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Epson Stylus SX215 review

£56.71 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Epson

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 2 out of 10

The Epson Stylus SX215 is a shiny and sleek black printer that certainly won't look out of place in your home office.

The Epson Stylus SX215 is a shiny and sleek black multifunction printer that certainly won't look out of place in your home office.

As well as offering printing, scanning and copying functionality, the Epson Stylus SX215 features a four-in-one memory card slot that can be used in conjunction with the 3.8in LCD display to preview and print images.

The Epson Stylus SX215 also features a push scan button that allows users to scan documents and photos direct to their PC from the device without using any external software.

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The Epson Stylus SX215 comes with a setup guide that's easy to follow and takes you step-by-step through installing the printer. Once we'd connected the device to a power source and inserted the four separate colour inks (black, cyan, yellow and magenta), we were then able to install the software and connect the printer to our PC.

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Epson says the Stylus SX215 can print black documents at a speed of 34ppm and colour documents at 15ppm. In our tests, the two-page PDF printed in 22 seconds. Standard text doc result to come.

The Epson Stylus SX215 was one of the fastest printers we've tested, taking just 22 seconds to print the two-page document. However, the prints were faded and the black test appeared more of a grey colour.

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When using Normal or Fine modes, we found the Epson Stylus SX215 took much longer, but the results were sharp and clear, with good detailing on the images. Photos looked clear and sharp with good detailing, although skin tones had a tendency to look slightly pink on occasions. As with the Canon models, every time you press print, the print dialog box displays the remaining ink levels.

The Epson Stylus SX215 uses Epson's DURABrite Ultra Inks. This encapsulates ink particles in a protective resin coating to make prints resistant to water and smudging. The inks cost £9.79 each and based on the Epson's yield figures offers a cost of 4p per black print and 13p per colour print.

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Epson Stylus SX215 Expert Verdict »

Epson Stylus SX215 Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 546 reviews
Colour inkjet printer, scanner, copier, print resolution 5760x1440, scan resolution: 1200x2400, 450x342x182mm, 5.7kg, 15ppm colour, 34ppm black, USB, PictBidge, 3.8cm colour LCD display
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

If you don't mind substituting quality for speed when it comes to draft mode, then the Epson Stylus SX215 is a value for money printer. You'll just have to be prepared to wait a little longer than usual for better quality prints.

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