Epson XP30 Printer,
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This review is from: Epson Expression Home XP30 Compact Single Function Printer (Accessory)
I bought this printer to replace my aging Epson Stylus C600 whose black ink jets had passed their best. I wanted a small light printer for printing letters etc. as I already have a large Epson printer with scanner for doing the more demanding tasks. For this general purpose work I find the printer very suitable and would recommend it.
* It’s cheap,
* It has a small footprint,
* It’s light,
* It could serve as a portable printer
* It has acceptable print quality,
* The ink cartridges for black, cyan, yellow and magenta are available separately.
• It has no Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity built in. It can be used with a Bluetooth adapter, but then it is not possible to read the ink level status and a USB lead needs to be attached occasionally to check the ink levels.
• The fact that the genuine Epson ink costs around £10 more than the printer supplied with ink is somewhat irritating. If the printers were plentiful (and I think this is an obsolete design now), it would be cheaper just to buy a new printer each time the ink was used up.
• It does not feel solidly made.
Some points to note:
The printer is packed very close to the lid in its carton, so be careful when cutting the box open that you do not scratch the printer (like I did!)
The printer has no USB lead provided.
My printer arrived with a 2 pin-continental mains plug, so you may need to buy a replacement mains lead or adapter. The printer takes several amps, so a shaving adapter with a 1 amp fuse is not suitable.
The setup instructions are very brief. At one point after loading the ink cartridges, the instructions say: “Do not connect the USB cable until you are instructed to do so”. This is not clear as the user is not instructed as such. It appears that the user needs to watch for the green on-off switch to stop flashing before connecting the USB cable.
If the additional software is not required, it is possible to just load the driver and set it up manually by drilling down to the Setup.exe files in the driver folders (32-bit or 64 bit) on the supplied CD