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Epson Stylus NX625 Reviews

The Epson Stylus NX625 continues the tradition of Epson's NX line's tradition as a modestly priced multifunction printer geared mostly to home use. It has some big shoes to fill, as the model it's replacing—the Epson Stylus NX515—is an Editors' Choice. Although the NX625's text quality doesn't match the NX515's, the new model is even faster (and more well-rounded) than its notoriously speedy predecessor, making it the new Editors' Choice for a home MFP in its price range.

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The NX625 measures 6.7 by 22.2 by 17 inches (HWD) and weighs 13.7 pounds. A 2.5-inch color LCD anchors its tilt-up front panel. It has a 150-sheet internal paper tray and an automatic duplexer for printing on both sides of a sheet of paper. Both should add to its home-office cred. (The NX515 only offered a 100-sheet paper tray, and lacked the auto-duplexer.) The new model does lose a port for printing from PictBridge-enabled cameras or USB thumb drives, though it has slots that support a variety of memory-card formats. The NX625's flatbed scanner's platen can fit up to A4 (slightly larger than letter-size) paper; it lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF).

Printer Category
Ink Jet
Color or Monochrome
1-pass color
Ink Jet Type
Standard All-Purpose
Connection Type
USB, Ethernet, Wireless
Maximum Standard Paper Size
Direct Printing from Cameras
Standalone Copier and Fax
The NX625 can print, scan, and copy, scan to an e-mail program on a PC, print from memory cards, and work as a stand-alone copier. We tested the NX625 over an Ethernet connection to a PC running Windows Vista. According to Epson, it ships with full sets of drivers for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista, Windows 7, and Windows XP, as well as for Mac OS X versions 10.4.11 to 10.6.x.

The NX625 zipped through the latest version of our business applications suite (timed with QualityLogic's hardware and software) in 3 minutes 45 seconds. The NX515, which blew away the competition speed-wise when it was introduced, proved a relative sluggard, finishing the same tests in 4:31, while the comparably priced Kodak ESP 5250 and Canon Pixma MP560 Wireless Photo All-in-One lagged even further, at 5:19 and 6:18, respectively.

The NX625 took an average of 58 seconds to print a 4-by-6 photo, a typical time for an inkjet MFP.

The NX625's text quality was typical for today's inkjets. A majority of our test fonts were easily readable at 6 points, with one meeting that standard at 4 points. All the fonts were easily readable at 10 points. The majority was both well formed and easily readable at 10 points, though two stylized fonts with heavy strokes required larger type to meet that threshold. Text quality was fine for school and general business use, though whether you'd use it for documents designed to make a good impression, such as a resume, depends on how picky you are.

Graphics quality was also typical of inkjet MFPs. Issues, all minor, included banding, in which faint, parallel light lines traverse solid areas; dithering, where solid areas are broken into faint dot patterns; and a tendency for thin lines to break. Quality was good enough for general business use, including PowerPoint handouts.

The photo print quality was consistently about what you'd expect from drugstore prints. Photos were on the pale side: the tone was light and colors a bit muted. There was also a tendency to lose very thin lines. Our monochrome test image was free of any trace of a tent, but had a couple of minor artifacts such as two lines of tiny white dots.

The Epson Stylus NX625 brings lightning speed and a solid feature set to a moderately priced MFP. It's even faster than its predecessor, the Epson Stylus NX515 (which was the Secretariat of cheap inkjet MFPs when it was introduced), which is being phased out. The larger paper tray adds home-office cred and makes the NX625 a good candidate for a dual role as a home and light-duty home-office printer. Although its output quality is solid, text quality isn't quite up to that of the previous model. Even so, the NX625 provides enough added value at a comparable price to sneak past the NX515, becoming the new Editors' Choice for an MFP in its class.

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