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Epson Stylus Office BX610FW - Inkjet All-in-One review

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Epson Stylus Office BX610FW - Inkjet All-in-One

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9

One of the key differences between a printer designed for the home and one intended for small business use is print speed. While everybody wants their prints through as fast as possible, it’s arguably more important when your income depends on it and Epson’s Stylus Office series is designed for speed, but with good features, too.

The Stylus Office BX610FW is a surprisingly neat little machine with an attractive textured plastic top, including an embossed pattern of dots. Its gentle wave shape folds down as you open the 30-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and the only paper feed tray opens at the rear, with a telescopic paper support pulling up.

A corresponding output tray pulls out from the front and above this is the control panel, which hinges open to any of four working positions. The controls are very straightforward, with an embedded 62 mm colour LCD, a square of nine, large navigation keys and a numeric pad for the built-in fax functions. There's just one, large Start button which handles both mono and colour jobs.

Below the controls are two memory card slots, which can handle CompactFlash cards as well as the near-standard trio of SD, MemoryStick and xD. There's a PictBridge socket for cameras, which can also handle USB memory drives. At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, as well as for fax line and third-party phone handset.

The machine supports wireless connection and the setup for this is very matter-of-fact. The wizard automatically detects wireless networks within range and handles security passcodes without problem.

Setting the Stylus Office BX610FW up physically is little more than clipping the four ink tanks into the head carrier, running a charging cycle and printing a calibration page. The software includes a copy of Presto! PageManager 8 for scanning and document handling, as well as Epson utilities for photo manipulation. Oddly, the Web Print utility is claimed to be incompatible with Windows Vista, XP, x64 and OSX but, hey, it's a bonus for all you Windows 98 die-hards.

Ryan131

March 15, 2010, 5:41 am

As an aside, this machine is also marketed at the home as the SX610FW - identical inside and out.





It's also almost identical to the BX600FW/SX600FW, but upgraded with the nice textured top, and a slightly faster print speed.

TheOpsMgr

March 15, 2010, 2:23 pm

@Simon - when you say "a bit noisy"... how noisy? I can't see a dBa figure quoted?

Andy Vandervell

March 15, 2010, 3:28 pm

@sthair: It's on the results page (no.4). 66 dBa peak.

b166er

March 16, 2010, 3:26 am

Simon, can you tell me if it has a scan to (folder, email document) function?


The more recent HP AIO printers are absolutely crap at this. The feature is there, but 9 out of 10 doesn't work. I'm sure this has much to do with the fact that their drivers by default are about as large as an OS install for some reason. It's been so bad lately, that we're strongly advising our clients away from HP printers altogether. Brother do some good MFC printers, but this Epson is in a different price range from those.


I'll get off my soap-box now ;p


Is the Epson driver any good?

beppe

March 16, 2010, 3:49 am

What about duplex printing?

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