Epson Stylus Office BX300F All-In-One Inkjet - Epson Stylus Office BX300F

By Simon Williams

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

6

A 15 x 10cm photo print in best quality mode took a pretty lengthy 4:31, but switching to normal print mode cut this to 2:03, still quite slow. There's very little difference between the two photo prints, so we recommend you save yourself some time by using normal print.

Photo prints, as we've come to expect from Epson, are of very good quality, with plenty of detail, smooth colour transitions and good response in dark as well as light areas of the image.

The quality of print on plain paper is on the good side of fair, though there are some jagged edges visible on black text print. Colours are bright, though there is some noticeable banding between swathes of the print head, even after we performed the slightly laborious three-stage alignment procedure. Registration of black print over colour is good, with no signs of white halos.

Epson hasn't managed to do much about noise levels on the machine, other than quoting unrealistically low figures. The company quotes 39dBA, which is whisper quiet, but in practice we measured peaks of 67dBA during paper feeds, always the noisiest part of a print. Since the noise level scale is logarithmic, this is a lot louder than the spec.

The Stylus Office BX300F runs on four individual cartridges and these are the only consumables, so the price you can obtain them for governs the machine's running costs. We found them for around £6 each and used the high-yield version of the black cartridge, as this offers better economy.

We produced figures of 2.73p for ISO black print and 6.97p for colour. These are good figures for a low cost inkjet all-in-one and compare well with most of its immediate competition.

Verdict

Epson's Stylus Office BX300F looks like a high value piece of kit, until you start to run it. You're then clobbered by the slow print speed which means that, unless you're a very occasional user, you're likely to be waiting for print jobs to be completed most of the time. The printer is also as noisy as previous Epson inkjets, despite the company's selective noise measurements. If you can live with these two disadvantages, the feature set and print quality are generally good for an entry-level machine like this, but it's worth shopping around first.

ibo2007

October 17, 2008, 4:43 pm

1. does it have duplex?


2. how well does it work under linux? without good linux support, this printer is just a standalone copier/fax machine to me.

bill 5

May 14, 2009, 3:26 am

Shortly after buying this printer it suffered a paper jam.I removed the paper by hand, but the computer keeps telling me that there is still a paper jam when this is not the case.I dont know how to reset the printer so as to get rid of the error message.I now have a printer i cannot use.It is very frustrating.I will return the printer tomorrow.

Paul 17

May 15, 2009, 2:05 pm

How can Epson get away with making absolutely false claims about their printing speeds?


The interface is time consuming to use and when the ink cartridges are full and the printer isn't used for some time, one or more of the cartridges has blocked or dried up.


What a load of hastle. I've had to replace cartridges just to get some printing done. I'm tempted to march the printer up to the highest mountain at the back of my house and hurl it all the way down. You can see I'm not at all impressed with this particular printer.

margaret764

October 23, 2009, 4:08 am

just brought it so so sorry paper jams all too frequent for no good reason takes a compatible uses for a day then says replace cartridges as cartridge not recognized cant work out how to add an answer machine never again its back to hp for me

margaret764

October 23, 2009, 4:43 am

help does anyone know how to get this monster to accept compatables

Lee

July 18, 2010, 7:16 am

Epson BX300F Office printer doesn’t even do something as simple as print on the back of a business card: what use is that?


Don’t waist your time and money buying one even though the name of the printer incorporates the name office. I wish companies would think more before naming there Crummy machines these office friendly machines when there clearly not. It don’t even have a network input or wireless printing. So where did the office name come from? What a load of junk I wish I never paid out for it now. Waist of money


The fax answers when it wants and sometimes don’t even print the fax at all


Getting board of Epson and there clams to office use, my £29 Lexmark printer printed on the business cards no problem, yet my Lexmark was a cheap machine


People say you get what you pay for! Not always true as my Epson cost 3 times more

davexmachina

November 7, 2010, 11:36 pm

I bought one for my accountant's workstation as a standalone machine. It's been used every day for well over a year now, and it keeps working (using only compatibles). It's very prone to banding, but over all, it's been a good workhorse

James Morgan

December 9, 2010, 5:36 pm

These printers work fine for a couple of weeks, maybe a month. Then they start throwing up error messages 'cannot recognise ink cartridge' even when the cartridges are still half full. We have very low usage; printing maybe 20 pages a day at most and yet we have to replace cartridges 2-3 times per week at £10-11 per cartridge. That makes it about 15p per page. It seems like a racket to me. But worse than that is the aggravation and stress it causes. Everytime you want to perform a simple task like print an invoice you have to spend time checking the nozzles, taking the cartridges out, puting them back, replacing them, charging them etc etc etc. At the minimum wage this added time pushes the cost per page up towards 20 or 30p per page. This has happened on 2 Epson printers I have bought. I will never buy Epson again.

Sorry that name has alrea

January 13, 2011, 5:47 pm

I've has one for over a year. printed probably 1 screenplay per day, so in the region of 50,000 pages using the cheapest paper (£2.39 a ream) and cheap Chinese compatible cartridges (£4.80 for 5 on eBay, 19ml - as opposed to 7.4ml in the genuine Epson ones) - costs about 80p per 110-page screenplay.





It *is* slow (3-4ppm standard, 25ppm draft) but what the hell, at that price, I'll wait :-)

Beechlaw

March 2, 2012, 2:48 pm

Generally very good value for money for the small user. Does not reject budget ink cartridges. But you need the patience of Job. It is seriously slow. I just printed off a bank statement, admittedly with a little colour on it. It took 3 minutes! For one page!!

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