You do get a parallel port, so those with legacy systems may still see value, but with no duplex unit either there isn’t a great deal to get excited about, and the Epson doesn’t improve with its printing. The problem is that it’s a four-pass printer, so the gulf in speed between mono and colour tasks is huge. It raced through our mono tests, printing 50 pages in just over two minutes, yet with colour the stopwatch ran for ten minutes before it finished.
Other colour documents were similarly slow, and this disappointment was heightened when we saw the quality of the output. Blacks were deep enough, but visible dithering and substandard image reproduction put the Epson at the foot of the table for quality. Running costs aren’t great, either: while your page count is low it’s fine, but as you pass 15,000 pages the C1100 gravitates towards the dearer end of the group.
If you print mainly mono documents the Epson’s speed may appeal, but its colour printing is far enough off the rest in this group test that we just can’t endorse it in this company.
Painfully slow with colour, and the quality disappoints
• Epson: www.epson.com.au
• Price: $466 • Printing method: Laser • Max printing resolution: 600 x 600 dpi • Fastest quoted print speed: 5/25ppm • RAM: 32MB/256MB • Ethernet: Yes • USB: Yes • Tray capacity: 180/200 pages • Dimensions (WDH mm): 445 x 445 x 439 • Noise level: 53dBA • Manufacturer: Epson • Supplier: Epson • Running costs|Mono cartrige price: $91; N/A • Running costs|Colour cartridge price: $103; $150