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Epson SX130

A compact all-in-one printer offers cost-effective printing through the use of individual ink cartridges. This stylish printer, scanner and copier is ...

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Review of "Epson SX130"

published 22/01/2012 | rolletrog
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Pro Cheap machine, cheap ink, easy to use even if you're a moron
Cons Paper jams, noise, slow printing
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"It has little SX appeal but it does the job"

The dogs wanted to get in on the picture - hence the mud prints on it.

The dogs wanted to get in on the picture - hence the mud prints on it.

~~*~~*~~ Epson SX130 ~~*~~*~~

I can’t imagine many people will be interested in this review but times are tight so I’m writing about my printer. Yawn.
I used to have (well I still do until I can be arsed to put it on ebay) a Lexmark all-in-one thing – it was fine for the job but was never wireless and the cartridges were £20 ish so when I went into my lovely local printer shop and they didn’t have any because they don’t agree with Lexmark, I did start to wonder whether it had been the cheap purchase I originally thought. Basically, after some salesman persuading, I purchased the Epson SX130 for £40 including ink. Bargain, or so I thought until I started writing this and found them on Amazon for £25 including postage. Dammit.

Anyroad, back to the intriguing story…I trotted off home and left the printer in my hallway for approximately 4 weeks because I couldn’t face setting it up – eventually I forced myself to do it:

Open box and drag printer from those annoyingly tight polystyrene things that require you to place your foot on the box and heave.
Plug printer in.
Insert disc into laptop.
Search the box for the printer to laptop USB cable thing.
Swear profusely thinking the lovely salesman has ripped me off.
Read box and realise the cable is sold separately.
Swear profusely at the ineptitude of Epson.
Go upstairs and retrieve cable from old printer.
Exhale when the old cable fits new different brand printer.
Follow the installation CD (basically click yes to everything).

It wasn’t that hard to do in the end and I am a bit of a simpleton. However, I must reiterate that there was no USB cable. Really? Apparently most printers come like this now but I think Epson are cheap gets. Little rant over.

With the printer now installed and resting precariously on the arm of my sofa as this was the only spare plug I obviously had to test its capabilities. Then I noticed the ink cartridges lying on the floor where I’d thrown them during my paddy. You’ve probably realised that I don’t read things after the cable incident and nor did I learn my lesson where it came to installing the cartridges but I still managed it – yay, go me:

Unwrap each one and remove the taggy thing.
Open the cartridge section and wonder at how you’re supposed to fit a cartridge in at such a random angle.
Press the ink icon button and marvel at the way the cartridge holder moves into the right position allowing you to insert the cartridge of your choice.
Marvel even more at the fact that when an ink is low the cartridge section moves into the right position for that particular cartridge all by itself.

I suppose this makes little sense until you understand that there are four cartridges – magenta, cyan, yellow and black so that makes it a little easier on the pocket when the colours run out individually – particularly good for me as my business logo is red and black thus I haven’t had to replace yellow or blue yet. Even better is the cost of these cartridges – you can either pay about £8 for the official version or £3.99 for a cheap compatible one (exactly the same ink just not branded). Or even better get the multipack of all the inks for £15.99 (much better than Lexmark’s £40).

Obviously the price of the cartridges is irrelevant if the Lexmark’s last twice as long but they don’t – at first I wasn’t that impressed since it wasn’t long before I was going back to the shop for replacements, however the salesman informed me that the included inks are rarely full and it would appear he was right since the new ones have lasted a lot longer. I print a lot of labels with block sections of red and black on so I really go through the magenta but not as quickly as when I used Lexmark. So if you’re using it for general document/essay printing that’s mostly black characters I imagine it would be much more economical. You’re alerted to the fact that one particular cartridge is running low by a flashing light on the printer and by your computer asking you to check the ink levels so you know exactly which one is low.

The copier part is an absolute piece of cake to use – place document in the x-ray section and press the copier symbol. I have to confess I’ve never used the scanner but it says it only requires one button press and I believe it. I have one major gripe with this machine and it doesn’t matter how many pieces I put in the bloody thing – it always says paper fault and requires the feeding of one piece through before anything can carry on. Maybe that’s just my machine but it annoys the pants off me. It supposedly holds 100 sheets at a time but mostly I use expensive label sheets and at the risk of poor feeding resulting in wasted ink and labels, I’ve not tried cramming 20 of them in.

It’s a pretty attractive piece of kit – when you’re not using it the paper feeder and paper tray fold back in on themselves leaving a neat shiny black box and measuring in at only 436 (W) x 304 (H) x 150 (D) it is a neat little machine. It is a fairly noisy bugger when it gets going and each time it faffs around the dogs are awoken from their slumber. It takes bloody ages to get going when you initially turn it on and I’ve no idea where Epson have got their figures for printing speed from but they lie – it usually takes about a minute to print one of my contracts which is essentially a massive empty table so shouldn’t take that long but Epson reckons that it will print colour pages at around 15 pages a minute. It does confess that colour photos will take around 93secs to print and for the one photo I’ve printed it was more like 3 mins.

