"ALMOST perfect...."3.5 starson 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).