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Initial Struggles Soon Fixed
on 6 January 2012
Well, just bought this SX535WD and here's what I think:
This was bought to replace my previously excellent SX425 (which was given to my granddaughter for school work). The software installed and the printer worked straight out of the box - but not for long.....
Started having a persistent problem with my Laptop not being able to see the printer via my BT HomeHub 2. Of course assumed this was a firewall problem, although during installation an option is given (and must be taken) to allow the Epson programs through. To cut a long story short the fault was mine and mine alone....
I hadn't completely removed and uninstalled all drivers, printers and software from my previous SX425. So I performed a system-restore (Windows 7) to before installation of the 535 and set about it. Removed all traces of Epson from my Laptop - reinstalled the 535 and have had perfect performance thus far.
The points below are from the perspective of a former owner (me) of an Epson SX425.
*Paper tray means reduced 'headroom' needed for the printer (I just slip it forward a touch when scanning).
*New shape (no sloping panels - all under scanner-lid's footprint) greatly reduces how much dust this printer catches.
*Screen/control 'flap' opens nicely and seems sturdy enough.
*Installation very quick and easy (my above mistakes notwithstanding of course!).
*WiFi range and connection works perfectly all over my house and connects in about 10 seconds.
*It's considerably faster AND quieter than the SX425. (especially the paper transport).
*Scanner works perfectly and quickly (at least as fast as SX425 but haven't really compared this).
******* The double-sided printing works like a dream, is fast and very useful indeed - no more waiting for the first sides, turning the paper, putting it back into the (upright) paper-rack (of the SX425) and waiting all over again with seriously crossed fingers. This feature works perfectly and is definately worth buying this model for.
Reservations (couldn't really call them dislikes):
*The scanner 'lid' is a bit flimsy and flexes a little too much I think, although so far this hasn't affected any scans in any way - just a personal feeling really.
*The paper tray has sliders that position the sheets centrally in the tray and they seem a bit flimsy. They look like they may be a little awkward when using smaller papers than A4 (envelopes for example) - but I haven't tried this yet.
The above is only my experience after light use of this printer but should hold true if my previous SX425 is anything to judge by.
Oh yes - put an SD card from my camera into the slot (front bottom left) and the printer 'loaded the photos' immediately. The SD appears as a network drive on my PC and can be written-to and read-from with no problems - worked fine.