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January 28, 2021

Take Color Document Scanning To Another Level With The Epson ES-580W

 Hi Friends,

   I hope everyone is doing well, and I pray you and your families have been keeping safe. 

   With tax time fast approaching, this is the time of year that many of us start scrambling to locate all of the receipts, invoices, etc. that we need in order to file our taxes. This chaotic and frenzied burst of energy is stressful, and the reality is that with technology, it does not have to be that way anymore! 

   Instead of those bulky folders with receipts of all sizes and papers that are stapled together and fading out or have smeared over the past year, wouldn't it be much easier to have all of those receipts and documents digitized? Wouldn't it be great if you could take these digital versions of your important receipts and papers and organize them into folders, based on, for example, the type of expenses that they are? Wouldn’t it be great to save these files directly to a cloud drive, like Dropbox or Google Drive, for example? 

   If you have not guessed, I am describing the benefits of a scanner to help you get organized, whether it be in your business or your personal life. One step further, how about a document scanner that is wireless, color, and can duplex (scan both sides of a document), all with the greatest of ease?

   Enter the Epson Workforce ES-580W Wireless Color Duplex Desktop Document Scanner, the solution to all of your worries and stresses that surround getting organized! I have had the pleasure of reviewing this great Document Scanner, and I have the even greater pleasure of presenting you with everything that I found in testing out the ES-580W!


FIRST GLANCE & SET-UP:

   At first glance, you may be a little confused about the relatively small size of the box, however, that is part of the allure of the ES-580W. When you remove it from the box and take off all of the packing materials surrounding it, you will be extremely impressed at this cool scanner! I was impressed by how sharp it looks, and also, one of the first things that struck me was the large 4.3" Touchscreen! 

   When you power up the ES-580W, the sharp colors of the Touchscreen are truly striking! Through this intuitive and helpful panel, you can perform all of the fun, exciting, and important functions of the Scanner. For example, this is where you set up your wireless connection, as well as perform your scanning either for physical output to paper or as a file saved up to your cloud drive or cloud storage. I will definitely be giving you more details on this as we go! 

   Taking a step back, after situating it on a very crowded work area (which is a major benefit of the relatively small size of the ES-580W...it fits literally anywhere!) and powering it on, my first step was connectivity. Connecting to my Wireless Network was as quick and as simple as authenticating (just like you would add any other device onto your network, like a phone, tablet, desktop, laptop, etc.). 

   The first thing I did was download the software for the ES-580W, which included the Epson ScanSmart on my laptop, and additionally, I also downloaded the Epson Smart Panel App on my Android phone. More to come on why I did this shortly! As far as I see it, at this point, I am ready to start testing out this little beast and see how fast it scans, the quality of the scans that it performs, and I am also ready to check out all of the great features of the ES-580W!

   First, before starting our tests, I prepared a scanning pile of both all black-type and also other documents and items with color and still others with images, so, basically, a few contract documents, some receipts, some flyers, and a bunch of business cards!


SPEED, QUALITY, AND FUNCTION:

   When I have tested a scanner previously, I checked the specs first, and then tested it out to see if I came close to that same speed, but I did it in reverse this time. One of the vendor contracts that I have laying around (because I am a work "geek") was extremely lengthy, running roughly 32 pages of mostly all black type. There were definitely some images mixed in, however, it is about 85-90% text. I sent this through as my first test, and it scanned through the batch after a total of 58 seconds. To me, this was really quite fast, but, I did a little math to quantify that statement. 

   The stated scan speeds are 35 ppm, or 35 pages per minute (of all text) and 70 ipm, or 70 images per minute. Normally, based on this, if this contract was all text and no images, 32 pages should have taken about 54 seconds. However, as I mentioned, 10-15% of the contract had some images and infographics, so 58 seconds was very impressive. 

   Within the papers and documents that I prepared to scan, I have about 20 that have text on both sides of the page. Using these pages, I was able to test the speed of the duplex scanning feature and as the ES-580W was blazing through this part of my test and handling all of the work of scanning both sides of each page, it made me realize how much of a time saver this feature is. I have spent literally countless hours scanning pages and then having to flip them over to scan the other side, but the ES-580W does all of the work for you! 

   Taking this one step further, I scanned in some cash receipts I had which were a little bent and somewhat mangled from being crammed in a folder, and I was afraid that they would jam during the scanning process, however, I noticed that not only does the ES-580W sense the contours of the paper, it also makes sure that what you are scanning does not get jammed and skew (basically, rotate), and give you those skewed/bunched up scan results of which we are probably all familiar with and can all agree that we totally detest! 

   The reason for this truly "smart"/"intelligent" function is the protection and reliability that is built into the ES-580W. The Epson "Image Processing Technology" is the reason behind this "magic", and some of the other benefits from this technology are protection against missing pages ("Ultrasonic Double Feed Detection") and preventing against damage caused by staples ("Paper Protection"). All of these features work in tandem to provide you the best possible scan results.

   On the topic of scan results, whether I scanned to my Computer or scanned to E-mail, and whether I scanned all black text or a mix of black and color and with or without images, the results were all sharp, with crisp letters and images, and truly vibrant colors that were flawless, at least to the naked eye.


