I have recently purchased 2 0f these printers for friends and they do not exhibit any of the problems which seem to afflict yours.
Magazine advice is based on a supplied item, as car tests are based on the testing of one journalists' car. This should be bourne in mind and further reviews should be looked at. If the test item works well then the magazine will say so. There are instances when a test item has been a lemon and magazines always report this.
I would suggest that you delete the printer, shut down the computer, restart and put the driver disk in to reload the printer programme. When reloaded, restart the computer but leave the disk in. Ensure that your AV and firewall is turned off before reloading the drivers.