The Epson Stylus SX425W is an inkjet printer that also offers scanning and copying functionality. It's a four-ink model and includes some extras that you don't always find on printers that retail at around £50, such as Wi-Fi support and a colour screen.
Design and build quality
The printer has a fairly standard appearance as far as inkjet models go. It has a sheet feeder at the rear with an output tray at the front. It's made predominantly from matte black plastic, but a glossy finish with a slightly dimpled pattern has been used on the control panel and scanner lid.
The control panel includes a small colour display, which is a boon on a printer with such a low price tag. It certainly makes it much easier to select photos to print from cards plugged into the memory-card reader on the front. The screen also assists in setting up the printer, and controlling its day-to-day functions. Menus are simple and clear. There are plenty of physical buttons too, including dedicated ones for copying and scanning, so, overall, this is a fairly easy printer to use.
The telescopic paper feeder at the back takes up to 150 sheets of paper, and printed material is spewed into a pull-out tray at the front. Both of these trays feel rather flimsy, which is a shame, as the rest of the printer is actually quite well made.
Setting this printer up really couldn't be much easier. It's simply a matter of plugging it in, placing the four ink cartridges in their slots and then loading up the drivers on your computer. During the installation process, you're asked whether you want to connect via Wi-Fi or USB, with a software wizard guiding you through the whole process.
Scanning and photcopying
As this is a multi-function printer, there's a flat-bed scanner on the top. The door can be pulled up slightly so you can scan thicker items, but it's not double-hinged, so scanning books is still awkward. The scanner has a resolution of 1,200dpi and produces scans with good levels of detail and accurate colours.
Photocopying isn't very quick, though. The SX425W took 17 seconds to copy our black and white test sheet.