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I sometimes telecommute from my engineering job, and when at home I often do CAD (computer aided drafting) for making, reviewing and updating engineering drawings. I also have a small micro-publishing business for sheet music. Both of these make the ability to print on wide format paper desirable. By wide format, I am referring to paper larger than normal 'Letter (8.5" x 11")', 'legal', or similarly sized European paper standards. The most common for me is 11" x 17", often called 'planograph' size.

Printers that can operate with these paper sizes tend to be professional models that are large, heavy, and very expensive ($2000 and above).

I used to own a used HP Laserjet 5100, which did the 11x17 paper, was fast, but did not have duplexing (double-sided) capabilities built-in (i.e. manual duplexing only). My biggest problem was space...it was so large and heavy that I had no space for it on a day-to-day basis, but it was so difficult to move to a storage area when not in use. Also, it got old and cranky after half a million prints, and toner got expensive. A lot of expense and bother for a printer that would be used occasionally.

After scoping around, I decided that my next wide format printer would be an inkjet type instead of a laser. Epson seemed to have the best machines of this type, at least in an affordable price range of less than $200 street price. A friend had an older Epson wide format in his factory and was quite happy with it. And I was a satisfied owner of an Epson Workforce 40 injet printer (see my Amazon review of that one too), so I thought highly of the Workforce series.

The WF-7010 is Epson's stand-alone wide format injet printer. It is intended for small offices, and is equipped with Ethernet 10/100 and high speed USB 2.0 connectivity. Since Epson apparently feels that WiFi is not commonly used in offices, where they prefer wired connections for security and other reasons, this printer does not have wireless connectivity. It is a large printer at about 22" wide x 16" deep x 10" tall, but it is fairly light weight at about 25 pounds; it is light enough to be easily carried from place to place if desired, and would not overwhelm a light-duty shelf or small table. It does not shake a lot when in operation, so table sturdiness should not be an issue. Depending on the paper sized used, the printer's front-to-rear depth can grow to accommodate the extra paper lengths.

The WF-7010 comes with two paper trays; according to some older reviews, the trays cannot both accept the same sized paper, but on mine both trays are identical and can accept any allowed paper size. I have tray 2 (the lower tray) set up for 11x17 paper, and this makes the printer's total front-to-rear depth about 22.5". Tray 1 (the top tray) is set up for 8.5 x 11 paper and in this configuration it fits flush into the printer and does not add to the overall depth. The paper exit tray pulls out of the front of the printer and telescopes to a maximum that makes the overall printer depth about 27"; if you are not using the largest paper sizes, you don't need to telescope the exit tray so far out. Each paper tray has a retracted mode and an extended mode. For sizes up to 'legal', the trays can remain in retracted mode. For larger size papers, you press a button inside the tray and this allows it to telescope into a larger tray. It clicks into a detent so that it is locked in the larger tray size until the button is pressed again to allow it to retract into the smaller tray size.

The trays are all-plastic, but are adequately strong and they can hold up to half of a ream of paper each (250 sheets), for a total paper capacity of 500 sheets. Each tray has internal sliding partitions to keep the paper centered in the correct position. Both trays have a removable gray-tinted plastic dust cover; these are not much use when the trays are in their retracted mode (where they fit fully inside the printer), but they are nice when the trays are in their extended mode where they partly extend outside the printer. Note that, unlike many laser printers with extended sized paper trays, the extended WF-7010 trays protrude from the front of the printer instead of the rear.

The WF-7010 has limited duplexing (automatic double-sided printing) capability. When printing to 'normal' sizes, and to regular paper as opposed to envelopes and such, it is fully auto-duplexing; it prints on one side, automatically pulls the paper back in and flips it, prints the other size and ejects it, then repeats for the next sheet. For larger papers, such as 11x17, I noticed an oddity. When I first got the printer, it allowed me to select duplex for even the larger papers, but it would print all the odd numbered pages normally, then instruct me to move the printed sheets from the exit tray to the paper tray and press a 'resume' button on the computer screen, and then it would proceed to print the second side of each sheet...this is not an uncommon way of providing a semi-automatic duplex capability. But the printer driver prompted me to upgrade the printer firmware, and after I did that the option for selecting duplex on larger paper sizes is now grayed out and I cannot select it; it still works fully automatically on normal paper sizes.

