"Great all-in-one printer, fit/finish a little lacking"4.0 starson by Ironic77
Pros: -small, given feature set
-amaing print and scan quality (much better than older HP model)
-cheap ($229 at the time I bought it)
-great wireless support
-good PDF support (main feature I was looking for)
-fast (copying b/w was fast as i've seen)
Cons: -software is a bit flakey, at least on x64
-paper trays are small (not for heavy duty)
-store model display broken, trying to be careful with mine
Summary: I was hesitant to try Epson because I felt like their earlier printers were slow and their software not well done. But I had a coupon and gift card and this seemed like the best bang for the buck, so I made the plunge.
Overall fit and finish on the drivers and trays could be better, like the reviewer said. I think the review was a bit harsh though -- this printer seems like the biggest bang for the buck if you're willing to live with it's minor flaws - no product is ever perfect. I would only recommend it for home use, not for anything too heavy duty. Scanner and print quality are out of this world. Print speed is pretty amazing. Driver issues can be worked through -- the online help isn't bad, and the errors I got installing on Vista x64 seemed to be mostly ignorable (just a few things I'd never use anyway didn't work). Scan to PDF or text software is pretty good. Upgraded my PC to Windows 7 beta and everything still works (unsupported of course). The online help specifically states that you can't use the scan to PC functions from the printer unless the printer is connected via PC. While this is annoying, you can still scan over the network, as long as you start the process from the PC. Otherwise, use USB to connect to the machine you'll do your scanning. Otherwise, using the printer from the built in controls is completely possible -- for the first few days, I did all of my printing from memory cards and didn't have to turn my PC on. I did have to follow their instructions to be able to print wirelessly, but it was easy. The software should have done it for me, but it wasn't hard in the end -- a novice user could easily do it, ametuers with a little help from the directions.
Again, while I'm disappointed that the software wasn't perfect, I think I'll be very happy to own this printer for a while to come, as it seems like a great printer, great scanner, great all-in-one, which is really what I was looking for. Maybe if Epson is paying attention, they'll release better software for it.
If you just want to plug it in and have everything work, go with another model (though I'm not sure which one). But if you can spend 30 minutes getting all the kinks worked out, and your primary concern is print quality and speed, great photo prints, plus a great all-in-one, I'm not convinces you can do a whole lot better than $229.