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Epson LQ 2180

alaTest has collected and analyzed 240 reviews of Epson LQ 2180. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and reliability. The usability and performance are also appreciated, but many are negative about the paper handling and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Epson LQ 2180 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Epson LQ 2180


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Epson LQ 2180 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on People are impressed by the usability.


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Epson LQ 2180


alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Epson LQ 2180 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Reviews about the durability and design are on the whole positive. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the paper handling and ink consumption. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

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86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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May, 2018

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Epson Stylus NX415 All-in-One Printer


If you're in the market for a new all-in-one personal printer, the NX415 makes a good choice. With the pricing currently being offered by Epson, it's an excellent value, and you should be able to save on ink and paper with this unit. Wifi or Ethernet...

Print, scan and copy with one unit34ppm black/color draft printing speed4.3ppm black/color laser quality printing speed4-color ink system2.5 color LCD and built-in memory card slots

The Epson Stylus NX415 all-in-one printer is the latest in Epson's...

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Expert review by : George Schaub (

Epsonâ-'s Stylus Pro 4800; Monochrome Digital Printing Has Arrived


Cool to neutral: This photo from a digital camera was printed in Advanced Black and White mode on the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 using the "Cool" setting.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : D-Photo (

Epson 4800 Extended Test Pt2 – 152


In our last issue TPM's managing editor Tim Steele described his experience with the Epson 4800 inkjet printer using Photo Black ink and Epson's glossy, semi-gloss and semi-matt papers.

Mar, 2009

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Great printer for the $!


Great quality prints! Easy to use. Ink last!


Oct, 2004

Consumer review (

You'll love it, you'll hate it. It will make you crazy.


The output is fabulous -- and for this price, A2 prints!

It is a twitchy machine that will drive you nuts.

Jul, 2003

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Epson Stylus Colour 3000 - beware


Print size up to A2 which is an attractive feature

Rubber roller is uneven causing colour bleed at end of print

Dec, 2002

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Epson NX415 Printer: Good scanner. Don't buy to print


Straight from EPSON's website: FAQ Q: Can the printer still print if an ink cartridge is expended or not installed? A: No. The printer will not operate if any cartridge is expended or removed. It's best to always have extra cartridges on hand. What...

My schools use HP and Epson so I figured they where a trusty brand. I picked this up at BM store and was happy with the printing and scanning results..until I ran out of ink

I've NEVER printed anything in color since I bought this printer. I've ONLY printed sheet music in black and white, draft quality, and greyscale. THAT'S IT! Yet I've had to buy Cyan cuz it ran out first, then the next color cartridge, what gives? This...

Oct, 2011

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Cannot Recomend-Please do not waste your money.


I've learned a lesson. I should have done my research better. Mainly I should have priced replacement ink before buying. This Epson needs 4 seperate cartidges were most printers only need 2. You cannot buy all 4 in a single package so you end up...

Newegg shipped it fast ; Purcahsed 8/3/2009 from NewEgg, arrived promptly and undamaged ; It still scans ; That's it for the pro's

1) Ink- Goes through ink faster than a 20.00 cheapy ; 2) If you run out of say Black ink well forget printing in blue even if it's full ; 3) Blue will not be full because even setting in grayscale it uses color ink. I have no idea how this does this....

Jun, 2010

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Very Disappointed!


Fair to good print output. Basic print speed fair. Newegg's shipping awesome

Had to send this back under the warranty. A paper misfeed during photo printing apparantly caused the print head to clog. Couldn't clear it with multiple head cleanings. I also own another epson, model 500. Same thing. I won't be buying Epson again

May, 2010

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Not So Awesome


Because Epson uses a chip system, it's really hard to use refurbished cartridges (what a surprise!), which is not lovely for a grad student like me. It's an OK machine, but takes a while and just isn't nearly as good as the simple Epson I had for 4...

