Working from a home office doesn’t mean you should have to make do with lower-quality equipment. For many people working from home, the idea of having a printer that is capable of doing more than a single-sided sheet at a considerably slower speed than the giant office business centers is considered one of the sacrifices that have to be made for the sake of saving space in a home office. Perhaps you do work in an office, but one of these monster printers are out of the question due to budget constraints.
Enter the Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer. This little wonder can handle a lot of different tasks, and actually matches some of those larger central printers in terms of functionality. So, how does the Epson WorkForce 840 measure up?
The first thing I noticed about the Epson 840 was the interface. Setup and installation was a bit less than intuitive, and the command panel is reminiscent of older (less modern, to put it another way) printer controls. There were some more modern perks, including Wi-Fi (802.11N), USB port, media reader (viewable through the network as a shared drive), and an automatic document feeder.
The scanner produces great image quality, even for an all-in-one. Typically these scanners are given a bad rap for substandard quality compared to dedicated flatbed scanners. While there are certainly better options available, if you need a dedicated scanner, the 840 is good enough to fit most users’ needs. The included software allows you to capture the scans as an image or PDF (OCR included), making storage of various documents easier.
The WorkForce 840 is advertised as being the fastest all-in-one printer in the world. At between 9 and 15 ppm, this may well be the case. Laser printers (my usual preference) are pretty fast, but I was surprised at just how fast the WorkForce 840 actually is. In fact, double-sided prints come out at an equally impressive pace as well.
Paper capacity isn’t a problem with this Epson printer. At a combined 500 sheets (2×250-sheet trays), the 840′s capacity is beyond acceptable. This is more than enough to last me months, if not longer, between refills. For an active office that does frequent printing for presentations and meetings, this should certainly cut down on the time spent refilling the tray.
One of the biggest drawbacks I’ve found with inkjet printers has been with the ink. At more than its weight in gold, printer ink is extremely expensive, and laser printer toner just seems to last longer. Where this particular inkjet makes up for this issue is through its higher capacity cartridges, which don’t need to be exchanged as frequently. Also, the separate cartridges for each color allow you to replace only what you need, when you need it.
Aside from just being a capable inkjet printer, the Epson WorkForce 840 is an all-in-one device. It acts as a copier, scanner, and fax machine (who uses those anymore?). The 840 includes Wi-Fi capability, allowing it to link in a more direct manner to all of your PCs and network devices, including even the iPhone. This is a big difference from more traditional printers that either require a physical connection to a single computer, which shares to the network, or to a capable network router.
Over all, this is a fast, efficient all-in-one printer with plenty of great features. While I wasn’t too thrilled about the user interface on the machine itself, the long list of things this model does well certainly makes it worth serious consideration. The Epson WorkForce 840 is a solid solution for home offices and small business offices alike. With the quick-drying ink and fast print times, it shouldn’t have any problem keeping up with any small or medium-sized tasks you throw at it.
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