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Epson WorkForce 845 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax, iOS/Tablet/Smartphone/AirPrint Compatible (C11CB92201)
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- Scanner Type: Color flatbed, automatic two-sided ADF
- 15 ISO ppm black, 9.3 ISO ppm color
- 2-sided ISO ppm: 7.4 blk/5.4clr
- 500-sheet paper capacity
- Low ink cost, Voltage: 100v - 120v
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From the Manufacturer
WorkForce 845 All-in-One
Print | Copy | Scan | Fax | Wi-Fi
Performance is Everything.
The World’s Fastest two-sided all-in-one, the WorkForce 845 delivers high-speed, automatic, two-sided printing, copying, scanning and faxing while providing high quality prints your business deserves. And, it makes it easy to print multiple pages with a 500-sheet paper capacity. Save on ink with the included Extra High-capacity ink cartridges — up to 40% less printing costs than color lasers, a savings that helps make business printing affordable. Easily share your all-in-one with multiple PCs with built-in wired and wireless networking. Or, use Epson Connect to print from popular mobile devices. Built to perform, this powerful product is the perfect partner to help keep your business running at full speed.
WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING:
"The WorkForce 845 is made for users in the small office and home office market due to its energy efficiency, price, and functionality." ~PrinterComparison.com, (January 17, 2012)
Up to 40% lower printing cost than color laser
500-sheet paper capacity with two trays
Extra High-capacity ink cartridges — get about 2x more prints
Epson Connect — instant wireless printing from popular mobile devices
World’s Fastest automatic two-sided printing
SPEED AND IMAGE QUALITY
World's Fastest two-sided print speeds
Save time without sacrificing quality
Professional quality output
Vibrant color documents and laser sharp black text
Print from your smartphone, iPad, tablet and more
Instant-dry, smudge and water resistant inks
Individual ink cartridges allow you to replace only the color you need
Up to 40% lower printing costs
Get professional quality color at an affordable price
Get 2x more prints
With available Extra High-capacity cartridges
Large paper tray
Holds up to 500 sheets, for high-volume print needs
Automatic two-sided printing/copying/scanning
Save up to 50% of your paper supply
What is ISO ppm?
ISO ppm is based on the international standard for measuring print speed. Black and color print speeds are determined in default, single-side mode, in accordance with ISO/IEC 24734. Actual print times will vary based on system configuration, software, and page complexity.
See www.epson.com/printspeed for details, including complete ISO reports.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX
EPSON INK SUPPLIES
EPSON PAPER SUPPLIES
Top Customer Reviews
I have been using HP printers almost exclusively for over 20 years but my last three HP Printers have been getting progressively worse - my last one the HP 6500A was an absolute piece of junk and I am pretty sure it will be my LAST HP product. After a few weeks of research on what printer to move to and considering several Canon, Brother and Epson products I decided that the Epson 845 was probably the printer for me - and boy was I RIGHT! I've had this printer for a little over 6 weeks and this printer is AMAZING. I paid $199 and see it for $159 now...after using it I'd gladly pay $299.
Speedy - this printer is much faster than the HP 6500 and the L7500 that I had before.
Print Quality - I never print photos so I can't comment on that but for business (I work from home) it is great for Powerpoint presentations and contracts. The 2 sided printing is remarkably easy to use and actually works, something that never happened on the HP 6500.
Wireless - I have a home office. I and my family all use this printer. I use it for work, my kids for school and college work. This printer joined my wifi nework effortlessly and has given me 0 trouble. Amazingly simpler than my previous HPs and it "warms up" in a fraction of the time my previous HP printers needed.
Mac Compatible - I have 5 Macs that use this printer. Using HP products I had just accepted that getting printer drivers working on a Mac required carrying the printer around the house and plugging the printer into the Mac that needed to access it was just part of the "setup process". The Epson 845 was UNBELIEVABLY SIMPLE. All of my Macs (2 iMacs, Macbook Pro, 2 Macbook Airs) all saw the printer on my Wifi network and immediately started working with the printer. I have NEVER had a printer work so well with my Apple Products. It is both Snow Leopard AND Lion compatible.
Screen - The instrument panel is amazing. It's HUGE, easy to see, very intuitive and actually folds away when not in use.
Copier - Awesome! My HPs always made "dark" copies - this one is almost perfect reproduction. Huge upgrade.
I only have a few items I'd improve on - not really complaints but nothing is "perfect"
It's Big - This is not a petite printer. I'm not sure how much they could shrink it and keep all the features but it is full figured.
The paper trays and paper guides feel flimsy. The printer is very light despite it's size but I am worried that I might break one of these trays or the paper guide that catches the paper as it comes out of the printer if I'm not careful. Hasn't happened but it does worry me. Not sure what you do if this happens.
Bottom line - for a home / office printer, especially one shared wirelessly between multiple users this printer is an absolute DREAM! HP - I'm never coming back.
UPDATE - 18 June 2012
Still using and still LOVE this printer. It's been over 8 months and the Epson is still the best printer I've used in years. Reading other reviews and comments people have sent me there do seem to be two other "weak points" on this printer that I did not note above. I have NOT seen these issues but others are commenting on them. The weak points are 1) I guess you can't scan without hooking it to your computer with a cable. I don't do this - I use a small Fuji Scansnap for receipts and such and an Epson V500 for photos. But if scanning is big for you this may be an issue. 2) Printing Pictures. Again I have NEVER done this. I send my pictures out to a service for printing (I use Apple) so I have no idea if it is a good photo printer or not.