Epson says that the speed of the WF-7010 is fastest in its class, and they list 15 PPM (pages per minute) for black and white and 8 PPM for color. I ran a 4 page text document, on 8.5" x 11" (i.e. 'letter' sized) paper, and clocked the printer at 15 seconds for single sided and 27 seconds for duplex. This equates to 16 PPM for single sided and almost 9 PPM for duplex. Printing color does seem to take about twice as long as printing in black-only, but I did not clock its speed.

Epson says that the minimum paper size for the WF-7010 is 3.5" x 5", and the maximum 'user defined' size is a whopping 13" x 44" (normal largest size is 13" x 19", or 2 inches larger in each dimension than 11 x 17 paper). This bit about 44" has me a bit boggled. The user manual that gets installed on your computer along with the printer driver does not mention such a large paper size, and says simply that the maximum is 13" x 19". But the printer is capable of doing multi-sheet posters, where it automatically tiles larger images onto multiple sheets of paper, in any of these user-selectable layouts: 2x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4. And when you are selecting the desired paper size in the driver, it does allow selections of up to 13" x 44", but it does not explain how to feed such a large size as 44". As a test, I randomly selected a photo and printed to to the WF-7010; in the driver I selected 'multi-sheet' and selected the 4x4 option, and also selected 11x17 paper from the tray. The printer produced 16 sheets, and when I laid them out on the floor I saw that it had indeed tiled the photo to a total size, with all 16 pages included, of 31" x 40". I had not set the printer driver to print all the way to the edges of the paper (which it will indeed do), but it is obvious that the WF-7010 can be used to produce very large multi-sheet tiled posters and such. To resolve the 44" question, I called Epson technical support; I was able to reach them without delay on a Saturday (this is better them most companies offer). The default tech support person did not know the 44" paper question's answer, so the problem was referred to a 'level 2' tech, who also did not know and had to put me on hold for several minutes. He came back and stated that the WF-7010 does indeed allow printing on roll paper up to 13" wide and 44" maximum length (e.g. for printing banners), but it is a very manual operation; the lower paper tray (tray 2) is removed from the printer, and the long paper is inserted into a slot in the rear of the printer's internals and hand fed until the printer grabs it. I don't have any long paper handy, so I have not verified this feature.

