Epson’s Stylus Office range is designed for SOHO customers and most models provide fax functions. Many, like the BX635FWD, reviewed here, also include good photo support, so people who need an all-in-one for both tasks are well supported.
This is a big, square-cut machine for an inkjet all-in-one, but broadly curved edges to its Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) relieve the lines and the fold-out ADF tray/cover helps further. The 2,400ppi flatbed scanner has a well-sprung lid, which opens past the vertical for easy loading, but doesn’t have expanding hinges to help scan books and magazines.
The control panel, which rotates up from the front face of the printer, has an unusual design, when it comes to the different functions it controls. Each of the four segments – Photo, Copy, Fax and Scan – has its own Print or Start button (two for Copy and Fax, to provide for black and colour). This is logical enough when you realise it, but it takes a bit of getting used, when most all-in-ones share one or two big Start buttons between all functions.
Below the control panel is a rather oversized output slot, with a three-stage, telescopic tray to support pages. These are fed from a single, 250-sheet cassette, which loads from the front of the machine. If you want to print photos, you need to change paper in the cassette, as there’s no separate photo feed.
In the left-hand corner of the front panel are sockets for SD, MemoryStick, xD and, unusually these days, CompactFlash cards.
The four ink cartridges plug into the permanent print head, accessed by hinging up the scanner section, and there are sockets in the left-hand side of the printer for USB and 10/100 Ethernet connection. You’ll miss some fun, though, if you don’t use the printer’s wireless connection, as Epson has joined HP and Kodak in offering direct remote print, through an email address assigned to the machine itself.
We tried this from a Samsung Galaxy Mini and it received and printed the email correctly, in a couple of minutes, though the attached photo was printed in 2mm strips on separate sheets, which was disappointing. We expect it’s a glitch in the setup, but if you have similar problems, let us know.