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Around a year ago i bought a job lot of returns and sourced a good non Epson refills and sorted out the good ones i was slow to get rid of them all 12, having made the mistake of mixing the duff printers back in with the good printers, while sorting through it turns out that most of the cartridges i have replaced are not recognised now and these are all full, in honesty the trouble it causes makes it not worth while, there is two much messages and technical stuff for a simple printer there is only one winner in this and its not you and certainly not megeo
DO NOT BUY this printer, doesn't recognise genuine cartridges after a while and therefore does not enable you to print at all. In my case, bought a new yellow cartridge when it complained about the last one not being genuine when it was, this worked for about a week and then it stopped working again reporting that the cartridge wasn't genuine. Also, was only printing in Black & White for the most part!!! Have seen plenty of posts with users reporting same issue so I guess it's down to a technical issue with the printers that the Epson support guys don't offer you any support for.
Hi Folks,I have had the same problem "Cartride not recognized." Email to Epson, and the solution was few hours later in my inbox, but did not work. I tried few things to reset the printer, this worked:1. Disconnect from USB,2. Disconnect from the main while Printer is ON3. Wait 10 seconds4. Connect printer to main, while pressing the power button for 10 seconds.5. Printer will do a reset, including cartridges.6. Connect USB and read inkt-levels...Please try, if this works for you too, spread the message!
I bought this printer to replace an Epson Photo 830 I had had for 7 years hoping for the same reliability and reasonable economy of the 830. I wish I had read some of these reviews earlier as I have experienced exactly the same problems as others. The printer had only printed 4 pages of text before I got an error message saying the black cartridge wasn't recognised and it was the Epson cartridge supplied with the printer! I replaced it with a new Epson cartridge and got the same message again after printing about a dozen sheets of A4! In addition this printer is noisy beyond belief and also very slow indeed --- and I am comparing it to my old Photo 830! Avoid this printer at all costs! I returned it for a refund and bought a Canon Pixma iP2600. So far (after a week) this has performed very well. It is much faster and quieter than the Stylus S20, looks much nicer and the build quality looks good for a cheap printer. Ink consumption seems reasonable so far and Canon do sell high volume cartridges for this printer.
Well where to start? This printer was on offer so i thought i would purchase one in the hope i was getting a bargin. Wrong! It's so slow it's untrue, it's extremely loud and the ink cartridges run out very quickly, which in the end lead this printer not be a bargin, but a costly mistake. I have had Epson printers in the past which have always served me very well indeed, but this one is most definately one for printer heaven! When the cartridges ran out for the second time, i bought non-epson cartridges, hoping to save a bit of money, unfortunately these did not work after being told in the computer shop where i purchased them from that they should! I contacted Epson who were almost helpful but after much debate i decided to get rid of the printer and pay a little more for a new one, this time a non-epson one!! All in all this model is awful and isin't fit for sale to the general public, but as mentioned before i've had other Epson printers and they have been very good!
As with other reviewers, I found this a cheap but noisy machine. When it worked it was adequate but not exceptional. I bought quite a few spare genuine Epson cartridges to save time and money. Then the problems! In the middle of a job, it just stopped working. The error message was effectively 'Failure to recognise ink'! Epson Helpline most UNhelpful. Emails promised a call withing 24 hours - it took several days on each occasion. After the usual call-centre helpline runaround, the experts refused to accept my complaint, saying I must be using non-Epson cartridges or I'd damaged the mechanism by interfering with it. I used 'uninstall and re-install' to reset print counter, as advised by users' group member - but no difference. I could not recommend this printer and I am prepared to lose the money I've spent on the extra cartridges rather than buy another Epson. Ever!
It prints good quality text and images, also the carteridges last quite a while. when you need to change the ink, you can just purchase the colours you need, which works out to be cheap. Although i do think it is a bit clonky and bulky in comparison to some other printers, plus it makes such a noise when its printing!!! i have to cover my ears and i worry that i will disturb my flatmates. For some reason, just before printing it takes several minutes making terrible noises and spinning the paper feeder before it takes the paper and actually starts printing on the paper. Another issue i have is with the detachable stand that fits at the back of the printer to hold the paper up. It just doesnt want to fit in the slot, so i am left with a wonky stand half attached. All in all, it is a nice printer, but i think there are other models availble that are smaller and are more discrete!
Print quality superb even photo's on plain paper.Very easy to use and good software provided.Printer is a bit noisy, but acceptable.Reliability - poor which is why I can only give it 1 star, the black ink cartridge is now not recognised (done under 20 prints) and is going back to the shop today.
I've got the same problem - black was not recognised, and after some 20 pages and a new Black cartridge - Cyan failed... A very helpful guy at EPSON Ireland explained how to clean the contacts :) And it did work - it recognised the cartridge but said it was empty (after some 50 B/W text copies)! OK, I cashed in some 14 EUR for the new one, but now I see it was really a faulty printer. Going tomorrow for reimbursement! One star, because a reliable printer is more important than a great but dead one. Going back to Canon...
I purchased this printer as a last minute buy from Tescos, I needed to do some printing urgently so I just bought the cheapest one in there(was not cheap) and gave it a go.
When I got it home it took hours to set it all up, install cartridges, install pc programs and other bits and bobs. When it had been all installed I was pleased with the printing quality but not long after, after printing off some passport size pics one of the ink cartridges had run out, now the really silly thing with this printer is that if one cartridge runs out the whole printer will not function without that cartridge being replaced. This means if you needed to print something urgently you have to get in your car and drive to your nearest electrical shop and fork out for a new cartridge.
Shortly after replacing the cartridge one of the others ran out, so again it took another trip to the shops this time I had to fork out for all of the cartridges as they had run out again. This whole process I found very annoying and tiring and am not overstruck on this type of printer, it takes ages as well every time you start the printer for it to prepare itself for printing.
Overall I would not recommend this printer as it is a lot of hassle for a £40 printer that should perform a lot better.
Avoid this Printer at ALL costs. I returned the first three S20's because after approx 1 week the printers wouldn't recognise the black cartridge as being compatable. This after printing maybe 3 sheets at the very most each time. I contacted Epson Technical Help and forcefully asked what they were prepared to do - they very reluctantly sent me another S20 on a collect and return basis. Today, it too has failed for exactly the same reason - black ink cartridge not recognised. This is the FOURTH printer which has exactly the same inherant problem. I will now attempt to get a refund before seeking a different printer. Dont say you haven't been warned. Come on Epson, come clean, admit it, this printer is an absolute disgrace! PS - one star is the minimum i can select, should be *ABSOLUTE ZERO* Please check other review sites to confirm for yourself.
The epson s20 is a fairly run-of-the-mill photo printer. It has neither direct photo-printing capabilities nor networking options, but is a useful a4 inkjet that can also print 6x4in photos.
Though not specifically marketed as a photo printer, the epson s20 has a solid driver setup that makes selecting the right combination of paper size, stock and inks a breeze.
Simple edits such as cropping and red-eye reduction can be done using the photo print software. This allows you to choose between borderless or full-page printers, and add borders and effects.
Photo printers are crisp, bright and vividly coloured.
The s20 isn't the most fully featured inkjet printer that is around, but it offers high quality photo and document prints, not to mention the very good value for money.
I would really recommend this printer to anyone looking for something simple and easy to print a few snaps and documents now and then.