3-in-1 is AWESOME ; I love having a scanner

Goes through ink really quickly ; Cartridges expensive ; draft print setting is completely useless ; if you run out of one ink cartridge the whole thing won't work

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications

Designed in collaboration with some of the world's best-known photographers and printmakers, the EPSON Stylus Pro 9600 printer incorporates technologies that have never before been available to large format printing professionals. Representing advancements in ink, print head and print engine design, this next-generation, professional level 44-inch (SP9600) printer will produce some of the world's most exciting photographic prints. EPSON UltraChrome Ink - a true milestone in pigmented ink technology - can produce color prints with a color gamut approaching today's standard dye ink technologies. And for the first time, produce professional level black and white prints capable of pleasing the most demanding black and white photographers. To take full advantage of this remarkable ink technology, Epson has developed a brand new Micro Piezo DX3 print head that can produce an astonishing resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi. Designed specifically for 7-color printing, Epson's most advanced print head delivers a level of photographic quality that must be seen to be believed. A brand new print engine design capable of handling virtually any media type also incorporates innovative ideas that include true BorderFree printing, intelligent high-capacity ink systems, easy loading ink and media, and fast print speeds. Epson has once again set the standard for professional level photographic printing. Never before have creative professionals had such a powerful tool allowing them to produce their vision without compromise. Whether for your own enjoyment or for resale, photographic prints produced by this breakthrough technology will forever change your perception of digital printmaking. Although EPSON UltraChrome Ink technology will become a new standard in professional ink systems, the EPSON Stylus Pro 9600 is also available with EPSON Photographic Dye inks for those who have already built printing workflows using this award-winning ink technology. Available as a 6-color inking model (CcMmYKK), EPSON Photographic Dye Ink along with EPSON ColorLife Media will produce the highest level of photographic quality along with a lightfastness rating up to 26 years in color under glass.


Certification:EN 550222(CISPR 22), EN 55024(CPISPR 24), EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3, IEC61000-4-[2,3,4,5,6,8,11]
Energy Star certified: Yes


Cartridge Features:Epson QuickDry
Color:Black/Light magenta/Pigmented light magenta
Consumable Type:Ink tank/Print cartridge/Print cartridge (photo)/Waste ink tray


Automatic Duplexing: None
Max Copying Speed B/W:33ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:33ppm

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:100sheets


Mean time between failures (MTBF):10.000 / 10000
Print head life:400 / 400000000
Ribbon life:24 / 8 / 8000000

Energy Management

Power consumption (active):53
Power consumption (PowerSave):1
Power consumption (standby):10 / 5 / 76
Power consumption (typical):37 / 52 / 55 / 59 / 959

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Consumable Subcategory:Cartridges/Maintenance supplies and parts
Printer Consumable Class:Consumables and kits


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:France/Italy/N/a/North America/Portugal/United States
Model:2180/3000/J8000/NX415/Pro 10000/Pro 4800/Pro 4800 Color Base/Pro 4800 ColorBurst Edition/Pro 4800 Portrait Edition/Pro 4800 Professional Edition/Pro 4880/Pro 4880 Portrait Edition/Pro 9000/Pro 9600/T499/T5436/T5446
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson/Epson LQ/Epson Stylus/Epson Stylus Color/Epson TM/Epson UltraChrome

Input Capacity

Maximum input capacity:1800
Number of standard paper trays:1
Standard input capacity:250 / 700

Media Formats

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A2, A3, A4

Media formats

Maximum roll width:17


Buffer Size:64
Internal memory:64
Maximum internal memory:256 / 512
Maximum memory:256 / 512


Category of Accessory:Printer accessories/Printing consumables
Color:Black / Blue / White/White
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista/Compatible with Windows 7/Works with Windows Vista
Product Type:Paper cutter/Printer cutter blade/Printer dual roll feed spindle/Printer manual cutter blade/Printer spindle
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista/Works with Windows Vista


