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Epson Stylus SX525WD
  • Epson Stylus SX525WD
  • Epson Stylus SX525WD
  • Epson Stylus SX525WD
  • Epson Stylus SX525WD
  • Epson Stylus SX525WD
  • Epson Stylus SX525WD
  • Epson Stylus SX525WD


Our Score:



  • High print speed for class
  • Duplex print is standard
  • Low running costs


  • Plain paper print quality
  • Single paper tray
  • Unrealistic speed claims

Key Features

  • Well laid out control panel
  • Neat, front-loading paper cassette
  • Easy wireless setup
  • High resolution scanning head
  • Good software bundle
  • Manufacturer: Epson
  • 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.

Martin Daler

April 10, 2011, 12:57 pm

"includes duplex print and wireless connection, perhaps the two most popular print innovations of the last couple of years"
Compare with this, from October 2005:

Incidentally, back in 2005 you published claimed and actual page yields. Now you only publish claimed yields. Whilst it is a convenience to have the manufacturer's claims repeated here, I look to TR to actually test these claims. Likewise the all important costs per page, how are these derived for the purposes of this report?


April 10, 2011, 5:32 pm

2 years ago I got a new Epson all in one. After 2 full color pages the new ink cartridges were already empty. Epson claimed they are just for the initial filling of the lines and some test prints. Opening the "spent" black cartridge showed a lot of ink still left. Buying chipped non Epson cartridges, some run into problem with the chipping. Sometimes the Epson would not print even if all cartridges were at least half full. I finally got so mad that I gave the Epson away, got myself a used brother all in one DCP 115C what has honest see through cartridges and in case of a snafu is easily fooled with a bit black sticky tape. Since then I enjoy a printer what works every time I want to, very low printing cost since the cartridges are easy to refill and are very chap to get new.

I will never buy a chipped printer again


April 11, 2011, 4:29 pm

The biggest problem I've had with Epson's in the past is that if you didn't use them for any period of time, it required you did the head cleaning procedure, that wasted Ink & Paper. I'm now using HP's, this doesn't seem to be a problem, I can go months without using it, and the next print is perfect, no head cleaning required. I do have one gripe with HP though, if the ink levels on one of the colour cartridges gets low it doesn't give you the option to continue, but rather only allows you to print B/W, not a major problem though as the cartridges don't seem that expensive.

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