Some other points:
- The printer driver auto-selects the correct tray for the paper, as long as you take the time to tall the driver which sizes of paper are inserted into each of the two trays; this is done through the Windows or MAC printer configuration and instructions are included in the user guide. Otherwise, you will have to manually tell the driver every time you want to print using different trays.
- The printer does NOT come with any data cables; you must buy your USB or Ethernet cable separately.
- The printer does come with four ink cartridges in black, magenta, yellow, cyan; these are the T127 type. The printer accepts either the normal capacity T126 or the high capacity T127. I think it is nice that Epson chooses to supply the printer with the high capacity cartridges, which are specified to produce approximately 945 sheets from the black cartridge and 766 sheets from the color cartridges. The OfficeMax where I bought the printer told me that the cartridges provided with the printer are "low capacity good for only a few copies", but I see no evidence of this. Epson's website states that the printer comes with full T127 capacity cartridges, and my experience with my other Workforce printer suggests that the included cartridges are the same capacity as what would be purchased when it comes time to replace them.
- The printer has a basic control panel without a display. It has five pushbuttons and seven LED lights. The buttons are Power, Ethernet information/setup, paper feed, ink cartridge access, and delete print job. The LEDs are Power, Ethernet activity, paper misfeed/user action required, and ink low/ink out for each of the four cartridges.
- The printer works just fine with the cover open, so you can see what it is doing.
- The paper feed & duplexer assembly can be detached from the rear of the printer for cleaning and/or removing misfed paper. It detaches by pressing two recessed buttons - no tools are required.
- The Workforce series is fast partially because it prints such a wide swath on each pass of the print head. Instead of the narrow band of perhaps 1/4" width that most injet printers lay down, the Workforce lays down about 1" on each pass. This is due to the head design, which includes the wide nozzle; the ink cartridges do not have nozzles, as they are simply ink containers that feed the ink head. This means that when you replace an ink cartridge, you are not replacing the ink head itself. On some printers, this could mean problems due to possible nozzle clogging, but Epson has worked out the Workforce head and ink formulation so that this is not an issue. In my experience, and that of associates who also use Workforce printers, the printers have never been disabled due to chronic nozzle clogging. Indeed, I have only once, with my older Workforce 40, had to run a nozzle clearing operation after the printer sat unused for many months, and running to operation once did the trick.
- The printer will print on all the usual paper types, such a bond, coated paper glossy and matte photo papers, envelopes. Its print quality is typical of most other contemporary inket printers, but faster as previously mentioned.
- Build quality is good, and the printer feels quite solid.
- The printer is quiet, but not as quiet as a typical laser printer.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon April 29, 2012
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PROS -- fast on text documents, will print up to 13 x 19 inches (approx 33 x 48 cm), two paper drawers & large ink cartridges, two sided printing
CONS -- photo printing not great, no wireless connection, nozzles susceptible to clogging, setup snags, no cord included, no PictBridge interface.
SUMMARY -- it does what it says, but consider other models also.

This is a basic stripped-down printer (no wifi, no scanner, no USB cord, etc.) that has the advantage of being able to print on large paper. This makes it easy to print off a poster about something, a large map to put on a wall, personalized gift-wrap, a large page which is folded to make a custom letter-sized folder, etc. However, if you need a large format printer, there are others in this price range to consider (from both Epson and others) which provide more features and/or better quality photo printing.

It prints text documents fairly quickly, however, it prints photos rather slowly.

If you want a quality photo printer, this is not the printer for you. When I printed the same photo on my years-old HP printer and this, the Epson photo had weaker colors, and fuzzier edges and lines, and slightly different (worse) color balance, no matter what paper was used (I tried premium papers from both Epson and HP). At a glance, my not-too-discerning partner immediately noticed the difference between the photos printed on the two printers.

The "DuraBrite Ultra" ink that this printer uses is their basic general purpose ink (it is not one of the special inks for artistic applications -- search for "Epson Ink Solutions" if you want to know more.)

>> Documentation:

The behavior of the printer setup didn't match the documentation (I am using Mac 10.6.8). After installing the ink cartridges, it was supposed to begin the priming process, but after about 15 minutes (during which I was prowling through the software and documentation) I checked the status, and it said that the cartridge types were not recognized. That was fixed by turning the printer off and then back on. Again, when printing the first test page, it hung (with a communication error), again remedied by a power cycle.

There were other important things lacking (or mismatching) in the documentation:
- Apparently small-sized papers go only in the top drawer, according to the marks in the drawer itself, and the software size options for drawer 1 versus drawer 2.
- The printed instructions said to shake the cartridges, tear open the plastic, and install the cartridges. Hmmm, there are some little yellow plastic strips which say to remove them, the instructions don't mention them, but I guess I should. Then later the online documentation said not to remove anything or ink would leak. Huh, which is it? (It seems to be working fine, with the strips removed as they themselves said to do).

And, there are a bunch of important things buried in the bottom of the the outline structure of the documentation. Things like how to set the paper size in the two drawers, how to turn on or off paper-size mismatch checking, etc.

SECRETS OF PRINTING IN BLACK: One of the really important things to know about this printer is how to force it to keep printing in black, even if you run out of a color: bring up the guide and search for the "Expended Color" for details. Otherwise, once you have run out of any ink color, all printing is disabled.