FEATURES:

   There were several features that I was extremely excited to try, such as previewing scans via the Epson ScanSmart software, scanning to my cloud drive (Dropbox), scanning from my Android phone, and scanning to a USB stick without needing to use any other device!

   Earlier, I mentioned that I had downloaded the Epson ScanSmart software to my laptop, and the reason I did his was to not only scan from my laptop, but also, to be able to test out what I found to be some of the awesome features of this software. The best part of this software was being able to preview my scans, meaning that if I did not like how it would scan, I would have the option of using a different copy to scan before committing to the scan. Again, everything I have found was geared towards saving time and producing quick, quality scan results. 

  Another couple of things to mention regarding the Epson software, which I did not get a chance to test were the ability to connect to document libraries/document management software using the included universal "TWAIN" drivers, which would prove quite helpful in an office setting. Also, there is an immensely helpful feature that converts scanned documents into searchable PDF files using OCR, or Optical Character Recognition. This is a huge feature and can really help you save time when you need to scan in a huge number of documents, and you do not want to read through every scanned document in order to find exactly what you need to find if you are limited with time.

   Like so many of us, I depend heavily on my cloud drive (Dropbox) for storage of my most critical work and personal documents. Epson realizes the importance of these cloud drives and provides a simple way to scan directly to folders on your cloud drive. First, you need to register your cloud drive via Epson Connect, whether it is Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Evernote, etc. Once you do this, it is super easy; just place your document on the scanner, select "Cloud", and follow the prompts. This feature is absolutely priceless!

   Earlier, I had also mentioned that I downloaded the Epson Smart Panel App on my Android phone. So many of us are constantly on the move that the ease of being able to send a scan directly from our phones makes life so much easier. All that I needed to do in order to make this happen was to put the document on the scanner, launch the Epson Smart Panel App on my phone, and just follow the instructions. It was a pleasure and very liberating being able to scan "on the go" and not being tethered to my laptop!

   One great feature I like to call, "No computer? No worries". If you do not have any devices available to scan to (i.e., Laptop, Desktop, Phone, etc.), but you have an external USB device (such as a USB Memory Stick/Flash drive/thumb drive), you can scan directly to that USB device! This is even easier than it sounds; I plugged a brand-new USB Memory stick into the back of the Scanner (in the USB port), I placed one of my documents on the Scanner, selected "Memory Device" from the menu, and followed the prompts. It scanned and saved to my USB Memory stick. No computer or any other intermediary device was needed! Of course, I removed the USB stick when it completed to verify that the scan was on it, and after plugging it into the USB port on my laptop, I saw the scan file that was created. I opened it up and verified that not only did it scan and save it to the USB drive, but it did so flawlessly!


SUMMARY:

   What I look for in technology is flexibility; "Will it make my life easier, and, can it do so without compromising quality?". Testing and reviewing the Epson WorkForce ES-580W was the best way to allow me to answer those questions. 

   Making life easier very closely correlates with saving time. With the features such as scanning two sides at once (duplex scanning), blazing fast scanning speeds, and the 100-Sheet Auto Document Feeder (ADF), I firmly believe that my life would be easier by using these features and qualities. 

   Versatility is another key factor in making life easier, and the wide variety of items that can be scanned (documents, receipts, plastic cards, business cards, etc.), coupled with the fact that you can scan documents that can range up to 240", all go along with making things easy! 

   The second part of what I look for, which was not compromising quality as a trade-off for making life easier), the proof is in the high-quality scanned output, and the sharp, vibrant, and vivid colors/images produced by scanning with the ES-580W. There is not one thing that I can pick out that has compromised the quality to spite the flexibility and versatility of this scanner. 

   If I were pressed for one thing to say that the ES-580W is missing, the only thing I could say is that I wish it had a flatbed scanner. However, here is where one of those "trade-offs" would come into play; a flatbed would make this a much larger unit, and would require substantially more space, and thus, part of what makes life easy is not having to make more space for the ES-580W...it just "fits" perfectly into life...and keeping with that theme... makes life easier!



Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Regards,
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
Rent to Own Homes and Real Estate Blog for HomeRun Homes: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Websites: http://www.lease2buy.com and http://www.homerunhomes.com


TAGS: #Epson #ES-580W #Wireless #Scanner #Color #Document #Office #RealEstate


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications: 

Epson Workforce ES-580W Wireless Color Duplex Desktop Document Scanner
Type Sheet-fed, 1-pass duplex color scanner.
Sensor Type Color Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
Light Source 3-color RGB LED
Optical Resolution 600 dpi
Maximum Interpolated Resolution 1200 dpi
Color/Grayscale Scan Mode (bit depth)
30-bit input/24-bit output
Buttons Double-feed Detect, Skip, Slow Scan Mode, Scan,
Stop, Wireless Connect, Wireless On/Off
Auto Document Feeder
Capacity: 100 sheets paper
Document Size: Minimum: 2" x 2", Maximum: 8.5" x 240" at
200 dpi, Maximum: 8.5" x 215" at 300 dpi,
Maximum: 8.5" x 53" at 600 dpi
Paper Weight: 27 – 413 g/m
Scan Speed (letter-size)
35 ppm/70 ipm: 300 dpi Black-and-White, Color, Gray
Connectivity Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Daily Duty Cycle 4,000 sheets
Consumables Roller Assembly Kit: 200,000 cycles
USB Flash Memory 1x

System Requirements:
Windows® 10 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit),
Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Mac® OS X® 10.11.x to macOS® 10.15.x
Software requires Internet connection for download
and installation.

