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March 2, 2020

Affordable, Complete Productivity For All With The Epson Workforce WF-2830

Hi Folks,

   Welcome back, and I am happy to say that I have another fantastic product that I have reviewed for you, and as with many of these we have discussed before, I hope this can also find a tremendous use within your business or your personal life, to help make things easier to manage overall!

   Keeping with the concept of making things easier for you, probably one of the best products for such a goal is one that bundles a whole bunch of different features that you use on a consistent, if not, a daily basis. For example, printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. With the cat out of the bag, indeed, I am talking about an All-in-One Printer, the Epson WorkForce WF-2830, which I have had the enormous pleasure of testing, pounding, hammering, and making sure that I had the true results, without aberrations, to review and report back to you here!

   Let's take a look at everything, from first popping open the box, setting it up, testing out the speed, quality, and then we'll look at some of the great features, and wrap up with the full technical specifications ("Specs"), for folks of the more geeky sort, like me!


   When you pop open the box, you will immediately notice a very attractive matte black printer unit, that is securely packaged, along with the power cord and the ink cartridges. They say that good things come in small packages, and this is a compact unit that holds the promise of being able to fit in any location...desktop, shelf, counter...and this promise is true. Aside from its "fit anywhere" compact nature, it is also a strikingly good-looking unit that folds up and folds out neatly and with very little effort!


   What sets a lot of printers, all-in-ones, or scanners apart from all others in its class sometimes comes down to the set-up procedures. Is it easy? If so, is it easy just to technical folks? How about folks who are not so technical? Fortunately, I am a tekkie, but I have a very good friend (a neighbor of mine) who stopped by to return a snow shovel that it appears he will not be needing this boring New York winter season, and I asked him to take a few minutes and see if he can set this thing up. I wasn't going to make the poor fella do everything, but I just wanted to see if he was in the right direction, and he was. I really wanted to check this as a test of the instructions, and if I let him complete it, he would have had no issues!

   I took over and actually went through the steps myself, and it's all quite intuitive, which shows that Epson put a lot of time and research into testing with non-technical folks, in order to make the process as simple and stream-lined as it actually is! Nothing creates a bad connection between a customer and a manufacturer as when that customer has issues right from the start from setting up a device.

   The interface was very smooth, the LCD screen is super easy to view and use, and it took just a short while to have the software installed from the Epson website, the ink cartridges installed, calibrated, and the device ready to go! On the topic of the ink cartridges, it makes it so easy that they are individual, so you can replace only the colors that you need, vs having to replace all of them at once.

   The only minor issue was getting used to the character input when entering my wireless network (and the beep for each input), but after a few moments, you get used to the process and breeze right through it! Right after you finish this, you will see the printer on your wireless network, and then it is accessible from all your devices!


   In order to test the speed of the WF-2830, I pounded it with multiple types of documents, with and without images, and black and white as well as color documents. It handled all of these jobs seamlessly and effortlessly, and I ran these same tests a few times each to verify my print times were consistent, and not a first time run aberration (with a drop in performance, thereafter), and I found consistency straight through!

   Sometimes, when using a fast-performing unit like this, you will notice some noise coming from the printer, which I have seen on many other printers, however, this is whisper quiet and a workhorse!


   The output of the WF-2830 was akin to literally taking what I was printing or scanning or copying, and duplicating it, flawlessly. I tested printing, copying, scanning, and faxing of documents, E-mails, and photos, and a few color flyers that I had, and the result was perfection. I have a second line with a fax unit and tested back and forth faxing without any flaws, delays, or degradation in speed or output. Well-done, Epson!


   One of the coolest features of the WF-2830 is printing from your mobile device, which is super easy to set up and use, and even if you are in another room in your home and "far" from your printer, you can send the print job from your smartphone or other mobile device, and when you go back to where the printer is, your printed output will be there waiting for you.

   As far as scanning, which we briefly touched on before, there is a wide variety of settings that allow you to scan in various output qualities (i.e. resolution), which gives you great flexibility vs the old "one scan fits all" mentality. As for faxing, there are also features to tweak, and even though faxing is not used as much as it was, it's always a great feature to have when it's needed (there will always be a reason, especially with Medical records/HIPAA act).

   Paper Management is also handled perfectly by the WF-2830, starting with the 100-Sheet Paper Capacity, helping you to avoid having to keep reloading the unit with paper after every print job.

   Staying on the topic of paper, the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), with its 30-page capacity, is a huge time-saver when you are scanning in a stack of papers/documents. It will feed them one-by-one, vs having to stand there and feed each document in yourself one-by-one.

   Still another great paper-related feature is the Duplex feature, which allows you to print on both sides of a sheet of paper instead of just one side, and not only is it a money-saving feature, but it is also a "Green" feature, allowing you to cut down on paper usage!

   The last feature that I am very fond of is the voice-activated printing, which is a huge feature with the way the "Smart Home" products like Alexa and Google Assistant have been exploding in the market! Once you have this set up, which is a breeze, you can easily send any document, etc. to your printer, and I was able to test this specifically using my Google Assistant. This is a very exciting and a very helpful feature!


   After stress-testing this unit over and over for several days, I found that it is a trooper, and can truly give you what it promises in the description of the printer. In other words, the speed, performance, reliability, quality, and features are not just smoke being blown at you, but rather, truly verifiable in using this incredible all-in-one printer.

