Epson WorkForce 845 Review Continued: Ink Exhaust and Energy Tests

January 17, 2012 by Amber Riippa Reads (16,213)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.17
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Ink Control Tests
The WorkForce 845 never once misfed, jammed, or gave us any other problems during our extensive ink exhaustion tests. During our ink test, we printed at a ratio of 3:1, meaning three full black and white text pages to one full page of color. We do this until the printer refuses to print any more quality pages. We print at a ratio of 3:1 because we know the average user is printing more black and white text pages than image and color pages.

The WorkForce 845 printed 501 quality pages before it refused to print due to the magenta cartridge being out of ink. The yellow and cyan were next to go fifty pages afterward, and the black cartridge held out for the remainder of the testing. These results are fantastic; the provided Epson 126 high-capacity ink cartridges really allow users to get the most out of them.

Energy Tests
The Epson WorkForce 845 is Energy Star qualified and is one of the most energy efficient inkjets we’ve tested to date. During startup/warmup, the AIO fluctuated between 8 and 23 watts and when it was done starting up it remained at a steady 6 watts. While printing in the default print mode it remained mostly around 18 watts and while printing in draft mode it stayed between 15-22 watts. While printing 4 x 6 photos, it fluctuated between 14-16 watts and while printing 8.5 x 11 photos, it was between 13-15 watts.  

Epson WorkForce 845 Specifications:

  • 4-in-1 color inkjet: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 15 ppm (black) and 9.3 ppm (color)
  • Print resolution: 5760 x 1440 dpi
  • Scan resolution: 2400 dpi (9600 x 9600 dpi interpolated)
  • 7.8inch touch panel with, 3.5 inch TFT screen
  • 2-sided automatic ADF (max. 30 sheets) 
  • Front side USB
  • Paper capacity: 500 sheets
  • Operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X 
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wireless
  • Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print compatible
  • Energy Star certified
  • 1-year limited warranty

The Epson WorkForce 845 is a great choice for users who are looking for a reliable inkjet with a big touch panel, and speedy black and white printing and scanning. It’s also incredibly energy efficient, meaning it won’t cost you much to use it over time. Another upside is that the standard ink cartridges last a while for an inkjet, so you won’t be buying new toner for a while. In our tests, we printed 501 quality pages before having to replace the first ink cartridge.

While the WorkForce 845 has many features that make it a great inkjet, it does have two downsides. Firstly, its color photo printing isn’t the best in today’s market when compared to other inkjets in its class. Contrast is lacking, and so the color in the photos will appear a little washed out. Secondly, Epson did away with including the photo printing software; unless the software is downloaded, users can’t edit photos before printing (or create calendars/flyers/albums, etc).  

The Epson WorkForce 845 all-in-one color inkjet is available now through Epson and other authorized resellers for a current price of $199.99. It’s out of stock on Epson’s website while I write this, but you can always enter your email address to be notified and Epson will let you know when it becomes available again. The WorkForce 845 comes shipped with the four high-capacity inks, CD-ROM with drivers and software, a sample paper pack, telephone cord for faxing, and the power cable.

Supplies and accessories can be purchased directly through Epson, online or by phone. The Epson 126 high-capacity black cartridge is the standard ink toner, and it’s currently going for $18.49. The standard color ink cartridges are going for $17.09. A multi-pack with all four inks is selling for $47.49. The extra high-capacity inks will last longer, and are therefore being sold for a bit more; they’re going for $20.39-29.49. The WorkForce 845 also comes with a one-year limited Epson warranty.



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