>> Concern About Nozzles:

I have avoided Epson printers for years, because of prior bad experience with constantly clogging nozzles. With Epson printers, you don't get a new print head with each ink cartridge replacement - while this is cheaper in the short run, it can cause problems in the long run. In the past, I would have to constantly run nozzle checks, have to waste ink "cleaning" them, and have to resort to alcohol on a q-tip because Epson's own print head cleaning procedures were not adequate. ETA 2/2014: Overall, the nozzle situation is much improved, but it still merits consideration.

Basically, before printing anything, you should run a nozzle check to make sure none of them are clogged. Every time. Sure enough, with this brand-new out of the box printer, a nozzle was clogged. Often this will fix itself with another nozzle check, but it did not, so I had to waste ink by running the nozzle clean procedure which did fix it. But then later in the same day, before printing another photo, again a nozzle check showed another clogged nozzle, but this time, a second nozzle check fixed it. It remains to be seen whether this current printer will have constant nozzle problems, or whether Epson's priming and cleaning procedures have been improved over time.

ETA 2/2014: After six+ months of disuse, when I needed to print on large paper, only a few nozzles were clogged -- not surprising after that amount of disuse. It needed only one cleaning cycle to clear them for printing. After printing a few large (18.5x12.5in) photos, one nozzle reclogged near the end of the photo, but fortunately not in a critical location. Overall this is much better performance than I have had with Epson printer nozzles in the past, though it shows that it is still something that merits checking. If you're printing small snapshots, or text, not much ink is wasted if you need to redo one. But if you need to redo something large, that is lots of wasted ink.

One annoyance if printing on large paper (e.g. 13x19in) is that large paper needs tray 1, but so do nozzle checks (as far as I can tell). So you have to pull out and resize and reload tray 1 over and over, switching between expensive paper for the large print, and cheap office paper for the nozzle checks (but better that than a wasted large print).
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VINE VOICEon March 26, 2012
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My six year old and I just installed our new Epson printer and I'm definitely no computer genius, so it was easy, to say the least. This thing is quite large, which is to be expected from a printer that can print 13x19" copies, so finding just the perfect place to put it took some rearranging of furniture. The six step set-up process was very easy. We've had a few bad experiences in the past trying to use the installation cd that comes with devices. So, we went straight to the Epson website, downloaded and installed the printer driver with no problems. The printer uses one black and three color ink cartridges. The color ones look about half the size of the black.
The printer only comes with the power cable. You have to provide your own USB cable to connect it to your computer or your own Ethernet cable for networking. Luckily we had a USB cable amongst years of saving cables from other devices.
We've made a few test pages and are extremely pleased. The copies are crisp even on cheaper copy paper. We've found it is much more cost effective to print our photos through an online site and pick them up in store as opposed to buying photo quality paper and ink cartridges on top of ink cartridges.
Many of my crafting friends have different models of the Workforce, so I'm planning on using mine in concert with my craft hobby by printing images on fabric, printable vinyl, and transfer paper. I was able to print on fabric with ease by ironing freezer paper onto the back and printing on the regular settings. If you are planning on using this for a craft where you need to know which side the printer prints on the paper, by default, it prints face down. I needed to know to print on the fabric and just had to figure it out by marking the paper and testing it. You would have to know to print on transfer paper as well. I uploaded a picture of the printer and the printed fabric to show how large it is and how well the fabric turned out. I'm extremely happy with this printer already and can't wait to try everything else I possibly can on it.
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on September 13, 2012
I cannot speak to the quality or dependability of the Workforce 7010 because I only kept it overnight. Setup was no more or less difficult than any other inkjet printer -- except that the software install disk was not compatible with Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion), so you have to go to the Epson site to d/l the latest drivers and utilities. But that's not the deal breaker. What soured me immediately on this printer is Epson's unacceptable -- and unfortunately, characteristic -- lack of product detail and disclosure.

