Summary: I had been relying on an manufacturer that supplied me sponge-type refillable cartridges and their inks (for refilling) for about 3 years. To my disappointment they announced they had reformulated their ink. I believe in mixing ink formulation is "bad" for printer. Typically would be easier to clean out the existing refillable cartridge, but cartridge have sponge, which means a lot of effort and money (for cleaner) to clean ink out.
This printer seems to have some problems, Not reliable
4 September 2007
Summary: I would not buy this product again. This product looks good and is advertised as a good reliable inexpensive printer. It seems to have a very short usable life. It was a mistake to purchase it in the first place.
Summary: Ink too expensive because the printer refuses to print when one cartridge is maxed out (it counts the letters, evidently)I filled mine with 3 full colored ink cartridges, and the ink went down the same rate as the black, even though I never printed color.
Excerpt: You have probably read the earlier reviews telling you how good the Epson CX5200 is for printing and scanning, but just wait till your 12 month warranty runs out and thats when the fun will begin. This printer is gauranteed to break after 1 year. Just Google "Epson CX5200 error" and you will find tons of complaints for this printer.
Pros: If you are intending of buying a new printer every year then buy the Epson CX5200
Cons: So many problems with this printer . Just Google "Epson CX5200 error" and read for youself .
Excerpt: I've had this all-in-one for a few years now. Bought it for a graphics projects, for which I had to do a lot of printing. Overall this is an excellent printer for everyday things, and the regular user. ---Some specs (according to manufacturer): 22 pages per minute black 11 pages per minute colour 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi printing 1200 x 2400 dpi scanning Copy speed 15 pages per minute USB connection, PC and Mac compatible System requirements: Microsoft® Windows 98, Me,...
Pros: high res scanner, high dpi printer, one touch copying, good level of control from the printer
Cons: Long time to charge ink, photo prints aren't great, BestPhoto rpm takes ages
Excerpt: Summary of Features A4 Scanning, Printing and Copying for the home or home office Approx 22ppm in black A4 text memo pattern (economy mode) Epson DURABrite Inks for plain paper printing, fade resistant up to 70 years*, waterproof and smudge resistant High speed standalone copy solution High quality, 1200dpi scanning 22ppm high speed printing 5760 optimised dpi for true photo quality output Money saving separate ink cartridges Epson Stylus CX5200 RRP ex Vat £169.36...
Pros: compact enough for most spaces, multifunctional
Cons: Can be complicated when using the display on the printer, sounds clunky when it starts
Excerpt: I have had my CX5200 for a couple of years now. For the first six months I was very happy with the quality of the prints it produced but then it started to deteriorate and now (despite going through the easy to use head cleaning procedure) it is only fit for printing out very rough reference pages and I seldom try to print in colour as this is always poor quality.
Excerpt: I have been using my Epson Stylus CX5200 for over two years, and I want to write about what good quality print-outs I get from it. It produces such good results, when scanning and photocopying documents, that friends always comment, 'Wow, your printer's really good'. My printer not only prints, but scans and photocopies too. Anything I photocopy, even photos, come out very nicely Background The printer cost about £150.
Pros: Fantastic print quality of photos + documents, both printed, and scanned ones !