Review of Epson L355 Continuous Ink System Printer

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22 Responses

  1. Gamaliel Contreras says:

    Hey I just was reading some internet reviews about the L355 and almost decided to not buy it because you mentioned it was not compatible with a non WPS routerb but you know what, i went to the dealer and asked about setting up the wifi without WPS and they show me how to do it.
    In the setup CD there is the installation wizard and guides you trough the installation.
    They successfully installed the printier over wifi without WPS}

    i found this video in spanish
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0oXVENtMlw

    i found this one very similar in english
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9bFLM9ySDM

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Gamaliel,

      Perhaps Epson has listened to it’s customers and decided to change the software included with the printer. In fact, the driver CD we received with the printer had old drivers and we had to download new drivers from the Internet.

      Thanks for Youtube links.

      Regards

  2. boby majumder says:

    I want to print lots of photo at low cost.I also want a scanner and printer for xerox copies.Should I buy epson l355.How reliable is this.what about after sell service.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Boby,
      My personal experience with Epson inkjet printers has been positive as long as you use genuine supplies and treat the hardware with care.

      These devices are not built ruggedly and must be handled with care.

      Epsons service is bad. Not enough service centers, too many warranty exclusions, unavailability of parts and supplies are common.

      That said, it is easier to recover your investment from Epson devices than other brands like HP or Canon.

      Hth

  3. vikrant singh says:

    i am going to buy a AIO printer for my home use, had fixed hp m1136 vs epson l355. what do you say will be a better option considering my print volume medium but a hassles free printer.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      For a few pages a month, you can buy a HP printer at 5K. If your print volume is larger (more than hundred pages per month), you can invest in the Epson L Series.

      As stated in my article, the Epson printers are considerably slower than the HP and have inferior print quality too. But for business color printing, you can beat the Epson’s running cost.

  4. Swapan says:

    I was almost about to buy an epson l355 but in the last minute, I decided to look for a review on the net. I am thankful to you for posting an unbiased review. You mentioned that it prints slowly. That’s the cue for me. I have decided not to purchase. I wanted speedy prints and in good quality.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      It’s not like you are going to grow old watching the printer print a page. It’s fast enough for day to day use. Just that compared to the HP, it seems slow.
      If you are only printing a couple of pages per month, stick to the HP. Else, consider the Epson. For heavy print users, the you will recover the cost of printing in a few months.

  5. Swapan says:

    By the way, you didn’t mention……I mean you did mention that it prints ‘considerably slower than the HP’. Can you tell me how many pages it prints (black n white) per minute in standard mode (not draft mode)?

    • Swapan says:

      Hmmm….I do need the answer to my question above. If it prints 15 or 16 pages per minute in standard mode (black n white), I will go for it.

      • Rajib Ghosh says:

        Hi,

        Here’s a video I made for you to show the Epson L300 in action:
        http://youtu.be/LJuE2yOEhL0

        The document being printed is a text-only EULA document. The document is A4 size, 14 pages long, 1″ margin and 10 point condensed text. The document resulted in a print speed of approx. 10.5/seconds per page giving you a throughput of approx. 6 pages/minute.

        HTH

        • Swapan says:

          That was really nice of you to upload a you tube video. Yes, printing is on the slower side.

          I think your review on Epson L355 is the best on the the internet.

  6. raj says:

    whats types of paper can be used for printing in this printer?
    im planning to print brochures using this printer will this be a good option for that?

  7. Anup says:

    Hi. I have a budget of maybe 12-13k. I am looking for an AIO printer. This is primarily for home use. I need a printer that gives good quality prints, can print through Wi-fi and also the ink cost as well as changing ink shouldn’t be prohibitive. Can you suggest a printer? One will the capability of printing automatically on both sides as well as a good scanner would be preferred. If we only print a few pages every week, it should clog the head (as I read in a few cases). Much appreciate your time and help.

    • Anup says:

      update on the above query:

      The shortlisted printers are HP 6525 (12k on HP Online), Epson L355 (14,5k) and Canon pixma 6470 (12.5k). Printer is for home use. However, I do not mind a slightly higher printer cost but would like one that has relatively economical ink costs as well as ease of maintanence (easy of changing ink and one that DOES NOT clog the head easily due to lower and irregular printing volumes). I think the HP allows auto printing on both sides while in epson you have to do it manually. Am i right?
      Which one would you recommend?

