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

By Simon Williams



Our Score:


Epson quotes both draft and normal print speeds for the Stylus SX600FW, with figures of 27ppm for black and 19ppm for colour in normal mode. Our five-page text print competed in 24 seconds and the 20-page document took 1:28, giving a best case print speed of 13.6ppm. When we mixed in the colour, with our five-page text and graphics print, we saw a speed of 5.45ppm. We wonder how the company can get the figures it publishes, though in comparative terms it’s still quite a speedy inkjet.

Printing a photo in normal mode took around 1:20, which is quick for a 15 x 10cm print from an all-in-one. With its very high resolution print, photo reproduction has always been a strong point of Epson's print engine. That's true here, where photo prints are pin sharp, with a lot of detail, and colours looking smooth and natural. Although it only uses four inks, you are unlikely to be disappointed by its photo output.

You could be disappointed by its text output, though, with noticeable jagged edges and spikes on characters printed on plain paper. Areas of colour from business graphics are passable, but not as dense as from some of its rivals, such as Canon's latest range of all-in-ones. A single-page copy suffered from the white paper nap showing through the ink.

There's no way you could describe this machine as quiet. The range of clunks and whirs it makes while printing or copying peaks at over 65dBA, which is noisy to any ears. It's one area where Epson has traditionally been poor and the redesign hasn't improved things.

Epson's website says you should get 230 ISO pages from a standard T0711 black cartridge, but we had printed just 30 before we got a low-ink warning. While we know the first set of cartridges you fit to an Epson machine uses a lot of ink to charge its piezoelectric head, we've never come across such a low page-count before.

Perhaps this is one reason why Epson has introduced a new set of cartridges which it recommends for this machine, which have much higher claimed yields. These cartridges should give 995 pages for black and 815 pages for each colour, in keeping with the company’s move to sell the Stylus SX600FW to the small business market.

Using these cartridges and the best prices we could find, and assuming they do return their claimed yields, gives a cost per black page of 2.31p and a cost for colour of 5.59p. These figures are quite similar to the last two Canon inkjets we've tested, though marginally lower on the black print. It should be an economical machine to run.


At first sight, the Stylus SX600FW appears to be offering a lot for its asking price. It certainly has a lot of features and is easy to use. If you buy into the higher capacity ink cartridges, it's also economical to run, but text and colour graphics print quality on plain paper leaves something to be desired. Ask for a print sample before making a final decision.

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.


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.


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.


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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