Its not everyday.. Wait, in fact we have never ever reviewed a printer of any sort on SA VIBE. Breaking our printervinity (see what we did there?) was a walk in the park. Backwards. We love Epson, but the L210 just isn’t for us.
If you’re looking for a small home inkjet MFP with a comprehensive feature set that will handle more than minimal volume printing, the asking price of R2,649.00 (as of 2 April 2014) Epson L210 is a good place to begin. It’s rather quick, and the output looks nice. Equipped with automatic duplex printing and scanning, 500 sheets of capacity, relatively affordable ink, and easy controls, it’s quite the bargain. It also connects via USB so you can use it in almost any computing environment.
Installing the L210 is a mere matter of a few dialogs and about 5 minutes. As mentioned, you can connect to it via your PC or directly using USB. The software bundle includes the trusty Epson Scan and Abbyy Finereader Sprint 9.5 for OCR. Tip: Push the paper down into the rear feeder until you feel it grab; the paper sits farther down than with most printers.
The output from theL210 is quite nice. Colour graphics printed on plain paper show reasonably good colour accuracy. Images. Text is sharp and black, and even draft-mode documents are easily readable. Scans tended to be dark, though copies suffered no such issue. The L210’s speed is quite good for this price point. Monochrome pages print at approximately 11.5 per minute (ppm) on the PC, and 11.4 on the Mac.
Scan speeds are average or better. Previews take about 15 seconds. A full-page color scan at 600 dpi takes about 35 seconds, while a 1200-dpi scan of a 4-by-6-inch area takes about a minute and half.
There is one complaint we’d like to register about Epson’s recent habit of providing documentation only online. Installing a link to online documentation is all well and good, but there’s room on the installation CD. Do your users a favor and provide a local copy of the user’s guide.
If you’re looking for a speedier, slightly larger printer that cranks out pretty photos, the L210 might be the better option for you. It is the perfect companion if you need a compact, super-simple printer for your personal documents and the occasional laser print photo. The Epson Epsomn L210 has given me one of the most pain-free printer experiences I’ve had in a very long time.
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