Epson Stylus SX515W review

A printer that can produce quality to keep, whatever the weather

Epson Stylus SX515W
Fear no rainfall with the SX515W's DURABrite inks

Why you can trust TechRadar We spend hours testing every product or service we review, so you can be sure you’re buying the best. Find out more about how we test.

Epson stylus sx515w

For the creation of smudge-proof documents on plain paper, the SX515W with its DURABrite inks is the next best thing to using a colour laser printer, but is much more compact, lightweight and cheap to buy.

We liked

There's a good range of standalone printing and photocopying facilities on the menu, and it's a clearly laid out, intuitive menu at that.

Better still, you can print an address on an envelope and walk to a post box without having to wait for it to stop raining.

Wi-Fi connectivity is a bonus, considering the relatively cheap purchase price of this all-in-one printer.

We disliked

Photo quality is disappointing with poor colour rendition and a lack of contrast, and resin-based inks don't work too well with glossy photo paper, giving a dull appearance.

Fast mono print speeds decrease dramatically for colour graphics output and photo prints are painfully slow. Without frequent use, nozzles in the print head are prone to clogging.


Simple and effective, the SX515W is ideal for printing or photocopying documents with smudge-free benefits but, considering that so many of the latest inkjets deliver great quality output for photos as well as documents, it's a bit of a one-trick pony.