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Epson S21 .Absolute rubbish from day one. never again
Every time power is removed it fails to recognise an ink cartridge or two or says the ink has run out.
This has happened lots of time and has cost me a fortune
Very unlikely I would say for the ink to coincidentally run out just at that time .
and it is very noisy
get a printer from a reputable manufacturer
Do not Buy. I want to throw mine a long way.
Epson no help they say their printeris OK. Look at the number of users reporting the same problem - do not buy Epson.
Never ever again . I can not afford it.
To say I am disgusted is an whopping great understatement.
Wake up Epson, your customers are not all wrong.
That would be impossible.
Admit it. You have cocked up big style with this printing machine .
I bought my printer on 21 Nov 2009 and sod's law.....it conked out today! Power to the printer, (tested with Avo) no indicating lights on! Leads tested ok, 'power on' switch feels ok, tested printer direct to mains ...zilch. Assuming the power (two pin) goes to the primary of a transformer, there is no circuit through the primary winding. My problem is following my birthday I have a stock pile of 10 Epson cartridges, plus 4 in the printer(which I have always used)............. How I get in to the blasted thing is another matter! So if I do not want to let the ink 'rot' in the garage I have to get another cheap S21! I bought the original one in Tesco.
The printer has served me well for 19 months in general everyday use.
My other one is a Canon Pixma Pro 9500 with ten inks.
Ah, well better start searching for another S21!!.....or some printer that uses the "Monkey" inks.
The worst printer I ever came across. Epson advertises that it has the cheapest ink around, but they only last ten minutes. To make matters worse you can't print in black and white if you're out of any coloured ink, and it constantly claims that genuine ink cartages are not, and this can happen even if your in the middle of a document. Oh it point blank refuses to let you print at all in this case. Awful. Just don't do it.
Same as everyone else, works for maybe 2 weeks then gives up, DONT BUY ONE
I understand that some people may have had no trouble with this printer. I have had the same problem, continuously. I am furious. When the printer worked, it was fine. It was very temporemental and stopped recognising compatible ink - even though it had worked for a month. So I bought original ink. It worked for about 2 weeks, stopped recognising the black. I got a new black. It worked, then the colours started giving up. I sent off for a new printer (the Epson people are very helpful - probably because the product is so shocking!!) - and that worked with the new, original ink, for about 2 weeks and has just given up on me again. Same problem - not recognising the ink.I am furious.Just don't risk it, it's a waste of time & money.
DO NOT BUY!like everyone says, it will soon stop working and Epson will not help you out.Get something from a better company.
Epson Stylus S21
Sometimes, the saying 'you get what you pay for' really does ring true, and in the case of this printer, this is exactly true. Although not eye-wateringly cheap, it certainly beats the price of many printers coming in at around £40 give or take depending upon where you buy it from. This is one of the reasons we originally bought it, though we have since been bought a new printer which is ten times better than this one.
The look of the printer is quite attractive. It is also quite compact compared to many other styles and so fits nicely where others do not. It is also very easy to set up via the USB connection and as soon as it is all plugged in, the computer generally recognises it and does the rest.
This is where the great praise stops. I don't like to complain too much as it is a great price, though it just has too many small problems that when all added together becomes rather annoying.
On one side, it has a handy four cartridge way of working which is usually more cost effective than just the usual two, though every time a new cartridge was bought I had to spend so long trying to get the darn thing to recognise it! It seems that I am not the only one with this problem either so it is not just me being slightly slow!
The printing is average. If you are not looking for professional print-outs then you might not have too much of a problem, though if using gloss photo paper, for example, (as I do with my photos) then the quality is not up to scratch. Marks are left on the paper like track marks and no matter how many times we run the clean on the printer, it doesn't seem to change it. We have also bought various types of photo paper to no avail. The photos are actually bold in colour which is a good point, though this proves useless with the marks left on it. Also, more often than not I had to help feed the paper through the printer as it would either not take the paper at all or take more than one and end up jamming. This is time consuming especially when you need to print off more than one sheet of paper, and very annoying. It is also quite slow at printing and boy does it make a noise!
The price is great for this printer, though with every positive thing about it, there is a negative to match which just proves that you get what you pay for with this. Photo quality is good if you like having marks all over your photos, and if you don't mind printing taking forever then perhaps you might not mind this printer, though for me it is a no no.
Did what everyone else says here. Worked for a bit and then fails to recognise its own cartridges. Rubbish product and I wished I had read the reviews before I purchased it. I used to like Epson printers, but will never buy another.
Usual problem, won't recognise genuine black Epsom cartridge supplied with printer, after print about 8 pages over 4 weeks. Epson may think they will sell many more cartridges by connecting it to the web. But if everyone reads the web they won't buy the printer in the first place. Good idea very poorly implemented. Anyone know a work around?
