Epson Stylus D120 Inkjet Printer Review

by Pete on May 19, 2008

Review

The Epson Stylus D120′s main innovation is the Dual Black Ink System. Rather than containing one black cartridge, the Epson Stylus D120 actually houses two of them and the Epson Stylus D120′s print head contains twice the number of black ink nozzles as usual.

Unlike some photo printers, which need a dye-based black cartridge for photos and a pigment-based one for text, both the black cartridges in this printer use identical DURABrite Ultra, pigment-based cartridges. There are two of them purely to increase the black capacity of the printer for an office environment and gives the Epson Stylus D120 a lot more flexibility when it comes to choosing what ink to print with.
As for the controls, there are three buttons in a high-gloss strip at the top of the front panel for power, ink-change and paper-feed, with a power and a USB 2.0 socket at the rear rounding things off although there is no USB cable is supplied in the box.
Installation is very straightforward, as the standard set of Epson utilities are mature now and copy across automatically. The printer driver is well laid out and includes features such as watermarks, multi-pages per sheet and reduction and enlargement.

For about £30 more the Epson Stylus D120 Network Edition is available for those who want the convenience of wired and wireless network printing.

The  low power consumption (15W typical, 2W idle) helps to produce a more efficient printing system compared to regular desktop inkjets or lasers.

It’s as good as most at printing text on plain paper, although you’ll still need to use a quality inkjet paper to get laser-like crispness. The Stylus D120 is also flexible enough to print borderless colour photos at up to 5,760×1,440 optimised dots per inch using a variable droplet size down to a minimum of 3 picolitres. The four-colour Stylus D120 is also one of the fastest inkjets in its class and can handle most small-office workloads. Although in practice you can expect well under the rated speed.

Specifications

Print technology
Printing method
4-colour inkjet printer with Dual Black Ink System, Epson Micro Piezo™ print head

Nozzle configuration
360 nozzles Black / 59 x 3 nozzles Colour (cyan, magenta, yellow)

Droplet size
3 pl (minimum) with Variable-sized Droplet Technology

Ink system
Epson DURABrite™ Ultra Ink
Print resolution

Up to 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi on suitable media using RPM (Resolution Performance Management)
Print speed
Black text A4
Up to 37 ppm (Fastest), 25 ppm (Business quality)*

Colour text A4
Up to 20 ppm (Fastest), 11 ppm (Business quality)*

Photo 10×15 cm
Approx. 49 secs*

*For more information please visit www.epson-europe.com
Interface

Hi-Speed USB – compatible with the USB 2.0 specification. USB cable required for PC/Mac use (not supplied in box)
Paper handling
Capacity
120 sheets A4 plain paper

Media size
A4, Letter, Legal, 20×25 cm, 13×18 cm, 10×15 cm, 9×13 cm, 13×20 cm, 102x181mm, A6, A5, B5, Half Letter, Envelopes: No.10, DL, C6

Print margin
0 mm top, left, right, bottom via custom settings in printer driver. Otherwise 3mm top, left, right, bottom
Ink cartridges
Epson Stylus D120 Ink Cartridges -

Individual ink cartridges
T0711H High Capacity Black (Twin Pack)
T0711 Black Ink Cartridge
T0712 Cyan Ink Cartridge
T0713 Magenta Ink Cartridge
T0714 Yellow Ink Cartridge
T0715 Multipack

Electrical specification
Power consumption
Approx. 15 Watts (printing, ISO10561 letter pattern)
Approx. 2 Watts (sleep mode)
Energy Star Rating

Voltage
AC 220-240 V
Operating systems

Windows 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP / XP-x64 / Vista, Mac OS 10.2.8 or later
Warranty

1 year standard warranty

General
Dimensions (WxDxH)
435x240x161 mm

Weight
3.9 kg

Noise level
39 dB (according to ISO7779 Pattern with Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper/Photo RPM mode)
Software
Epson Creativity Suite
Epson Easy Photo Print
Epson Web-To-Page

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