General:
Environmental Conditions
Temperature (Operating): 41 ° to 95 °F (5 ° to 35 °C)
Storage: -13 ° to 140 °F (-25 ° to 60 °C)
Humidity (Operating): 10 – 80% (no condensation)
Power Requirements 100-240 VAC (50/60 Hz)

Power Consumption:
Operation: 13 W
Wireless: 18 W
Sleep: 1.4 W
Ready: 6.9 W
Off: 0.1 W

Warranty 1-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada
Country of Origin Indonesia

Weight and Dimensions (W x D x H)
Product Only: 11.6" x 6.7" x 6.6" 8.2 lb
Product in Package: 14.5" x 12.5" x 10.4" 10.4 lb

Software Included:
Epson ScanSmart software, Presto! BizCard® OCR
Software requires Internet connection for download and
installation.
Driver Support TWAIN

What’s in the Box:
ES-580W document scanner, Start Here poster, SuperSpeed
USB cable, AC adapter and power cable

Eco Features:
ENERGY STAR® qualified
RoHS compliant
Recyclable product


December 5, 2020

Exuding Power and Functionality; The Epson WF-7840 All-In-One Printer

Hi Friends, 


   It is the Holiday Season, and at least in the Northeast, that reminiscent and very-welcomed chill is in the air! I hope all of you have been keeping safe during the pandemic.

   Today, I have the honor of introducing you to a great new All-In-One Multi-Function Printer (MFP), which includes the functions of printing, copying, scanning and faxing, all in one single device. One of the many benefits of this new printer is its ability to print in "Wide-Format", and through the incorporated wide-format printing capabilities, print sizes are allowed up to 13” x 19”. This amazing new offering from Epson is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840.


FIRST APPEARANCES ARE EVERYTHING:

   Unboxing the WF-7840, you begin to realize just how large this printer actually is in person! Once it is unboxed, and you set up the 250-Sheet Cassette paper trays, the device looms even larger! The two internal trays (including a rear paper feed) will allow you to use multiple different types of paper, all at once. The ink cartridges that come with the printer (812I) are for use in setting up the printer, "priming" the printer, and for use thereafter. This ink is incredibly high quality "Durabrite", and is a pigment-based ink, making it water-resistant on many types of paper (which comes in very handy in an oppressively humid environment or climate, such as New York City in July and August, when everything feels humid to the touch!).


SET-UP:

   When you first turn on the WF-7840 "cold", it's a little noisy, but when the Printer is on but is "sleeping", it's more of a quick start and it's ready to go in an instant. Once you get rolling with the WF-7840, it runs at what I consider a whisper-quiet tone and seems quieter than other models I have used previously, perhaps the result of progressive technology.

   The star of the show in setting up the WF-7840 is the 4.3" LCD touchscreen, which walks you through the set-up process, from selecting your language, country, and other printer settings, such as loading the paper and the ink. The screen tilts and adjusts so you can configure the printer using the most comfortable angle. Additionally, the graphics are strong and intuitive, and the response from your selections are instantaneous and very accurate, and it seems like it has discounted any fat-finger moments that we are all guilty of sometimes when typing!

   The CD that comes with the WF-7840 contains the Epson Driver and Utilities Software (the set-up process also installs the TWAIN drivers) and the User Guide. Once online, Epson’s software (which can also be downloaded from the Epson website) handles configuration and adds the WF-7840 to your available printers.

   Within 10 minutes, you should be all set up and ready to print, scan, copy, and fax! In terms of these aforementioned "functions" of this multi-function printer, let us take a look at how well each of them performs!


SPEED:

   When looking at the "speed" of a printer, the widely accepted benchmarks that are used are the Pages per Minute (PPM) output that the printer is capable of producing. This is further broken down into the speed of printing black only and printing color, and then further sub-divided into printing a single-sided page and a double-sided page, or "duplex" printing.

   The Epson WF-7840 specifications show a print speed of 25 PPM for single-sided black-only, and 16 PPM for double-sided black-only. The specifications for color are stated as 12 PPM for a single-sided printed page, and 9 PPM for a double-sided printed page.

   Of course, I always take specifications from any vendor as averages, and I like to test the single-sided print speeds, as that is the function I use most often. In order to do so, I used the stopwatch function on my phone and sent through 25-pages of invoice files (as one composite file) as a black-only print job with some images to test the single-sided speed. The results: I hit a total of just 56 seconds at the end of the print job, meaning that I would have crossed over 25 PPM, which is incredible!

   Next, I had a color presentation file (with images) that I limited to 12 pages for the color speed test, and the results of my single-sided color printing test came out at exactly 60 seconds, fully on target with the 12 PPM as specified.

