Epson WorkForce WF-2850DWF Printer Review

When you’re looking for a good printer, then there are a ton of different brands out there for you to choose from. However, no brand currently on the market is more associated with decent printers than Epson.

And although the WorkForce WF-2850DWF has a long name and sounds like an expensive laser printer, this couldn’t be further from the case. It’s a 4-in-1 inkjet printer that you can pick up for a pretty cheap price, even if you’re on a budget. So, let’s look at the WF-2850DWF in more depth.

Epson WorkForce WF-2850DWF Review

Overall, the Epson Workforce WF-2850DWF is a good quality printer available at a reasonable. The only area where it’s not strong is in it’s printing costs, with Epson cartridges being particularly expensive.

The WF-2850DWF is one of better options if you’re looking for a cheap printer – check out Spacehop‘s guide to budget printers. Let’s look at this model in a closer detail.

Overview

As a member of the Workforce series, this model is essentially designed as a business printer. However, this definitely doesn’t mean that it’s not suitable for your home – it would make a pretty good addition to any home office.

This is a 4-in-1 printer, which means that as well as print, you can also copy, scan and fax on it too.

Connectivity

One of the good things about this printer is that you can connect to it very easily. You’ll need to download the intuitive iPrint app beforehand, which allows you to connect to the printer and send your documents to it.

As well as having this printing capability, you can also set it up with Epson Email printing too. This allows you to send an email to the printer to print out – of course, you’re going to need a wifi connection for this to work anyway.

Printing Costs

Unfortunately with Epson, there’s always going to be a trade off between a cheap inintial cost and high printing costs, or a high initial cost and lower printing costs. This model falls into the former category.

Whilst you can pick the WF-2850DWF for a pretty cheap price, this is largely because it has pretty high printing costs. It’s okay if you’re only going to be printing occasionally, but in the long term these costs are definitely going to add up.

This isn’t a good option for anyone that’s looking for a printer with low printing costs. So, if you’re going to be printing at a high capacity, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

Design

As a 4-in-1 printer, it’s important that this type of printer is made to last. It has a pretty decent build quality, and is sure to last for some years after you purchase it.

Another thing to mention about this printer is that it is fully capable of printing on both sides of your A4 paper. This is a good feature, as most printers out there don’t have those capabilities.

It has a 1 and a half inch LCD screen that you can use to navigate the printer, though it isn’t the easiest to use. At it’s core this is a business printer, although it’s much more than that too.

Pros

Above everything else, this printer prints both black text and colour images to a high standard.
Duplex printing is pretty hard to come by, especially when you’re looking at cheaper printers. However, if you need to print duplex, then you can with the WF-2850DWF.
The printer itself is actually quite cheap, and it’s a good option for anyone who’s on a tight budget.

Cons

The main reason why you won’t want to consider this printer is because of it’s pretty high print costs, which will add up in the long run if you print on a regular basis.
As well as having high costs, another thing that I’m not a fan of about this model is the navigation on the printer itself. It could be a little easier to use.
The printer is quite difficult to set up, which should be the case for any printer nowadays.

Conclusion

There are a lot of good things about this printer, like. However, the area which isn’t as great is in the cost of printing, which is amongst the highest you can find. So, if you’re only going to be printing in a very occasional basis, then it could be a good choice. But if you’re printing every day, you’re going to want to look at another printer.

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