If you purchase a wide format printer with automatic duplexing, you most likely do so because duplexing larger formats is a most welcome capability. Standard format duplexing printers (laser and inkjet) are a dime a dozen. But duplexing large format machines are hard to find unless you're prepared to spend really big bucks. So the 7010 is seductive at a sub-$200 price. However you have to unpack and set up the printer, install the software, and then try to print a large format 2-sided document only to discover that the 7010 DOES NOT duplex large format papers. Instead, your print dialog box displays the warning that you can only duplex letter, A4, A5, A6, and JISB5 sheets, and only in plain paper weights!

Nowhere is this limitation stated. Not on the box. Not in the meagre in-pack documentation. Not on Epson.com or the barely useful online manual. In fact, it took over a half-hour for an offshore Epson phone tech to verify this for me. Ugh! The series should be renamed WorkFARCE, and the descriptor should be changed to Auto Duplex Sort Of.

BTW, I did not buy this printer through Amazon, but at a big-box office supply retailer, who took the dog back and issued a full refund.
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on July 7, 2014
This is the second workforce 7010 I have bought. We use it to make heat transfers for t-shirts.
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VINE VOICEon May 12, 2012
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I own an HP PSC 1510 All-In-One Printer-Scanner-Copier (HP Psc 1510 All-in-one Printer); it has been installed and connected to my HP Pavilion a6207c desktop PC. I never upgraded the HP PSC because it was adequate for my purposes. Mostly, I used it to scan in photographs, newspaper articles, and instructions printed on boxes. In order to save money, many companies don't print instruction manuals. Instead, they expect the owner to keep the cardboard boxes on which the instructions are printed. I normally tear apart the box, flatten the sides and use my HP PSC to scan the instructions into my HP Pavilion PC. From the HP Pavilion PC, they are transferred to my FreeAgent Go Flex portable hard drive. Thus I have a permanently stored electronic copy of my instructions.

I am able to print photographs downloaded to my computer using my HP PSC, but the printing process is laborious and it takes a long time for the ink on the glossy paper to dry. Fortunately, this is not the case with my Epson WorkForce WF-7010 Wide-Format Color Inkjet Printer (C11CB59201). The photographs are printed at twice the speed and I don't have to wait overnight for the ink to dry. I can touch them immediately. Most importantly, photographs that I have printed using my Epson WorkForce Printer are of a higher quality than the ones I were having developed at a local drugstore. I won't mention which one but they are part of a nationwide chain, located practically on every street corner. (Perhaps their ink and paper are of a poor quality.) I have downloaded onto this website a photograph of my youngest nephew; it is a comparison of the same photograph printed on my Epson WorkForce Printer and also developed at the drugstore. As one can see from the comparison, the photograph printed on my Epson WorkForce Printer is much brighter and shows more detail; the photograph developed at the local drugstore is too dark.

The Epson WorkForce Printer is probably best suited for a professional office environment rather than for a home office. First of it, it requires a lot of operating space. This printer measures 22.0" Long X 16.3" Wide X 10.4" Tall. Also, I hope the owner has a strong back because it weighs nearly thirty pounds and I felt every pound of it carrying it up my steep staircase. I didn't want to disconnect my HP PSC from my HP Pavilion PC because I use the scanner more than anything else. Therefore, I also physically connected my Epson WorkForce Printer to my desktop PC; however, the program has been downloaded on both my desktop and laptop PCs. Installation on my HP Pavilion PC was relatively easy, taking approximately thirty to forty-five minutes. I didn't have any serious problems. Sometimes the PC wouldn't recognize the printer in a step and I would simply have to re-perform the step until it did.

I like to put an entire ream of paper, 500 sheets, within both drawers of my Epson WorkForce Printer. I can buy a ream from the local office supply store and load it all without having to store leftover paper and worry about it getting wrinkled. With my HP PSC, I could only put twenty to thirty sheets in the tray. If I put more than that, I ran the risk of paper jams. The Epson WorkForce Printer is relatively quiet when it operates. Furthermore, someone who prints a lot of photographs can always keep glossy paper in the top drawer and select this drawer when printing photographs.