   The results were incredibly impressive!


QUALITY:

   It is one thing for a printer to have blinding speed, but, without quality printing, the speed is absolutely irrelevant. So, my next task was to examine the physical printed output from my speed tests to verify the overall quality of printing via the WF-7840.

   First, let us focus on the black-only printing, which reveals a nice and gradual transition in tones, and the best way to describe it is going from white page to gray to black, basically, gray scale. The lines and angles in the images were sharp, and holding the page close to my eyes, I did not detect any "bleeding" of the black ink.

   With exceptional quality results from the black-only print job, I had high expectations for the results of the color print job output from the speed test. I performed the same inspection as I did with the black-only print job, and all of the transitions from one color to the next were perfect, without any defects as far as I could inspect. There was no color bleeding on the page, and the colors were bold and vivid!

   In the interest of also examining the quality of wide-format print jobs, I sent through two small print jobs of wide/large format, one using black-only ink and the other using color ink. Just as I had expected, the same quality of black/grayscale and bold color with perfect transitions that I found when printing letter size was also evident upon printing out my wide format test print jobs! Perfection!


FEATURES:

   Now that we have looked at the print speed and the print quality of the Epson WF-7840, let us now turn our attention to some of its other great features and functions.

   Scanning with the WF-7840 is extremely easy and quite efficient. You have the option of scanning either single-sided or double-sided documents, and with an option for wide-format scanning, you are able to scan these in at the pinnacle of quality with incredible resolution!

   Once you have the Epson software installed, it is quite seamless, because all you need to do at that point is to place the photo, document, etc. on the flatbed/scanning glass and the software launches. Additionally, you can use the Auto Document Feeder (ADF) for 11” x 17” document sizes, and the ADF also has the capability to scan both sides of your page ("duplexing"). This "duplexing" feature using the ADF is quite efficient, and auto-adjusts to avoid skewing to one side or misfeeding and having a jam in the feeder. Those are some incredible benefits, along with being able to duplex quickly and conveniently for two-sided printing without needing to re-feed the paper - features that I had not realized I wanted in a printer for my home office until I used it for the first time.

   Just one more note on the trays and how helpful they are; the power delivery tray is incredibly cool and extremely useful. What this means is that this tray automatically retracts when the unit is off or you have selected it to retract, but when you send/scan/print/fax a document, this tray automatically slides out so that your documents don't start dropping to the floor and sliding across the room, because sometimes, we will scan, print, or fax something and move on to other work, and then we have to go and retrieve the hard copies that we sent from every corner of the room (of course, made even worse when you have a ceiling fan running!)

   Once scanning has completed, you have choices that allow you to attach the scanned file to an E-mail, to save it, or to send to a Cloud storage drive, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc. This ties the entire scanning process of the WF-7840 into a seamless process, end-to-end. Exactly what we need to remove extra steps and extra work in our already-complex lives!

   As a natural combination of both printing and scanning, the copying/photocopying function also performed exactly as expected, after testing via copying using the flatbed and the ADF.

   Another of the primary functions of the WF-7840, albeit, not used as often as it once was, is Faxing. I tested this out in a very similar manner to the scanning and copying functions; via the flatbed (scanner glass), the ADF, as well as via an application (using the fax driver), and sending to my secondary number that is connected through to a fax input receiver. All methods resulted in transmission and receipt of exactly what I had expected, which was perfect! There is also a quick and convenient way to fax documents and images directly from a USB stick/USB disk drive plugged directly into the front of the WF-7840, and then you can also print documents, photos, etc. directly from that USB disk!

   As a test in reverse, I sent several faxes to the WF-7840, and these results were also exactly as expected, and the exciting part here is that you have multiple ways to store the incoming faxes, aside from just printing them when they arrive, for example, you could forward them to a shared network folder, save it as a PDF file, or you could store it in the printer memory.

   Many of the above functions can be enhanced and tweaked using the Epson utility software, such as customizing and printing photos, etc. Additionally, the Epson Printer App allows you to print from your phone (documents and photos) and send scans to your device. I tried a lot of these features, and found them to be quite intuitive, and extremely convenient for a mobile lifestyle.

   In keeping with the concept of a mobile lifestyle, having a printer that is completely wireless can make it quick and easy to get work done without being glued to your seat all day long! For example, you have the option of using Wi-Fi direct, allowing you to send anything from your laptop, phone, tablet, desktop, etc., and even though we have a wireless router at home, it would not be a prerequisite in order to enjoy the benefits of Wi-Fi direct printing at home from our phone or computer.


SUMMARY:

   It's no secret that Epson puts out a quality product, but until you physically have a WF-7840 in front of you, it's hard to truly describe the efficiency and quality that you will gain from this beast!

   Overall, the full set of features and functions in the WF-7840 are cutting edge and truly over and above the best and most state-of-the-art printers on the market today. If I was hard-pressed to "complain" about one thing about WF-7840, that would not be an easy task, however, my only complaint (if you could even call it that), is that I wish the power cord was just a little bit longer to make the stretch to the outlet. However, that is nothing that a handy power strip could not help remedy!

