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Epson Stylus SX235W
  • Epson Stylus SX235W
  • Epson Stylus SX235W - Controls
  • Epson Stylus SX235W - Open
  • Epson Stylus SX235W - Cartridges
  • Epson Stylus SX235W - Feature Table
  • Epson Stylus SX235W - Speeds and Costs


Our Score:



  • Easy wireless setup
  • Compact dimensions
  • OCR software included


  • Black text print quality only average
  • A lot slower than specs suggest
  • No direct USB print

Key Features

  • Neat design, particularly when closed
  • Wireless connection as standard
  • Inexpensive black print
  • Choice of ink cartridge yields
  • Print wirelessly from range of devices
  • Manufacturer: Epson
  • Review Price: £80.00

Simple, everyday all-in-one printers are an ideal solution for small home installations or for students or others with limited budgets. Though most of these printers are comparatively low cost devices, many still make themselves known by the bulk of their cases. Epson has taken a different approach with its Stylus SX235W. One of its Small-In-One range, it's designed to fit in tighter spaces than some of its competition.

Decked out completely in black plastic, it certainly has a smaller footprint when closed than many others. It's a bit bigger all round than a landscape A4 sheet, but is still comparatively discreet. Flick forward the dust flap at the back of the machine and raise the telescopic paper support and you have a feed tray where you can load up to 100 sheets of plain paper, or a stack of photo blanks.

Epson Stylus SX235W

At the front, the control panel hinges forward and clicks into its slanted, open position. Its output tray then pulls forward, with a flip-over paper stop. A rather cheap and cheerful scanner lid lifts to reveal a simple Contact Image Sensor (CIS) flatbed scanner. The lid hinge doesn't raise, making it a bit awkward to scan from a book.

The control panel itself is conspicuous by having no LCD display. It gets by quite well with five LED indicators, including two for the wireless link, and six buttons, for power, Wi-Fi, a network status print, black and colour copies, and job cancel.

Epson Stylus SX235W - Controls

As well as a USB socket at the back of the left-hand side panel, the printer can connect directly to a wireless router and doesn't need to connect temporarily via USB, if you're router supports WPS setup.

Lift the main scanner section and the four ink cartridges clipped into the permanent printhead swing into view. We're not sure why Epson needs quite so many different cartridge ranges, when they all appear to deliver very similar amounts of ink in similar form factors, but here you can use the Fox or Apple sets, depending on the yield and price you want.

Even though this is a budget printer, Epson includes a copy of Abbyy FinerReader OCR as well as its own utility and driver software. It supports Windows and OS X and there's a Linux driver available, as well.


November 10, 2012, 11:34 am

i liked this printer very much until l I had to change a cartridge. Despite following the very limited instrutions it was very difficult to stop the cartridge holder to remove the empty cartridge. Installing the new Epson cartridge resulted in the warming light showing and despite all my attempts it was impossible to overcome this problem or get the unit to print. As far as I am concerned I would dump this printer and go for something like a Canon that is much easier to maintain.


January 8, 2013, 6:29 pm

I got one of these and so far have been pretty pleased. The print quality is good, although the default text mode is a little jagged and the overall printing speed is far lower than expected. What is a pain is that any paper weight over about 180 gsm doesn't go through the feeder well. Also the starting speed for the first print is amazing slow. Finally the front panel allows for the colour and bw buttons to be pressed to automatically start the scanning software. This just doesn't work for me and Epson provide no technical information on what firewall settings or other such trivia may be causing the problem. Does work via USB however, just not WiFi. For a low cost low volume solution to having the facilities to hand the printer does the job. Just not as well as it could.

Abdel TIh

February 21, 2013, 2:39 pm

Exactly the same as above .a waste of space for me as in one year i also had HP wireless printer which did the same. both rubbish and should be removed from the shelves.


June 18, 2013, 3:36 am

I’ve had this model for 8 months and it‘s been the worst printer I’ve ever had. More often than not its 'error communication’ is nonsensical and you will be unable to perform any function. For example it will report a paper jam when there is no paper jam and will not respond to any command. IT’S AN AWFUL PIECE OF MACHINERY. WILL NEVER GO EPSON AGAIN. No redeeming value or feature when you waste so much time waiting for it to sort itself out. A waste of money and more importantly, your time. I did enjoy smashing it to bits and pieces as I dumped it, but that’s not a redeeming value, is it?

Lord Cur

September 22, 2013, 6:57 pm

Lord Cur.

I have just purchased this machine as my very old Epson R200 stopped working because of Epson's annoying trait of locking you out of the machine once you have printed a pre-determined number of copies! And yes, I know I could have over-come this easily as I did so about three years ago and it had printed happily ever since! However, it was getting old, I was almost out of inks and was a little concerned that the ink mat could be full which would cause it to leak.

I decided on the 235 because of the price (I bought it on Ebay for £25, which included a complete set of FULL inks, plus £6 for delivery. It was a customer return printer, which came boxed and with its CD. Another reason I purchased this machine is because compatible inks are really cheap and it uses the same inks as does my Epson SX125 which lives in sunny Mallorca; so if either printer packs up, I wont need to throw any unused inks away!

Now to the machine itself. I think its fantastic, although we didn't find installation brilliant (so far as the WI-FI bit was concerned), but our neighbour got it working is a few minutes, thus enabling my 16 years old daughter to print from her laptop from downstairs. I have now used the copier, the scanner and both worked well although printing documents is just a little on the slow side, but that's not a problem for me. Next, I printed a holiday photograph, using Adobe, and I was totally amazed by the result! The photograph came out of the printer looking the same as if it had been lab-processed; the colours were extremely accurate, the print was crisp and had equally sized borders, which my old 200 never managed! True, that I did use a professional quality Canon DSLR, but I am confident that photographs taken on our Galaxlysmart phones, or my daughter's Ipod will be equally good!

The only downside is that it didn't come with a USB cable and my 200 cable wouldn't fit. No problem though, I used the cable from my back up all-in-one Epson DX5050 (my least favourite Epson printer) because, I was told that the desk-top computer had to be connected via a cable for it to work. I have just bought a new USB cable on-line for under £2 so that I can re-connect the DX, so no great expense there!

I would certainly award this space-saving little bit of kit 5 stars if I could find how to do it.


September 23, 2013, 9:27 pm

Terrible printer, problem after problem after problem. Do not go near this waste of space.


October 31, 2013, 4:16 pm

Totally true. This is a waist of money and time...

Maja Mlakar

July 2, 2014, 10:00 am

I completely agree -.- !

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