Pros Larger than other screens, small footprint, light to carry, quick printing, decent quality prints, prints E-mails from Android, Iphone, Blackberry, print from SD Card, BLAZING FAST WIFI, no giant transformer on the power line, fold-away touch screen.
Cons Per Espon: Doesn't scan to web-based E-mails such as Gmail only to MAPI-based e-mails such as Outlook -must scan to PC first. Auto Document feeder and paper trays seem flimsy. Output tray seems flimsy. This printer's engine is VERY LOUD.
Summary I run a contracting firm in Las Vegas, so I'm usually on the go. Web based plans, submittal packages, and electronic communication slow me down unless I have a competent All-In-One on my desk, and I've had a long string of them since Y2K. This will be my third Wi-Fi enabled machine. I know them well and tend to be critical, but can overlook design flaws IF the machine can help minimize my office time. This is the wrong machine for someone like me.
After watching CNET review video, I was excited to find that Office Max had this printer on weekly ad for $139.00. I went immediately and bought it. Just as described, it is fast, light, compact and efficient. At a price.
It feels like in order to save weight, the product designers cut corners on moving parts which should feel solid, such as the auto document feeder, the paper trays, and the output tray. All of which feel flimsy enough to break after a few months on my desk. Looks pretty but feels shabby. But I can live with that if it performs well.
A full set-up meant I needed to download 3 firmware updates to make it do things (like print from my phone) which it was advertised to do, but did not ship with the software. But I could live with that hour wasted.
I cannot get it to scan to my 64-bit enabled Windows 7 PC. AT ALL. (My other 2 PCs running 32-bit Windows 7 accepted scans fine). I just don't have another hour to contact Tech support to figure this one out. I could live with it if it would scan to my Gmail account.
BUT IT DOES NOT SCAN TO INTERNET-BASED E-MAIL. I learned that only after spending another hour on Epson's FAQ website looking for answers. It is advertised to scan to E-mail. But in order to do that, it must first scan to your PC and THEN start up your E-mail software in lieu of a real scan-to-Email setup which sends from the machine directly to your web-based E-mail address. After having two HP 8500's do that flawlessly, I was shocked that this machine will not. So lastly, and most importantly, I consider the ability for the machine to scan directly to my web-based E-mail (Gmail, Yahoo, etc) a necessity.
I don't know if the print cartridges will last very long, they are very tiny. 3 color cartridges about the size of a matchbox and the black one is double that. But I understand that they use alcohol-based inks which might be the reason for the size?
Additionally, it is the loudest All-in-one I've ever owned. How loud? Make them run it for you in the store first.
And being that I work in the desert, I'm concerned that the dust will somehow mess up the feeding mechanisms in the paper trays since they are open (big slots on the front).
Although I was not very happy with the WIFI speed on my previous HP 8500, I will probably go get the new HP 8600 Premium now because I know from previous experience that it will work properly out of the box with my PC and Scan to my Gmail account and be quiet while doing it. Yes it will cost me $300.00 but I've been hearing from my peers that it's quiet, fast, and works well.
I hope this helps someone out there!
Pros QUIET! No noise during idle time. Print speed, double sided printing, print quality and paper capacity all great.
Cons Paper shelf for printed work is a bit flimsy but not unusual. Requires computer/printer cable to be installed. Cables are not supplied with purchase of printer.
Summary I purchased this after checking reviews on CNET and other sites and use all the functions of the WorkForce 845 daily in my home office. I just moved from a Dell 1600 Laser printer because of the noise created by the fan. I used an Epson Stylus for my color printing needs.
I was a little concerned about returning to an inkjet. Quiet operation, noiseless idle time, print speed and a host of other features including double-sided printing are great. Software includes
ABYY Fine Reader software is included for scanning, editing and creating multiple types of documents. I have not spent a lot of time with this yet but plan to.
Pros -SPEED!!! Especially loading time when the printer is turned on. I've seen printers (HP), that take forever to turn on! This starts up fast.
-EASY SETUP. I saw the first review posted buy a user saying it was hard to setup. Its probably because he/she is
Cons Setting up the Email address was easy, once i found out how.
