Epson Stylus Office BX310FN review

£115
Price when reviewed

The Epson Stylus Office BX310FN immediately stands out thanks to its price. At £100 exc VAT it’s a good deal cheaper than your average office multifunction device, yet it appears to offer most of the features you’d expect at the top end of the price scale.

Epson Stylus Office BX310FN review

The cut-backs are few and may not prove off-putting to many small offices. There’s no wireless capability to go with the USB and Ethernet ports; memory card slots are missing; and instead of a proper screen you only get a two-line LCD on the front panel. The latter is the only one that will have a major impact on everyday use for most people, and the menu system it gives access to isn’t the most intuitive.

But if that doesn’t put you off you can make a substantial saving and still take home an impressively nippy all-in-one. It’s one of the fastest inkjet all-in-ones we’ve seen, producing normal quality mono prints at 15.8ppm (although there’s a superior normal mode that takes longer), and its scanning and copying is just as swift.

The scanner driver is one of the most comprehensive around, yet it’s remarkably simple to use, and it took just 22 seconds to scan a 6 x 4in photo at 600ppi, while normal quality mono copy came out at 25 seconds – much faster than most rivals.

If you steer clear of draft mode – and with such as quick normal mode that’s easy – you’ll get excellent text quality and decent, unspectacular images and photos. Our test shots looked a little pale and washed out compared to the likes of Canon and HP, while solid areas of colour in charts had a speckled finish that limited their vibrancy. It’s not a deal-breaker, though, and if you don’t need a printer for printing high-quality photos the affordable price tag more than makes up for these deficiencies.

Bizarrely, the BX310FN comes with three individual colour ink tanks, plus two identical high-yield black tanks, both of which are installed at the same time. This brings black capacity up towards the level of the colours, and makes for a 6.8p cost per A4 page – not at all bad. And this helps to make the Epson a solid value choice for an office. Yes, it cuts a few corners, but you’ll struggle to find a better office all-in-one at this low price.

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 5760 x 1440dpi
Ink-drop size 3.0pl
Integrated TFT screen? no
Rated/quoted print speed 31PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function yes

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 0.6p
Cost per A4 colour page 6.8p
Inkjet technology Piezo-electric
Ink type Dye-based

Power and noise

Peak noise level 53.0dB(A)
Dimensions 535 x 475 x 295mm (WDH)

Copier Specification

Fax? yes
Fax speed 33.6Kb/sec
Fax page memory 180

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time 3min 16s
A4 photo print time 4min 54s
Mono print speed (measured) 16ppm
Colour print speed 3ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing? yes
CD/DVD printing? no
Input tray capacity 120 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? yes
Bluetooth connection? no
WiFi connection? no
Other connections None

Flash media

SD card reader no
Compact Flash reader no
Memory Stick reader no
xD-card reader no
USB flash drive support? no
Other memory media support N/A

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? yes
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? yes
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? no
Other operating system support N/A
Software supplied Epson EasyPrintModule, Presto PageManager 8.15

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