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Excellent All-Around MFP
on February 25, 2012
First, a response: while the very cynical 1-star review is correct about there being a paper-size limitation in tray/cassette 2, the choices are A3, A3+, US B (11x17), Letter, Legal, and A4! I think practically everyone will use at least one of those paper sizes with this printer, and they can be put there. Tray/cassette 1 of course supports the full complement of paper sizes, from 3.5x5 to 13x19. It's not immediately clear why there is such a limitation (possibly due to the longer paper path from the bottom?) but it exists in both the most recent firmware (setting paper size from the control panel) and the printer driver.
The print, scan, copy, and fax quality are all excellent, and the connectivity options are superb: WiFi-n, Ethernet, USB, USB Mass Storage, SD/xD/MS/CF, PictBridge, AirPrint, Epson ePrint, Google Cloud Print, IPP, Bonjour, SNMP, WSD, LLMNR, SLP, etc, etc. Leave room all around for the paper jam pull-outs and paper tray.
Mac users have an easy time, just install the printer and scanner drivers, and install the printer in System Preferences. The scanner will appear automatically in Image Capture. Windows users can easily install using SNMP by creating a port with the device name, then running the driver installer and selecting the port manually. Windows scanning requires running the setup program as an Administrator first, then the scannning program, then running both again as a regular user.
I've stayed away from the Event Monitor, and Download Navigator, but if you like complete customization of network devices, I strongly recommend EpsonNet Config (v3.7.0+), which is barely mentioned in the literature. Not only can you change the device name from the horrible serial number, but you can customize just about every setting (all kinds of stuff not available at the panel) such as Location, disabling unused network protocols, administrator password, timeout lengths, resource names, and you can type in your WiFi network password instead of doing it on the panel. Don't look for these settings on the printer's web server, it's very limited.
Just about the only gripe is the LCD quality which, being that it's a workgroup printer, is far behind the Artisan series' touchscreen, but I'd rather that money went into the build quality anyway.