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Hi all,
Decided to upgrade my scanner (no win 7 support), and to be honest it's only £16 extra to upgrade my printer to an all-in-one instead. I'm currently on a HP Photosmart D5160, it's been a great printer, really solid build quality, the cartridges last ages and print quality on text is fantastic and durable. But I've had it since 2006, and it lacks a scanner/copier.

I've never actually owned an Epson product, and have been looking at the following printer -
http://www.dixons.co.uk/gbuk/epson-s...35881-pdt.html

It prints on CD which is a really handy feature for me, my D5160 can do the same. It also has auto duplexing which would be very very handy. Reviews I have read on the web suggest it had decent photo printing quality but is very faint for black and white text, which worries me, as this is probably what I would be doing most of.

My questions are -
  • How do you find text quality on recent Epson printers? if possible can you suggest how it stacks up to HP (does it bleed when highlighted?).
  • Print costs don't seem fantastic, looks to me around the same as my HP, maybe a little more expensive considering I buy genuine cartridges off eBay.
  • How do you find the build quality?

Rest assured if I decide to go this route, my old printer will have a nice new home with a friend.

For £16 less I can just buy a standalone Epson scanner, the image resolution /quality is better going this route, but it takes up more desk space (which I need) and is hassle when things need just a simple copy.
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I don't really have an answer for your specific questions but just wanted to point out a couple things.

1. You do need to buy special CDs to print on.
2. Epson printers are regarded as the standard in the photographic world. I have an R1800 from a few years ago that simply cannot be beat even by the high end printers out today.
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I don't really have an answer for your specific questions but just wanted to point out a couple things.

1. You do need to buy special CDs to print on.
2. Epson printers are regarded as the standard in the photographic world. I have an R1800 from a few years ago that simply cannot be beat even by the high end printers out today.
Thanks for the reply
As for point 1, I have a couple spindles of CR-Rs and DVDs that are printable, as I said my current HP printer does a (half decent) job at printing on them.
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I've used Epson printers most of my life. And they've fuelled my hatred of printers.
In my experience, the ink cartridges don't last long, it frequently throws up errors and when one part stops working (i.e. printer) everything else is an absolute lady dog to use (scanner etc).
Also, there's something in a printer called an ink pad, which I believe is used to absorb run-off ink. They're supposed to last longer than the expected lifetime of the printer. Last Epson I had, which had minimal use, had filled up its ink pads in under a year and refused to work.
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I've used Epson printers most of my life. And they've fuelled my hatred of printers.
In my experience, the ink cartridges don't last long, it frequently throws up errors and when one part stops working (i.e. printer) everything else is an absolute lady dog to use (scanner etc).
Also, there's something in a printer called an ink pad, which I believe is used to absorb run-off ink. They're supposed to last longer than the expected lifetime of the printer. Last Epson I had, which had minimal use, had filled up its ink pads in under a year and refused to work.
Looked into it and the ink pads on this printer are easy to get to (and clean), and can be reset free with some software. However, I think I'll just pick up a separate scanner, my D5160 has its print head replaced every time I change the cartridge and cost per print is actually rather good compared to some of the more modern printers. Besides, if it ain't broke, don't fix it
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Looked into it and the ink pads on this printer are easy to get to (and clean), and can be reset free with some software. However, I think I'll just pick up a separate scanner, my D5160 has its print head replaced every time I change the cartridge and cost per print is actually rather good compared to some of the more modern printers. Besides, if it ain't broke, don't fix it
Those are the best IMO
I had a Epsom, and the head kept blocking
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