I bought this printer to replace a rather old Epson one and I did not really think that their could be much improvement made on for how I use printers but I was pleasantly surprised by this device.
Much like its predecessor I found that it was incredibly easy and useful to have the whole house connected up to one printer over WiFi as it has stopped me having to take documents from one computer to another just to be able to print something out which can be annoying if there is another person using the computer you need on to play games on. As it is WiFi I can walk around the house typing away on my phone and print out documents on my printer or I can work on any computer in the house and do it to. It also only takes a few seconds for something to be printed after you have clicked print which I think is fantastic as I remember when printers took a good five minutes to print one page.
The print quality is up to an exceptionally good standard as whether I am printing out documents of text or photographs the quality is always crisp and either easily read or the colours are spot on. I have never had the ink jets jam in any of my Epson printers and this is probably because I always make sure to print something every month to keep the ink good.
The ink for this printer can be got rather cheap with a couple of sets of cartridges fetching in and around £20-40 on ebay which I feel that in the long run makes this printer very economy efficient if you are looking for a cheaper printer but also do a lot of printing out and do not want to pay loads for cartridges.
The scanner function works extremely well and is easy to set up as you just set the photo or piece of paper on the scanner area and then go to your computer and open the scan program that should have been installed with your printers drivers. This will then show on your computer whatever it is you have on the scanner area and allow you to save it to your computer. It only takes a couple of seconds to do this so you could literally scan five things in a matter of seconds to anywhere in the house which I think is fantastic.
For £299 I think that this is a brilliant printer for anybody looking for one. I will acknowledge however that you could get a good Epson printer for in and around £50 which would do most people if they are only printing out documents for things like school work and still get cheap ink.
It was a few months back when we decided to get rid of the single scanner and printer at home and take an upgrade for an all in one unit. Having had a couple of Epson printers in the past I thought it'd be a good idea to stick with what I knew and had relied on for years. Anyway without drilling in to my life too much I decided to order this Epson online costing over £150!! quite an extorsion really considering some of the range available now for less than half that price.
After getting the printer setup and inks installed I was ready to go within around 20 minutes from un-loading so not much time wasted with the setup process, I got it linked up with Windows 7 and drivers updated automatically without having to use the discs.
My first down-fall was that I had printed a few documents when I first purchased the device and then left it standing for a good few months after and then tried to print and realised my inks had all dried up, having contacted Epson they would not comply with replacing my damaged inks despite being received with the printer and only used for few print jobs so I wasn't to impressed when I had to fork out for a new set of inks when they should have being ready to use, not only this but the original cartridges again were a stupid price, and after seeking advice and trying to use immitation cartridges I found that the printer would not read them so an on-going waste of money in terms of ink.
The scanner works fine without issue, seems more logical to use the imaging software provided however works fine with 3rd party applications providing imaging drivers are installed correctly. Print quality is very good of this unit and when printing to glossy photo paper attracts even more effective prints, Its a hard call between quality and price as there is so much else available which is similar however for what I need it for its doing the trick I just need to keep an eye on the ink levels and remember to use the printer cleaning facility's more regular.
Cheaper solutions available but not bad for the average user.
Where do I start with this printer this is defiantly not a cheap printer to buy nor is it cheap to run, and the rate that it goes through ink is dam right silly its not economical at all.
The making of this printer seems to be poor the printer is made to be a scanner and photo copier so should be made so the top of the printer does not fall of in your hand after only a few times of using it. it is also made in such a way it is very hard to get the paper to sit straight in it so when you print things the lop sided.
The Wi-Fi connection is very poor, if I am not mistaken the idea of Wi-Fi is so you don't have to be right near the printer, well not with Epson SX235W and if you move house or change you internet provider then prepare to spend hours trying to reconnect you printer again.
In my opinion this is a very poor over priced printer only suitable for someone who has it sat in a corner and uses it from time to time, not if you have school or university work to print a lot.
A good bit of advice is always buy 2 lots of ink one to use ant the other as spare for when that on runs out or you printer does not recognise it as the ink is chipped and sometime it does not recognise genuine Epson inks.
I had to write this review as I read some of the others and was a bit concerned that people might think that this was a reliable printer. I wonder which printer or version they have as this one is the worst printer I have ever seen, and reviews of it elsewhere on the internet back that up.