   In reflecting on the stress-testing that I performed, I found the WF-7840 incredibly user-friendly, and the quality of the print jobs were incredibly sharp and vibrant. Further, when transitioning to the very special feature of wide-format printing in the past with other printers, I had seen a reduction in quality in terms of resolution and overall appearance, however, Epson has taken that out of the equation, and produces almost flawless output! The benefits that are provided by this strong feature of the WF-7840 will span not only workgroups, but will extend to those professionals working in the architectural field, as well as those in technical and mechanical fields, so, basically, those professionals with the need to produce wide-format output. These derived benefits will extend to both the business user in a home office or to users in a business office.

   For all of those professionals that either work from home (which is a growing amount of the population) or those who work in business offices, this will allow you to begin producing documents with print-shop quality from within your own office setting versus the previous need to travel back and forth to a print shop/copy center (as well as incurring the costs associated with those journeys!).

   To summarize my experience, I can only say “Kudos” to Epson on an incredible addition to their line of Multi-Function Printers with the versatile, efficient, and powerful Epson WorkForce WF-7840!


Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Regards,
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
Rent to Own Homes and Real Estate Blog for HomeRun Homes: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Websites: http://www.lease2buy.com and http://www.homerunhomes.com


TAGS: #Epson #WF-7840 #Printer #Scanner #Multi-Function #TWAIN #Printing #Office #RealEstate



TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ("SPECS"):


What's In The Box:

WorkForce Pro WF-7840 printer
Quick setup guide
CD-ROM with drivers
Power cord
4x DURABrite Ultra Ink cartridges (1x Black ink cartridge and 3x color ink cartridges: 1x Cyan, 1x Magenta, 1x Yellow)


Print:

Printing Technology:
PrecisionCore Heat-Free Technology (MicroTFP2)

Maximum Print Resolution:
4800 x 2400 dpi

ISO Print Speed:
25 ISO ppm (black), 12 ISO ppm (color)

2-Sided ISO Print Speed:
16 ISO ppm (black), 9 ISO ppm (color)

Minimum Ink Droplet Size:
3.8 picoliters


Ink:
Note: Ink Cartridges: 4x individual ink cartridges (1x Cyan, 1x Magenta, 1x Yellow and 1x Black)

Ink Type: 
DURABrite Ultra pigment ink

Replacement Ink:
812 Standard-capacity Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow (Yield, ISO pages – Black: 350, Color: 300), 812XL High-capacity Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow (Yield, ISO pages – Black: 1,100, Color: 1,100), 812XXL Extra high-capacity Black (Yield, ISO pages – Black 2,200) Printer is designed for use with Epson cartridges only, not third-party cartridges or ink.


General:

Operating Systems:
Windows® 10, Windows 8, 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2, Windows Server® 2003 SP2 – Windows Server 20197 Mac®OS X® 10.6.8 – macOS® 10.15.x

Temperature: 
Operating: 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C)
Storage: -4° to 104°F (-20° to 40°C)

Humidity:
Operating: 20 – 80%

Storage:
5 – 85% (no condensation)

Sound Level:
Power 6.3 B(A)
Pressure 48 dB(A)

Dimensions:
Printing: 20.3" x 38.4" x 20.5"
Storage: 20.3" x 17.7" x 13.8"

Weight:
45.4 lbs

Eco Features:
ENERGY STAR® qualified
RoHS compliant
Recyclable product
Epson America, Inc. is a SmartWay® Transport Partner

Safety Approvals:
Safety: UL60950-1, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1
EMC: FCC Part 15 Subpart B Class B, ICES-003 Class B

Country of Origin:
Indonesia

Warranty:
1-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada


Copy:

ISO Copy Speed:
Copy Speed Flatbed: 23 ISO ipm (black), 10 ISO ipm (color)

Copy Quality:
Text / Text and Image / Text and Image (Best) / Photo

Copy Quantity:
1-999 pages

Maximum Copy Size:
11" x 17" (A3)

Copy Features:
Automatic 2-sided, Preview, ID Copy, Collate, Reduction/Enlargement (25-400%), Adjustable Copy Density

Specifications Scanner:

Scanner Type:
Color flatbed / Automatic 2-sided ADF

Photoelectric Device:
CIS Sensor

Optical Resolution:
1200 dpi

Hardware Resolution:
1200 x 2400 dpi

Maximum Resolution:
9600 dpi interpolated

Color Bit Depth:
48-bit color input, 24-bit color output

Scan Bed Size:
11" x 17" / A3

Scanner Features:
Automatic 2-sided Scan, Scan to PC, Scan to Cloud6, Scan to Email, Scan to Network Folder, Scan to FTP, Scan to Memory Device, Scan to ScanSmart, Remove Shadow/ Punch Holes

Maximum Scan Area:
11.7" x 17" max


Scan Features:

Other:
Scan File Formats: PDF, JPEG, TIFF, Multi-TIFF, BMP (Win), PNG

Automatic Document Feeder:

Capacity:
50 sheets, 2-sided

Document Sizes:
11" x 17" / A3 max. size

Daily Duty Cycle:
Up to 50,000 pages (recommended monthly page volume: up to 2,500 pages)

Fax:

Fax Speed:
33.6 Kbps

Memory:
Receive memory 6 MB, Page memory 550 pages

Speed Dials:
200 (max.)

