Epson Stylus SX610FW review: Epson Stylus SX610FW

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The Good Easy wireless printing set-up; excellent text performance.

The Bad Photos are slightly dull.

The Bottom Line The Epson Stylus SX610FW puts big-office features on home workers' desks. If your work revolves around PowerPoint, Excel and Word, its excellent text and business graphics will prove pleasing, and you'll probably be charmed by its easy Wi-Fi networking, built-in fax and accurate, if noisy, sheet-fed copier

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The Epson Stylus SX610FW looks like a conventional all-in-one inkjet printer. It's got a sheet feeder, memory-card slots, built-in fax and scanner, and Ethernet and Wi-Fi networking capability. Epson has played this one safe, and the result is a well-specified machine that, at around £150, is perfect for home workers and small groups alike.

Bulky body
The SX610FW is a bulky machine by any measure. It's almost twice the height of its sibling, the Stylus Photo PX710W, and taller still with the paper support extended. Much of this bulk is due to the sheet-fed scanner, which is a boon for business users, particularly when used with the built-in fax.

It connects by USB, Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and there's a port for your phone line. Towards the front, you'll find two memory-card slots for the xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, SD and CompactFlash formats, and there's a USB port for PictBridge photo printing.

Photo prints
Those are all useful features, but, with only four individual inks, the SX610FW's photo prints aren't quite as good as we'd hoped. Comparing them directly to the photo prints produced by the six-ink PX710W, colours are slightly less vibrant and blacks slightly softer, and they don't display quite the depth and density we'd been expecting. Well-lit street scenes are less vivid and contrast is reduced. If you want an all-in-one printer for photo output, look elsewhere. The SX610FW's photo prints aren't bad by any means, but it's a business inkjet.