This was bought as a Christmas present so do not know the price - seems to be about £40 in a sale. The main problem I had with this after I set it up ( and it set up very easily 10 minutes ) was connecting by wi fi and printing.
At first I connected okay and printed a very good copy in colour then after hours of messing around and reading and moving the computer I printed a few more copies then the indicator for the ink came up saying the the red or magenta was out. This was after just a few sheets, as the ink that is supplied is only a tiny bit to start you off which you are not told. You cannot print when one of the colours has gone unless you go to 'greyscale' so I used that and printed a few more sheets.
Then I swapped to using the usb instead of wasting hours with the wi fi flashing lights and it printed okay untill I had to replace the ink - the Epson ink was about £40 or so the price of another printer I worked out, so I had to try a cheaper brand although it says not too.
It took a few hours of messing around trying to get the ink recognised the it printed again for about 20 sheets and ran out of one of the colours ! I do not print anything anymore.
The scanner has worked okay, not great but it seems to work. The unit itself is creaky and plastic and feels cheap.
The ink has a special chip in it that recognises when it reaches certain level and that is not when the ink has run out, just when you cannot print anymore and have to buy more ink ! This can also be verified on the internet.
My advice - the devil is in the detail, how long does the ink last ? ( it doesn't ) How much does it really cost ? ( if you have to ask...) What are those special chips in the ink about ? Not designed to help you.
I decided to buy myself a printer when I started University as I had heard that printing using the University's facilities cost money and I thought it would save me a lot of hassle. After looking round I spotted this one for less than £40, fairly cheap for an all in one and I knew from previous experience that Epson was a good brand when it came to printing.
First impressions of the printer were that it was compact; it could fit quite nicely and neatly on a desk with lots of space for my laptop and other bits of bobs. It also looks smart, it's black all over with Epson written on the front. The buttons are all in one line with each one clearly indicating what they do via pictures/diagrams printed on the buttons. There are also lights which indicate when the printer is out of ink or paper so it's clear to you when these need changing. There's an extending tray at the base of the printer to catch the paper when it prints and this can be easily folded away when the printer is not in use to save space and accidently damaging the printer. The holder for the paper at the back of the printer can also be extended and put away when not in use.
As this printer is an all in one it can print, photocopy and scan features which I have made consistent use of. The printing although fairly slow when in top quality mode is of good quality and even prints photos of at a reasonable standard as long as you are using the best quality paper. The scanning also takes a while but this is expected and is the case with most scanners, this is also very good quality and because the device is WIFI compatible you don't need to plug a lead into your laptop or computer for the pictures/documents you have scanned to appear on your screen. The photocopying is very quick and can be done in black and white or colour.
The ink is easy to change, you press a button and the ink holder slides along showing you which ink or inks need to be changed, you then press that button again and the ink slides to a position in which you can change them and then a third press of the button slides the inks back into the correct position ready for printing.
I've found that the WIFI works really well with the printer and is a lot more convenient as you don't have to faff around with cables and you can also set up several computers/laptops to it and just print with the click of a button.
The one grumble I do have about this printer and Epson in particular is that the inks are so expensive, for a full pack it's more than the printer cost me in the first place. I have been able to find them cheaper online and there are cheaper alternatives not made by Epson but I've heard that these can damage the printer and don't want to risk it.
Overall a really good, cheap all in one but be warned that the inks are expensive.
I had previously used Epson printers for a number of years with fairly consistent results. When my last printer gave up the ghost, as they do after a few years of regular use, I bought the Epson Stylus Sx235W All-In-One Printer to replace it with. I chose this printer in store at my local Tesco because it was fairly cheap (around £40 at the time I believe) and it offered me everything I wanted from a printer and scanner.
When I first used this printer I was slightly surprised to find how much cheaper it looked and felt compared to other printers I've had from this brand and price range. The lid of the scanner was thin and weak and I'm surprised I managed to not break it during it's time with me! Equally I found the paper trays weak and thin, while the compartment that opens up to reveal the ink slots is actually quite chunky and awkward to move.
The buttons on this printer pull out and up at about a 45 degree angle. The idea being that if you have the printer on the floor, you can easily see the printer buttons without having to get right down on its level. In theory this is great, but in practice the illuminations around the button only serve to highlight that there's a button in that location - without using a lamp, learning the order of the buttons or just plain getting down on the floor, angling the printer buttons doesn't actually help you to use them.
