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



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Epson Stylus SX515W front angle


Our Score


User Score


  • Speedy printing
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Prints natural-looking photos


  • Loud in operation
  • Black text a little shaky
  • Recommends expensive cartridges

Review Price £50.60

Key Features: WiFi enabled; 120-sheet feed; 2400x2400ppi scan resolution; Prints without PC ; 6.1kg weight

Manufacturer: Epson

Epson's mid range all-in-one machines attract a lot of loyalty from customers as being good, robust workhorses. This latest Stylus SX515W machine builds on the success of earlier, similar models and adds in the increasingly popular wireless connection to its feature set.

Apart from the piano black scanner lid, complete with its visual texture of grey dots, and a control panel composed of flush-mounted buttons, the layout of this all-in-one is pretty conventional. Paper feeds from a vertical stack at the back to a telescopic output tray at the front and the well-featured control panel down the left-hand side is supported by a 63mm full-colour LCD display in the back left-hand corner.

Epson Stylus SX515W front angle

Under the control panel at the front are two memory card slots, which between them take everything from a MicroDrive through to the latest xD variants. There's a PictBridge socket, too, and this doubles as a USB drive connector. You can print files from a USB drive, though you can't scan directly to it.

The printer can be connected via USB or Ethernet connections, set into the left-hand side, but the most popular connection may well be Wi-Fi. To set this up, you need to temporarily connect the Stylus SX515W to your PC via the supplied USB setup cable, but at least the software installation is completely automatic, apart from having to enter your wireless pass phrase.

Epson Stylus SX515W connectivity

The printer comes with a full version of Abbyy Finereader Sprint 6 Plus OCR software, as well as a suite of Epson control applications. All this support software is pretty mature now and is well up to handling basic day-to-day printing and scanning tasks.

OK, the claimed print speeds are as silly as always, at 36ppm draft for black and colour, but we saw a black text print speed of 11.5ppm in normal mode for a five-page document and 14ppm for a 20-page one. Our five-page black text and colour graphics job returned 6.25ppm.

Epson Stylus SX515W interface

These are spectacular speeds, when compared with rival all-in-ones from companies like Canon, HP and Lexmark, which typically manage around half of what the Stylus SX515W produced. There is a downside to this unexpected speed, though, in the amount of noise produced. We measured peaks of 66dBA, which is pretty loud, though most of this comes from the paper feed mechanism, as usual.

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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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