"you'd really like this printer!"4.0 starson by DBlacker
Pros: Print quality is solid, epson ink is vibrant and dries instantly,
Printing speed is very good,
Setting up was very easy,
Great fax capability,
Small foot print,
Auto update of firmware over network.
Cons: Difficult printing on envelopes (see summary),
Printer is a bit loud.
Summary: My previous printer was an Epson CX8400. It had most of the same features as this printer but it went through ink like nothing. It also broke with light use after 3 years. I was looking to replace it and the last thing I wanted was another Epson. But then I saw this on sale and compared its features to comparably priced printers. I then looked at the reviews with regards to the ink usage. Everything I saw looked positive and I made the dive.
I must say I'm very happy with my purchase, and my opinion of Epson has changed. This is a very professional looking printer. It's on the slightly larger size but it is pretty comprehensive in its features. It is a printer, scanner, copier, and fax. All features are accessible on the control panel, with a nice color LCD. The buttons are clearly labelled and self-explanatory so someone who has never used it could easily figure it out.
Setting up the printer was very easy. I always ignore the CDs that come with the printer as there are always updated versions on the manufacturers website. Setting up the wireless and networking the computer is fast and painless. I've never had a wireless printer before and the ability to print from any computer is pretty useful. It holds a large tray of paper at 250 sheets, which is great as you do not have to constantly refill, or stare at paper hanging out from your printer.
As for the printing itself. The speed is very good. It is advertised as the fastest inkjet printer, though that was upon release and new printers come out constantly. All I know is that it is indeed very fast. This is confirmed with everything except the fax which I have no tested. Copying, scanning, and printing is a breeze. All these featured are amplified by the fact that the Epson Workforce 645 is double sided capable. Regardless if you're faxing, or printing, you can select double sided and the printer will flip the pages for you. That is a feature usually reserved for the priciest of printers. I should also note that the included software is easy to use and the package is comprehensive.
The print quality is solid. Epson ink is vibrant and dries instantly. I mostly use my printer for text and the sort. It is excellent in those regards. I don't do much photo printing. I've heard the photo printing on this printer is merely average, so if you're looking primarily for a photo printer you might want to look elsewhere.
Now for the biggest factor in my printer selection, the ink mileage. Everyone knows printers are subsidized through ink that cost more per oz. than just about any other liquid in the world. My previous Epson CX8400 had terrible ink mileage. It would constantly need to reinitialize the cartridge. Every time I turned it on it would just suck up ink. The Workforce 645 doesn't have any of those problems. I'm still on my initial starter cartridges after several months, and it doesn't constantly initialize cartridges whenever you turn on the printer.
I checked on the price of cartridges and a full set of the extra large 127 ink cartridges only cost about $55 if bought from a 3rd party on Amazon. That makes owning this printer a great value.
Why did I only rate this 4 stars and not 5? A few small things. The copier lid is not secured by anything other than the hinge and gravity. It will violently slam down if you lift it up and let go. Take care when opening and closing the cover. This printer is a bit loud. It actually doesn't bother me at all, but I know printer noise bothers a lot of people. The paper tray is a bit annoying to load. The tray like the rest of the machine is completely plastic. I've read reviews where the person said he broke it. I could see this happening, though not if you were taking care.
The biggest reason for 4 stars is the printing on envelopes. You need to take out the printer tray, completely remove all the paper, place envelopes into the tray then reinsert the tray. After you're done printing on envelopes, you need to reload the paper. It's a bit of a hassle. For that reason I don't use this printer to do envelope printing. People who do a lot of envelope printing should be aware of the issue as this printer is probably not for them.
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Hope this review is helpful.