Epson Stylus CX3500

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Epson Stylus CX3500
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5

Pros

  • Individual ink cartridges, quiet, great print quality

Cons

  • No card reader or PictBridge support, long scan time

Bottom Line

A great all-rounder for those on a budget.

Would you buy this?

The CX3500 distinguishes itself by having four individual ink cartridges rather than one black and one tri-colour. Its ink uses Epson's DuraBrite technology, which improves protection against strong light. It does not have a built-in card reader, nor does it support PictBridge.

We were pleasantly surprised by low noise emission from this unit during printing. It also has a very smooth roller and paper-eject mechanisms, which are barely audible as the paper moves past the print heads and then finally rests on the output tray.

The CX3500 is a very flexible document printer and allows for up to four quality modes to be selected: economy, draft, normal and fine. These modes can be selected from the Advanced section of the print driver. In fine quality, the text is razor sharp and not overly dark, while normal mode prints out slightly lighter text at a lower resolution. Economy mode produces very light grey text suitable for proofreading, while draft mode produces slightly darker text that is very blocky.

Its photo quality output was excellent during our tests, with no noticeable banding and realistic colour tones. It managed to print an A4 colour photo in 13 minutes 47 seconds.

The print driver supports reverse printing and manual two-sided printing. The printer can also produce borderless prints at up to A4 size.

We are used to getting great quality scans from Epson equipment and the CX3500 proved that it can also capture accurate colour and greyscale input. It took much longer than many its peers to scan in a full-colour A4 photo (1 minute 44 seconds), especially with the descreen setting enabled. Unfortunately, this model does not ship with any OCR software.

Its photocopy quality wasn't as good as we'd hoped it would be, with text copies in particular suffering from blurred text that was tiring to read. Colour photocopies were quite good, though, with plenty of detail, but the colour matching compared to our original document was slightly off.

We like the fact that this model has separate ink cartridges as it allows the user to manage ink in a more flexible manner. Its control panel is conveniently situated on the left-hand side of the unit, which means books can be scanned in without activating any unwanted functions, and the square design and removable scan lid also help greatly when scanning from large books.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?