful photos a snap. This innovative printer even prints directly on ink-jet-printable CD-Rs and DVD-Rs. So, now it's easier than ever to personalize your discs with a cool, finished look.

                With up to 5760 x 1440 dpi and superior 6-color Photo Inks, the Epson Stylus Photo R300 produces precise color and accurate skin tones. Plus, BorderFree printing in popular photo sizes provides a fast, simple way to get bright, vivid prints to frame, place in an album, or share with your friends.

                Best of all, the Epson Stylus R300 allows you to edit and print your photos without a computer. Anyone can crop, resize, save, or print photos directly from memory cards or picture CDs without using a computer. Additionally, a front access host USB port makes it easy to print from your CD-R drive, Zip drive or PictBridge enabled digital camera. If you have a Bluetooth-enabled device with printing capability, you can print from it using Epson's optional Bluetooth adapter. For your convenience, the built-in card slots also let you save images from your memory card directly to your PC.

                With cost-saving individual ink cartridges, plus connectivity for both PC and Macintosh systems, this remarkable performer offers an easy, affordable solution for all your photo imaging needs.