With the Epson WorkForce Printer, I can print double sided, saving me money. Most importantly, it gives my work a more professional appearance. For example, I enjoy writing horror short stories. (I've actually published a few in small magazines.) I can print them double-sided on my Epson WorkForce Printer and bind them using my Fellowes Galaxy E Comb Binding Machine (5218301). I then give the short stories to my "fans," consisting primarily of family and friends, to read. Thus, my short stories have a more professional appearance. Being able to print double sided is a must when printing one's resume. I'll definitely need to do this when Reduction in Force (RIF) notices begin circulating at the government shipyard where I work.

My HP PSC uses only two print cartridges: black and color. However, it literally eats them up. It seems that I am constantly having to replace them, even when I don't do much printing. They dry up just sitting there. The Epson WorkForce Printer has four cartridges: black, cyan, magenta and yellow. Ink levels are always shown when a document or photograph is being printed. Therefore, when one color is low, only one color cartridge will need to be bought instead of having to buy all the colors in one, more expensive cartridge.

However, what I like the most about the Epson WorkForce WF-7010 Wide-Format Color Inkjet Printer (C11CB59201) is that not only does it have a one-year limited warranty but there is a toll free number the owner can call for free technical assistance. The Epson WorkForce Printer is perfect for a small business or a home office that prints a large volume. I was so impressed by this printer that I recently purchased an Epson Perfection V33 Photo Scanner (B11B200201) ]. It scans photographs much better than my HP PSC. The photos don't have a multitude of what I call white dust specks on them. Also, old photos or photos that are too dark can be enhanced by the Epson Perfection Scanner. Together, the Epson WorkForce Printer and the Epson Perfection Scanner are simply awesome!

Joseph B. Hoyos
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on September 3, 2012
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I had no troubles setting up this printer for my Mac Pro. Make sure you have a large enough area to put it on; I had to rework things because it wouldn't fit on the bookshelf where my old printer used to sit. Keep the cable from your old printer since this doesn't come with one. Setup is as easy as connecting the USB to printer cable and running the software (I chose to upload the most recent software from Epson's website, rather than use the disk). Run through the prompts and all is good.

Duplexing works automatically and is fast on standard letter paper. On longer paper, the printer prints all one side and then signals you to flip the paper and put it back in the tray. That's OK since I don't tend to print on larger paper all that much. Also, on regular paper (not the good stuff) there's definitely some ink bleed through, so I set the printer to draft quality and that makes a big difference. I'm guessing that will save some ink, as well.

I think it prints pretty quickly considering the price.

So far, so good. I'll update if any issues arise.
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My new Epson Workforce WF-7010 has a lot of competition. I own quite a few printers that I use every day, including an Epson Stylus NX-530 and an Epson Workforce 630 and a Brother MFC-420CN. My thoughts on how it compares:

SETUP

The Workforce WF-7010 was very easy to set up on my Windows Vista Home Premium system. I inserted the CD to install, connected the power cable, USB cable, and ethernet cable, and I was done. I did not have any problems with the computer recognizing my new printer.

Yes, if you want to network this printer, it requires an ethernet cable. It cannot network via Wi-Fi.

The paper tray must be expanded, if you want to use larger sheets of paper. There are two paper trays, which is great. If you use two different sizes of paper on a regular basis, there is no need to constantly swap out the paper. Obviously, a large format printer will have a bigger footprint than a regular printer. There is just no way around that. With the expanded paper tray, it's a BIG footprint.

PRINTING

I spent the day printing photos for my daughter's school project. It prints quickly. The photos are sharp, the ink doesn't smear. It is quick drying, although slightly tacky when taken immediately out of the printer.

