The WF-2540 is powered internally by four separate ink cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) that save you the cost and inconvenience of having to replace a tricolor ink tank. I did the math based on Epson's high-capacity ink cartridges that offer more ink at a discounted price, and a page of color ink works out to 7.2 cents per page, while a high-capacity black cartridge comes to approximately 3 cents per page. Both costs are average for an inkjet printer at this price.
The WorkForce WF-2540 earns top marks across all four print speed tests, logging the fastest lead in text speed with a competition-crushing 12.72 pages per minute (PPM). The Canon Pixma MX372 and the Brother MFC-J4510DW fared equally well in second place, but the Epson WorkForce wins the overwhelming majority of the speed tests, which means you'll never wait too long for a print project.
The WF-2540 also gave outstanding performance from a qualitative point of view, producing black text prints that easily compete with the crispness of expensive laser printers, even at smaller text sizes. Full-color graphics and presentations fared equally well, and quiet offices will certainly benefit from the printer's whisper-quiet operation sounds, which are easily drowned out by clicking keyboards and soft conversation. Compared with irritatingly loud devices that make their scanning, spooling, and printing processes well-known, the WorkForce WF-2540's stealthy operation is a satisfying alternative.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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Service and support
Epson backs the WorkForce WF-2540 with a limited one-year warranty that includes toll-free customer support weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT. Further support is available online through a model-specific troubleshooting guide, FAQs, e-mail support, driver updates, and document downloads. You can also purchase exchange/repair coverage at $39.95 for one year or $59.95 for two years.
The Epson WorkForce WF-2540 excels in all manner of printing operations and has all the extras you need in terms of cloud printing and mobile printing software, as well as double-sided paper conversion and speedy performance. If you're a small office shopping for a do-it-all output machine, the WorkForce WF-2540 gets the job done.