There’s an increasing similarity between Epson’s ranges of all-in-ones. The Photo and Office ranges, certainly at their higher ends, both include Automatic Document Feeders (ADFs) and memory card slots, but the main difference is the number of ink colours, with the Office series having four to the Photo’s six. The Stylus Office BX625FWD is at the top end of the Office range, so has most of the extras you might expect in a small business all-in-one.
The machine is a little deeper than earlier Stylus Office all-in-ones, mainly due to the fact that it has a cassette paper tray, which slides in underneath the machine, rather than the vertical paper hopper of earlier Epson machines.
The top surface has the same fold-open technique, which gives it a smooth top when closed. When it’s folded open, there's a 30-sheet ADF to supplement the standard A4 flatbed scanner. The paper cassette can take up to 250 sheets of A4 paper or photo blanks from 15 x 10cm, though not at the same time. The output tray pulls out from just above the cassette, with a flip-up paper stop at the front.
The control panel, which folds out to any of seven, click-stop positions, is busy with buttons. Part of this is because Epson has decided to offer separate buttons to start different kinds of jobs. There's a button to print photos, two to start black and colour copies, two for black and colour faxes and one for a scan job.
Close to the centre is a large numeric pad and a square of cursor controls for menu navigation. The large, 63mm colour LCD is used for menus and photo preview in the normal way and there are assorted other buttons for functions such as copy enlargement and settings.
At the left end of the front panel are two card readers and a PictBridge socket, which doubles as a USB drive socket. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet connection and wireless networking is also supported.
Wireless setup is very simple, particularly if you have a one-click connection button on your router. Even if you need to enter a WPA passcode, though, this is made easier by the numeric pad.
This is a four-colour printer and the four cartridges slot into the head carrier in traditional Epson fashion. The machine takes two sizes of black cartridge, with the higher yield component good for over 900 pages.
Drivers for Windows and OS X are provided on the CD, as is a copy of Presto! PageManager for document management and OCR.