Type: None


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Management protocols:Auto-IP, SSDP; NetBEUI: SNMP, SSDP; NetWare and AppleTalk: SNMP, ENPC, BOOTP
Network ready: Yes
Networking features:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Supported network protocols (IPv4):TCP/IP: LPR, FTP, IPP, PORT2501, PORT9100
Type:None/Print server
Wi-Fi: No

Office Machine

Functions:Copier / Printer / Scanner
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Printer / copier / scanner

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 80 / 15 - 85 / 20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 80 / 15 - 85 / 20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 10 - 85 / 5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35 / 10 - 85 / 5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 40 / 0 - 85
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 40 / 0 - 85

Other Features

Compatibility:PC, Mac
Compatible ink types, supplies:C13S05111
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS 8.1+, 9.X & OSX\nWindows 95/98/Me/XP/2000, NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, Windows NT 4.0 and Macintosh / Microsoft Windows v3.1\nMicrosoft Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / XP\nMicrosoft Windows NT v3.51/4.0 / Windows 95/98/Me/XP/2000\nMac 8.1 - 10.2 +
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Custom media sizes:76.2 - 215.9mm x 127 - 355.6mm
Dimensions (W x D x H):25.2 x 15.8 x 10.1
Dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):25.2 x 15.8 x 10.1
Dimensions (WxDxH):10.6 x 25.2 x 15.8 / 25.2 x 15.8 x 10.1 / 25.2 x 15.8 x 10.6
Emulations:ESC/Page, PCL6, PCL5e, GL2, LJ4, Epson FX, ESC/P2, IBM I239X, Adobe PostScript 3
Fonts included:1 draft font, 4 scalable fonts 8-32 point, 9 LQ fonts, 8 Bar code fonts / Draft, Roman, Sans Serif / Postscript 3, ESC/Page, PCL5e, ESC / P2, FX, I239X / Roman, Sans Serif, Courier, Prestige, Script, Script C, Orator, Orator S, OCR-B
I/O ports:Bi-directional Parallel Centronics (IEEE 1284),1 slot for optional interface / IEEE 1284 / IEEE 1284\nUSB 2.0\n
Mac compatibility: Yes
Media thickness:0.39
Media types supported:Continuous paper, Cut sheet, 52,3 to 90 g/m²
Minimum system requirements:PC -OS recommended requirements\nIEEE1284 ECP mode, 10/100 Base Tx Ethernet, USB (Windows 98/ME/2000/XP only) .\nOS supported -Windows 95/98/Me/XP/2000, NT 4.0 .\nMAC -OS recommended requirements\nInterfaces: EtherTalk, USB (only Macintosh systems equipped with a USB connector and running Mac OS 8.1) .\nOS supported- Mac OS 8.1 or later, 9.X and OSX (PostScript only) .
Networking features:10/100 Base-TX / EpsonNet 10/100 Base Tx Ethernet internal print server / EpsonNet 10/100 Base Tx Ethernet internal print server, Ethernet-Fast-Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Paper handling:550 sheet Lower Cassette (up to 2 possible), 500 sheet Offset Stacker, Duplex Unit / Friction feed, Push tractor feed, Push pull tractor feed, Pull tractor feed
Power consumption (active):538
Power Requirements:120V AC / 220 - 240V, 50/ 60Hz / 220-240V, 50/60Hz / 220/240V (230V ± 10%) 50 to 60Hz ±3Hz / 220/240V 50 - 60Hz ±3Hz
Power supply:538
Power supply type:AC
Recommended media weight:60-216g/m2 / 90
Safety:EN 60950, IEC60950, CE, FDA21CFR, GB7247.1, IEC60825-1
Standard input capacity for transparencies:700
Standard input trays:1 x 150 + 1 x 550 / 1 x 150 + 1 x 550 sheets
Standard media sizes:101.6 - 406.4 mm, 101-420 mm - 420 mm / A4, A5, B5, F4, Letter, Half Letter, Legal, Executive, GLG, GLT, Monarch, COM-#10, DL, C5, C6. Custom size - 76.2 to 215.9mm x 127 to 355.6mm / A4, A5, B5, LT, HLT, GLT, EXE, LGL, GLG, F4, MON, DL, C5, C6, C10, IB5 (76 x 127mm - 216 x 356 mm) / Continuous paper Width: 101.6 to 406.4 mm, Cut sheet Width: 101 to 420 mm, Length: max 420 mm / F4, GLG, GLT, Monarch, COM-#10, DL, C5, C6
Supported media weight(s):60/216
TWAIN compliance interface: Yes
Weight:211.6 / 28.7 / 291 / 46.1 / 886.3
Weight (imperial):28.7
Wireless technologies:Wired

