Hope you need a boat anchor. Because that is all it's worth... And an expensive one at that.
Nathan M. Grambau, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: Let me start out by saying this is my first ever review. I just really don't do these kinds of things. So it goes to show that I feel strongly enough to warn others not to buy this printer. If I could give it a zero I would. Let me start out by saying I am employed by a University with a photo and computer lab that has been using Epson printers for many years with great results. Until that is, we started replacing the workhorse 4800 series with this 4900 model.
Summary: DO NOT BUY!! There I said it. Worst Epson printer I've had. Clogs incessantly, impossible to clean head. Spent more money in wasted ink in cleaning cycles,power cleaning etc than actually printing. Even filled out maintenance tank and had to buy replacement. If you like to spend most of your time trying to get this printer to print rather than printing then this is for you. If you enjoy pain this is for you.
Summary: Bought this printer and has been noting but ink clogs. tried doing check patterns every other day, but sometimes I am gone for a few days. wasted more ink on trying to unclog but now 4900 wont unclog anymore. tried everything on web site paper towels with window cleaner etc. WE SHOULD START A WEB SITE FOR A CLASS ACTION AGAINTS EPSON. YOU GET NO HELP FROM THEM, THEY ABSOLUTELY SUCK.
Summary: The prints this machine can produce are outstanding, almost beyond comparison to anything else. Unfortunately, so are the problems that come with it. The printhead of my machine is essentially always clogged. The enormous waste of time and ink in cleaning it is unconscionable. The claim it is "Energy Star" compliant cannot account for the fact that fully 80% of the energy it uses is for cleaning.
Summary: I'd not buy the 4900 again. There appears to be no recipe (that I can find) that allows me to focus on printing - rather than problem solving with the 4900. As others have said, the output is very fine when coupled with good processing habits and accurate custom profiles. Head clogs and paper handling issues are, on the other hand, numerous and show stoppers - even in our shop where the 4900 rarely sits longer than 24 hours without printing in a 40-50% humid environment.
Summary: Very disappointed with the 4900. Although the output quality is excellent when working the continued clogging problem means that it is now unusable. We have been given costs to replace the maintenance system from the Epson dealers which is prohibitive due to the labour costs which are obscene in our view given the value of the machine.
Summary: If you must buy this printer it is a requirement that you buy the extended warranty. It makes beautiful prints when it makes prints but it will die around the 1 year mark, or before. You will not be able to clear the clogged nozzles as the power cleaning cycle only makes the matter worse. It will cost you as much to service it as to replace it. If you have any sense you will buy a Canon or HP printer.
Remember Office Space, where they destroy the fax machine?
25 July 2013
Summary: This printer inspires that level of loathing. I have two 4900s in the design center I supervise. Thank goodness I have two because one is usually broken. When the printers came out a few years ago, I happily and naively upgraded from the Epson 4800 - a workhorse of a printer. What a colossal mistake to assume since I never had problems with the 4800 (which I had for over five years) the same would be true with the 4900.
Summary: First off, the bad stuff. Do not buy this printer unless you are willing to assume the cost of maintenance, both in time and/or money. This is a heavy duty printer designed to be run hard day after day... don't think it's going to sit in the corner for two months and just start working again just because you want to print a birthday card.