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Epson BX925FWD review

Simon Handby
6 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
219.82
inc VAT

It looks great, is cheap to run and performs reasonably well, but Epson's BX925FWD wouldn't be our first choice in the office.

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Specifications

38ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, 300x446x368mm

The BX925FWD is the top model in Epson's considerable range of business-orientated MFPs. Although it can't handle A3 paper like the Brother MFP reviewed opposite, it has a similarly high specification that includes faxing, direct photo printing and support for wired and wireless networking.

Epson BX925FWD

This MFP's paper handling is almost as impressive as the Brother's. Again, there are two 250-sheet paper trays and both the ADF and printer have automatic duplexing, so prints, scans and copies can all be double-sided. While the Brother achieves duplex scans in a single pass by using a second contact image sensor (CIS) arranged within the ADF, Epson's solution is to mechanically flip the paper over and re-feed it.

While many business-focused products look dull, the BX925FWD is quite striking. It's made from attractive black plastics, and has a particularly attention-grabbing control system. Almost everything is accessed via a huge touch-sensitive panel, at the centre of which is an 8.9cm colour touchscreen. Such systems can be disastrously cumbersome and prone to lag, but Epson's is very responsive, making this MFP easy to use. It's a complex device, though, and as with the Brother you have to dig around for some of the advanced settings.

Epson BX925FWD display

The BX925FWD generally feels as well-built as it looks. When we began testing the scanner, we were surprised to see a 'scanner warming up' message for a few seconds; something typical of older devices with fluorescent light sources but not of a modern CIS scanner that uses LEDs for illumination. Fortunately this didn't reappear between jobs.