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Epson Stylus DX4400 All-in-One review

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Getting a complete all-in-one for £40 is a pretty good deal, but there are entry-level machines from all the major makers now, so there's quite a bit of choice. Epson produces both photo all-in-ones, the Stylus Photo range, and what it calls general-purpose Stylus ones. The Stylus DX4400, with its four pigment-based inks, is designed for home printing, scanning and copying.

The Stylus DX4400 is conventionally styled, but unconventionally coloured in slate grey. With a straight-through paper path from back to front and a fold-down, telescopic output tray, there's nothing unusual about the physical design, either. According to Epson, the input tray can hold up to 80 sheets of 60gsm paper, but who uses 60gsm paper on a regular basis? We managed to load 80 sheets of standard 80gsm office paper.

The control panel is simplicity itself; it has five control buttons and three small LED indicators. The buttons turn the machine on and off, stop a current job and start a colour copy, a black copy, or a copy of a photo. There's no LCD monitor screen and no mono status display, either. It's perhaps unreasonable to expect one on a machine at this price point and since the Stylus DX4400 has no memory card readers or PictBridge sockets, there's much less need for one.

There's a single USB 2.0 socket at the rear and, even on this budget-priced printer, the power supply is internal, which is the neatest solution. Software installation is simple and once the files are copied, Windows recognises the device in the usual way.

Setting the machine up is comparatively simple. Lift the main scanner section and it rests on a support that can be set in two positions. Each of the four ink cartridges snaps into place in the permanent print-head carrier. Epson, of course, uses a piezoelectric print head, rather than the more common thermal technology.

The software bundle is Epson's standard fare, with its Creativity Suite and Easy Photo Print taking care of basic photo handling. There's little in the way of editing software, but the Epson Scan utility is surprisingly sophisticated and in Professional Mode offers colour histogram adjustment and tone correction.

The manual mentions the optical character recognition application Abbyy FineReader, but there's no installation option for this and we could find no trace of it on the software CD.

a.shore

July 11, 2008, 11:25 am

Generally disappointing. The speed to print an A4 glossy colour picture was about 15 minutes and the colour was awful. Will probably return as 'unfit for purpose'

jacktl08

July 22, 2008, 1:43 am

i bought this printer for 㿅 at ASDA and im very pleased with it for the price. Standard text ie word documents print quite quickly and scanning documents also prints quickly. Pictures take a long time to print but are of good quality. Its a good budget printer and if you can get it cheap enough its not bad

Brian Hawtin

August 4, 2008, 12:28 am

Just bought DX4400 from Tesco's 㿉.97 I was a bit sceptical but pleasantly suprised . It is quite easy to setup and use Photo quality pretty good did'nt really time it but printed full sise A4 in a minute or so and text items alot quicker than my old Hp7150 as I have had it for about six years or so cant grumble , over all the Epson DX4400 Scans,copies and prints quite good and so far no hi-cups, However there is one small complaint it's so ruddy noisy even the cat hates it.

PeterC

August 20, 2008, 8:22 pm

Just bought the DX4450 which is the same as the DX4400 but with the additional bundle of OCR software for free. Therefore look for DX4450 rather than DX4400. The printer functionality is excellent - very good value for money - but I agree it is noisy.

GH

September 5, 2008, 11:22 pm

Extremely disappointing buy. Very slow and very noisey, also ink does not seem to last as long as previous models. Paper feed also has a mind of its own, and quite often doesn't pull the paper to the right position before printing, with obvious results. Installation disc also has a problem, because despite selecting English language, the interface is German. Uninstalling the drivers completely and re-installing software still produced the German GUI. Now that the ink has run out yet again, I will be retiring this model to the local refuse dump.

Dean 2

October 20, 2010, 5:50 pm

I bought the 4450 in 2008 at cost £39.99 I use it for printing text when the original black cartridge ran out I bought a compatible cartridge but used all the ink trying to set it up as all the text was grainy, so I bought a complete set of originals. As mentioned the printer does like a good drink of ink.


The price of a complete set of cartridges can vary greatly, from £27 to £40, the higher price would likely to be if you bought each cartridge separately, so it pays to shop around.


The printer itself is noisy and you are never going to get the claimed speed for the amount most people print on an A4 sheet, which is more than the 5% of a page the manufactures use, even in draft mode.


Having used the best photo option only once and that was on standard A4 copy paper the results were OK, but it did use a lot of ink for the passport sized photo I printed.


I have a windows 7 Pc and the printer is plug & play but to use the scanner you need to use windows FAX & SCAN this can be pinned to the task bar. Overall the printer is a good basic all-in-one the score of 7 is about right as I would have given between 6 & seven, what lets the machine down is the noise, features and the print speed. the plus points are the quality of prints and the price of the machine, 2 years ago £40 for this all-in-one was excellent value

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