An inkjet is an inkjet is an inkjet, yes? Actually, while the overwhelming majority of devices from Brother, Canon, HP and Lexmark, in addition to from Epson themselves, make use of pigment-based or maybe dye-based water-soluble inks, this particular SX515W is actually a rare breed which relies upon resin-based inks, within Epson’s DURABrite umbrella. Actually, an umbrella is the very last thing these inks require, because their principal claim to fame is they are able to create water-resistant, smudge-proof, anti-fade prints on bog-standard ordinary paper.
Robustness of plain-paper prints is not the SX515W’s sole feature, because it’s likewise very well connected for a printer featuring such a knockdown asking price. In addition to de rigueur USB 2.0 as well as PictBridge ports, it also includes comprehensive Wi-Fi connectivity with a blissfully fast and simple setup procedure that’s totally automated, aside from requiring you to enter your own network password.
On top (literally) of a quick 5760 x 1440dpi printer, you receive a competent 2400 x 2400dpi CIS (Contact Image Sensor) scanning device, that has been joined with a practically fashioned control panel as well as 6.3cm colour LCD screen. The net outcome is simple stand alone mono or colour photocopying, as well as direct picture printing through the built-in CF, MMC, MS, SD, SDHC and xD memory card readers.
The addition of CompactFlash compatibility is great to have, and something that’s lacking on a lot of recent all-in-one units such as the Lexmark Interact S605.
It’s not all great news though, because while the four-ink system is perfectly sufficient for document printing, picture productivity from the SX515W is a lacklustre, with restricted colour range, poor contrast along with a dreary appearance even when printing with glossy photo paper.
In a direct fight with our stopwatch, the Epson invested a fantastic turn of speed for mono documents, delivering A4 text pages in as little as four seconds. It was slightly tardier with regard to mixed text and colour graphics, taking 28 seconds per page. Photo output ended up being painfully slow, taking a minute and six seconds to get a 6 x 4-inch print in standard quality mode, and a nap-inducing six minutes and forty seconds to get a top-quality borderless A4 photograph print. That is practically three and a half times slower compared with the Canon iP4700 in addition to five times slower compared to the Lexmark Interact S605.
The sole further real catch we ran in to was that when we didn’t make use of the Epson a week or two weeks, the resin-based Epson Stylus SX515W printer ink cartridges had a horrible common practice of setting like glue within the print head nozzles, necessitating several cleaning cycles to unclog them.
Simple and reliable, the SX515W is ideal for printing or photocopying documents with smudge-free added benefits however, given that so many of the newest inkjets supply great quality results with regard to pictures in addition to documents, it is a bit of a one-trick pony.
Epson Stylus SX515W printer ink cartridges are available here.