"Great AIO features and performance for a low price"4.5 starson by wstightwad
Pros: Print quality is excellent in normal, photo, and best photo modes. Simple setup and 100% Vista compatible. The top document feeder is smooth. Individual color cartridges are money savers. Excellent scan quality. Total all-in-one including fax.
Cons: Loud/violent start from paper tray. Economy mode print is a little too light. No media card slots or USB port. Large footprint.
Summary: I'm a lifetime HP customer but couldn't find a quality all-in-one for under $200. I had read the reviews for the Epson Workforce 600 and saw that they were making a more economical model. My local Best Buy had just gotten its first shipment of Workforce 310's so there wasn't one setup to test, and they're so new that I couldn't find a review online. I took the leap of faith based on the review of the 600 and was absolutely shocked at the quality of the 310. It has most of the features of the more expensive printers and after a few days I still haven't found any major flaws. I only paid $79 and I honestly couldn't be more pleased at how much bang I got for so few bucks. The print, copy, scan and fax modes are all relatively quick and quiet, and they all work flawlessly, even with Vista 32. There was a minor glitch with the scanner but it was easily resolved by going into the Control Panel, opening "Scanners and Cameras," opening "Properties," opening "Events," and changing the Scan Button action to "Scan." Otherwise setup was perfect as has been the performance. I highly recommend this printer at its normal $129 price, and at $79 it's an absolute steal.