Epson Stylus CX7400 All In One Color Inkjet
by Dan Sharpe
(San Jose, California)
Epson Stylus CX7400
I currently own an Epson Stylus CX7400 all-in-one printer. I purchased it right around August or September 2007 for approximately $70 or so at the Office Depot location on Blossom Hill Road in San Jose, California. What drew me to this particular printer was a combination of the price point, the multi-function capabilities and the clean, sleek look of it.
I also liked that the ink cartridges are individual, so if one color goes out, I only have to replace that one color, not the entire tri-color cartridge. My previous printer (an older Lexmark) had a tri-color ink cartridge setup and I hated replacing the whole thing when, for example, only the magenta ran out.
Whether I am copying, scanning or printing, this Epson Stylus CX7400 is very, very simple to use. The setup and installation was a snap -- plug and play! I have used it with four different computers (3 PCs and 1 Mac) over the years and it has been absolutely seamless going between each of them.
Paper replenishment and ink cartridge replacement is so easy to do. I really like the cartridge replacement software utility as it walks me through the steps each time and even "charges" the ink in the new cartridge. Replacement ink is a bit on the expensive side and this Epson Stylus CX7400 printer does not particularly work well with off-brand or generic replacement cartridges.
In fact, I've never had a generic ink cartridge work in this printer. It only seems to accept OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridges. The black ink is approximately $16 and each color -- magenta, yellow and cyan -- are about $12 each.
I have noticed that the CX7400
will also not accept refilled cartridges. This is a somewhat minor inconvenience (but certainly not a deal-breaker) as I print quite a bit and the price of replacement cartridges can really add up to do some serious damage to my pocketbook. As I mentioned before, it prints, scans and copies.
Although I initially wished it had faxing capabilities, I understand that not many people fax things anymore. Most everything can be scanned and emailed in this paper-free, digital age. The quality of all three of these features – print, scan and copy -- is fantastic.
The scanning software is very user-friendly. Print speed is, like most printers, dependent upon the particular output setting you choose -- photo, standard, draft, etc. Draft mode is very, very fast and photo mode is extremely slow, but very high quality.
I have printed photos with this Epson Stylus CX7400 and they are BEAUTIFUL, especially considering this is merely a $70 printer. I am still using this printer on a daily basis. Even with it being nearly 5 years old, it is still going strong and I do not foresee having to or needing to replace it anytime soon.
I’ve never had even one issue with it. It has been an absolute dream! Because of my happiness with this Epson Stylus CX7400, I will certainly consider Epson printers before any other brand when I am in the market to purchase a new printer. I have raved about this thing to many of my friends who were looking to purchase a new printer for themselves. I’m sure this particular model is no longer produced, but because of my experience with this one, I am one happy Epson customer.