WORKFORCE 635 PERFORMANCE
Setting up the WorkForce 635
The WorkForce 635 comes with a Start Here guide that takes users through the usual installation steps: unpack, turn on, select language and date, install ink cartridges, load paper, connect the phone cord (for fax capability), choose a connection type and install the software/drivers provided the CD.
Once you load the CD you can choose between the regular installation and the custom installation. We picked the regular installation. The wizard will ask you to confirm your connection choice. If you choose wireless like we did, you’ll be asked to set it up with a temporary USB cord or by selecting the network and inputting the network key through the control panel.
Since not everyone will have a USB cable readily available we used the control panel option; it was much easier this time than with the WorkForce 610.
After the wireless connection is confirmed, the rest of the software/drivers are installed and users will be asked which bonus software they’d like installed and whether they want to set up their fax machine.
Ease of use
I found the WorkForce 635’s printer navigation very easy to use. There are four main categories on the control panel: photo, copy, scan and fax. Each main category has two or more quick keys or users can navigate the device main menu with the four-way navigation. Users can also access each device by hitting the menu key to bring up the four main menus.
The WorkForce 635 comes with a built-in memory card reader but the front side USB (PictBridge) port is probably more valuable in an office environment with flash drives so common. The WorkForce 635 will allow users to print JPEG files from a USB flash drive but as far as I can tell that’s it. It would be nice if it could recognize PDF’s or Word documents that users need to print on the go.
The fax machine worked great, I sent and received documents with no problems. Users can set up the fax header and number during set up or through the fax settings menu.
The Epson Scan software is easy to run with three modes navigated by a drop down menu: home, office and professional. Each mode has different scan options for getting the most out of your scanned images and documents. And as I mentioned before, users can scan to a PC, to a USB flash drive or to e-mail.
The Epson scanner also automatically sense multiple images and divides them into separate files during the preview. After a document or image is previewed, users are prompted with scan save settings.
Epson also includes the Easy Photo Print software. It’s simple to use; just choose the images and number of copies you’d like to print from the computer’s available images and hit next. The software will also allow users to adjust print settings and layouts as well as edit the individual images before hitting print.
Epson includes an interactive User’s Guide for the WorkForce 630 series but for it to function on its highest level you will need Flash. The guide includes video animation of common jobs and projects, links to support and supplies on Epson.com as well as basic troubleshooting as expected.
As always, the printer properties/preference menu will allow users to change printer settings before each job as well as check ink status and perform maintenance.
When printing, the Epson status bar pops up in the right corner with details on job status and ink levels. When ink supply drops beneath a certain point, a second status message flashes to alert users to the low or empty status.