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Epson Stylus SX525WD

  • This all-in-one with Wi-Fi is the perfect addition to the wireless home. With its fastest in class, automatic double-sided printing function, you cut down on costs and paper wastage.

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Epson Stylus SX525WD: suits all tastes

Buying Epson Stylus SX525WD you obtain an opportunity to stand out from the crowd at reasonable price. If you are interested – ready, steady, go! Epson Stylus SX525WD is compared to a feast in time of plague, a top model all-in-one among budget devices. Still, it is affordable. Anyone who has dreamed of a top model device now can easily become its owner. However, it is as clear as a day that it is not an A-class device.

According to the Stylus SX525WD specifications Epson Stylus SX230 is an easy-to-get alternative. And it is his first rival. It has bigger dimensions, lacks duplex and internal paper tray, but supports PictBridge. In other words, the hero of our review is not an irreplaceable one.

Design: lecture on imitation

The shape of the unit is the first resembling feature as well as frontal paper tray and control panel. Unit surfaces are both matt (on the sides) and glossy (on the lid).The button control panel has a variable inclined angle, so it is mobile and you can turn it as you like. Still Epson SX525WD lacks a tray for CDs. The diagonal of built-in LCD display is 6.3cm and enables to use menu and photo preview. However, Epson Stylus SX525WD is not aimed at independent work with photos: it lacks USB port for camera and card reader doesn't recognize CF-cards.

Right under control panel there are leading and output trays one above the other. The first hides up to 150 pages (it is more than enough for home use!) inside the printer and the latter is telescopic. There are special cavities for fingers on the side walls of the unit to make it easier to get to printing section. On the left wall of SX525WD there are cavities for interfaces. It is supplied with built-in USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi.

Summary. Epson Stylus SX525WD style is a poor imitation of the top model printers' design. If this plagiarism is not taken into account, Epson SX525WD is rather catching. SX525WD design is a distinctive but poor copy of Epson Stylus Photo TX700W. It is hard to define what designers' mistake was, nevertheless, we can say for sure that Epson SX525WD more looks like a plain fake than an original device. What a pity!

Technical specifications

If regarding technical specifications, Epson Stylus SX525WD is not so bad. It has obvious advantages: high scanning resolution and a double printing module. The printer is said to be an improved variation of rather slow S/SX printer series. Stylus SX525WD uses four independent cartridges with DURABrite Ultra pigmental ink for printing. It is a pretty widespread combination and successful in most cases. It is suitable for office and home photo printing. Still printing speed is far from being quick.

However, we must say that Stylus SX525WD printing system improvements are obvious. Ink drop volume is reduced to 2pl and printing speed is announced to be fantastically quick: 36 prints per minute for monochrome and color documents printing and 20 seconds for a 10x15 cm photo printing. Even advertising campaign positions its speed as its main advantage.

However, promotion campaign failed to mention the scanner of Epson SX525WD. Epson's scanners for all-in-one are usually a piece of art. Stylus SX525WD scanner resolution is 2400 dpi. A brief summary: Epson Stylus SX525WD has "B" for technical specifications for it may be a top device within a budget segment only.

Testing

Office printing is quite good. Compared to Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD our hero doesn't have aliasing or black color rendering defects, at least in "Text" printing mode. While "Draft" printing there is also no aliasing, though the text prints has grey shades due to ink saving. Speed results are higher: 8.5 pages of monochrome text and 6 color pages per minute. It is far from announced speed of printing, still it is better than nothing.

It takes 3 minutes to print an A4 photo and nearly one minute for a 10x15 photo. Again in comparison with the series the progress is evident. The quality of prints is high as usual. Top photo printers have better printing results, though Stylus SX525WD is a good choice for an average user.The scanner met all our expectations. There is no need to give the details: scan quality is high as it was expected, the module itself works properly and quickly.

It is worth mentioning that Epson Stylus SX525WD testing has proved that double printing mode, Wi-Fi and Ethernet function properly. Summary. We have misjudged Epson Stylus SX525WD for it delivers prints of good quality and at adequate speed. As always, announced speed of printing is overrated.

Advantages:

  • high quality printing and scanning;
  • adequate printing speed;
  • stylish design.
  • Disadvantages:

  • real and announced speed discrepancy.
  • Conclusion

    To tell the truth, we were prejudiced against Epson Stylus SX525WD. We thought the device to be just an imitation of its predecessors with updated set of functions. We turned to be wrong. Epson SX525WD is a good device for home printing that delivers prints of high quality at adequate speed. Therefore, we can recommend buying it without much consideration.

    Epson Stylus SX525WD

    Technology

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

    Nozzle Configuration    
    384 nozzles black / 128 nozzles, each colour (cyan, magenta, yellow)

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


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

    Print

    Print Speed Black Text A4    
    Up to 36 ppm*1

    Print Speed Colour Text A4    
    Up to 36 ppm*1

    Print Speed Photo 10x15    
    Approx. 20 secs*1

    Printer Interface    
    Hi-Speed USB – Compatible with USB 2.0 specification, Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Wired LAN IEEE 802.3 (100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T), Wireless security: WEP – 64 bit, WEP – 128 bit, WPA – PSK (TKIP) – compliant with WPA2, WPA – PSK (AES) – compliant with WPA2

    Scan

    Scan Speed Black A4    
    300 dpi 1.1 msec/line, 600 dpi 1.9 msec/line

    Scan Speed Colour A4    
    300 dpi 3.0 msec/line, 600 dpi 5.8. msec/line

    Scanning Technology    
    A4 Flatbed colour image scanner

    Sensor Type    
    CIS

    Scan Resolution    
    2400x2400 dpi

    Paper Handling

    Paper Capacity    
    Input: 150 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

    Auto Duplex Print    
    Yes (Automatic)

    General

    Power Consumption    
    Approx. 15W (Stand-alone copying, ISO/IEC 24712 pattern), Approx. 3.4W (sleep mode), ENERGY STAR® qualified printer

    Voltage    
    AC 220-240V

    Optional Warranty    
    3 years if available

    Standard Warranty    
    1 year standard warranty

    Dimensions W x D x H    
    455x359x164 mm

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

    Weight    
    6.2 kg (excluding ink cartridges and power cable)

    Software    
    Epson Web Support, Epson Easy Photo Print, EpsonNet Setup, Epson Event Manager, ABBYY FineReader® 9.0 Sprint (PC), ABBYY FineReader® 8.0 Sprint Plus (Mac)

    Noise Level    
    5.3B(A) (according to ISO7779 pattern with Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper/Photo RPM mode), 38dB(A) (according to ISO9296)

    Other Features

    LCD Screen    
    6.3 cm colour

    Supported Memory Card    
    Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo*2, MagicGate Memory Stick, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo*2, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo*2, SD, SDHC, MiniSD*2, MiniSDHC*2, MicroSD*2, MicroSDHC*2, Multi Media Card, xD-Picture card, xD-Picture card Type-M, xD-Picture card Type-H
    CISS for Epson SX525WD

    Number of colors:
    4

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

    Material of CISS:
    polycarbonate

    Guarantee:
    2 years

    Country of origin:
    South Korea

    Chips:
    the same as original

    Numbers of original cartridges:
    T1291-T1294



    I got it. Delivery might be faster. But thank you for all preparetions and already installed and filled with inks CISS.
    Rita,Drumquin 13/08/2012, 13:19


    Super device! I am testing it for two days already, I can’t dote on it.
    Eddie ,Havering 18/01/2013, 12:19






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