I also printed a photo on 11" x 17" paper. The software has a default option of edge smoothing. It was plain paper, not photo paper. I don't usually expect the best results on plain paper, but the result was breathtaking.

I also printed text with graphics pages and they looked very professional. I wouldn't hesitate to use this for brochures.

This printer has automatic double-sided printing, which is wonderful. Especially with wide-format printing, I can now print folded books. The fact that it's automatic means I save time. I also save on paper. To use this feature, you must manually select the paper tray you want to use. It will not work if left to automatically select the paper tray.

One thing I did not like is the lack of digital display. We are back to blinking LED lights, which requires us to keep the printer pamphlet around just in case it starts blinking and we need to translate. I prefer my printers talk to me, or at least display to me. I don't want to need a translator.

MANUAL

I do wish it came with a dead tree manual. The help menu on the printer software is not very helpful and I don't want to have to go online to search for a manual. I still don't know what multi-page 2-up and 4-up means, so I don't use it.

PROS:
+ beautiful photos, graphics and text
+ prints quickly
+ automatic double-sided printing
+ quick drying ink does not smudge
+ connect to network via ethernet cable
+ large paper tray, for paper up to 13" wide and 19" long
+ 2 paper trays

CONS:
- no printed manual and help menu in software is sorely lacking
- no digital display
- no fax
- no wireless network capability (requires ethernet cable to connect to network)
- no scanning
- large footprint

SUMMARY:

This Workforce WF-7010 is a workhorse of a printer. If you need a basic printer that will print in wide format, this is the one for you. It is not a multifunction printer. It will not fax, copy or scan. It prints, and it does it well.
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I do a lot of computer crafting, creating printable boxes and other things for my blog, as well as standard home office printing.

This printer is perfect for my uses.

Pros:
Easy to set up.
2 printer cartridges- you can choose which cartridge you'll use from your printer dialogue. Since I print on card stock just as often as I print on paper, this is incredibly handy.
Really easy 2 sided printing- just select 2 sided printing from the dialogue, it prints one side, then pulls the page back in to print the other side.
Can print 12x12 digital scrapbook layouts
Fantastic print quality for an inkjet.
Separate ink cartridge colors so you can replace ink as needed.

Cons:
The cons don't bother me, but it is very big and a little too heavy for me to move by myself. I needed my husband's help to set it up on my printer table. Also it's not wireless, so it's inconvenient to use with my husband's laptop.

I'm really happy with this printer.

EDIT: It's 10/28/2014 and this is my favorite printer ever. The Durabrite inks are fantastic for my printable crafts, fabrics and transfers. Using it with the print and cut feature on the Cricut Explore and transfers for dark fabric simulates the look of old 70s transfer tees very well. I've recommended this printer repeatedly, and will continue using Epson for all my crafty printing.
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I have had several printers over the years, as I'm sure you have. I can't say that this is the best printer I have seen, or even owned. It is not a laser printer, so I didn't think it was fair to compare it to printers in different classes. I also did not compare it to multi-function printers. Of the several of those I have owned, most were below average scanners and only print standard size paper.

This printer is really designed for a workplace that needs this special functionality. As many people have said, it is big. I knew that when I ordered it, and I knew that it had to be big to handle big paper. That ability alone sets it apart from most printers.

I have to admit, I am not an expert in printers and specifications. I am interested in how well it does what it should do. I found the printer very easy to set up. The paper trays hold 500 sheets, so it doesn't need to be refilled often. It is easily the fastest inkjet printer I have owned, and the duplex works perfectly. I have probably printed 100 pages so far with no jams.

One of my favorite features is the type of ink cartridges it uses. They seem to last a long time and they are much less expensive to purchase. I gave away my Canon PIXMA iP4700 (which was an excellent printer) because it was so expensive to buy the small cartridges. This will not print photos as well as the Cannon, but it is not designed for that.

Bottom Line: This printer will not appeal to everyone, but it was not intended for a broad market. For what it was designed for, printing large double-sided document fast, I think it is an excellent printer.
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