PC Fax:
Send/Receive/Fax to Email/Fax to Folder

Features:
Black-and-white and color capable

Connectivity:

Standard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB
Wireless (802.11 b/g/n/a/ac)
Wi-Fi3
Wi-Fi Direct3
Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)

Mobile Printing Solutions:

Epson Connect:
Epson Email Print, Epson Remote Print, Epson Smart Panel App (iOS, Android), Epson iPrint™ App (iOS®, Android™), Creative Print App (iOS, Android)

Other:
Apple® AirPrint®, Android printing, Mopria® Print Service

Paper Handling:

PC-Free Paper Support:
A6, A4, A3, SuperB, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", #10, Half Letter, Executive, Oficio 9, Letter, 8.5" x 13", Mexico-Oficio, Legal, 11" x 17"

Paper Sizes:
4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11", 8.5" x 14", 11" x 17", 13" x 19", A4, A6, Half Letter, Executive, User-definable (5" – 47.2" in length)

Maximum Paper Size:
13" x 19" (A3+)

Paper Types:
Plain Paper, Bright White Paper, Multi Purpose Plus, Premium Presentation Paper Matte, Presentation Paper Matte, Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy, Premium Photo Paper Glossy, Premium Photo Paper Semi-Gloss, Photo Paper Glossy, Card Stock, Envelope

Borderless Sizes:
Up to A3 (11" x 17")

Envelope Types:
No. 10

Input Paper Capacity:
Two 250-sheet trays (500 total) plain paper up to 80 g/m2, 10 envelopes, 50 sheets photo paper


Printer Details:

Display:
4.3" LCD touchscreen

Printer Language:
Epson ESC/P® Raster, ESC/P-R

Software Included:
Epson printer driver, Epson Scan 2, Epson ScanSmart, Epson FAX Utility


Power:

Rated Voltage:
AC 100 – 120 V

Rated Frequency:
50 – 60 Hz

Rated Current:
0.6 A

Power Consumption:
ISO/IEC 24712 Pattern: Standalone Copying 20 W; Ready Mode: 8.8 W; Sleep Mode: 0.8 W; Power Off: 0.2 W

 

February 4, 2017

Epson's New Wide Format Printer ET-16500 'Changing Lives'

Hi Folks,


   I've got some really exciting information today that can totally help anyone or any business. The folks that I have foremost in mind here are the multitude of clients who are graphic designers, architects, builders, and appraisers. But there are more of you that can find the help you need from this latest offering from Epson.




 
   Looking back over the past few reviews I've done, I picked up on a common thread amongst a segment of the population of my readership. That thread is simply the need to go beyond the standard 8.5" x 11" printing format. You have blueprints, plans, layouts, contracts, but printing out and jigsaw-puzzling them together has not been right for you. I do take the time to read my mails and your personal private comments. It just took a little time to zone in on what I could review for you that would make you super-happy. I think we're there now.


   I have had the pleasure of testing out and reviewing the latest offering from Epson: The EPSON WorkForce ET-16500 EcoTank Wide-Format All-in-One SuperTank Printer. There are a few buzz-words here that are relevant to many readers, but for those I singled out as a group needing to print larger documents, please note the words, "Wide-Format". This printer can print up to 13"-by-19" ("supertabloid"), and can scan/copy multiple pages of 11"-by-17" paper, as well as 2-sided documents. Rejoice, my good friends in the "Wide Format" world.


   Without further delay, let's go through this in an orderly process, starting with Filling the Ink Tanks, then Connecting to WiFi, Enabling Wi-Fi Direct Mode, Mobile Printing, Printing via Mac/OS X, Wide Format Printing, Scanning, Use of the Automatic Document Feeder, and I'll leave you with the Technical Specs at the end.


   A quick word of caution: This printer is one big fella, so a word to the wise: Bend your knees when un-boxing this...use your legs and not your back. Once you have the box open, it's easy to locate the ink as well as the gloves. I totally suggest using the gloves, as you can avoid staining. The gloves are a nice "ergonomic nicety" that Epson provides, showing that they have a grip on the human side of technology. Filling the tanks was a snap, and there is no mess left behind. Once filled to their capacity with the provided ink, these tanks can generate about 10,500 black and 11,000 color pages, and you have about 2 years of ink with the unit. WOW. Think of all of the hassles of buying, stocking, and inserting new cartridges, then performing nozzle checks and cleaning the print head. Then the extra waste from all of the used ink cartridges. Oh, yes, and the astronomical cost per cartridge. Let's not forget that. SuperTank and EcoTank are very appropriate names, you realize, as you run down the cost savings, savings on labor/waiting, and the lessened footprint on the environment by generating less waste!


   After a short period (10 minutes) of the printer internally adjusting itself for the first time to it's topped off 4 bays of ink (red, cyan, yellow and black), we were off to testing. First order of business was connecting to the Wi-Fi, which was intuitive and quite instant. The screen on the printer is a very comfortable 4.3" Color Touchscreen that is sleek-looking and is visible with sharp characters and good contrast for folks who use contact lenses and glasses, like I do.