PROs - I just can't get over how well this printer works wirelessly. I would have thrown my HPs out years ago if I knew life could be this simple! I have NEVER had to reenter my wifi passwords or network settings. I did it once and that was it. Also my niece and some of my daughter's friends have needed to print here. It was incredibly simple for them to find, install the driver, and print from my printer once I gave them my wifi password.
Bottom Line - I would buy this pinter again in a heartbeat!
The WorkForce 845 is a solid all-in-one device. Not only can it network (give multiple computers the ability to connect to it at the same time), but there are two different ways to do so. Ethernet (plugs directly into your router), and Wi-Fi (can wireless connect to the router to avoid lengthy/messy cords)--there is also the traditional USB option (which is generally used to hookup one computer). In an office environment, the capability to network is invaluable.
Ink vs. Toner alternatives:
Speaking of an office environment, EPSON boasts that this printer is a great alternative to laser printers. At the time of this review, it looks like ink replacements will cost around $70 (color and black). On a HP Laserjet CM1415FNW, the full toner kit currently costs $254.99. I did come across a third-party toner set for $84.90 (Remanufactured, I believe) which is closer to the price range of the WorkForce 845's inkjet cartridges. Though met with mixed reviews, the cheaper toner for the HP boasts 2,000 pages for black and 1,300 for color. Whereas the black cartridge for the WorkForce reports a maximum yield of 940 pages with each color cartridge lasting up to 755 pages. Doing the math, the cheaper toner goes further than the inkjet, so the 40% printing savings could be considered a bit skewed when comparing all options. It also means you need to replace the cartridges sooner, which, in a larger office environment, can be a pain.
Something else to consider is that ink smudges when wet, toner does not.
In line with annoyances are inkjet printer heads. One of the reasons I previously bought the Canon Pixma MP460 was because the heads were built into the ink cartridges. That way, if they went bad, I just needed to replace the ink. As a former IT Professional (at a 50+ employee office), I replaced way too many EPSONs because the heads went bad. Unfortunately, like them, the WorkForce 845 has the heads built into the printer, not the cartridges, so the life of the printer is a slight concern for me (with the current cost of printers, it's not worth paying to have them repaired).
There are two paper trays. They hold a combined 500 sheets--way more than my old Canon Pixma MP460. You can see how much paper is in each tray without opening them, which is nice.
The size paper that the top tray can hold is LTR, A4, 8x10", A5, 5x7", 4x6" (Photo Paper), 3.5x5", and No.10 & C6 (Envelopes). The bottom tray (tray 2) can only hold LTR, A4, and B5. There's no manual feed for printer paper, but there's a manual feed for faxing, copying, and scanning. The size paper allowed for the feed is A4 and LTR/LGL. I like how the feed flap can be closed to keep the dust out when not in use (and it makes the printer look sharp, too).
There was no photo printing software included on the install CD (like the Canon Pixma MP460 had). With Microsoft Window's default picture viewer being very limited [when it comes to printing options], a third-party program is a must (particularly when printing a 4x6 borderless photograph). After hitting up Google, I found where to download EPSON's "Easy Photo Print" software and installed it (for free--though, it would have been nice for them to have included this on the CD). Unfortunately, after installing, I was only given the option to print in A4 and Letter on the WorkForce 845, not 4x6. So I gave up on that software and went to Photoshop.
Photoshop allowed me to select the first tray (which is the only tray that can hold 4x6 photo paper--I set tray 2 as the default and loaded it with standard 8.5x11 so that my normal printing wouldn't conflict with my photo printing) and I was able to print borderless without any hiccups. That said, doing one image at a time in Photoshop is way too tedious (and not everyone has a copy of the $700 program. I'm sure there are other free software options out there that would work (like, perhaps, Picasa), but by this time I was done installing programs).
Plugging in devices to the printer:
That, and, I found an even easier way to print photos to the WorkForce 845. Taking a chance, I plugged in my MyTouch 4G phone directly to the USB port [on the printer] thinking that it was long shot for the two devices to speak the same language. Surprisingly, they did! The WorkForce 845 detected the photos on my phone right away. From there it let me select which ones I wanted to print (it actually showed me the full, color photo on the printer screen, too), as well as provided me with some proofing options such as fix red-eye, sharpness, saturation, contrast and brightness. Once I had the image how I wanted it, I simply clicked the print button and presto, it printed on the Photo Paper.
By bypassing the PC, it saved the need for extra software. You can also plug in a Digital Camera, Flash Drive or SD card. Pretty slick. (There are options for xD, MS PRO, and CF too.)
It comes with the drivers (of course), and ABBY FineReader for quick scanning and saving to Word, PDF, Excel, direct to email, etc., which also has an OCR feature (for converting images/scans to editable type). There's also a FAX utility, Event Manager, and software for quick and easy scanning. You will, however, want another program for printing photos from a computer (as mentioned above).
Overall, I'm quite happy with this printer. It has all the features I want and looks good too. I particularly like how the display is touch sensitive and can swivel up for ease of use. Installing the software was fairly simple and it even checks the Internet to see if there's a new firmware update (which there was in my case, and it installed it for me). I do worry about the longevity (as mentioned due to the printer heads), but the price is low enough that I can just replace it if need be (technically, it's the price of ink, not hardware, that ultimately defines overall cost). I'm not entirely convinced that an inkjet alternative is better than using a toner-based printer, but, that said, I do think this printer is a great option for home offices (or very small business). Midsized to large business should really look into something higher-end.