Review Price £146.00
Epson Stylus Office BX635FWD - Performance and Verdict
Epson specs the Stylus Office BX635FWD at 15ppm for black and 7.9ppm for colour print and our five-page black text print gave 9.7ppm, rising to 11.9ppm on the 20-page test. These are both good speeds for an inkjet all-in-one, as is 7.0 sides per minute on the 10 page/20 side duplex document. Processing time, which runs from 20s to a maximum of 30s, is longer than from some rivals.
When it comes to black text and colour graphics, our five page test returned 4.1ppm, not very close to Epson’s claim and only fair in comparison to the machine’s rivals.
A single-page copy from the flatbed took 30 seconds. The five-page text copy via the ADF took 58s, both of which are OK, though not outstanding. 15 x 10cm photos from PC, memory card and camera take between 1:12 and 1:18, which is again reasonable.
Print quality is Epson’s usual mix, with black text looking a bit fuzzy round the edges and having the occasional pass-to-pass misalignment. Colour graphics are bright and reasonably smooth in originals, though colours lighten a bit in copies. Colour photos are excellent, with beautifully natural tones and smooth transitions from shade to shade.
The four cartridges are available in two capacities, with the lower yield, Apple set being paired up with the higher yield, Stag set. Using the Stag cartridges gives page costs of 2.6p for a black page and 10.7p for colour. These are about average, with the colour cost being a bit higher than those of recent Kodak and Brother models.
As a mainsteam, SOHO all-in-one, the Epson Stylus Office BX635FWD ticks most of the boxes. With duplex print, fax, photo upload and now direct print, it can handle most of the jobs that are likely to be asked of it. Print quality on plain paper is always a trade off against speed, and this machine definitely veers towards speed, but satisfaction depends how closely you look at your printouts.