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“The Epson Stylus Color 680 has the potential to be a...”

★☆☆☆☆

written by abdnray on 18/02/2006

The Epson Stylus Color 680 has the potential to be a good printer! The print quality is clean and sharp, and the print program enables the user to expand the print area to as little as 3mm borders all round on an A4 or letter page size, which is good when photocopying books or texts. Alas, it is let down by frequent paper feed problems. It feeds multiple sheets of paper, and jams. The print cartridges need frequent charging, which prompts the feed rollers to turn in reverse, pulling previously printed media back into the printer, fouling print heads and smearing inks across rollers and printer parts. Multiple sheets of paper (two to six, or more, sheets at a time) are frequently drawn in by the printer causing jams or fouling of print heads.
Consequently, it is impossible to trust the printer to simply print as expected. It needs to be supervised for every sheet printed.

The printer consumes large volumes of ink, and operating costs are only reasonable when using compatible makes of ink cartridges. Cartridges (Epson or compatible makes) are 'chipped', therefore, they have to be discarded when empty.

The printer is noisy in operation, and is likely to disturb any other people in the same room.

Epson manufactured this printer for only a very brief time, and this shouldn't come as a surprise, given the frequent criticisms of its performance.

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“The Epson Stylus Color 680 had the highest quality...”

★★★★☆

written by Dekker on 27/06/2005

The Epson Stylus Color 680 had the highest quality 2800 x 720dpi for under £100 when I bought it 5 years ago, it's still running and prints great photos that all my friends have marvelled at. Black is excellent also, crisp and business like.

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“The Epson Stylus Color 680is the worst printer I have...”

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written by Delboy004 on 06/05/2005

The Epson Stylus Color 680is the worst printer I have ever used. It is unbelievably noisy and often feeds several sheets of paper through together. Should have bought another HP or Canon.

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“The Epson Stylus Color 680 is a horror show of a...”

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written by dias on 10/02/2004

The Epson Stylus Color 680 is a horror show of a printer. All output till date was never even near average. It's horribly expensive as the printer devours your ink in a matter of days. I would not suggest anyone to buy this product.

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“I bought a used 680 recently. The cartridges had to be...”

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written by Krishnan. on 11/04/2003

I bought a used 680 recently. The cartridges had to be changed and when i went, got a big shock. They cost almost as much as i paid for the printer. These cartridges cant be refilled, unlike most HP models and unlike some older epsons, bottom line epson got smart in the short term by putting the initial price down and looting on the cartridges. now i dont plan to buy the cartridge, rather i will sell it to someone who thought he could save some money. Someone dumb like me, that is. I have owned another epson 320 or something, that too was a pain in terms of output quality. NEVER ANOTHER EPSON. Anyday HP is better-model to model, thats what evryone says. Or even Canon.

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99481_Anon.'s Response to Krishnan.'s Review

Written on: 20/05/2003

Tesco.com do epson compatible ink cartridges & they work fine in my printer, at least half the price of the originals.

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Bertie Bassett's Response to Krishnan.'s Review

Written on: 07/08/2003

I sympathise with you, as previously I was an Epson fan. I started with a Colour Stylus 400 and just after the warranty expired, so did the printer. I then was stupid enough to buy the 680, and like yourself, discovered I was being "ripped off" with the cost of replacement cartridges. Never another Epson. Changed to Canon and am really pleased with results and can get both black and colour "copy" cartridges for £4 the pair. A BARGAIN or what?

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“I bought this printer in Jan 2001 to replace 2...”

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written by Moreymach. on 14/01/2003

I bought this printer in Jan 2001 to replace 2 previously very reliable and economical Epson's. The 680 used up it's black cart before it had printed the test page and after shelling out £25 for a new one the colour cart ran out about 30 pages later despite the fact I hadn't done any colour printing. I spoke to both Jungle where I got the printer and Epson both of whom said this was normal. I also found out that it wouldn't print from DOS which although my fault for not checking was another cause of irritation. The 'chips' fitted to the carts prevented refilling and meant that not all the ink was used. To get around this I bought the Jet Tec resetting kit which was around £20 including 2 new carts and a 'chip' resetting device. The printer was very noisy in use and the build quality was not up to previous Epson models. After around 6 months use the noise and lack of DOS compatibility had wound me up to the extent I bought a HP deskjet and I believe the Epson is now in the recesses of my garage and long may it stay there. I would NEVER by an Epson again.

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

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written by Pete. on 25/10/2002

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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