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Epson Stylus S22

  • This reliable, economical printer makes home photo and document printing simple and effortless. Buy printer Epson Stylus S22 with CISS and make 30 times more quality prints for the same money! - THAT MODEL IS NOT BEING SOLD WITHOUT the Continuous Ink Supply System or Reffilable cartridges.

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Printer Epson Stylus S22 review

Demand for an inexpensive printing device is still high. No wonder! Most customers long for reasonable price. Epson S22 is quite inexpensive. Its price can be compared with the cost of a set of original cartridges. Epson S22 is rather ascetic: it doesn't have any displays, card readers or touch-sensitive keys. It is a perfect product for conservative customers who consider printer as printing device only. The device is also compact. Let's have a look at Epson Stylus S22, the budget king.

Brief historical information

Inkjet printer Epson Stylus S22

Sometimes it happens that manufacturer wants to make a product cheaper by means of saving on its quality. Therefore a new device may print with lower speed/quality or have some other defects. Today we are going to review a new budget king. So let's start!

Epson S22 is a completely new device for it has no predecessors of his own. The printer is attractive due to its novelty. Because of that fact and price, of course, Epson S22 managed to oust Epson Stylus T27 from its position of a budget king device. The "late" king used to be slowly and noisy one, constantly jammed paper, though its users give it "B" for printing. We are eager to know whether the things have changed.

Being cheap is not a sin

Epson S22 has no equal rivals among Epson series as it is the only printer within a budget segment: the others are all-in-ones, Epson Stylus SX130 among them. HP on the contrary has produced a series of budget printers: HP Deskjet 1000, HP Deskjet 2000 and HP Deskjet 3000. The fist one even has Wi-Fi module, the other were provided with LCD displays. Still their printing capacity is not so good: only 2 cartridges for printing and lower resolution compared to Epson S22 (4800х1200 dpi against 5760х1440 dpi of Epson S22). However, their printing speed is higher. All the three devices are almost the same, so you can choose what you like.

A brief summary. Regarding printing capacity S22 has alternatives, though independent cartridges make the printer more attractive.The budget section king has austere but rather modern style. Stylus S22 is very compact. It is nearly a perfect parallelepiped with rounded corners but with noticeable protrusion. Unit surface is mainly matt. Printer lid vaguely resembles carbon that is fingerprints resistant but still you will have to maintain its clearness. The only glossy area is situated on the side walls and attracts attention to the company logo.

Epson Stylus S22 has a loose cover which hides inner mechanisms of the device. There are no construction peculiarities that make it impossible to use CISS.There 2 keys on the control panel: on/off button and button for cartridges change. It is quite enough for the device without such advanced technologies as PictBridge or others. However, the keys are hard-to-press. The front panel has two LED lights.

Horizontal output tray is folding. Sticker on the left side of the tray indicates DURABrite Ultra pigmental ink usage and compliance with Energy Star standard. Leading tray is vertical and folding that makes it almost unnoticeable.

On the back side of Epson Stylus S22 there is a USB port, a network connector and ventilation outlets. As usual, the set doesn't comprise USB cable. It includes printer itself, cartridges, a power cord and a manual.

Let us sum up. Epson S22 is not a design thing, though it is compact and efficient. Its price compensates for its style.


Printer is made for printing. So printing is the only thing a budget device must do. High quality and speed of printing are desirable. Epson S22 has everything to be like this. Its printing resolution is 5760x1440 dpi, ink drop volume is 4pl. Not bad for a budget printer.

Epson S22 provides 4-color printing and uses standard CMYK palette: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Cartridges capacity is extremely low: 5.9ml for black and 3.5 for color cartridges. And you will have to pay almost 12 $ for each or 35$ for a set. Official press release ensures that Stylus S22 delivers 28 monochrome and 15 color pages per minute and takes 89 seconds to print a 10x15 photo.


We are going to test printing quality and speed, paper pick-up mechanism and average loudness of Epson S22. The printer delivers prints without much noise, has no problems with paper picking-up. However, after several hours of printing one of the cartridges ran out. This may be a result of cartridges low capacity.

For our test we used standard template. We printed a multi pages documents in "Text" mode (with word "text" typed in 12 point type of Times New Romans, single spacing), "Text and Image" mode (text with diagrams of one third page size) and "Center of alternative consumables" (typed in different point type of Times New Romans). Photos: selection of color and black and white photos.

Printing quality may be characterized as acceptable. "Draft" mode printing is not so good. However, Epson Stylus S22 aa well as Epson Stylus SX230 delivers quite good photos, still sometimes color rendering have some defects. An average user may not distinguish between photos by Stylus S22 and professional printer.

As for printing speed, it is extremely slow. During standard mode the printer produces 2.5 pages per minute that is 10 times less than it was announced. Epson T27 has the same problem, so we can say that the problem has become a tradition. For color printing speed decreases dramatically: it takes more than a minute. Standard photo printing mode requires 2 minutes to print a 10x15 photo, it takes 3.5 minute with maximum photo printing mode.


Nearly Shakespearean question arose at the beginning of the review: to buy or not to buy. We will give rather evasive answer. If you are short of money and don't mind a slow printing then Stylus S22 is not so bad for it delivers prints of good quality. If you are choosing between T27 and S22, in this case the latter will be better, because all the problem of T27 (except printing speed) were solved. But if you are looking for a simple printing device, we would advise you to keep on doing that, because printing speed may cause problems to your nervous system.

Epson Stylus S22


Printing Method    
4-colour inkjet printer, Epson Micro Piezo™ print head

Nozzle Configuration    
90 nozzles black / 29 nozzles, each colour (cyan, magenta, yellow)

Droplet Size    
4 pl (minimum) with Variable-sized Droplet Technology

Print Resolution    
Up to 5760x1440 optimised dpi on suitable media using RPM (Resolution Performance Management)


Print Speed Black Text A4    
Up to 28 ppm*1

Print Speed Colour Text A4    
Up to 15 ppm*1

Print Speed Photo 10x15    
Approx. 89 secs*1

Printer Interface    
USB - Compatible with the USB 2.0 Specification*2


Ink Cartridges    
4 individual ink cartridges

Paper Handling

Paper Capacity    
Input: 100 sheets A4 plain paper (75 g/m2)

Media Size    
A4, A5, A6, B5, 10x15 cm, 13x18 cm, 16:9 wide size, Letter, Legal, 9x13 cm, 13x20 cm, 20x25 cm, 100x148 mm, Envelopes: No.10, DL, C6

Print Margin    
0 mm top, left, right, bottom via custom settings in printer driver*3


Operating Systems    
Windows XP/XP-x64/Vista, Win 7, Mac OS 10.4.11 or later

Epson Easy Photo Print

Noise Level    
5.6 B(A) (according to ISO7779 pattern with Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper/Photo RPM mode), 42 dB(A) (according to ISO9296)
CISS for Epson S22

Number of colors:

dye-based ink "INKSYSTEM" (South Korea), 4 colors 130 ml

Material of CISS:

2 years

Country of origin:
South Korea

the same as original

Numbers of original cartridges:

Bought this printer for my daugter for school. Great thing, really!
Mitch,J. 01/12/2011, 13:09

Lovely printer. Works without troubles.
Deborah F. ,Aviemore 27/06/2012, 18:36

Very good printer for personal use, quality is amazing.
William,Truro 11/10/2012, 15:05

Nice and quite simple printer for photo printing. No unnecessary troubles and the pictures obtained are great.
Chandler ,Sutton Coldfield 18/01/2013, 12:31

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