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Epson BX925FWD review

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.


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.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Maximum native print resolution 5,760×1,440dpi
Max optical resolution 2,400×2,400dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 38ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 38ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 9m 5s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 15m 5s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 300x446x368mm
Weight 9.8kg
Noise (in normal use) 37dB(A)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 500
Maximum paper inputs 2
Maximum paper input capacity 500
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes


Printer technology piezo inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Other inkjet features 19.8cm touchpanel with 8.9cm colour touchscreen
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £220
Consumable parts and prices £10
Price per colour A4 page 4.1p
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) n/a
Warranty one-year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 4
Number of ink cartridges 4
Maximum number of ink colours 4
Maximum number of cartridges 4
Quoted photo durability 100 years
Quoted photo durability source Wilhelm Imaging Research

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 9s
A4 document at 150dpi 11s
A4 document at 300dpi 19s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 20s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 1m 3s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 10s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 26s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 3m 26s

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Borderless printing A4
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards Compact Flash, MicroDrive, Memory Stick/PRO, MMC/Plus, xD
CD printing No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution 200x200dpi
Fax memory (maximum mono pages) 180