In the same way Lexmark has a range of Pro business, inkjet all-in-ones, which have high capacity cartridges, Epson has its Stylus Office machines, which have room in their cartridge carriers for two black cartridges, sitting side-by-side. Today we're looking at the Stylus Office BX310FN, which is capable of printing over 2,000 pages between cartridge changes.
This is a good-looking and quite sleek machine, with a flip-open Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) tray designed into its low-profile scanner cover. The neat, but quite crowded control panel includes all the essentials, with function buttons down the left-hand side, fax presets down the right-hand side and a number pad, copy buttons and a square of navigation controls in the middle, in front of a 2-line by 16-character mono LCD display, without a backlight.
There are no memory card slots and not even a USB slot for direct print of files from a USB drive. It's increasingly handy to be able to print directly from this type of storage, particularly in an office machine.
Paper feeds from a fold-out and pull-up tray at the rear to a telescopic tray at the front and also at the back are sockets for USB, Ethernet, fax and an extension handset. There's no Wi-Fi option on this machine and very little else extra you can add to it.
Epson provides a full version of Presto! PageManager 8 for document handling and OCR, as well as a suite of the standard Epson applications for its all-in-ones. Lift the scanner section and you can plug-in the five, separate ink cartridges the machine can take.
The two black ink cartridge slots are identical and are not text black and photo black, as with some other all-in-ones. Three different black ink cartridges can be used, with standard, high and very high yields. Colour cartridges are available in low and very high yields only.