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EPSON LQ-680

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the print quality. The usability also gets good opinions, whereas some have doubts about the paper handling and value for money.

usability, print quality

performance, value for money, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the EPSON LQ-680 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 48 reviews)

User Reviews  

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outdated product no good

 

Do not purchase this product. office depot must clarify that this item is outdated, it has parallel connection and the manual states that you need windows 2000. This is way to old. There's no USB or Ethernet connection. Product is too old.

nice looking

out dated

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925 EPSON IS A POOR PRODUCT - UNRELIABLE

 

After having owned several of this family of EPSON printers (780,825,890 and 925), I finally decided to change brands. (I know, why didn't I learn?). Well, for awhile, the prints from these models seemed really nice and sharp, but constant cleaning of ...

Beautiful prints when new. Pre-mature printer failures.

Inreliable. Epson printers fail with error codes after limited use.

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Epson 925 = Garbage

 

OVERVIEW: Overall I hate this printer. The photo printing is hit or miss: Sometimes it's great, sometimes it sucks. (I realize that my word selection--"sucks"--is not very professional, but it is still the correct term to use!) The print heads dry ...

Easy setup, many printing options, roll paper, memory stick slot

Frequent head cleaning, requires powering off when not using, horrible paper feed,poor photo prints.

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Epson 925 Sucks

 

Couple years ago I bought my first digital camera, 5MP Sony DSC-F717. I quickly realized the cheesy Cannon printer I had could not handle the challenge. I went to the Sony sight and they suggested Epson printers, such as the 925. I purchased one. Easy ...

Easy to set up. Mem Module Sockets

Printer in unreliable

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wonderful when it worked

 

When I decided to buy a photo printer, I spent hours online researching. I had narrowed the field when the professional photographer that I frequent advised me that all of the 'pros' use Epson printers, that they are considered the best producer of...

Great photo lab quality pictures. 4x6 photo paper roll for larger jobs. No computer needed.

Frequent paper jams. Poor print quality for text. Unable to correct offset printing.

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Beautiful pictures; some limited options

 

My husband and I purchased the Epson 925 so we could make our own prints from our digital camera. W ...

beautiful, clear pictures, even if scanned and retouched or resized

Retouching options limited ; doesn't work if one ink cartridge runs out

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Epson Stylus Photo 925

 

It took me a long time to get this printer set up, because I was using my old USB printer cable inst ...

Exceptional print quality. Images match exactly what I saw on my camera.

It's slow and horizontal bands result when attempting to print from Photoshop.

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Epson Stylus Photo 925 Inkjet Printer

 

I recently found myself on the lookout for a new printer for my wife. This is because the Epson C80 that our kids were using finally died. The computer situation in our house starts with my wife's PC and goes down to my kids and finally falls to me....

Excellent print quality and card readers

Drinks ink and has typical print head clogging problem

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Very good photo inkjet printer. But still inkjet nonetheless

 

If you're in the market for photo-quality printers, you'll be very happy with this one but you also must recognize its limitations.

Excellent quality. Media slots are helpful to select group.

slow .... so slooow. Ink issues.

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Epson Photo 925 Printer

 

I have been quite disappointed with this printer. The original purchase had to be returned under warranty as it jammed completely. The replacement printer has been somewhat better but regularly takes a feed of 3 to 4 sheets for a print and then...

Good Photo Quality & relatively quiet

Paper loader and feeder jams

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Product Specifications

The LQ 680 Pro printer offers an Auto Platen Gap adjuster and an Auto Paper Changer. Based on measurements made by the printer's on-board optical sensor, the Auto Platen Gap adjuster automatically recognizes the thickness of paper being used. This prevents paper misalignment and jamming that can cause problems during remote operation. In addition, the Auto Paper Changer lets you switch between cut-sheet and continuous feed forms or paper without leaving your desk. The LQ-680 Pro offers ultra-reliable flatbed printing with Epson quality and speed. Like all dot-matrix printers in the Epson range this highly developed impact technology remains the most efficient, productive and cost-effective way to print on multi-part stationary. The Epson LQ-680 Pro features rugged Epson construction that ensures reliability, whilst the print head life and total volume have been extended to suit even the most demanding of environments. Paper handling versatility is evident with three-way paper handling from the front, rear or top together with crisp, clear output achievable on multi-part forms up to six layers thick. Improved front-in, front-out paper handling ensures that front-loaded cut sheet paper and single-sheet, multi-part forms emerge right-side up for instant legibility, whilst an optional cut-sheet feeder can also be added simply and easily for the convenience of pre-loading paper. The printers come as standard with a parallel interface. An Epson Type B interface slot allows easy integration with a wide range of different connectivity options including a full range of network and serial configurations.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:15.2in
Height:9.1in
Weight:19.8lbs/20.7lbs
Width:19.6in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Epson
Model:680/680Pro
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson LQ

Miscellaneous

Color:White

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type: None

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Interface:Parallel
Language Simulation:EPSON ESC/P 2/EPSON ESC/P 2 / IBM 2390 Plus
Max H-Resolution B/W:360dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):12 in x 16.6 in / continuous paper 4 in - 12 in (width)/12 in x 22 in/A3 (11.7 in x 16.5 in)
Max Printing Speed:413char/sec/465char/sec
Max V-Resolution B/W:360dpi
Media Path Type:Straight
Media Type:Continuous forms / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper/Continuous forms / Plain paper
Output Type:Monochrome
Technology:Dot-matrix
Type:Personal printer/Workgroup printer

RAM

Installed Size:64KB
Max Supported Size:64KB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft DOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or later/Microsoft DOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or later/Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.1 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 / Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0