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Epson Stylus SX600FW All-In-One Inkjet review

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Epson Stylus SX600FW All-In-One Inkjet
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  • Epson Stylus SX600FW All-In-One Inkjet
  • Epson Stylus SX600FW All-In-One Inkjet
  • Epson Stylus SX600FW All-In-One Inkjet
  • Epson Stylus SX600FW All-In-One Inkjet

Summary

Our Score:

8

Epson, like several of the leading printer makers, is trying to move the inkjet all-in-one into the small business sphere and its new Stylus SX600FW appears fast and smartly styled. Office use is not just about looks and speed, though, as the total cost of ownership and ease of maintenance also play important roles.

This is a very sleek looking all-in-one and it looks as if Epson has had more than a passing glance at some of Canon’s devices. While the design is different, the gloss black panels and subtle curves of the printer's top surface show some definite parallels.

A particularly elegant feature is the folding Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) tray, which not only becomes part of the machine’s top cover, but also lifts the ADF output tray to continue the curve, leaving a completely smooth top surface when the ADF is closed.

The front panel has been considerably redesigned, too, with a 63mm colour LCD panel and a series of control buttons, all sitting smoothly flush with the piano-black panel front. There's a square of nine, large navigation controls, incorporating up/down buttons for number of copies, and there are easy ways to enlarge and reduce documents, too.

The standard number pad is supplemented by quick-dial fax numbers and last number dial and there’s a four-way mode button to switch between scan, copy, fax and photo print modes. The control set is completed by large start and stop buttons.

Memory card slots for the common types, but excluding specialist slots for miniSD or microSD - you’ll need an adapter - are grouped in the bottom left, together with a PictBridge socket for digital cameras, which can also take a standard flash drive. You can print from a flash drive and scan images to one, making it a versatile connection.

At the back, as well is a USB socket are others for cabled network, phone line and phone handset. This is a versatile machine when it comes to connections, as it also come with Wi-Fi as standard. Connection is straightforward, whichever method you choose.

In addition to the standard driver, Epson includes its useful Web-to-print utility, which squeezes prints of websites to fit paper width, and the Event Manager, which enables you to assign specific applications to the Start, Copy, E-mail and PDF buttons. Finally, there's a copy of Abbyy Finereader to handle Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

There's a lot you can do with this machine, without connecting to a PC. As well is the obvious functions of copying documents and printing from memory cards, Epson has been brainstorming and come up with a function to print stationery. It can print lined and squared paper and can also use an image from a memory card as a watermark on printed note paper. While this function produces pretty expensive writing paper, it's an interesting extension to the printing functions of the machine for special purposes.

Martin Daler

October 7, 2008, 7:04 pm

"Using these cartridges and the best prices we could find, and assuming they do return their claimed yields..."


Assuming? "Assuming" isn't why I read your otherwise excellent reviews. I can read the manufacturer's blurb and make my own assumptions, I read TR to learn the truth! Especially about cost of ownership.

ayejoe

October 30, 2008, 9:10 pm

Could you explain the difference between the prices that you show 'as reviewed'and the sellers prices..........and how to get hold of the products at the lower price !!

Andy Vandervell

October 30, 2008, 9:37 pm

Unfortunately, prices do fluctuate - hence having a 'price as reviewed'.

Tim 7

February 24, 2009, 3:08 am

Have just bought one of these for the business and quite amazed at the amount of features for the price. The amount you can do without a PC was a key factor for me, especially with copying documents and scanning photos.





Referring to the ink use, I suspect the black cartridge supplied is half filled. A common practice with printer manufacturers. Note that the cartridge is also twice the size of the colour cartridges. They do warn about ink use in first charging also.

Colin 6

September 14, 2009, 5:49 am

I have also just bought the SX600FW and am amazed at the features per pound value. I bought it for its wireless connectivity and copier/fax facilities. I've stuck with Epson for low running costs. So far I have found it to be a darn sight quicker & quieter than the Stylus D78 that I have been using up to now. Much of my printing is perfectly usable in draft mode and this machine chucks the pages out at an astonishing rate, way faster than even my Brother laser printer, so I am more than satisfied with it.

Austin

September 21, 2009, 2:05 am

Today I tried to install one of these printers and found that it was not straightforward at all. the pc could not locate the printer no matter how many times I tried. Printer is now consigned to the long term storage shelf.

buzzout

August 28, 2010, 11:21 pm

This is not a professional printer in any qualities.


The print speed is slow, it's noisy, there are green lines on photo printed documents.


One thing really annoys me is you cannot control incoming fax settings in the menu.


Eg after how many rings should it pick up the phone or don't answer for incoming at all.


Since I have it on a dsl line I don't want incoming phone calls on the line break up the connection and unfortunately the only way of doing this is, not plugging in the phone line to the printer just when you want to send fax.

Mick Atack

February 5, 2011, 10:28 pm

So you want the truth about the SX600FW. LESS THAN 5 MONTHS OLD AND IT'S A SCRAPPER.


I bought one just over 4 months ago there was very little ink (as usual) from the manufacturer after replacing the cartridges one after the other everything went fine..... for about 3 weeks now I am suffering from EPSON desease...It's now got blocked print heads. Now all of a sudden it cannot recognise the cartridges. So after hours of wasted time doing numerous sessions of head cleaning, multi coloured finger and quite a few quid lighter in my wallet I've decided to cut my losses and place the EPSON SX600FW where it quite rightly belongs...at my local re-cycling centre. And just a quick word for the moderaters before they delete this comment, YES I was using genuine Epson replacements and NO I won't be buying another Epson. (100% chance against, that this comment does not get published)

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