We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Inkjet printers Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Epson Stylus SX425W Review

£49 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Epson

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

This is one of the cheapest models in Epson’s Stylus range, but the SX425W still produces very high quality text, graphics and photos.

This is one of the cheapest models in Epson’s Stylus range, but the SX425W still produces very high quality text, graphics and photos.

It’s a multifunction device that also includes scanning and copying features, and the large scanner flatbed and control panel do make this one of the bulkier printers in this group, so you’ll need a reasonable amount of space to get it set up properly. However, it has built-in wireless networking as well, so you can stick it on a shelf somewhere and share it with everyone on your home network.

The printer is very easy to use, with well-designed driver software that includes simple presets for a variety of different types of document. There are even options for reducing red-eye in photos and enhancing low-quality photos such as those you’ve downloaded from the web or taken on a cameraphone.

Print quality is very good for text documents, with crisp black text that approaches laser-printer quality. Performance is good too – nowhere near the inflated 35 pages per minute quoted by Epson, but its 6ppm is still quite respectable for a printer that costs less than £50. Our only complaint here is that the SX425W makes a bit of a racket while churning out pages that fast. Epson’s clearly aware of this, as the printer driver includes a ‘quiet mode’ option to cut down the noise. However, this also reduces print speed, so the SX425W probably isn’t the best choice if you need to print a lot of pages in a hurry.

Colour performance is also more modest, dropping to 3ppm for text-and-graphics documents, and taking a full 100 seconds to produce a 4x6in print on glossy photo paper. However, the SX425W compensates for its slow photo printing with really high quality results – producing bright and colourful images with subtle, realistic skin tones.

Printing costs are a little above average, largely because Epson’s standard black ink cartridge only produces a relatively modest 200 pages. Mono text documents cost 4.7p per page, while colour printing goes up to 14p per page. However, Epson also sells larger ‘high yield’ ink cartridges that can produce many more pages, as well as value packs containing multiple cartridges, and these can reduce printing costs quite significantly.

Epson Stylus SX425W Expert Verdict »

Epson Stylus SX425W Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 391 reviews
Colour Inkjet
5760x1440 dpi
USB and wireless
Speed: Mono 6ppm Colour 3ppm 4x6" photo 100s
120 sheet paper tray
182 x 450 x 335 mm 5.6 Kg
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

We can’t fault the SX425W on quality, but its speed and ink costs suggest that it will appeal to people who need a high-quality printer for occasional use, rather than churning out page after page. Nonetheless, it offers impressive features and quality for a sub-£50 printer.

  • Epson Stylus SX525WD Review

    Epson Stylus SX525WD Review

    As the name suggests, the SX525WD is the next step up from the SX425W, and it provides essentially the same set of features – the only major difference being the addition of double-sided printing.

  • Epson Stylus SX445W review

    Epson Stylus SX445W

    The Epson Stylus SX445W is a budget multifunction inkjet printer, modestly sized and priced.

  • Epson Stylus SX200 review

    Epson Stylus SX200

    The Epson Stylus SX200 is an inexpensive multifunction printer with a difference - it's also cheap to run.

  • Epson Stylus SX215 review

    Epson Stylus SX215

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

  • Epson Stylus SX400 review

    Epson Stylus SX400

    The Epson Stylus SX400 is a budget multifunction printer, scanner, copier that seems enormous thanks to its height and dark grey finish.


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite