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If you've been looking out for a general-purpose inkjet all-in-one for both home office and photo duties, you may have come across the Epson Stylus Office BX610FW, as well as the Epson Stylus SX610FW reviewed here. We covered the Stylus Office BX610FW back in March and we'll highlight the differences.
Physically, the two machines are alike, with the gentle black wave of their covers setting them apart from many other all-in-ones at a similar £150 price point. As you open the cover of the Stylus SX610FW's Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which becomes it's input tray, the receiving tray lowers in an elegant dual-action.
The control panel, which pulls out from the vertical to any of four angles, contains a large, bright, 63mm LCD panel, sandwiched between a square of nine menu navigation buttons to the right and Help and thumbnail Zoom buttons to the left. Further left are illuminated mode buttons for copy, fax, scan and photo upload, while to the right is a fax number pad, fax function keys and a big Start Job button.
Paper feeds from a very steeply-angled 120-sheet tray at the back – that's 120-sheets of 64gsm paper, so probably nearer 100 of more standard, 80gsm stock – to a telescopic output tray at the front. This increases the printer's footprint quite a bit, but you can slide it away when not printing.
There are two memory card readers mounted vertically in the front left-hand corner, which take most of the common types, including CompactFlash, and a PictBridge socket, which can also read USB drives. At the back are sockets for USB 2.0, Ethernet and fax line, as well as for a third-party handset, if you want one.
Wireless networking is standard on this machine and set-up can be done in two ways. You can connect a USB cable temporarily and let the whole process happen automatically, or link the printer to your network first, entering any WPA passcode from the numeric keypad, and then link the printer to your computer. Windows and OS X are supported, but there's no indication of any Linux drivers on the Epson site.
The Stylus SX610FW comes with ABBYY FineReader 6 Sprint, which is a well-liked OCR package, but you don't get the document management facilities supplied by Presto PageManager 8 in the Stylus Office BX610FW package. Both come with various Epson utilities, though, including a useful Web print applet. The four, colour ink tanks plug easily into the head carrier and the machine is then ready to go.