"Awesome printer!"on by RCharles27
Pros FAST! Easy to setup, easy to scan to network (even with Server 2012 managing all the computers, you just have to allow the software through the Windows firewall.) Very sleek looking with all black, and fits nice on my desk! NOT too big! Just high.
Cons None so far!
Summary I replaced this printer for my HP Pro 8500 which was loud, junky, wasn't always able to connect to etc. I used HP since I was in Junior High. I'm now 25 and can say I'm in LOVE with Epson! Thank you for making a quality printer!
Pros Easy setup with CD
XL ink cartridges last a reasonable amount of time
Can print, scan, copy legal size
Cons Rear paper feed never works
Printer doesn't recognize all computers for easy scan from printer
Summary This printer was easy to setup for my 8 computer office (does that count as small?). We've used it for a few months and it rarely beeps at us for something going wrong- usually out of ink. We didn't setup fax because we have a separate machine for that.
This is a great printer for color and BW printing, but we are definitely at the limit of users in case we all need to print simultaneously. I wouldn't suggest more than 5 computers in an office use this for primary printing.
We tried telling it to pull from Tray 2 when Tray 1 emptied but that rollover never worked right. Not a big deal because we found it more useful to always have plain paper in Tray 1 and legal in Tray 2.
I've only been able to get the rear feed to work 2 or 3 times in 6mo- I even used Epson tech support (good responsiveness) and those directions just can't make the printer accept the rear paper. It always ejects the label sheet or envelope when I try to print on it- so I use a super old laserjet for those particular jobs.
Some of the computers aren't recognized on the network by the printer. The only way to scan directly to those computers is initiating it on the computer with the software- a pain since we have a 3-room office. But scanning function itself works great.
Even with these deficiencies, this is a great printer/scanner/copier for the price and size. And I would recommend it with the knowledge that not every function will work perfectly- this is the real world after all. It works great doing most of what we need every day.
"ALMOST perfect...."on by IanShere
Pros Lightning fast printing
Print quality, thus far, is really good (yet to try photo paper)
Simple set up, even w/o USB cable
Great value for money
Cons Cannot turn off fax ring (REALLY annoying missed feature)
HORRIBLE scan software
Summary We've had a faithful Brother CW 685 for about 3 years and it's just started getting lines across images, so we did a lot of research before opting for the 3540. It got good tech reviews and the majority of user reviews were positive.
Ended up getting it at Staples (waited for 10 minutes in Office Max for someone to even acknowledge I was there before I walked out - what a useless branch) for $149.00 plus tax.
Easy setup on WiFi even w/o a USB cable. While setting up software, I set up the actual hardware and it was very simple and intuitive. The only thing I'd mention is you can't quickly stab keys on the touch screen - they need a firm (not hard) press else it won't register. It's much less sensitive than what I'm used to on my iPhone, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. Once the software was installed it found the printer and connected flawlessly.
One of the things I'm most impressed about is the speed. Companies make all sorts of claims and Epson says it the fasted multi-function out there. I can't confirm that claim, however I will say it's lightning fast at printing - even full color images. Very happy with that after the Brother which was slow.
There are, unfortunately, 2 things that let this MF down and prevent me from giving it 5 stars. Firstly, there is no way to turn off the fax ringer. Yes, it's quiet, but I'm sure it wouldn't be at 2-3am (we have it plugged into a normal phone line). To me this is a no brainer setting and I was very surprised Epson had neglected this. Not everyone want their fax to ring.
The second annoyance was the scanning software supplied by Epson. Oh my goodness, can you say, "Designed in the 80s!"? The interface is ugly the software clunky and lacking in common features. Coming off the Brother, whose Control Center is a shining example of how to do it right, Epson's is a joke. You cannot save profiles, so you are forced to select, DPI, file type, save location, EVERYTHING every time. Yuk, yuk, yuk!! I do a reasonable amount of scanning and it's already annoying me. I can't imagine just how much it's going to (&*&# off someone who does more scanning. EPSON GET WITH IT!!!!
Those 2 bugbears aside, try and find a lightning fast printer, with 500 sheet (2 bin) capacity, that does double side for under $150. Overall, a very happy owner.
Using on Windows 7 64 bit computer, and D-Link WiFi (WiFi is in another room about 40 ft away).
Pros Good value
Cons poor paper management, poor firmware
Summary I was tired of every HP I purchased (even one that was $800) dieing after 3 years. The last one was rated for 40k pages/month and died after about 6k. This Epson printed almost as many pages per toner\ink, but for 1/6 the price. Lots of great reviews. Dual trays, so I can finally leave envelopes in the printer! Saves to Google Drive and Dropbox! Google Cloud Print built-in! Only $150! Sounds great!
Okay, well, only tray one is flexible as far as what media you put in it. Tray two only accepts letter and legal sizes. Okay, I'll just set the paper type for tray 2 to letter plain and tray one to custom. Nope! No such ability in firmware. This means that you can't just leave custom paper in tray one because if you get a fax, out it comes on that envelope or that 4x6! Okay, so I'll just put a bunch of envelopes in the rear feed tray. Nope! Only one piece at a time. Okay, okay, I'll just put 75 envelopes in the 250 sheet feed tray one and just remove them when I'm done. Nope! They have a stated capacity of ten. Good luck printing the 500 you need! Want to design an envelope that even remotely comes close to the edges of the envelope? Nope! When having everything set to a #10 size envelope, I can't get any closer than about 1.25" from the right side. This sure makes placement of my postal indicia awkward. If you place your return address at the normal spot on the page, you miss the first inch and some change. To get correct placement, you have to indent it about 1.5". I actually got the best placement by telling the printer it was an 8.5x11 and moving things around until it worked.
Oh, so you wanted to print 500 pages? Sorry, guess again. After a couple hundred, it goes from a decently quick ~12 ppm down to about 1.5 ppm. So I call in and they send me a new one. This one Does maybe another 75 pages before slowing down. Tech support says this is normal. The new one the sent me also has a jacked up control panel in that it takes several button presses to work. You need two printers to get anything printed in a decent time frame. Wait, doesn't it have a 500 sheet input capacity and have a tray mode to switch from one to two when one runs out? Wouldn't that lead you to believe it can print 500 pages without giving up? Yeah, I thought that too. Too bad. It said it had a 10,000 page duty cycle, meaning I should reasonably expect to print 10,000 pages per month. I'm not sure it could do that. Ahhh, now they have added a "(1,000 pages recommended)" to the duty cycle section of the specifications. I guess they found out that their printer sucked.
Output tray capacity? *shrugs* It's not in their specs. I'm going to guess 100 - 150, but I really don't know. With 500 sheets of input capacity, they should at least be able to hold 250 without sending the pages all over the floor.
Limited web interface options. Really terrible.
The printer usually stops you from printing when you've run out of ink. Good idea and it usually works. I guess I'll just stare at the 75 pages printed with about 1/2 of the lines gray instead of black.
Can't configure DNS servers on the control panel when setting a static IP.
USB and memory cards? I really couldn't care less. Save the $5 and put it into better paper handling.
I think the print quality is pretty decent, but I'm no expert on print quality.
Maybe I should have purchased the 4540, but how likely am I to try it out now when so disappointed by design mistakes that aren't even related to the monthly capacity of the printer?
Pros Great price, compact, user friendly, quick and easy set up, great quality, print from anywhere, no wires, print from computer, iPhone, iPad all with ease, great online support, etc. Will highly recommend to all my friends.
Cons None Yet....
Summary In summary, this is a great printer for the price. CNET needs to give more credit.