I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new Epson Workforce 840 Multifunction printer last week.
The Workforce 840 is the latest in Epson’s series of Home / Home Office Multifunction printers. And it’s really sweet!
I’ve said it before and hopefully I’ll say it again. Every time Epson brings out a new Workforce device it seems to be better that its predecessors.
For me, the Workforce 840 is an upgrade from a 600 series printer.
The build and styling of the printer are the same and with a cursory look you might think it would be very much the same as the others.
Big superficial differences are the fact that the printer has a second tray and the larger, touch screen display screen.
The printer user interface – thankfully, is even more intuitive. The touch screen buttons are easily pressed and responsive. The menus are easy to navigate.
I’m not quite sure why orange was picked for the color of everything though.
The Wi-Fi was really easy to set up – just use the wizard, scan, pick your network and put in the password. Easy. Done.
The 840 has the capability to print directly from your iOS or Blackberry device too – I have yet to try this, I’ll drop a post when I do though.
Printing is noticeably speedier at 15 ppm for black and just over 9 in color the print speed it quite impressive.
The scan and copy speed is pretty good too. I had a stack or documents to copy. I just loaded them into the Auto Document Feeder (ADF), hit the copy and off it went with no glitches.
Double Sided copying is a great feature.
The $300 price tag may be considered a little steep by some. When you compare it to other printers with similar capabilities it really isn’t all that high. The ink-saving features and high capacity cartridges soon work out to be cost effective.
My problems? well, having another 250 sheet paper tray is all very well, however it makes the printer that much larger. I actually had to rearrange my desk to accommodate it.
See more detailed specifications below and feel free to drop me a question if you have one about the device.
Printing Technology: 4-color (CMYK) drop-on-demand MicroPiezo® ink jet technology
Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 2 droplet sizes, as small as 3 picoliters
Maximum Print Resolution: 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi
ISO Print Speed:
- Black: 15 ISO ppm1
- Color 9.3 ISO ppm1
2-Sided ISO Print Speed:
- Black: 7.4 ISO ppm1
- Color 5.4 ISO ppm1
- Black / White
Copy Speed: 1 – 99 (PC-free)
Maximum Copy Size: 8.5" x 14" (PC-free)
- Fit to page
- Automatic reduction and enlargement (25 – 400%)
- Adjustable copy density
Scanner Type: Color flatbed / Automatic 2-sided ADF
Photoelectric Device: Color CIS line sensor
Optical Resolution: 2400 dpi
Hardware Resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi
Maximum Resolution: 9600 x 9600 dpi interpolated
Scanner Bit Depth: 48-bit color / 24-bit output
Fax Settings: Black-and-white and color
Fax Speed: 33.6 Kbps – as fast as 3 sec per page
Memory: Up to 180 pages
Speed Dials: 60
PC Fax: Supported2
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