   Who would this unit best fit? Well, it will be able to make lives easier for anyone, whether it is for a small office that needs to have the major productivity features bundled (printing, scanning, copying, faxing), due to space constraints, to a home office, with similar concerns, or for general home use, with those folks in all of the different scenarios identified above wanting to have robust and powerful productivity without compromising on quality, and also, not having to re-mortgage their lives to pay for such a critical tool.

  The Epson WF-2830 will fulfill the needs of the home user, home office user, or the small business user, and is truly on top of its game! Another well-thought out product from Epson, and another great tool for your productivity arsenal!


What's In The Box:
Epson WorkForce WF-2830 printer
Instruction booklets
CD-ROM with drivers
Power cord
4 Claria Ink cartridges: 1x Black, 1x Cyan, 1x Magenta, 1x Yellow


Printing Technology:
4-color (CMYK) drop-on-demand MicroPiezo inkjet technology

Minimum Ink Droplet Size:
3 picoliters

Maximum Print Resolution:
5760 x 1440 optimized dpi

ISO Print Speed:
Black: 10.0 ISO ppm
Color: 5.0 ISO ppm


Ink Type:
Claria Ink 212 (sharp text, brilliant photos, fast-drying)

Ink Palette:
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black

Ink Configuration:
4 individual ink cartridges

Replacement Ink:
212 Standard-Capacity Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
212XL High-capacity Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Printer is designed for use with Epson cartridges only, not third-party cartridges or ink.

Ink Yield Information:
212 Standard-Capacity yield, ISO pages: Black 150, Color 130
212XL High-capacity yield, ISO pages: Black 500, Color 350


Operating Systems:
Windows 7/Windows 8/8.1/Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 - macOS 10.14.x55
Internet access is required to install OS X drivers and software.

50 to 95 F (10 to 35 C)
-4 to 104 F (-20 to 40 C)

20 – 80%
5 – 85% (no condensation)

Sound Level:
36 dB(A)


Printing: 14.8" x 22.8" x 9.5" (W x D x H)

Storage: 14.8" x 11.8" x 8.6" (W x D x H)

11.5 lb

Safety Approvals:
Safety standards UL60950, CSA C22.2 No. 60950
EMI FCC Part 15 subpart B class B

Country of Origin:

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


Copy Quality:
Color/Black-and-white: Draft/Normal

Copy Quantity:
1 – 99 (PC-free)

Maximum Copy Size:
8.5" x 11", 8.5" x 14"

Copy Features:
Automatic 1-sided to 2-sided
Fit to page
Automatic reduction and enlargement (25 – 400%)
Copy input resolution flatbed 300 x 300, 600 x 600
Copy input resolution ADF 300 x 400, 600 x 600
Copy print resolution 600 x 600, 600 x 1200
ID copy
Adjustable copy density
collate 100 sheets
1-sided to 1-sided
1-sided to 2-sided

Adjustments: density, contrast, color, sharpness, text enhancement

Specifications Scanner:

Scanner Type:
Color flatbed

Photoelectric Device:
Color CIS line sensor

Optical Resolution:
1200 dpi

Hardware Resolution:
2400 dpi

Maximum Resolution:
9600 dpi interpolated

Color Bit Depth:
48-bit color / 24-bit output

Scan Bed Size:
8.5" x 11.7" max.

Scanner Features:
Scan to PDF
Scan to Computer (USB and network)
Scan to Email (via Epson Connect)

Automatic Document Feeder:

30 Sheets

1-side to 1-side

Document Sizes:
8.5" x 14" max. size


Fax Settings:
Black-and-white and color

Fax Speed:
33.6 Kbps — as fast as 3 sec per page

Up to 100 pages

Speed Dials:
60 (max.)

PC Fax:


Standard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB
Wireless (802.11 b/g/n)
Wi-Fi Direct

Mobile Printing Solutions:

Epson Connect:
Epson Email Print
Epson Remote Print
Epson iPrint App (iOS, Android)
Epson Print and Scan App (Windows)
Creative Print App (iOS,Android)

Apple AirPrint
Google Cloud Print
Android printing
Fire OS printing
Mopria Print Service
Easy Photo Scan

Paper Handling:

PC-Free Paper Support:
Plain (letter, A4)
Photo (4" x 6", 5" x 7", Letter, A4)

Paper Sizes:
3.5" x 5"
4" x 6"
5" x 7"
8" x 10"
Half letter
User definable (3.5" – 44" in length)

Maximum Paper Size:
8.5" x 44"

Paper Types:
Plain paper
Epson Bright White Paper
Brochure & Flyer Paper Matte Double-sided
Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte
Premium Presentation Paper Matte
Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-sided
Presentation Paper Matte
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster
Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss
Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Photo Paper Glossy
Photo Quality Adhesive Sheets
Iron-on Cool Peel Transfer paper

Automatic Document Feeder:
30 sheets
1-side to 1-side
8.5" x 14" max. size

Borderless Sizes:
3.5" x 5"
4" x 6"
5" x 7"
8" x 10"
16:9 wide

Envelope Types:
No. 10

Input Paper Capacity:
100 sheets plain paper
20 sheets Premium Photo Paper Glossy

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
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

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