Just £100 will buy you a home or small-business, inkjet all-in-one from any of the main manufacturers, so a machine is going to need something extra in its feature-set to gain supporters. This is all the more true of the Epson Stylus SX415 given its similarities with the Stylus DX8400, which is still on sale for around £75 online. What can the SX415 possibly offer to make the extra outlay worthwhile?
It starts with a clean, new, all-black look to the case, with a glossy black scanner lid covered in a texture of dots. Lift the lid and you have an A4, Contact Image Sensor (CIS) scanner with an optical resolution of 1,200 x 2,400ppi, higher than some of its competitors.
To the left of the scanner cover is the control panel, configured with controls in a column from front to back. The layout of the buttons will be familiar to people who have used other all-in-ones from Epson and is logical and easy to work.
Behind the controls is a sharp, bright 63mm colour LCD, used to display menus and photo thumbnails. The Stylus SX415 has slots for all the common memory cards, including CompactFlash, positioned just under the control panel, at the front. There's a PictBridge socket, too, but this doesn't recognise USB drives, only cameras.
The paper path is conventional, with Epson's traditional telescopic paper support pulling up from the rear and feeding paper through to another multi-tier tray, which folds down and pulls out from the front. A USB cable, the only connection available on this printer, plugs in at the back of the left-hand side
Once you've hinged the scanner section of the machine up onto its support, the four individual ink cartridges plug directly into the head carrier. It's perhaps the easiest of any of the budget inkjet mechanisms to maintain but, in this configuration, also one that'll need the most frequent attention, as the print capacity of its cartridges is comparatively low.