Epson Stylus Color 680 Review

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Epson Stylus Color 680
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Pete.'s review of Epson Stylus Color 680

“This Epson Styluis Color 680 inkjet printer is a nice...”

★☆☆☆☆

written by Pete. on 25/10/2002

Good Points
Worked well when new.

Bad Points
Uses excessive amounts of ink.

General Comments
This Epson Styluis Color 680 inkjet printer is a nice looking piece of kit and I was very happy with it for the first three or four months. However, it uses very expensive ink at a very high rate even when not being used for printing. At first I left it switched on all the time. However, this meant that every time I started the computer the printer tests itself and uses some ink, even if it isn't used for printing. Most of my printing is black only, but the colour cartridge goes down rapidly even when it's not been used.

In less than two years of very light printing use it has consumed three colour cartridges and three black cartridges. These cost nearly £30 (for one colour and one black) from the Cartridge Club; genuine Epson cartridges are approximately twice this cost.

I wish I'd known about this before buying. I would not recommend this printer, and would certainly not buy this brand again.

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59150_Wac.'s Response to 46117_Pete.'s Review

Written on: 19/12/2002

you can get ink for this printer from www.inkcycle.co.uk
Epson T017 Compatible Black £ 4.75
Epson T017 Compatible Black (6 Pack) £ 24.50
Epson T018 Compatible Colour £ 5.39
Epson T018 Compatible Colour (6 Pack) £ 28.26
this makes this printer very cheap to run, and I have used these inks myself and they are fine.

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147591_Jk147A1875's Response to 46117_Pete.'s Review

Written on: 14/03/2004

Head cleans are under your control. The noise that you can hear when an Epson Printer is switched on is not the gushing torrent of half of your inks flowing away but instead the rollers of the paper feed performing their own checks. It is true that Epson printers are designed to keep themselves moist so that the nozzles do not suffer from blockages, and that they use their ink to do this, but other than the initial charge this constitutes very small amounts. If you switch your Epson on and off with your PC then yes you will use up your ink more quickly and therefore your costs will be higher. Epson printers are always at the forefront of printing technology and are valued and admired by professionals for their quality, durability and efficiency. I believe that by deliberately targeting domestic users with printers that are merely make weights in a deal for a PC is the wrong thing for Epson to do. Epsons should be cherished and cared for as a piece of remarkable engineering not abused and left to gather dirt, dust and then blocked up terrible cheap low grade ink more akin to petrol. If you bought a great car would you run it on rubbish oil?

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Sid Few's Response to 46117_Pete.'s Review

Written on: 16/02/2004

I purchased an Epson Stylus color 800 some time ago. It behaves in the same way, using a lot of ink even when not printing. I'd love to find a way to stop the print heads purging every time I want to print a page. Any ideas out there? I wouldn't buy another Epson printer unless head purging was under my control.

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