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:1000
Standard output capacity:500

Paper Handling

Cut sheets: Yes
Envelopes sizes:C5, C6, DL / DL
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum media width:17"
Maximum print area:A0 (841 x 1189 mm) / A2 (420 x 594 mm) / A4 (210 x 297 mm) / Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:A0 (841 x 1189 mm) / A2 (420 x 594 mm) / A4 (210 x 297 mm) / Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Media weight (tray 1):60-216g/m2
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Legal, Letter / Executive, Letter
Print margin cut-sheet:3 x 3 x 3 x 14
Roll bottom margin:3/15 mm
Roll external diameter:5.91
Roll left margin:3 mm
Roll paper: Yes
Roll right margin:3 mm
Roll top margin:3/15 mm
Standard media sizes:8", 10", 12", 14", 16", 17", 210 mm, 257 mm, 300 mm, 329 mm, 400 mm, 420 mm
Standard tray media types:Envelopes, Plain paper
Standard tray media weight:60 - 261

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:USB / USB host
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Built-in processor:Intel Pentium II/PowerPC G4 / Yes
Internal memory:128
Processor:300MHz 32bit RISC / 32bit RISC / RISC
Processor frequency:300 / 400
Processor model:300MHz 32bit RISC / 32bit RISC / RISC

Ports & interfaces

Interface:Parallel, USB, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / USB 2.0, Ethernet / USB 2.0, Ethernet 10 / 100Mb
Standard interfaces:Parallel, USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Power consumption (active):53
Power consumption (PowerSave):1
Power consumption (standby):10 / 5 / 76
Power consumption (typical):37 / 52 / 55 / 59 / 959

Print Quality

Color: No
Maximum print area:A3 (297 x 420 mm)
Maximum print size:A3 (297 x 420 mm)
Maximum Resolution:1440 x 720 / 2880 x 1440
Printing material lightfastness:75

Print Technology

Color:No / Yes
Duplex printing: No
Economical printing: Yes
Maximum duty cycle:150000
Maximum Resolution:1200 x 1200 / 1440 x 720 / 2880 x 1440 / 600 x 1200
Number of print cartridges:1 / 9
Print direction:Bi-direction
Print head:180 x 8 / 24-pin
Print head nozzles:180 / 900
Print technology:Laser
Printing colors:Vivid Light Magenta, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Cyan, Matte Black, Photo Black, Light Light Black, Light Black
Standard printer languages:Epson FX


