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Stylus SX430W WiFi Printer Review
The latest small in range printer from Epson Stylus looks almost identical to the earlier reviewed SX435W machine. Being thirty-nine percent smaller than older models such as the SX400, the SX435W will appeal to a user with a small desk space, not to mention the environmentally aware. Also worth noting that the packaging has also been reduced by twenty-five percent!
The paper tray will hold around 80 sheets of standard A4 paper, and Epson list a 100 sheets x 75gsm thickness capacity. Being a rear paper tray allows you to use thicker paper media as it does not have to u-bend.
The 3.6cm colour LCD screen allows you to print without the need of a PC or Mac. You can insert an SD memory card into one of the ports on the front of the fascia then view and print! The SX430W will print borderless by adjusting printer property settings.
With a print resolution of 5740 x 1400 optimised dots per inch, the SX430W is capable of producing acceptable photographic quality and decent text and graphics. However quoted printing speeds of between 15 pages per minute for colour A4 and 33 ppm for A4 text are totally exaggerated, unless you are printing say one character on each page perhaps!
The A4 flat-bed CIS scanner has a resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi and is good enough for typical home users. The scanning resolution is not high enough for photographic enthusiasts though.
The Epson Stylus SX430W uses either Fox (T1281, T1282, T1283, T1284), or Apple Inks (T1291, T1292, T1293,T1294), multi-packs ranging from £30 and £45 respectively. The Fox inks in particular contain a small capacity of ink, so printing costs can be high if using genuine cartridges. The temptation will be to use compatible or refillable cartridges with this machine. If doing so it is important to buy premium quality versions that contain suitable Inks. Otherwise you could suffer from blocked nozzles and print heads.
This new printer model has no unique features or benefits but offers a cheap, all round printing solution for the modest user. This is not a heavy duty machine, making it unsuitable for frequent office use.
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