So far, the first 4-5 negative comments on the 4400 are by stupid people. All printers come with low-capacity carts (keeps costs cheap), the noise and speed of all inkjet printers is about the same. Clogged nozzles is the nature for inkjet printing, it happens to them all at some point. Trying to use third-party carts is not suggested, and hard to do for most all inkjet printers now. Grain/pixel issues are usually from low-res images printed from e-mail. I don't single ONE SINGLE VALID negative comment in there. It's all ramblings of morons.
I have to say, I don't like all-in-one printers. They ALL refuse to scan, fax, etc -- unless the ink cart is full and ready. I prefer to have a separate scanner and printer these days. That is the one valid complaint I saw, under the 8400 model. Of course, if you plan to keep ink ready on hand, and don't heavily rely on a scanner like I would, then not a worry.
The negative comment writer for the SX200 model is another idiot. All inkjet printers have hissy fits if it has too much paper jammed in that micro-sized top loading tray. The same person seems to have left a comment under SX100, and the logo thing is user error, no doubt. The lack of USB cable is cheap on the part of Epson, but consumers demand dirt-cheap printers, and skimping cables lets them do it. Buy a cable for $5 and quit crying.
The R285 complaints are somewhat valid -- it does use ink at startup/test, it does have various mechanical issues that plague the entire run of printers. But it's random, not every unit does it. Few do. The usual "it hates non-Epson ink" stuff is written by idiots, they should understand Epson makes money off ink, not printers, so they've done all they can to dissuade third-party ink use. HP, Minolta, Canon, Xerox -- they are all the same way about it.
I've not read anything that say "DO NOT BUY". I see lots of crybabies and dummies, however.
Personally, I prefer Canon inkjets for home use. Epson is better for the higher-end machines for business use (printing large photos, charts, etc). But these Epson printers look fine to me, should you choose one.
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