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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2012
The most dreadful printer ever!! I bought this printer for my grandmother thinking it would be easy for her to use; boy was I wrong. Mind you, this printer is hooked directly to the computer so I'm not even dealing with a wireless issue. Everytime the ink runs out (and it does often and quickly) it takes an act of God to get the stupid machine to recognize that there has been a new cartridge installed. Very often it will give a message that it doesn't recognized the Epson cartridges that are installed. Also, after you install new cartridges the ridiculous Epson screen will pop up and tell you that the printer is busy, making you think that it is actually doing something, but then it goes away without ever updating the ink levels. And when you click on the Epson icon to get it back the ink levels are still un-updated. Somebody needs to put together a video explaining the exact sequence of the cryptic restarts, buttons pushed, how many times to open and close the top and number of curse words needed to change the ink in this awful machine.

It is also rather hard to tell if the printer is even on sometimes. I still have no idea what the significance between the power light flashing vs. a steady light means. I used to think flashing meant that it was on stand-by, but I have seen it print an entire job and never quit blinking. I have also seen it print with the light not flashing. I am, however, positive that when the light is off then the printer is off.

So far I have had this three weeks and have only once seen it when the low ink light WASN'T flashing.

Horrible product! DO NOT BUY!!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
The printer does work nicely but the cost of the printer cartridges bothers me. This printer take 4 cartridges, new approx $15.00 plus shipping, remanufacture approx $9.00 each. The problem is 2 of the remanufactures cartridges failed and the printer will not work at all. Remember the starter printer cartridges that come with the printer only last about 2 week. so after two week you are look at a $32-60 bill to keep printing. Request you facture that in to your cost of ownership of this printer.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2012
I was very disappointed that you have to replace all the ink cartridges for this printer to work. What's the point in having separate cartridges then? I ran out of the 3 colors but the black still worked, but once the black ran out, I was forced to replace all of the cartridges in order to get it working again. I only wanted to use it as a black printer. I was also annoyed that the the black ink and the color ink cartridges cost about $10 less then the printer did and wish it would be cheaper. But, I am very impressed by the ease of set up and the beautiful prints that it prints out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
Do not buy this or any Epson product. As most people, I print primarily in black. But god forbid I want to print in black with the color cartridges are out! No matter what configuration I select through the properties and page set up, printing in black only is impossible due to Espon's "out of ink... click here to order more" pop up. There is no bypass to this and no avenue works. It is an absolute scam and Epson should be boycotted over this alone. HP is good but they install the auto software update that swamps your computer memory as a transparent background process. Wow, I must be a conspiracy theorist...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2014
Epson makes this printer as difficult and costly as possible to own.

1. The ink-notification software that comes with this is CONSTANTLY finding ways to ask you to buy new "Official Epson Ink Cartridges". telling you when they are even marginally low, even lower, almost out, and let's not forget friendly warnings that some day you might run out.

2. The ink cartridges themselves are incredibly small and overpriced for the amount of ink inside. Compare these cartridges to ANY other company and they are minuscule. Not to mention after 10 pages of color printing...BAM....see rule 1. Buy more ink!

3. Epson knows they are ripping off their fat, American consumers, so they put validation software in the driver that will not allow 3rd party cartridges to be used. Epson is basically saying "ONLY we can rip you off for ink!".

Oh, and I did not find out about rule number 3 until I had a critical meeting come up and it refused to allow me to use the 3rd party ink replacements I had bought weeks earlier. I was late, and had to have someone else print this out for me.

This printer is in the trash. I will NEVER buy another Epson product. Epson is far too greedy a corporation for my tastes. They can sit in their little corporate offices in Japan and dream up new ways to bilk their customers for ink and paper (official paper will be next I would bet), but I won't be one of them.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2012
Its the first day with thi printer....IT works Great

1) Has a WPS connect button which automatically connected to my router

2) It configured all the details by itself

3) Tried some wirelsss printing, All works well...Nice crisp and Good speed of Printing.

4) Downloaded the iPrint app for the phone,

5) Tried scanning a photo directly to the phone 300 Dpi scanned and received on the phone

6) Send the scanned photo to my mail to check if the feature works, Yupp it does!!