The actual print quality was fairly good if not overly fast, for the duration of this printer's life, which for me was only about seven months. Scanning documents was always a bit of a faff though, as it's firstly difficult to align things without a thicker ridge to push the edges up against, and secondly it seemed to be pot luck as to whether I'd get a scan and print of the whole document, a chunk of it - or all of it but miniaturised to fit a quarter of the page. Allegedly there are options you can play with to stop this from happening but following all the instructions down to the letter did not stop these kinds of random print outs from occurring for me.
In this printer, I dared to use non branded ink cartridges. Epson insists this damages the printer for financial reasons but until I accepted the last software update from Epson (darn me for registering my product and accepting online updates) I had no problems using alternative inks in this printer. The quality came out fine, and using non branded ink cartridges doesn't really account for my weird scan experiences! After I accepted that final update, nothing I tried would let me print from this printer again, and considering all the hassle I'd had with the scan situations, and the fact I found this printer awkward to use anyway, I decided enough was enough and took it to my local rubbish tip - where it belongs.
I know they say that you get what you pay for, but I've not had this kind of experience with other Epson printers. In fact until I owned the Sx235W I was as loyal a customer as they come.
I recently purchased my Epson SX235W all in one printer and have been pleased with it from the start. I unpacked it and followed the simple instructions in the quick start guide and was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to get going.
Being the first printer I have connected to using wifi I wondered how easy this would be to set up and use. The cd which came with the printer guided me through this quickly and easily and I now have two laptops which connect to the printer as soon as I switch it on.
I also find the Epson Easy photo print and Epson scan software which came on the cd very handy and easy to use.
I have not used the original ink cartridges up yet so am not yet able to gauge how economical it will be which I think is quite an important consideration.
Based on my experiences so far I would certainly recommend this printer for copying ,scanning and printing and for it's reliability and ease of use.
I recently decided to upgrade my printer, as my last one was 12 years old, and was starting to need a lot more TLC just to get things to print. I decided I wanted my new one to be a wireless printer, so that I could print from my iPhone as well as computers, laptops, etc. My partner has an Android phone, so I wanted to make sure that any printer I purchased would be compatible with both phones.
I did my research online and I settled my mind on the Epson Stylus Sx235W. This is an all-in-one printer, scanner and copier with high speed wireless connection using a wifi network. I actually made the purchase in my local Ryman store as I saw they had it on a special offer, and it was what gave me the final push into buying it.
The printer is a black, slim, light unit which actually is quite surprising as I have always known the all-in-ones to be quite large and bulky. This fits nicely in the space where my old printer used to sit, and it has a lot more space around it than my old one did.
When I opened the box, I initially had a nightmare trying to get the printer out of the box, as it was so well packed and protected. Once you get the printer out, you will find all the parts and pieces you need, which include the main unit, the power cable, installation CD and 4 inks, along with the general paperwork you get with most printers.
The instructions that come with the printer are really simple to follow and I found this was a really quick and simple set up process for this printer. To use it with my laptop, I had to install the drivers from the supplied disc, but this is simple, as it pretty much does it itself once you let the program run. There is no USB cable supplied with this printer as you are meant to be using it wirelessly but there is a connection port for USB, should you wish to use it this way.
After peeling off all the protective tape and layers of plastic coating, you will find the power cable is in the front of the printer. I panicked at first as I did not think that the cable was in the box, but I soon found it just inside the front of the printer. To install the inks is quite simple, and I was actually impressed with the fact that the seperate cartridges will only go into the slot they are meant for. There is 4 different colour cartridges and these all click easily into place.
When you plug the printer in and turn it on for the first time, follow the simple instructions to start up the printer and charge the inks. This took about 5 minutes to finish the process and then it was all set and ready to go. Once the ink charging and set up process is complete, the printer will automatically print the test page to show you that the cartridges are charged and lined up properly.
I found it really easy to link my computer with the printer as the disc does the whole job for you, you just have to click yes once in a while! When it comes to printing, the printer responds really quickly to the printer and it is almost an instant start from clicking print. The speed of the printing is really fast too, and the quality is just amazing. I have printed general documents, and photos on special photo paper, and both have come out beautifully.
