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Epson Stylus C82 Inkjet Printer
Nov 24, 2002 (Updated Jul 24, 2004)
by Jon Benton
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:High speed, Photo quality print
Cons:Slightly noisy feeding paper
The Bottom Line: The perfect multi-purpose inkjet printer I have ever seen. I would recommend this printer to everyone.
I finally finished setting up a PC for myself to play around with that I didn't have to worry about 3 year old playing with. I found myself in need of a printer, since we don't have a network setup in our house I couldn't share the printer my wife uses. I had to go out and buy one for myself to use.
Recommend this product?
Instead of looking for a printer for me to use, I figured I would have better luck finding a replacement printer for my wife and take hers. It was easier than I thought it was going to be to find a printer that she would like. She has been using an Epson Stylus C80 for almost a year now and she loves it. So I had to find a printer that was just as good or better than that printer. Fortunately for me Epson has just released it's newest printer to the C-Series of inkjet printers.
This newest printer is called the Epson Stylus C82 and it is definitely an improvement.
In my opinion no one can compare to Epson when it come to the quality of print. Epson seems to be willing to sacrifice other aspects of the printer and concentrate more of their efforts on the quality of the print. I know others may not agree with me, but I can only go by my experiences with many of the inkjet printers that have been made over the years.
To me the best feature of the Stylus C82 has to be the four separate ink cartridges (Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow). Epson normally only put separate ink cartridges in their high end inkjet printers, but they changed that with the earlier Stylus C80 and now the Stylus C82. This four cartridge design has helped to save us money on ink cartridges. This is done by allowing us to change only the color that has run out instead of a single cartridge that has three colors and only one has run out. These cartridges are easily found at your local office supply store. We are able to track the ink levels using print monitoring software that is included with the printer. The printer keeps track of the cartridges by placing a smart chip in each cartridge and it keeps track of each ink droplet and calculates the amount of remaining ink in each color cartridge.
Setting up the Epson Stylus C82 was a breeze, since my wife's PC has two USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports it made it easy to install the printer. The PC identified the printer and we loaded the CD that came in the box. The CD contains the software driver for WindowsXP along with the monitoring software that controls all the print settings. For those of you that don't have any USB ports on your computer you can use the parallel port that comes standard along with the USB port. This of course will add a little more time to your setting up of the printer.
Once the printer was setup on her PC we did a quick print test through Windows and we were set to print. Since my wife prints a wide range of print jobs through this printer we decided to test it out through a variety of prints. The first test was to print out simple emails. As most people realize that most emails are basic black text and not much coverage on the page. The Stylus C82 just spit out the email in a matter of seconds and I mean it literally spit out the page. If you don't have the paper tray extension pulled out it will shoot it out onto the floor. Epson has rated this printer at 22 pages per minute black text and without timing it I can say it does print very fast.
Now on to the real test, we went out to the web and went out to a website to try out a print job with a mixture of black and color images. After waiting a brief period for the Epson printer control software to pop up we selected the settings and hit print. I was truly amazed at the speed and quality of the image on plain paper. The last test was to print a photograph. Since my wife prints a variety of images we didn't want a printer that is designed specifically for printing photographs like an Epson Photo Inkjet printer. With those printers you sacrifice text printing to create portrait quality prints.
With the Epson Stylus C82 we don't need to have a photo printer to print out portrait quality pictures. Epson has enhanced the print quality of this print by increasing the resolution of the print. Using a special Drop-on-demand Micro Piezo ® ink jet technology and up to 5760 x 1440 DPI (dots per inch) Epson has pushed the quality of the images it can print to new heights. With this new technology it has made printing on plain paper just a high quality as if you printed on higher quality inkjet paper or coated papers. Of course they have continued to use the Dura Brite inks which helps to protect your images from accidental water spillage. Notice I said spillage and not soaking in water. The inks are water resistant and not waterproof.
A little side note to the print quality and water resistant claims by Epson, if you chose to purchase ink cartridges that are not genuine Epson ink cartridges there will be no guaranty that your print quality will be as good. So if you do purchase non-Epson ink cartridges please don't blame any lesser print quality on the printer.
Choosing the paper that will give you the best results is very important and if you aren't careful you will not be happy with the results. The maximum resolution setting of the Epson Stylus C82 is 5760 x1440 dpi on Epson Premium Photo paper. This doesn't mean that you won't get great quality pictures using non-Epson paper. I have only used Epson Glossy Photo paper myself, but I know some people that don't want to pay such a high price. It is just something you have to test out for yourself. The paper fits neatly into a 150 sheet paper feeder located at the back of the printer and the output tray folds down from the front of the printer with an extension section that pulls out from inside the output tray.
The Epson Stylus C82 will handle a variety of paper types and sizes. There should be one that fits your needs.
Letter, legal, half-letter, executive, user definable from 3.5" x 3.5" up to 8.5" x 44". The types of paper that this printer will handle are: Plain; Bond; Epson Double-sided Enhanced Matte, Glossy Photo Paper, Bright White, Premium Semi-gloss Photo Paper, Matte Heavyweight, Photo Quality Ink Jet Paper, Greeting Cards, Transparencies, Inkjet Cards and Banner Paper; envelopes (No. 10, Plain, Bond)
A little extra information about this printer:
When Epson created the Stylus C80 they tried a unique design and I don't think many people really liked it. So when they designed the replacement for the C80 they went back to the design that seems a bit more pleasing to the eye. They made it shorter and brought back the curved top and front. The actual dimensions of the printer are 23.3" x 18.5" x 12.4 "with front tray extended. It is quite light coming in at 1.41 lb.
Now for a little bit of personal feelings about the Epson Stylus C82.
1) Very fast
2) 5760 x 1440 DPI printing
3) Four separate ink cartridges
4) Easy setup
5) Water resistant
6) Dura Brite Ink
7) Up to 80 year light resistant (specialty papers)
1) Slightly noisy feeding paper
2) No Borderless printing on all paper sizes
When Epson first created the Stylus C80 a couple of years ago I figured they created the perfect printer. They just improved on perfection as far as I am concerned with the Epson Stylus C82 Ink Jet Printer. They improved on the speed of simple text printing and made the color printing more vivid even on plain white paper. I think anyone that is looking for a printer that will handle a wide range of print jobs this is the perfect choice.
I thought I would take the time to update this review since I will be replacing it today. I suppose I should be happy that I got nearly two years of quality use out of this printer. But like many things that are made now they don't last like they used to.
I have put many thousands of pages through this printer in the nearly two years of use and yes a bunch of ink cartridges. I have printed my share of full color and black and white text (emails and letters) and this printer continued to perform. That is until just recently and that is why I will be replacing it today.
The other day I was trying to print out something I was writing for work and it stopped printing. I looked it over and in fact all the power was off and I couldn't get it to come back on. I checked to make sure that the outlet wasn't bad, but alas it was the printer and it wasn't worth fixing.
I have printed many pictures with printer and even though I can't say sure that it will last for 80 years without fading but I can say that the pictures haven't faded yet.
I would recommend this printer if you happened to come across one in a garage sale or even on eBay pick it up and you won't be sorry.
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