Summary: The printer works fine as long as all of the ink cartridges are full, but you can't print a black and white text document with two full black ink cartridges if any one of the color cartridges are empty.
Summary: I was just going to post this very comment! I've owned several Epson printers throughout the years and have always loved them to death - having had to replace those little workhorses periodically. The all-time favorite for me was the old 640. This is BY FAR the worst printer I have ever used.
Summary: After not using my Epson c120 for a while, I replaced all cartridges and tried to print. I had to clean the heads to get the colors to print, but the blacks never printed. In total, I cleaned the heads 5 times.
There are a number of significant issues with this printer...
11 May 2008
Summary: I doubt I would ever buy an Epson printer after owning this one; I've had it for several years now, and while the print quality is actually pretty good, there are significant issues with the unit and ink. 1.
Summary: I have owned the C120 for 2 months-- Problems; refused to share in a network, Epson refused help Will not print a punched [3 hole] paper. Epson did not include this info in specs, but told me so, when I complained just plain noisy Have not changed to 3rd party cartridges yet--expect problems, though...
Summary: I would not consider this printer under any circumstance. It will not operate if any one of the 5 cartridges are empty. It holds two black and three colors. Epson should be ashamed of themselves. All they care about is selling ink.
Summary: Epson has introduced self-sabotage chips to their machines if you use anything but OEM cartridges. The non-OEM cartridges don't work in my machine anymore. Not only that, this blasted thing wastes so much ink it's incredible.
Summary: UPDATE: discovered something else about this printer - every time it cleans the heads (done automatically - not by me) it uses up about 20% of the two black ink cartridges! I've printed fewer than 100 pages so far, and the two black ink cartridges are nearly empty.
Summary: Got this printer brand new in sealed box from a store liquidation sale for $21. Got two black replacement cartridges for $12. When I installed and tried to print, I got a "replace ink cartridge" message. It was showing that two of the brand new sealed cartridges were empty.
Summary: I bought this Epson C120 at Christmas 2007 whilst visiting Los Angeles. I had to remove the ink cartridges before flying home to Florida to avoid leakage problems, then continued using it at home in January.