Not everybody uses inkjet all-in-ones for printing photos and for home and small offices, plain paper print is much more important. Epson has a range of small office inkjets, going under the brand Stylus Office. The Stylus Office BX305FW is an economically priced model, still offering print, scan, copy and fax.
The printer follows the general lines of Epson's recent releases, with its signature wave-shaped top to its fold-out, 30-sheet Automatic Document Feed (ADF) tray. The only paper feed is a near-vertical tray at the rear, which Epson rates at 120 sheets, but since that’s of 64gsm paper, you'll be lucky to get 100 sheets of 80gsm into it. The paper feeds to a two-stage, pull-out tray at the front.
The control panel, which has a textured grey surface and is fitted at a fixed angle, is quite crowded, with a large square for menu navigation, buttons to start and stop jobs, a number pad and five, fax quick-dial buttons. There's a two-line, text-only LCD display with no backlight, but good contrast, so it shows up well under overhead light.
There are no memory card slots or PictBridge socket in this machine, though, given its low price and target market, this is understandable.
At the back of the left-hand side are three sockets for USB, phone line and third-party handset. Most people will probably opt for wireless connection, though, which is standard. It can be set up through WPS setup with a couple of button presses, or you can enter a passcode, using the number pad.
Fold up the whole of the scanner section and you can get at the print head and its four ink cartridges. These clip in very easily and after the obligatory pumping are ready to print.
The Stylus Office BX305FW runs under Windows and OS X and there's a copy of Presto! PageManager 9 Standard included, to handle document management and OCR on both platforms. Other Epson software is provided, including applications for basic photo manipulation and printing Web pages.