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop/Stationary
Interface:Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / IEEE1394 FireWire / USB/Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / USB/IEEE1394 FireWire / Parallel / USB/IEEE1394 FireWire / USB/Parallel/Parallel / Serial/Parallel / Serial / USB/Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:EPSON ESC/P / EPSON ESC/P 2/EPSON ESC/P 2/EPSON ESC/P 2 / EPSON GL/2 / HP GL / IBM XL24E /EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM 2390 / IBM 2391 Plus/EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM 2391 Plus / IBM PPR/EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM PPR/EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM XL24E /EPSON ESC/P 2 / PostScript 3
Large Format Printer Size:17"/44"
Large Format Printer Size (metric):1118 mm/432 mm
Max H-Resolution B/W:1440dpi/2880dpi/360dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:1440dpi/2880dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A2 (16.5 in x 23.4 in)/A2 (16.5 in x 23.4 in) / ANSI C (17 in x 22 in) / Roll (17 in)/A2 (16.5 in x 23.4 in) / Roll (17 in)/A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in)/A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in) / Letter Extra (9.57 in x 13.27 in)/A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in) / Roll A2 (16.5 in)/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)/ANSI C (17 in x 22 in) / Roll (17 in)/B0 (39.37 in x 55.67 in) / Roll (36 in x 150 ft)/Roll (44 in)
Max Printing Speed:137.8sq.ft/hour/14.7lines/sec/191.6sq.ft/hour/230.3sq.ft/hour/480char/sec/64.6sq.ft/hour
Max Printing Speed (ppm):6ppm/7ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:215.3sq.ft/hour
Max V-Resolution B/W:1440dpi/360dpi/720dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:1440dpi/720dpi
Media Path Type:Curved/Curved / Straight/Straight
Media Type:Continuous forms / Envelopes / Glossy paper / Greeting cards / Labels / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Envelopes / Greeting cards / Labels / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Envelopes / Greeting cards / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Glossy film / Glossy paper / Glossy photo paper / Photo paper / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Photo paper / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Plain paper/Fine art paper / Glossy paper / Matte paper / Plain paper/Glossy greeting card paper+envelopes / Glossy paper / Photo paper / Plain paper/Glossy paper / High-gloss film / Photo paper / Plain paper / Self-adhesive sheets / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):10,000 - 19,999 pages
Output Type:Color/Monochrome
PostScript Support:Included/Not available/Optional
Roll Photo Paper Holder: Yes
Total Media Capacity:100sheets/130sheets/1rolls/250sheets/2rolls
Type:Large-format printer/Personal printer/POS receipt printer


Built-in barcodes:Code 39, Postnet, UPC-A, UPC-E / PostNet, UPC-A
Character density:20
Max Printing Speed B/W:34ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):34ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:34ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):34ppm
Max Resolution B/W:5760 x 1440 dpi
Max Resolution Color:5760 x 1440 dpi
Maximum number of copies:5
Maximum print speed:480
Normal print speed:360
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):34
Print speed (normal quality):12.8 m² / Hr / 20 m2/h
Resolution color:1440
Time to first page (black, normal):7 / 8.7
Warm-up time:17


Installed Size:128MB/18MB/4KB/64KB
Max Supported Size:64KB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty /Technical support

Sound Emission

Noise Level:50 / 54 / 55
Operating acoustic emission:50
Print noise level:53 / 53.6
Printing noise level:53 / 53.6
Standby acoustic emission:27

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:Tiger 10.4.9 or higher\nLeopard 10.5 or higher\nWindows Vista & XP / Windows 2000, XP, XP 64-bit, Vista, MAC OSX 10.x.x / Windows 95/98/Me/NT4.0/2000/MacOS 7.5.1 +
Mac compatibility: Yes
OS Required:Apple MacOS 7.0 / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51/Apple MacOS 7.0.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98/Apple MacOS 7.5 or later / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or later / UNIX/Apple MacOS 7.5.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or later/Apple MacOS 7.6.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or later/Apple MacOS 8.5.1 or later / Apple MacOS 9.x / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 9 / Apple MacOS X / Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP/Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Apple MacOS X 10.4.9 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.5 or later / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP / Microsoft Wi

Technical Details

Dimensions (WxDxH):33 x 30 x 14
Duplex printing: No
Infrared data port: No
Maximum Resolution:2.880 x 1.440
Networking features:N
Power supply type:AC 110 -120 V
Print technology:Inkjet
Special Features:print size B0+

Weight & Dimensions

Dimensions (WxDxH):16.9 x 18.4 x 15.9 / 33.4 x 30.1 x 13.9 / 73.1 x 48.2 x 28
Maximum dimensions (W x D x H):33.4 x 43.5 x 13.9
Weight:14.2 / 211.6 / 28.7 / 291 / 44.1 / 46.1 / 86.9 / 89.1