The Bottom Line
- Great photo prints
- WiFi 802.11b/g/n
- Lengthy wireless setup time
- Need a fax? Look elsewhere
- Color inkjet all-in-one printer
- Copier and scanner built in
- Color print resolution: 5760 x 1440 dpi
- 2.5" color LCD
- Variety of media-card options, including Compact Flash, Microdrive, SD, SDHC, and Memory Stick Duo
- Photo sizes from 3.5" to 8.5" x 11"
- Automatic duplex printing
Guide Review - Epson Stylus NX625 All-in-One Printer
Luckily, there are plenty of other reasons to recommend it. First is the price: I saw it online for not much over $100, so it will be a decent investment for home users or a gift for students. You'll also get fantastic photo prints with excellent colors and sharpness that can rival many dedicated photo printers. Like the slightly cheaper Epson Stylus NX515, it has a small footprint, with a folding 2.5" color LCD on a relatively uncluttered panel.
Wireless setup was easily accomplished via the Web interface during set up (you can also use the printer buttons to set up wireless); the process did take a long time, however. Network printing times were completely in line with expectations: A three-page Word document took about 37 seconds to print, with the first page out in about 15 seconds (at normal quality). Printing a four-page Word document with the automatic duplex feature took 55 seconds.
Duplex printing is a great feature; but one downside is that ink can saturate cheap paper so much that the paper gets limp and both sides are visible at once. Epson recommends reducing the ink density; for high-color pages, you'll need to reduce the density by at least 25 percent (this didn't have much negative effect on the quality of the printed pages). Photo prints were excellent. A 4x6 photo printed at normal quality took about 1:12 to print. The print was dry (you can even run it under water and the ink won't run) and the colors were clear and rich. The on-board Photo Restoration feature copied a washed-out old photo and printed it with restored colors easily and quickly. That's a great feature to have if you want to scan some old photos but not mess around with some serious and potentially time-consuming restoration software.