Review Price £84.60
Sub-£100 all-in-ones have a habit of being a bit flimsy and built down to a price, but Epson's Stylus SX525WD appears to avoid both these shortcomings. It's aimed mainly at the home user, but without some of the fripperies, such as direct CD print.
This is a solid-looking printer and, while it has a larger than average footprint, its paper feed is completely self-contained, without the rear feed tray of many Epson machines. Its 150-sheet paper cassette slides in from the front, a bit stiffly, and you'll need to change paper each time you want to print photos, as there's no separate photo tray.
The comparatively high resolution, 2,400ppi flatbed scanner has no Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which neatens the printer's appearance, but makes it look strangely decapitated. The control panel hinges out to any of seven preset positions and is pleasantly uncrowded.
Most controls are arranged as a square of nine buttons, with large start and stop buttons to the right and another, marked Home, at the left end of the panel. In the centre is a 63mm colour LCD, which shows practically designed menus and thumbnails from photos on memory cards. A single slot to the left of the paper tray enables SD, Memory Stick and xD cards to be read, but there's no PictBridge socket for direct camera connection.
USB and 10/100 Ethernet sockets are to the side, but Epson also implements a wireless connection and supports WPS setup with button or passcode, making connection particularly easy.
Epson provides a good software bundle with the machine, including ABBYY Finereader 9 Sprint for OCR and its own applications for scanning, photo printing and printing web pages. It supports Windows and OS X, though there is no explicit support mentioned for Linux.
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