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Epson BX305FW review

Epson sets out to handle all your small office printing chores with the BX305FW

As a combined printer, photocopier and fax machine, the Epson BX305FW makes good sense and its four-ink DURABrite Ultra system makes for rugged prints that are water, smudge and fade-resistant on plain paper. It's nice to know you can print out important business documents and they're going to stay looking professional.

We liked

The auto document feeder works well with scanning, photocopying and faxing, and the BX305FW takes most office printing jobs in its stride.

The robustness of the output is definitely the main attraction and, while photo quality is poor on glossy paper, photographic images actually look very passable on plain paper. Wi-Fi connectivity is a bonus.

We disliked

The resin-based inks are perfect for double-sided printing, because the ink doesn't soak into the paper, but the BX305FW doesn't include an auto duplex facility, so you have to turn each page over manually.

The single paper input tray means you have to switch between plain paper, headed paper, envelopes and photo paper all too often, and there's no means of printing direct from a USB flash drive.

Photo printing is extremely slow, especially in top quality mode, and running costs are very high if you use the standard-yield ink cartridges, and still pretty expensive even with high-yield cartridges fitted.

Verdict

The BX305FW works pretty well for basic printing, scanning, photocopying and faxing and its ULTRABrite Ultra inks make for impressively smudge-resistant prints. However, it's lacking in various areas and a few extra features would have made it much more useful in the office.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed72 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity120 sheets
USBYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)34
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)15
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)34
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)15
Product FamilyStylus Office
Maximum Print Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingManual
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, Letter, Legal, DL Envelope, B5, C6 Envelope, Envelope No. 10, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, C6 Envelope - 114 mm x 162 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 130 mm x 200 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Maximum Fax Resolution200 x 200 dpi
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
Maximum Copy Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity120 sheets
Country of OriginIndonesia
Height235 mm
Width460 mm
Depth411 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Envelope, Glossy Paper, Photo Paper, Premium Paper
Memory TechnologyDDR SDRAM
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelBX305FW
Product NameStylus Office BX305FW Multifunction Printer
Product LineStylus Office
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CB08301
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

Lose the wires and bring the convenience of high-speed Wi-Fi to your office with this business all-in-one. Perfect for scanning, copying and faxing large reports and presentations, it makes light work of processing multi-page documents with its automatic document feeder.

Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • Stylus Office BX305W Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Software CD
  • Basic Operations Guide
  • Start Here Guide
  • Control Panel Icon Sticker
  • Warranty Document
  • Power Cable
  • Wi-Fi Setup Guide
  • Phone Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory32 MB
Transmission Speed3 sec/page
Weight (Approximate)7.10 kg