The scanning and copying functions are simple 1 touch processes and these are just as quick as the printing. You can even scan wirelessly through the iPhone or Android app. The app is official from Epson and it is called the Epson iPrint for iPhone and Android. From here you can print documents, photos and webpages straight from your phone. Android phones do not really even need the app, as they can connect to the wireless printer without it, but as the Epson one is not Airprint compatible yet, iPhone does need the app to use the wireless printing option.
I am actually very impressed with this printer, and I am very pleased that I decided to buy it. After looking around online, the best price I could find was around the £45 mark. Thanks to the sale in Rymans and a bit of student discount, I managed to get mine for £35 and I think I have paid a brilliant price for it, and it is well worth the money.
I totally recommend this printer, and if you are looking to get a wireless printer for your home, this one is a great one to get. It is simple to use and quick to set up, with a brilliant print quality and it won't cost you the earth to buy, or to replace the ink. I do not think you should even wonder about other ones, get one of these and I am sure you will love it as much as I do.
I give the Epson Stylus Sx235W a 5 out of 5 stars and I totally recommend it to everyone.
*This review is also on Ciao*
this is a small printer which is all in one. Printer, scanner and photos. I love this product as it is WIFI so it can be placed any where in the room and not necassary close to the computer/laptop. You can also connect it to your smartphone through the wifi.It was cheap to buy at only £38.99. It was very easy to install just pop the disk profided and follow the instruction which then provides a print a test sheet so that it shows it successfully installed and you also see the quaility. I havent yet used the photo printer as it takes around 9minutes to print on picture at A4 size. How ever the scanner is very fast and simple to use. The buttons are easy to press and it looks very stylish and sleek. When i purchased mine it also came with free ink which had easy to follow instructions to install which was very simple. When it is actually printing it is quite quiet which is handy.
I've owned a really wide range of printers over the last few years: Epsons, HPs, ink jets, laser jets...but I keep coming back to the Epson ink-jet range for two reasons: the excellent print quality, and the ease of use of the software interface.
I didn't actually purchase this printer: it was given to me by John Lewis in exchange for the totally execrable SX215 I had purchased from them. Retail price was around £35 which is a fair price: I certainly would not be prepared to pay any more for it.
I was pleased by how small the printer is: it takes up almost half the space of the previous SX215. It is also very lightweight and has a nice matt finish (I found the shiny SX215 looked too 'plasticy'). Power cable, installatiion CD and ink cartridges were included, but no USB cable - I am using the cable I bought with my first Epson model.
While the SX235W has lived up to my expectations in terms of print quality, I have to admit that in-store I was baffled that a wireless device would come at such a bargain price. It seemed too good to be true. And it was. The wi-fi function does not work. Because my printer is next to my computer I had no interest in using the wireless connection and this was not a selling-point for me, and for that reason it has not impacted my overall assessment of the printer, but if I had bought this expecting wireless connectivity I would have been sorely disappointed. And even though I have no need for the wireless connection, that doesn't mean it hasn't intefered with my printing. When first installing the printer I decided to try out the wireless connection. Two days and a lot of faffing around with configuring the wi-fi router in my home and changing various print and internet settings on my PC, I had it up and running. During this time I contacted Epson support via their website for advice and I have to say that they were utterly useless. There is no continuity of service so you do have to re-explain your problem to several different members of staff. They will try to redirect you to information on their website which of course you've already consulted and doesn't answer your question (else you would not have contacted support!). My memory's a little hazy, but eventually I fixed the set up issue by setting up a wireless network between my computer and printer using a wizard in windows and making sure that the new printer was set as a shared nework device - but nowhere in the instructions for the printer, on the Epson website, or in conversations with support was this simple fix described. However, that only worked for a couple of days - and then suddenly Epson's scanning software refused to open. Back to support who advised me to re-install the printer, which I did, losing the wireless connection I had taken such pains to set up! The scanning software would work with other user accounts on my computer, just not my own (administrator's) account, which was not something Epson had ever heard of (though a quick google search tells me it is a common problem) and which Microsoft eventually fixed for me. Now I only ever use it via USB - I'm not risking experimenting with the wi-fi again!
