Epson Stylus SX515W - Wireless All-In-One Printer - Epson Stylus SX515W

By Simon Williams



  • Recommended by TR
Epson Stylus SX515W front angle


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As well as the 36ppm headline print speed claim, Epson also reckons the machine can produce a 15 x 10cm print in 20 seconds. We asked what settings were needed to get this speed, since all our photo print tests took over a minute. The company said a draft, borderless print on its Premium Glossy paper would do it, as long as we didn't include processing time. When we tried this, the printer took 26 seconds, 8 seconds of which were processing time. So it can be done, though the quality of the photo produced is pretty much as it says; draft.

Epson Stylus SX515W scanner

Other prints are better. Photo images are sharp and natural, with some shadow detail and good natural colours, while business graphics are bright and show tight registration of black over coloured backgrounds. Black text is a little shaky, with some irregular character uprights, but is still good enough for general-purpose correspondence.

A colour photocopy showed quite a lightening of colours and solid fills were under-saturated. This is largely a function of the scanner, which also showed some changes in hue when sample pages were scanned into a PC.

Epson Stylus SX515W top

It's a strange thing, but Epson recommends the T0711/2/3/4 set of cartridges - known as the Cheetah set, because of the picture on their packets - for this machine. However, the Stylus SX515W also accepts the T1001/2/3/4 combination, the Rhino set, which hold a lot more ink.

From typical online suppliers, like Toner Giant, which we used in working out page costs, the Rhino cartridges cost just under £20 for black and just under £12 for each colour. The Cheetah cartridges cost just over £9 and just over £8, respectively.

Epson Stylus SX515W promo

Yet the T1001 cartridge yields over four times as many black pages as the T0711, while the T1002/3/4 cartridges yield on average 2.5 times as many colour ones as the T0712/3/4. This means that using Rhino cartridges you get page costs of 2.73 and 7.14p, including 0.7p for paper, while using the recommended Cheetah ones gives equivalent costs of 4.51p and 11.72p. Perhaps it's no coincidence the lower yield cartridges are called Cheetah - we know which ones we'd use. The Rhino running costs are actually very good for an inkjet all-in-one.


The Epson Stylus SX515W is an impressive all-in-one printer at a very realistic price. It prints very quickly for an inkjet and produces good quality photos and reasonable plain paper prints. If you buy the Rhino cartridges, it's also very cheap to run, though Epson appears disingenuous in recommending lower-yield consumables, which will cost you more.


June 6, 2009, 3:30 pm

I've noticed an odd thing with T.R. reviews over a long period of time...

When reviewing a TV set, reviewers frequently describe how they tweaked the TV's settings to obtain a pleasing image quality - and the range of adjustments available.

Yet with printers / all-in-ones / MFDs it seems as though default driver settings are as far as things go - no time or effort seems to go into determining whether the printer / scanner can produce better results than the default settings allow - or in communicating to the public, what range of controls are available - or how effective they might be.

I personally believe that your target readership are tech-savvy enough to experiment with drivers settings (which are usually far more intuitive than the picture adjustment menus on modern TVs!) - and would really value a littel more detail and depth in this respect.

Afterall, what's the point in buying a multi-functional product with great features, if you're not going to dig around in the driver to make use of these, otherwise latent, capabilities?


June 7, 2009, 1:49 am

Does HP have a patent on front loading printers? I hate paper at the back of the printer as you can't push it up against the wall. It really limits my choices. What are the advantages of the paper going in at the back when you already have have the paper coming out of the front. It makes no sense to me...

Dave W

August 25, 2009, 7:54 pm

@Joe - Front loading means the paper usually has to run around a fairly small diameter roller, which can cause problems with heavy-weight stock, like quality photo paper. Rear loading gives a much straighter path.

Bit late, but I'm only just looking for something like this.

John McCabe

February 1, 2010, 7:30 pm

This review seems a bit short.

My problem is that I've had Epson printers in the past (a Stylus Photo 830) and it cost a fortune in ink due to the amount of times I had to clean the print heads when trying to print a photo. On a short try-out this wouldn't have been found but over the long term was a nuisance. Does anyone know how more recent Epson printers fare on that score?

One of the other things I found with the Stylus Photo 830 was that, if I printed a photo using it's Print Image Matching technology where the photo had EXIF data in it, the quality of the image was superb (on those occasions where I hadn't already run out of ink due to having to clean the heads so much!). However pictures with no EXIF data in them, where I couldn't use the PIM function, came out looking nothing like they did on my monitor. Do recent Epson printers improve that sort of thing? Are there any calibration facilities for example to help with this?

I'm also interested in what sort of demand Epson's drivers these days place on your system. I'm looking to replace an HP PSC2575 that seems to have a knackered scanner (loads of white dots on photos despite cleaning the glass well etc) on it. I hate HP's drivers as they've always seemed extremely resource hungry.

One of the nice features the HP has is that it can scan multiple photos in one go. Can the Epson do that?

Lots of questions, but no answers in this review!

Jo 4

February 19, 2010, 6:20 pm

Can you please help? Recently purchased the Epson Stylus 515W and have successfully loaded it to laptop. However it will not print. Have heard mention that it could be something to do with having Windows 7. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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