Epson rates the Stylus Office BX625FWD at 15ppm for black and 7.1ppm for colour and quotes a spectacular 38ppm for both in draft mode. Under test, as usual, we didn’t see these levels, but our five-page black text test completed in 35 seconds, giving a speed of 8.6ppm and this increased to 12.5ppm on the 20-page document. This was also the speed on the 5-page draft document and the text and colour graphic test returned 4.8ppm. These speeds are good for an inkjet all-in-one, faster than most in the same price bracket.
Epson also makes much of the duplex print speed on this machine, as the pigmented DuraBrite inks dry more quickly than dye-based ones, needing less of a pause between the printing of front and back sides of each page. Our 20-side document completed in 2:44, a speed of 7.3spm. Comparing this with the 3.8spm of the similarly-priced Lexmark Prospect Pro 205, Epson has a point.
A colour copy took 29 seconds and a 5-page black text copy from the ADF took 59 seconds, both of which are quicker than average. Finally, 15 x 10cm photos took from 1min 14secs to 1min 58secs, depending on source and print mode. 1min 58secs for a best quality print is better than many.
Considering quality, pages from the printer have most of the good and bad features we’ve seen before from Epson. Black text is crisp and bold, though there are occasional slight jags where one pass of the printhead is misaligned with another. Draft text is very readable, though it looks more like dot-matrix output than a fainter version of the normal font.
Colours are bright and eye-catching and this machine produces one of the most accurate colour copies of any inkjet we’ve tested recently. This shows the quality of the 1,200dpi scanner. Photos are also well coloured, with good, natural hues and plenty of detail from the enhanced 5,760 by 1,440 pixel heads.
Two different sets of cartridges fit this machine: the Apple series for standard yield and the Stag series for high yield. The Stag cartridges offer page counts of between 600 and 1,000 pages, depending on colour, and give ISO page costs of 2.7p for black and 7.9p for colour. These are a bit higher than even some other Epson machines. Equivalent costs for the £125 Epson Stylus BX320FW, for example, are 2.5p and 6.7p
The Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD is a delight to use and offers all the main features you’d expect from a home office all-in-one: print, copy, scan, fax and photo print. It’s fast and print quality is fair. Running costs are a little high, but overall it’s a solid SOHO workhorse.