Epson Printer Customer Reviews

By: James Kara Murat

The customer reviews for Epson printers vary from too bad to very good. Customers have widely different views regarding the performance, speed, print quality, durability and reliability of Epson machines. Most of the compliments are about the remarkable print quality and colors of Epson inkjets. An example is the review written by D. Childress from San Diego which says that "The 1280 is destined to be a great workhorse printer as the high resolution print quality is superb and the durability is excellent." Yet another customer G. Marshall from Searcy writes that "The Epson 1280 is one of the best inkjet printers on the market today."

Many reviewers have rated certain models of Epson as five star machines owing to the fact that the print quality is worth the ink costs and is comparable to the lab quality print outs. Epson machines are often praised by the customers for sharp colors and effective usage in printing photographs, technical drawings and graphics. Another compliment that an Epson machine receives very often is its excellent paper handling mechanisms.

Machine settings work perfectly well and are easy to apply. Epson Stylus Photo 1280 Inkjet Printer is believed to produce prints that are better than all laser jets. Many customer comments say that Epson machines are remarkably fast and reliable. Quite a large number of customers have appreciated in their online comments that Epson machines are quiet and smooth in their operation.

In spite of a large number of compliments, there are certain critical reviews about Epson printers as well. While an Epson machine produces excellent large format prints, it is not considered very suitable for printing small format prints. When printing small prints, it produces blurry results and false colors.

The most common complaint against Epson is the excessive ink costs and extraordinarily large consumption of ink. Many customers have criticized the fact that certain Epson models allow no other ink cartridge to be used except those manufactured by the company itself. A reviewer called Maurice from Maidenhead states in her critical review of Epson CX6600 that "I've sworn to never buy an Epson printer as company has tried to prevent third party cartridge competition via use of proprietary chip in their printer cartridges." Customers have complained that large amounts of ink are wasted in cleaning the nozzles whenever ink is put in.

Customers have generally complained against the fact that an Epson machine needs high maintenance. Certain Epson machines are criticized for creating a smell in the surroundings if used continuously for long durations. The sponge employed for absorbing extra ink often fails to fulfill its purpose well, and gets stuck into the wheels.

In short, the customer reviews about Epson printers vary widely in their nature, ranging from one star to a five star rating. The nature of comments also varies from one model to another.

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