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Epson Stylus SX125

  • The compact and affordable all-in-one. It`s quick and easy to print, scan and copy everything from letters and emails to colour photos.

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Epson Stylus SX125 review: is cheapest is the dearest?

There are two main types of budget devices. First is a good balance of price and quality. Second type comprises plain devices that lack most habitual functions and the only possible purpose of such inexpensive purchase is being a decorative element on one's desk. It is time to decide to which group Epson SX125 belongs.

Epson SX125 all-in-one: let's have a talk about budget devices

Epson Stylus SX125 with CISS

Epson Stylus SX125 is one more budget device for home printing. Its price stands out a mile. Our review aims at revealing its main advantages and disadvantages. SX125 is the youngest member of Epson home all-in-one family and is already considered as Epson Stylus TX117 substitution. Epson SX125 is planned to be the most affordable all-in-one for home use. Still the device is rather necessity for Epson Company is concerned about using RC and CISS with their products. That is why SX125 is produced with improved chips, though it doesn't solve the problem.

All-in-one Epson Stylus SX125 design

Design of the new device is a bit plain. All that we can say is bo-o-oring. Epson Company did their best to make impossible possible and transfer elegant and home-like design into strict and office-like. Epson SX125 as well as Epson Stylus SX525WD is a compact parallelepiped of nearly perfect shape with rounded corners and a small protrusion on a back side of the unit. Surfaces of the device are almost matt except the lid which is glossy. Glossy surface is rather resistant to fingerprints.

The control panel comprises four buttons and two LED lights. User can perform such operations as on/off operation, cancel command, start of monochrome and color copying. Epson Stylus SX125 indicates jam/absence of paper, critical ink level. One more innovation is that cartridge carriage has become more available and now is situated in a special section right under the scanner lid.

Paper trays are organized as usual: leading tray is vertical, output tray – horizontal. The latter is folding, but due to its extension the function is almost useless. USB 2.0 is the only possible way of connection between the device and a computer. As usual, the set doesn't include this cable. The set comprises the device itself, cartridges, a power cord, a CD with drivers and manual.

Epson SX125: printing capacity

SX125 has poor technical capacity. The all-in-one uses 4 cartridges. The volume of black cartridge is 5.9ml, the others' – 3.5ml. The price of the cartridges is appalling: 13$ for each cartridge! Epson SX125 prints with DURABrite Ultra pigmental ink that is said to be fast-dry and resistant to highlighters.

According to official records Epson Stylus SX125 and Epson Stylus SX130 delivers 28 monochrome and 14 color pages per minute. It takes 89 seconds to print a 10x15 photo. However, it is too good to be true. SX125 scanner is a contact one with standard resolution of 600x1200dpi. Epson Stylus TX117 has the same scanner, so scanning results are predictable.

Epson Stylus SX125 with CISS

Epson SX125 testing

Photo printing test proves that SX125 is a good variant for home use: it doesn't have any color rendering defects or aliasing, but still the quality is not enough for professional use. Text printing test shows that Epson professionals tried hard to improve printing quality and it turned to have results. Sometimes the text is still not black but with dark-gray shades, though it is readable even when printed in a draft mode. While using "Text" mode less aliased prints are delivered. Therefore, Epson SX125 can be used for text printing as well.

The main disadvantage is printing speed which is extremely slow. Epson Stylus SX125 prints 2 pages per minute while using "Text" mode and about 10 pages in "Draft" mode. As you can see, Epson official records are proved to be fairy-like. Standard quality 10x15 photo requires 2.5 minutes to be printed, while maximum quality mode requires 3.5 minutes. Scanning quality is good as usual. Once again we had confirmed the assumption that such a low resolution can be enough for home use.


  • high quality of printing and scanning;
  • affordable price.


  • slow printing speed;
  • plain design;
  • low cartridge capacity.

Let us draw a conclusion. Cheapest is the dearest. Still it is true for our hero only partially. SX125 is characterized with good quality of scanning. Printing quality is also acceptable but the speed is appalling. Epson SX125 can be described as a reasonable quality-price balance. The main disadvantage is printing speed. If you have some time to spend on printing, this printer will be a good choice. Buy Epson SX125 in London, Brighton, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Epson Stylus SX125


Printing Method    
4-colour inkjet printer, Epson Micro Piezo™ print head

Nozzle Configuration    
90 nozzles black / 29 nozzles, each colour (cyan, magenta, yellow)

Droplet Size    
4 pl (minimum) with Variable-sized Droplet Technology

Print Resolution    
Up to 5760x1440 optimised dpi on suitable media using RPM (Resolution Performance Management)


Print Speed Black Text A4    
Up to 28 ppm*1

Print Speed Colour Text A4    
Up to 15 ppm*1

Print Speed Photo 10x15    
Approx. 89 secs*1

Printer Interface    
USB - Compatible with the USB 2.0 Specification*2


Scan Speed Black A4    
300 dpi 4 msec/line, 600 dpi 12 msec/line

Scan Speed Colour A4    
300 dpi 5 msec/line, 600 dpi 15 msec/line

Scanning Technology    
A4 Flatbed colour image scanner

Sensor Type    

Scan Resolution    
600x1200 dpi

Paper Handling

Paper Capacity    
Input: 100 sheets A4 plain paper (75 g/m2)

Media Size    
A4, A5, A6, B5, 10x15 cm, 13x18 cm, 16:9 wide size, Letter, Legal, 9x13 cm, 13x20 cm, 20x25 cm, 100x148 mm, Envelopes: No.10, DL, C6

Print Margin    
0 mm top, left, right, bottom via custom settings in printer driver*3


Power Consumption    
Approx. 9.9W (Stand-alone copying, ISO/IEC 24712 pattern), Approx. 1.7W (sleep mode), ENERGY STAR® qualified printer

AC 220-240V

Optional Warranty    
3 years if available

Standard Warranty    
1 year standard warranty

Dimensions W x D x H    
436x304x150 mm

Operating Systems    
Windows XP/XP-x64/Vista, Win 7, Mac OS 10.4.11 or later

3.9 kg (excluding ink cartridges and power cable)

Epson Easy Photo Print, Epson Scan, Epson Event Manager, ABBYY FineReader® 9.0 Sprint (PC), ABBYY FineReader® 8.0 Sprint Plus (Mac)

Noise Level    
5.6 B(A) (according to ISO7779 pattern with Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper/Photo RPM mode), 42 dB(A) (according to ISO9296)
CISS for Epson SX125

Number of colors:

dye-based ink "INKSYSTEM" (South Korea), 4 colors 130 ml

Material of CISS:

2 years

Country of origin:
South Korea

the same as original

Numbers of original cartridges:

I need relyable device and this is the one.
Mel ,Bideford 06/08/2012, 18:03

I ordered Epson Stylus SX125 with CISS in shop of INKSYSTEM company. They provide customers with high-quality equipment, wide range of products and affordable price. I want to thank for continuous ink supply system additionally. It seems to me that inkjet printing hasn’t been so saleable till now. I am really glad. It is high time I abandoned original consumables. Hurray! I will not overpay for electronic chips and unused inks any more.
Taylor,Oxford 23/10/2012, 11:28

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