   The ET-16500 has two trays that take 8.5" x 11" paper as well as 11" x 14" paper. After loading up some paper into one of these main bays, I enabled the Wifi-direct mode and created a new password, which was a snap. I set my Android phone (Android Print  to connect to the printer, and within moments, I was printing from my phone. Super-convenient process! Easy stuff, folks. It seems with each release, Epson seems to be reading our minds and getting the jump on speeding up the process and m

   A quick disclaimer that I am not Mac or OS X Savvy, however, in following the directions, I was able to pull down the driver software I needed on my MacBook and within minutes, I was able to connect and print with relative ease and quite seamlessly. Good news for the Apple folks out there!


   Now, the moment you have been waiting for!. Testing the process, speed, and quality of Wide-Format Printing. In preparation for this, I stopped by the office of one of my clients to pick up the exact Wide Format paper they use for their corporate documents, which turned out to be 13" x 19". This size paper is referred to as "super tabloid paper", which is quite critical in the architectural field (as my client is an architect), and also in many other fields such as graphic design, builders, etc. The rear specialty-paper feed is easily used here for the large-format paper we are using. Did I mention that during this phase of testing my wide-format printing client, James, came back here to look over my shoulder (as he reads my review, I sincerely hope he is still smiling!). With him loading up the file to be printed and to be the judge for quality and speed, we sent the job to print. It's not a decibel shattering noise, but you certainly know when the printing starts and finishes.


   What were the results? Well, as James states it, the results were "outstanding" and exceeded his "stark expectations" based on what is available in the market today. With an office back in his native London, England, as well as in California and New York, each office has had to contract out to have their Wide-Format printing needs met. The only part of the process they maintain control over is providing the paper to the printing house that runs the Wide-Format print jobs for them to at least reduce some of the costs. Thus the reason for my journey to his office for that specific paper size. Anyway, James tells me that he bears costs in each city with 3 different Mom and Pop printing shops, and it's a disaster. He has not been able to find a Wide-Format printer meeting his needs, therefore, he has had to maintain the clunky process in place and the extreme costs, as well.


   Basically, James told me to trust him on this evaluation of the printer, as has tested many other top name units that produced "utterly deplorable" results, as he calls them. He said I could walk through endless streets and I will not be able to find a wide-format printer like this that showed him such "lucid colors" and "sharp text" that exceeds output of even a laser-printer. Printing was refreshingly quick to him, and taking into account waiting for the delivery of printed output to his doorstep will be a thing of the past with this unit. I was impressed, and seeing the light bulb of "WOW" go on in my client made me thankful to Epson for allowing me to test this and lighten the path of an important client.


   My client does not have a flair for the dramatic, mind you, but he said this changes his entire lifestyle with the impact this will have on him and his 250 employees. When James took the printed output with him to discuss scrapping the print shops with his junior business partner, I decided to open the stop-watch app on my phone and test the regular black and also color speeds of 8.5" x 11" output, and I actually exceeded the ppm figure provided by Epson, which were 18 ISO ppm (Black) and 10 ISO ppm (Color). That is quite fast!


   Now, let's discuss the Scanner side of the ET-16500. In testing out the Scanner, I was able to produce some high quality output, with the potential to get up to 2400dpi. If you know your photo resolution numbers, that is a huge amount of dots per inch. I successfully tested the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), a seamless feature that makes life so much easier for everyone! I tested 2-Sided Copying and 2-Sided Scanning, and both work like a charm. I was able to produce nothing less than high-quality output on paper sizes up to 11" x 17", which I tested, along with 8.5" x 11". The output on Glossy Photo Paper will bowl you over, but seriously, not far behind is the output on Plain Paper, which is equally as vibrant and precise.


   Overall, this printer was a joy to test, evaluate, and review. After your initial outlay for the printer, if you do the math, it is not long until this printer starts paying you back in ink savings, time/hassle savings, and perhaps even in other areas of your business that I didn't even realize, as with James and his breakthrough moment with the ET-16500. I have at least 20 other clients in similar businesses and situations as James, and this will be a huge Home Run for them, as well. Do you want to say goodbye to the ink cartridge process, the hassles, the costs, etc? Whether you sell homes or baseball cards or have a lemonade stand, there will always be a need for Wide-Format output at some point. This printer puts you in an exclusive club, with fellow professionals that have had it with the contemporary "closed box of thought" about what to expect from their Network Printers, and are seizing the opportunity to raise the bar for themselves and their business. Where do you see the ET-16500 taking you and your business in 2017?