Which brings me to quality…now the Lexmark wasn’t particularly impressive but photos passed inspection when printed on quality paper. The Epson would fail my mother’s high standards but luckily I’m not so picky – the colours are less vibrant than the other’s I’ve printed off but hey, what do you expect for £25. For average everyday printing this printer is great – a must for students on a budget or for home business use. It doesn’t have wireless but since the Lexmark never worked I don’t miss what I’ve never had. It’s compatible with most operating systems so grab yourself a bargain (well, a better bargain than I did) but don’t expect too much: it’s good for the money.
Should you need any help with setting up, troubleshooting etc try - it probably won't help but you do get 1 years warranty so it's worth a try before you take it back to the shop.

Thanks for reading.
Review will most definitely appear elsewhere.

Caroline, Pig & Puddle
January 2012

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Comments on this review

  • lukester0304 published 16/05/2012
    I also have one of these printers, I pretty much agree with everything you put. Good review :)
  • greenierexyboy published 24/01/2012
    From someone in the industry (well, IT anyway)...yes, most printers are sold sans cable these days but that doesn't make it any less greedy.
  • Graygirl published 23/01/2012
    Great review - entertaning as well as useful. x
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Product Information : Epson SX130

Manufacturer's product description

A compact all-in-one printer offers cost-effective printing through the use of individual ink cartridges. This stylish printer, scanner and copier is the ideal choice for home users and students who need a compact all-in-one that can print, copy and scan at an affordable price.

Product Details

Product Description: Epson Stylus SX130 - multifunction printer ( colour )

Device Type: Printer / copier / scanner

Printing Technology: Ink-jet ( colour )

Inkjet Technology: Epson Micro Piezo - 4-ink

Max Printing Speed: Up to 28 ppm (mono) / up to 15 ppm (colour)

Max Printing Resolution: Up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (mono) / up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (colour)

Scanning: 600 x 1200 dpi

Original Size: A4 (210 x 297 mm) (max)

Original Type: Sheets

Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm) (max)

Media Type: Envelopes, plain paper, photo paper

Standard Media Capacity: 100 sheets

PC Connection Availability: Yes

PC Connection: USB

Power: AC 230 V

Dimensions (WxDxH): 43.6 cm x 30.4 cm x 15 cm

Weight: 3.9 kg

Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Manufacturer: Epson

Printing / Max Printing Speed Colour (ppm): 15

Printing / Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm): 28

Office Machine / Printing Technology: Inkjet

Office Machine / Printing Output Type: Colour

Office Machine / Type: Printer / copier / scanner

Long Name: Stylus SX130

Pricing Type: Promo


MPN: C11CB54302, C11CB54302CK, C11CB54301

Device Type: Printer / copier / scanner

Printing Technology: Ink-jet - colour

PC Connection Availability: Yes

PC Connection: USB


Inkjet Technology: Epson Micro Piezo

Nozzle Configuration: 90 nozzles (black), 29 nozzles (per colour)

Max Printing Resolution: Up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (mono) / up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (colour)

Max Printing Speed: Up to 28 ppm (mono) / up to 15 ppm (colour)

Ink Cartridge Configuration: 4 cartridges (1 each: cyan, magenta, yellow, black)

Ink Palette Supported (Colours): Cyan, magenta, yellow, black

Colour: 4-ink

Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 4 pl

Ink Type: Epson DURABrite Ultra inks


Scan Element: CIS

Optical Resolution: 600 x 1200 dpi

Document & Media Handling

Max Original Size: A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Original Type: Sheets

Max Media Size: Legal

Supported Media Type: Envelopes, plain paper, photo paper

Supported Media Sizes: ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm), A5 (148 x 210 mm), B5 (176 x 250 mm), A6 (105 x 148 mm), 100 x 150 mm, 130 x 180 mm

Standard Media Capacity: 100 sheets

Speed Details: Printing : up to 28 ppm ( A4 ) - B/W ¦ Printing : up to 15 ppm ( A4 ) - colour ¦ Printing : 93 sec ( 10 x 15 cm (4"x6") ) - photo


Interfaces: USB

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later

Software Included: Epson Event Manager, Epson Easy Photo Print, ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint, ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Sprint for Mac


Voltage Required: AC 230 V

Power Consumption Operational: 14 Watt, 12 Watt


Consumables Included: 1 x Cartridge ( black ) ¦ 1 x Cartridge ( cyan ) ¦ 1 x Cartridge ( magenta ) ¦ 1 x Cartridge ( yellow )

Compatible with Windows 7: "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Pricing Type: Promo

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Sound Emission: 37.6 dBA (operating)


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