The only other problem is that the printer can be very slow to print large full-colour documents. But that's a minor quibble. Overall, I am very happy with the look, performance and cost of this printer, and relieved to be shot of the SX215.
Epson Stylus SX235W all in one WIFI printer
This is a black and very small all-in-one printer. This has to be the smallest all-in-one printer I've ever owned. It is much smaller than the CX3200 I used to own and which I have reviewed on here in the past.
== What's in the box? ==
The printer itself. It's dimensions are Height 145mm, Width 390mm, Depth 300mm and weight 4.1kg though it feels lighter to me than that.
4 ink cartridges - Magenta, Cyan, yellow and black.
Piece of paper telling you how to install the ink cartridges
Setup CD + user guide
The power cable which is bundled / attached to the inside of the printer. You have to lift the printer as if you were about to insert some new inks. It is quite tricky to remove as it is cello taped to it and the front tray is also cello taped. I suppose this is so nothing is damaged during transit. I think they over did this though. For a while I thought no power cable had been included and it was fiddly to remove all the cello tape and pieces of cardboard and Styrofoam placed around the printer.
== Setting up the printer ==
There is no USB cable included but I had one from my old printer which I was able to use.
This printer has no LCD screen. It just has a single row of buttons along with LEB lights which I find easy to use. Left to right, the buttons are:
WI-FI button - to start a WI-FI connection
The next button prints a network status sheet
The next button is to do a Black and white photocopy and the one after that is for colour copying and if you press these both at the same time then it will do a scan and save a PDF on your PC.
The last button is a cancel button to stop printing or copying.
== Software and drivers ==
Installing the software and drivers was simple enough. I just inserted the setup CD into my drive and clicked on the run setup program when the auto run menu popped up. I had the chance to choose what I wanted to install but I chose the default settings which were to install all the drivers, help documents and photo editing / OCR software.
It then took about 10 minutes or so for it to install all the software and drivers.
Towards the end of the setup procedure, it asks you whether you want to connect the printer to your PC via USB or WI-FI. I chose USB.
It comes with OCR software. It is called Fine Reader. I prefer to use Omnipage but this is a software I have heard good things about and it is nice to have this included. I think it may be a stripped down version but even so. It is version 9.0.
I have not tried this myself but I have read that for smartphones, there is an app called Epson iPrint that can be used to print documents from your phone.
== Hardware ==
Whenever you put inks in, it takes a while for it to charge them up. It took about 4 minutes to recharge the inks I put in that came with this originally.
I printed out a colour photograph to test if it worked. It took about 5 minutes which is extremely slow. Though I have printed black and white text since then and that seems to print out much faster.
I do find this much quieter than my Epson cx3200 and other printers I have used in the past. My eyesight isn't too good and I have to concentrate harder with this to hear what it is doing. There is no LCD display on this either. It doesn't bother me but some people may not like this. You can access most of the features from the Epson software on your PC and there are also LED lights on the printer itself for example to show if the Y-FI is turned on.
I have found that this scans faster than my old Epson CX3200. It takes between 10 to 20 seconds to scan a page of text I would say. Although, it displays an error message on my PC if I try scanning and the printer is not turned on. I have to click past that and then it will automatically turn it on if it has been switched on at the mains and start scanning.
== WIFI ==
This function seems to work as advertised. I have tried installing the Epson software onto a second PC that has wireless capability and I was able to print from it. It takes it a while to start printing. You need to press the WIFI button first on the printer to be able to use this feature though.
== Price and availability ==
I bought this from Argos for £38.98 and I know that this is currently selling for £39 in Asda also. It's RRP is £79.99, however, to me this seems overpriced. The general build quality seems a bit flimsy. I think the price I paid for it was reasonable but I wouldn't want to pay any more for it. Both the trays to hold the plain paper and to hold printouts are made of very thin / cheap plastic. I feel it could easily break with a little pressure.
== Summary and recommendation ==
I would give this 5 stars. It would be suitable for someone who doesn't print often and does not require fast printouts. The current price is exceedingly cheap. It looks good and doesn't take up any space at all on my desk.
It has WIFI so you can print from a computer in a different room if you need too. Finally, the compatible ink cartridges are not as cheap as ones I have purchased for other printers, but they are still affordable. I bought 10 compatible ink cartridges for this for £14.