As Promised, your Full Technical Specs below:

Eco Features
ENERGY STAR® qualified
RoHS compliant
Recyclable product

What's In The Box:
WorkForce ET-16500 Wide-format EcoTank all-in-one
Manual
CD-ROM for product setup
Power cord
Included ink in the box:
Initial bottles: 1 bottle 774 Black (140 mL) and 1 bottle each 664 Cyan, Magenta, Yellow (70 mL)
Extra bottles: 1 bottle 774 Black (140 mL) and 1 bottle each 664 Cyan, Magenta, Yellow (70 mL)

Print:
Printing Technology:
Powered by PrecisionCore™ 4-color (CMYK) drop-on-demand inkjet technology
Minimum Ink Droplet Size:
3 droplet sizes, as small as 2.8 picoliters
Maximum Print Resolution:
4800 x 1200 optimized dpi
ISO Print Speed:
Black: 18 ISO ppm
Color: 10 ISO ppm
2-Sided ISO Print Speed:
Black: 8.7 ISO ppm
Color: 6.0 ISO ppm

Ink:
Ink Type:
EcoTank Ink Bottles
Ink Palette:
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Ink Cartridge Configuration:
4 individual ink bottles
Replacement Ink Cartridges:
774 Black Ink Bottle
664 Color: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Ink Yield Information:
ISO Yield, Epson Methodology - Black: 6,000, Color: 6,500

Copy:
ISO Copy Speed:
Black: 16 ISO cpm
Color: 8.8 ISO cpm
Copy Quality:
Color/Black-and-White: Standard/Best
Copy Quantity:
1 – 99 (PC-free)
Maximum Copy Size:
8.5" x 14"
Copy Features:
Automatic 1-sided to 2-sided
2-sided to 1-sided
2-sided to 2-sided
Fit to Page
Automatic Reduction and Enlargement (25 – 400%)
ID Copy
Adjustable Copy Density
Collate
Preview
Resize
Remove Punched Holes
Remove Shadows

Specifications Scanner:
Scanner Type:
Color flatbed / ADF
Photoelectric Device:
11.7" x 17" max
Optical Resolution:
2400 dpi
Hardware Resolution:
1200 x 2400 dpi
Maximum Resolution:
9600 dpi interpolated
Color Bit Depth:
48-bit color input / 24-bit color output
Scan Features:
Other:
Scan to PC, Cloud, Corporate Email or Email (via Epson Connect), Memory device, Network Folder

Fax:
Fax Settings:
Black & White and Color
Fax Speed:
Up to 33.6 Kbps – as fast as 3 sec per page
Memory:
Up to 550 pages
Speed Dials:
200 (max.)
PC Fax:

Supported Connectivity:
Standard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB
Wireless (802.11 b/g/n)
Wi-Fi Direct
Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)

Mobile Printing:
Epson Connect:
Epson® Email Print, Epson Remote Print, Epson Scan to Cloud8, Epson iPrint™ App (iOS®, Android), Epson Print and Scan App (Windows®)
Other:
Google Cloud Print™, Android printing, Fire™ OS printing, Mopria® Print Service

Paper Handling:
PC-Free Paper Support:
Plain (letter, 8.5" x 14", A4)
Photo (4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter, A4)
Paper Sizes:
3.5" x 5", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11", 8.5" x 14", 11" x 17", 13" x 19", A4, A6, A3, A3+, half letter, executive, user definable (3.5" x 5" – 13" x 47")
Maximum Paper Size:
13" x 47"
Paper Types:
Plain paper
Epson Bright White Paper
Epson Presentation Paper Matte
Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte
Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-sided
Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Envelope Types:
No. 10
Input Paper Capacity:
500 sheets plain paper
Cassette 1: 250 sheets plain paper
Cassette 2: 250 sheets plain paper
Rear feed: 1 sheet

General:
Operating Systems:
Windows 10
Windows 8, 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows Vista® (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Mac OS® X 10.6.8 – 10.11.x10
Server Systems:
Windows Server® 2012 R29
Windows Server 20129
Windows Server 2008 R29
Windows Server 20089
Windows Server 2003 R29
Windows Server 20039
Temperature:
Operating: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Storage: -4° to 104° F (-20° to 40° C)
Humidity:
Operating: 20 – 80% RH
Storage: 5 – 85% RH (no condensation)
Sound Level:
Power: 6.4 B(A)
Pressure: 48 dB(A)

Dimensions:
Printing: 26.2" x 32.2" x 16.5" (W x D x H)
Storage: 26.2" x 19.1" x 16.5" (W x D x H)
Weight:
50.7 lb
Safety Approvals:
Safety standards UL60950, CSA C22.2 No. 60950, EMI FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CAN/CSA-CEI/IEC CISPR 22 class B
Country of Origin:
Indonesia

Printer Details:
Display:
4.3" color touchscreen
Printer Language:
Epson ESC/P®-R
Software Included:
Epson printer driver, Epson Scan
Monthly Duty Cycle:
Up to 20,000 pages (Recommended monthly page volume up to 1,300 pages)
Telecom Regulations:
FCC Part 68 (USA), IC/CS03 (Canada)

Power:
Rated Voltage:
AC 100 – 240V Universal (Automatic)
Rated Frequency:
50 – 60 Hz
Power Consumption:
Approx. 20 W ISO 24712 (Standalone copy printing)
Approx. 8.9 W (Standby)
Approx. 1.9 W (Sleep)
Approx. 0.4 W (Power off) ENERGY STAR® qualified
Rated Current:
0.5A – 0.3A


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