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Epson’s high-end inkjet all-in-one printers are fast, economical and produce reasonable prints. The company is trying to reproduce this further down the range with the middle-of-the-road Stylus Office BX320FW. It has many of the features of the 600 series, but for a bit less money.
The waved top of the company’s top office all-in-ones is reproduced here, though the cunning lift to the output tray of the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is dispensed with as a cost saving. The ADF input tray still flips closed to improve the lines of the machine when you're not copying.
A rather flimsy, three-stage telescopic paper support folds back and lifts from the rear to provide a 120-sheet feed slot. Another telescopic support, with a flip-up paper stop, pulls out from the front, though it doesn't fold completely out of the way when the machine is closed.
The control panel runs most of the width of the front of the printer, but is not that deep. It carries a two-line by 16-character mono LCD display, without a backlight, but Epson has used the text effectively and scrolls messages through the bottom row of the display, while saving the top row for titles. In front of the display are three mode buttons and to its right there's a navigation square, a numeric pad with added function buttons for fax, five single-click buttons for quick dials and three buttons to start and stop copy and scan jobs.
Lift the scanner section and you have access to the head carrier into which are clipped the five ink cartridges. In a rather peculiar arrangement, three of the slots are for the cyan, magenta and yellow inks which are available in two yields, but the black slots only take the standard yield consumable. These black cartridges aren’t text and photo, but two slots for identical black cartridges, so you have twice the text capacity of a machine with a single slot.
There are no memory card slots or a PictBridge socket, but you do have sockets at the side for phone line and optional, third-party handset, as well as USB and Ethernet sockets at the back.
Wireless networking is provided as standard and this is an easy machine to set up, either by typing in a passcode from the numeric keypad or by temporarily connecting via USB to link the printer to a computer.
Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and application software is also bundled, in the form of Presto! PageManager, a useful document management application which includes OCR.
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