The same for me ! A few print, a black cartridge to change and the problem occurs... The magenta cartridge is not recognized. What a mess ! I only used genuine epson cartridge.... Second epson printer for me, previous was a stylus 810 and I can't even remember if it ever had printed correctly ! Bye Epson...
Do not buy!!! Had this product one week until the problem with cartridges developed, not recognising genuine epson branded and refusing to print. No idea why it hasnt been recalled and with epson only giving advice on how to check if the cartridges are in properly and refusing to acknowlegde the problem. Complete joke.
States that it can print 24 pages a minute? Well for the week it was working i would say an average of 4 , and thats just pages with text no images. Obviously pulled that figure out of the garbage bag that the printer came in, but maybe they meant blank pages who knows. Its loud too but for the price i wasnt expecting that much, even the number of pages it could print didnt bother me, but now that I own a large paperweight instead of a printer i cant really say the print quality is good.
I have owned epson printers in the past with no problems but after this disaster they have lost a customer for good and I only hope I save others from the same trouble that I have had.
Sorry Epson... FAIL!
I can understand some of the reviewers being upset about cartridges not being recognised, however i must disagree that this printer should be avoided. As a photographer I was looking for a cheap preview printer to test images so all I needed was seperate colour cartridges.
For £40 I couldn't imagine buying better quality prints, used with premium paper this printer will produce vivid, detailed prints time and again once the ink problem is sorted out.
For me that meant purchasing replacements from an 'inkredible' website that are a quarter of the price and the printer saw and used straight away.
Setup was very easy with my macbook, needing no additional software and integrating with the macs preferences seamlessly.
I am willing to forgive a couple of minor niggles as this printer is so cheap to buy and use, these are as follows...
On A5 (7x5ish) prints, the paper feed wheel seems to leave faint tracks on the gloss paper, like a tiny perforated line, this is no problem for most applications. You need to be looking for it to see it, but would mean no commercial use.
Also my printer is 3 months old now and i occasionally have to help the feeder when loading single sheets such as canvas or high gloss prints. This involves pushing the paper slightly from above, another thing that wont matter for most home use, but could get annoying for high volume printing.
Overall, for the money i would recommend this printer, after all the most important thing is the quality of the images, which are superb.
The Epson Stylus S21 is stylish and also compact. It is a great printer for producing professional-quality documents and it also prints photos. This printer is also incredibly cost-effective as it has four separate ink cartridges and so you only need to replace the one that's run out instead of some printers that come with a black cartridge and a colour. The probelm is that if one colour is used more regularly than others, you have to replace the whole thing, but not with the S21!
It has a USB port makes for quick and easy connection and my laptop recognised it straight away and it was very easy to set up. It has a print speed of up to 26 pages per minute, I do not know where they get this claim from. I find the printer slow and fairly noisy. I also find that sometimes the printer doesnt recognise one of the ink cartridges,I find the only way to sort this out is by turning it off and replacing the ink cartridge.
On the plus side, I do think it looks rather stylish, which is only something you can see as a positive if you dont use the printer very often.
The printer comes with the following information.
Speed : Up to 26 ppm in black & white Up to 14 ppm in colour
Resolution : Enhanced resolution reaching: 5,760 x 1,440 dpi on media compatible with RPM technology (Resolution Performance Management)
Supplied Software : Epson Web-To-Page (not compatible with Windows Vista, XP-x64 or Mac OS X) Epson Easy Photo Print
Overall this is a good printer at a very reasonable cost to purchase and run.There can be issues with ink cartridges not being recognised, though. If you dont print very often then this is ideal for you, because it can often be frustrating when you need one or two pages printed and you have to fork out £30+ for full colour range cartridge.
Like so many other reviewers I wish I had never bought this printer. It's the same old problem that so many other purchasers have had. After a short while it refuses to recognise the genuine Epson cartridges installed, which stops the printer from printing. The error message cannot be over-ridden and it seems the only solution is to install another new cartridge. There's no point though, because it seems the same fault will keep on happening.
Epson customer support must be aware of this issue and yet they fail to admit there is any problem with this product. If they had been prepared to be honest and admit to the problem I would have given them the benefit of the doubt, but their reaction - as much as the lousy reliability of the printer - means that I won't buy another Epson printer ever again. I am astonished that a company as big and as well-established as Epson would continue to market something which has resulted in so many dissatisfied customers. If they care so little about their reputation, they deserve to go bust.
after a few pages I couldn't get it to print. I decided that the cartridges supplied must have been almost empty. Fitted a replacement but it only lasted about 4 pages. I have also replaced the colour ones because they aren't recognised. I suspect that these cartridges are full but the printer thinks they're empty. Funny how one minute they're 100% and the next, they're 0% or faulty.Epson - get this problem sorted before your reputation goes down the U bend.