Nowhere is it made clear you have to go to www.epson.com/connect, and download the firmware update in order to give your printer its own email address.
Summary Great Printer. Easy to setup and use.
Lots of features!
Definitely a great buy!
Pros Cheap, Decent color matching, 2 paper trays.
Cons See Description below, but basically Poor MAC Support and drivers, Problematic paper and ADF Feeds, Slow Printing and much worse text on plain paper then other brands. Poor envelope feeding.
Summary Firstly, this is the most complex and frustrating driver and software driver installation I have ever attempted. Over three hours with Second Level Epson tech support and it still does not work right. All together I have spent over 8 hours troubleshooting and fiddling with software and printer and scanner settings but still don't have full functionality.
If most people rate this is a 5-star printer I wonder what were they using before or if someone might be "padding" the reviews?
Here are the Epson Workforce 845 problems / issues I encountered and consider a "Deal-breaker"
1. Workforce 845 seems not able to scan directly from the printer's front panel to OSX 10.7 Lion computer so I have to use The cumbersome Epson Scan software (After you download all the software drivers and patches)
2. Wireless networking set-up screen does not support standard 64 character AES Passwords, but stops at 63! What is with that? It's like someone forgot one space when they programmed the LCD interface. So if your router does not have push button set-up feature you may have trouble using enterprise grade encryption.
3. Abby Fine Print OCR software crashed when launched under Lion, and it looks like I have to have to buy the full version or somehow get a ser# to get the update that works with Lion. Unless you buy or have an OCR package like Acrobat Pro, that supports the Epson and can get the scanner driver to work, I would not expect to produce any OCR'ed PDFs.
4. Can't get it to print from Tray #2. There seems to be no option in the printer dialog box, and turning on the "Automatic Cassette Switching" option in the printer and scanner properties section does not enable use of Tray #2.
5. Envelope printing is poorly supported, Envelopes don't feed reliably, sometimes it fees two envelopes at once, and unless you set the distance exactly the won't feed at all. Epson Support says not to load more then 10 envelopes, but even then its a pain to get them to feed, when I finally get them to feed the text is often wavy or broken.
6. Automatic Document feeder also fails to feed pages, and often jams in duplex mode. If I scan more then 5 or 10 pages, the scanned and ejected pages often get sucked back into Document feeder causing the ADF to Jam. I tested the same display model in a local store with the same pages and it seemed to feed ok, so I suspect I may have a problematic copy.
7. Automatic document scanner/feeder won't scan pages shorter then standard letter size. And while The automatic document feeder while much better then the Duplex HP 8500 Plus, can't handle much other then fresh printer paper. Something thicker like a bank statement or previously folded paper that would go through a cheap fax machine with no problem typically jams the 845.
8. Print heads drop or leak big, colored ink smudges on about 20% of printed pages and envelopes.
9. Does not support legal sized scans.
10. Overall construction seems cheap, paper trays are flimsy and hard to load and adjust, and when the trays forcefully snap into place paper and envelopes can get thrown past the optiomal pick-up point and not feed.
11. Noisy and slow printing, 1.5PPM to 5PPM for an letter sized page with text is the best I can get depending on "High Quality, Fine, Economy or Fast Draft modes. Fast and Draft modes are pretty poor. Landscape printing is even more painfully slow.
12. The whole bulky ink-tank assembly moves with the print heads with such force my whole (heavy) desk moves and rattles as it prints. Placing the printer on the floor eliminates this annoying issue but makes it difficult to use.
13. Workforce 845 Print yield per cartridge is only about 1/4 (385 black text pages as per Epson site) of competing printers from other manufacturers, so its going to cost a lot more to operate.
14. Output tray is small so it will hold only a portion of one of the 250 sheet feeders. There is no backstop on the output tray so pages also end up loosely stacked or on the floor, requiring me to re-stack and align the pages.
Pros Quick, cheap
Cons Atrocious customer support. The OCR software, ABBYY Sprint Finereader, doesn't work at all, and their version of tech support is to tell you to buy more products from them. They're also very rude.
Summary If I had to do it over I would not have tried to economize. I would have bought a higher quality product with OCR software that actually works.