7) Checked the scan quality..Pretty good for the price..I have seen better but at the price i got it (under 40 $) nothing beats it.

8) Tried printing from evernote and Drop box...yupp that works too

That completes my testing....All in all a wonderful all in one printer for the price..

Higly reommended if you are looking for nothing fancy but just a neat way to print wirelessly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Previously had an Epson Stylus NX430, which worked quite well until the ink cartridge tray got stuck to the far right and wouldn't move. Bought the NX230 as a replacement based on my previous, generally positive experience with the NX430 -- along with the NX230's low price. I guess you get what you pay for: I'm not able to establish a wireless connection between my computer and the NX230 (as I did quite easily with the NX430), and the scanner feature doesn't work at all -- even with a USB connection (the USB connector wasn't included with the scanner by the way). I'll use the NX230 until I have the time and money to buy a replacement. But I definitely WILL NOT be purchasing another Epson product.

(I wonder if Apple makes printers . . . .)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
I wish I had seen all of the reviews on this product before purchasing it at Target. I thought it was a great deal at about $35. Based on my positive experiences with both an Epson Perfection V500 scanner and an Epson NX510 printer/scanner, I am an Epson fan, but the NX510 wouldn't print, just scan, so it needed to be replaced.

I had no problem setting up the wireless function, and it prints easy, but I have never experienced anything like the process of trying to simply replace ink cartridges! It is the least intuitive process I have ever seen. I wonder why Epson - a leader in the industry - would design and sell anything like this! I still don't have any idea how to get rid of the orange light - whether it is looking for paper or ink - or both, since they share the same button.

Save your money and frustration and buy ANY other printer than this one!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2012
This is the first Epson that I have ever owned and I am SO disappointed. It is constantly printing test sheets and wasting ink, it's a major pain to load paper- it never seems to sense when it's full, and the ink cartridges may be the cheapest, but that's because they don't last.
Beware this printer. I'll never buy Epson again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2012
I got my NX230 on sale at another retailer. So far I have to say that I'm loving it. I set the printer up on my Mac and it needed me to plug in the USB cable even though I chose wireless setup. Since there isn't a USB cable included in the box you might need one. I just used the power and USB cables left behind by my previous printer (an earlier model Epson that used the same plug type). If you've bought a printer in the last 5 years or so, odds are it used a USB connection so you'll probably just want to leave the end attached to your computer alone until you know if you'll be needing it or not. Setup on my other computers was all done over my wireless and was pain-free. It's worth mentioning that Amazon's default picture of the NX230 makes it look like there are wireless antennae standing up in the back. I notice mine didn't have any, and upon closer inspection of Amazon's picture, it was just the paper in the paper tray blending into the white background making the back support look like antennae.

One small problem I had was that the printer initially wasn't detecting the red ink cartridge. I know other people have reported having this problem as well. I was able to remedy the problem, for my case at least, by pushing down firmly on the cartridge while wiggling it a bit.

Printing time is a little longer than you would expect from a modern printer, but unless you're printing a lot of bulk jobs, it will only be a minor inconvenience at best. Despite the time, the finished prints look crisp and clean. Inkjet printers have a tendency to burn through ink like cray, and this one is no different. I usually change my print settings to the economy option to make it last longer, but the replacements can be found for under $20 at most places.

The scanner has great resolution and can be used wirelessly - unlike the standalone scanners I've owned in the past. One great feature is that you can scan from a smartphone and then save it to your phone to do with as you please.

Aside from the cartridge detection issue, the only other drawback is the mobile app. Aside from the scanning, I don't see how it can be useful. You can't print from apps that support the feature - only from within the Espon app. Anything that you would need to go into the Epson app to print can be printed from a PC, and since you can only use the printer from your local wireless network, you're most likely already at home and near the computer. From within the Epson app you have the option to print photos from the picture library on your mobile, any documents saved on your phone (thought I haven't figured out where they are supposed to be saved or how to save them yet, online storage (ie evernote, google docs, and dropbox), and from the web (through the included browser). If you use any of the online storage services you are going to be especially disappointed. Make sure you name your files very clearly because the preview is too small to make out any of the print, and is NOT resizeable. Unless you know exactly what you opened, you're printing blind.
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