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It has little SX appeal but it does the job


Cheap machine, cheap ink, easy to use even if you're a moron

Paper jams, noise, slow printing

Recommendable Yes:

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Ease of useEasy


Range of extra features / functionsExcellent

Instruction manualGood

Manufacturer SupportGood

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

I canít imagine many people will be interested in this review but times are tight so Iím 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 Ė 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 didnít have any because they donít 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 storyÖI trotted off home and left the printer in my hallway for approximately 4 weeks because I couldnít face setting it up Ė 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 wasnít 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 Iíd thrown them during my paddy. Youíve probably realised that I donít 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 Ė yay, go me:

Unwrap each one and remove the taggy thing.
Open the cartridge section and wonder at how youíre 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 Ė magenta, cyan, yellow and black so that makes it a little easier on the pocket when the colours run out individually Ė particularly good for me as my business logo is red and black thus I havenít had to replace yellow or blue yet. Even better is the cost of these cartridges Ė 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 Lexmarkís £40).

Obviously the price of the cartridges is irrelevant if the Lexmarkís last twice as long but they donít Ė at first I wasnít that impressed since it wasnít 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 youíre using it for general document/essay printing thatís mostly black characters I imagine it would be much more economical. Youíre 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 Ė place document in the x-ray section and press the copier symbol. I have to confess Iíve 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 doesnít matter how many pieces I put in the bloody thing Ė it always says paper fault and requires the feeding of one piece through before anything can carry on. Maybe thatís 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, Iíve not tried cramming 20 of them in.

Itís a pretty attractive piece of kit Ė when youíre 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 Iíve no idea where Epson have got their figures for printing speed from but they lie Ė it usually takes about a minute to print one of my contracts which is essentially a massive empty table so shouldnít 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 Iíve printed it was more like 3 mins.

Which brings me to qualityÖnow the Lexmark wasnít particularly impressive but photos passed inspection when printed on quality paper. The Epson would fail my motherís high standards but luckily Iím not so picky Ė the colours are less vibrant than the otherís Iíve printed off but hey, what do you expect for £25. For average everyday printing this printer is great Ė a must for students on a budget or for home business use. It doesnít have wireless but since the Lexmark never worked I donít miss what Iíve never had. Itís compatible with most operating systems so grab yourself a bargain (well, a better bargain than I did) but donít expect too much: itís 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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lukester0304 16.05.2012 17:00

I also have one of these printers, I pretty much agree with everything you put. Good review :)

greenierexyboy 24.01.2012 20:50

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 23.01.2012 13:55

Great review - entertaning as well as useful. x

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A compact all-in-one printer offers cost-effective printing through the use of individual ink cartridges. This styl...


MPN C11CB54302, C11CB54302CK, C11CB54301
Device Type Printer / copier / scanner
Printing Technology Ink-jet - colour


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)

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