Product Type: Epson inkjet printers
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A great little all in one!
Epson Stylus Sx235W All-In-One Printer
Member Name: Neo420
Epson Stylus Sx235W All-In-One Printer
Advantages: Cheap, very small and compact
Disadvantages: Slow print speeds + Flimsy build quality especially the input / output trays
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.
Summary: A bargain printer that does the job
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