  8. P S Anand says:

    On seeing the advertisement of the HP 2515. Because I do a lot of full paged color printing, my experience is that 5 colored 678 cartridges and a black 678 cartridge combine to give you ONLY about 200 to 250 color prints which translates to roughly 10-12 rupees per print. I plan to switch over to EPSON L300 now. (I have about 100 empty 678 cartridges)

  9. Sam says:

    I need to print thick papers liek 150 gsm and more. Does this printer do the job?

  10. Mohan Kumar says:

    I came across this post when I was at my wit’s end to configure the Epson L355 over my office wifi. To put it simply, it was a nightmare of epic proportions.

    I started out with the installer on the packaged CD. The first installation didn’t pick up the printer over the wifi network. The second time around, I downloaded the latest installation from Epson’s website. This time, it detected the printer over the wifi. In order to check the stability of the connection, I shut down the printer and the router and restarted to see if the printer would get detected again. It didn’t. And that was the beginning of the nightmare. I spent close to two days reinstalling the software, but the installer would never pickup the printer over the wifi. I tried both the ADHOC mode (the recommended mode in the installation) and the WPS mode to connect to the printer. The AD-HOC mode would never detect the printer at all. The WPS mode would connect the printer to the router. In order to detect the printer in the WPS mode, the printer needs to be connected to the computer using the USB cable. (This was never clearly mentioned in the installation procedure; I figured it out myself.) The printer would get detected by the installer in the WPS mode over the USB, and it would try to pass the network information over the USB cable. But the printer wouldn’t get added to the network. I kept repeating the steps, using several options, such as disabling the firewall in the router, adding the MAC address to the router, etc. But none of it seemed to work.

    Finally, I gave a call to the Epson helpline. They send a technician over, who had no clue about what he needed to do. He said that the TPLINK router used on networks such as ours, usually gave these troubles. His solution was to replace the router or to remove the wifi security. I was surprised that an Epson technician would suggest such stupid solutions. He then suggested that I register the MAC Address to the router, which also didn’t work. He kept on reiterating that the issue was with the router and there was nothing wrong with the printer.

    So, I then reset the router to factory defaults to see if that would help. It didn’t. I checked to see if there was a firmware upgrade available for the router, thinking an upgrade to the router, might resolve any communication issues, since the printer was a relatively new model compared to the router. The router indeed had a firmware upgrade, which among other fixes had a fix for a channel bandwidth adaptation issue. I installed the firmware upgrade and then reset the router to factory defaults, and reconfigured the network. I then uninstalled the printer application and then reinstalled the printer software. I opted to go for the WPS mode since it was the only mode in which the printer was connecting to the router. I figured that this would be easier, since in my earlier attempts, this was the mode that met with partial success, in the sense that the printer was at least connected to the router through WPS. This time, the installation went through without any hitch at all. In order to be double sure, I switched off the printer and the router and restarted them to see if the printer would get reconnected. This time it did. And it did for multiple times after that. Everything seems to be fine after that.

    I wanted to share this experience, in case someone else is facing the same issue with the L355 and is not able to figure out the cause. If the router is a TPLINK router, please go ahead and check if there is a firmware upgrade for the model of the router that you have. The model number can be obtained from the label that is stuck to the bottom of the router. Make sure that the version number of the firmware matches the version number of the router. Follow the instructions about the upgrade procedure carefully, otherwise you might end up with a inoperable router.

    I hope this was useful information for anyone with a TPLINK router and is about to purchase an Epson L355. The technician told me that this was only with these brand of routers and other routers didn’t give any issue. I suspect that this will be the case with routers whose firmware predates the release date of these new printers. I also hope that Epson really trains their technicians properly. In my case, the firmware upgrade and the network reconfiguring was my idea; the technician didn’t have a clue at all. In the end, I had to show him what I had done so that he can use it in a similar situation elsewhere.

    Cheers..

    Mohan.

  11. RIMA SARAF says:

    SIR WE PRINTER IS GOOD EPSON L355 & HP4515

  12. rimasaraf says:

    dear sir which prinet is good epsonl355 & hp 4515

  13. Thermal says:

    This Rajib guy like to suck up on HP printers I see.

  14. EAPP says:

    I have to disagree that a continuous ink system shortens your printer life.
    I had just retired my Epson R200 printer, that I bought exactly 10 years ago (it was the week after my son was born, that’s why I remember). I’ve bough the continuos ink system immediately. And it benn printing and printing and printing. Great printer. I had to retire it because it’s having problems picking paper sometimes, and I have to go through several head cleaning circles very often.
    But hey, 10 years of cheap printing!!!!!
    Cheers.

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