Epson WorkForce 840 Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Fastest single-sided print speeds in its class
    • Easy to navigate touch panel
    • Wireless connectivity
  • Cons

    • No automatic printing from second tray
    • Can't print PDF or Word docs from USB

When Epson announced the new WorkForce 840 All-in-One inkjet printer at CES 2011, it came as no shock that “world’s fastest” was attached to the headline. Three of the last four Epson AIO inkjet product announcements have been billed as offering the fastest print speeds in their respective classes.

What makes the WorkForce 840 different is that it will be offering the fastest duplexing (double-sided printing) speeds in its class at 7.4 ppm in black as well as the fastest single-sided print speeds at 15 ppm in black.

Read our full review now to find out if the WorkForce 840 lived up to these print speeds during our tests and, more importantly, if it’s a good fit for your home office or small business.

WORKFORCE 840 SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 4-in-1 inkjet printer (print, scan, copy and fax)
  • Print speeds: up to 15 ppm single-sided, 7.4 ppm double-sided
  • Print resolution: up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi
  • 7.8-inch touch control panel w/ 3.5-inch LCD
  • 30-page ADF w/duplexing capability
  • Automatic double-sided printing
  • Built-in memory card reader w/ front side USB port
  • Paper capacity: Two 250-sheet paper trays
  • Connectivity: USB, Ethernet, Wireless
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X
  • Energy Star qualified, RoHS compliant
  • 1-year limited warranty

BUILD AND DESIGN
The Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One printer is a mixture of previous generation Artisan and WorkForce printers with a twist. The 7.8-inch touch control panel with a 3.5-inch high resolution LCD comes straight from the Artisan lineup – specifically the Artisan 800, Artisan 810 and Artisan 835 products.

But the overall design, from the more rectangular body, left side card reader and larger paper capacity are more similar to what we saw from the WorkForce 635, WorkForce 610 and WorkForce 600. The twist? The second 250-sheet paper tray that lifts the otherwise compact printer into a new category for Epson AIOs.

The WorkForce 840 offers a 30-sheet automatic document feeder that prints, copies and faxes both single-sided and double-side documents at a touch of a button allowing the user to move on to a different project.

Underneath the 30-sheet ADF is the 48-bit color flatbed scanner with a maximum scan resolution up to 9600 x 9600 dpi (interpolated). Scan features include: Scan-to-PC, Scan-to-PDF and Scan-to-Email.

Lift at the middle to locate the inside of the printer and the four DURABrite Ultra individual pigment ink cartridges (CMYK). And as an extra bonus, the Epson WorkForce 840 ships with extra-high capacity ink cartridges (high capacity ink cartridge replacements are also available).

The adjustable 7.8-inch control panel with a high resolution 3.5-inch LCD is found on the front. The only thing missing from the WorkForce 840 control panel that users will find on the Artisan 835? A CD/DVD print key.

The built-in memory card reader and front side USB/PictBridge port are found on the bottom left side of the WorkForce 840. It’s compatible with a variety of memory cards including: Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MicroDrive, SD, SDHC, MultiMedia Card, MMC Plus and xD-Picture card.

As mentioned previously, the WorkForce 840 offers two 250-sheet paper trays for a total capacity of 500 sheets.

All connections are located on the back of the Epson WorkForce 840. The WorkForce 840 offers Hi-Speed USB 2.0, WI-FI and Ethernet connectivity.


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