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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!


FIRST APPEARANCES:

   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!


SET-UP:

   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!


SPEED:

   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!


QUALITY:

   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!


FEATURES:

   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!


SUMMARY:

   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!

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ("SPECS"):


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

Print:

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:

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

General:

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.

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:
36 dB(A)

Dimensions:

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)

Weight:
11.5 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

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

Copy:

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:

Capacity:
30 Sheets

Type:
1-side to 1-side

Document Sizes:
8.5" x 14" max. size

Fax:

Fax Settings:
Black-and-white and color

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

Memory:
Up to 100 pages

Speed Dials:
60 (max.)

PC Fax:
Supported

Connectivity:

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)

Other:
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"
Letter
Legal
A4
B5
A5
A6
Half letter
Executive
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"
Letter
A4
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 !
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 #WorkForce #All-In-One #Printer #Scanner #Copier #Fax #WF-2830 #Productivity #Office #SmallBusiness #Wireless #Wi-Fi

June 7, 2019

Epson Redefines Productivity With Their New EcoTank ET-M3170 All-in-One Supertank Printer

Hi Folks,

   I hope everyone is having a nice June, thus far. The heat has definitely started to pump here in the Northeast, and to me, an 80-degree day is hot, regardless of whether the calendar says April or June, so the Air Conditioner technology is getting a full-fledged workout!

   That is exactly where I will pick up on...the topic of Technology!

   In the day and age of High-Quality Color Printing, one may question why they would need a Monochrome Printer. Well, for example, what if most of your print jobs required just Black and White output? What if you could find a true work-horse that can churn out Black and White printed output at about as fast as you can bat your eyes, and can turn out high-quality scans and copies with sharp images, as well, with a lightning fast fax feature, too? If that's not what you are looking for, keep reading anyway, because you might just realize this was something that can make your life substantially easier!

   What am I talking about? The Epson EcoTank ET-M3170 Wireless Monochrome All-in-One Supertank Printer. I have reviewed this unit, and I'd like to share with you what I found in terms of its set up, speed, quality, and features that have impressed me, and will most probably impress you, as well!

SET-UP:

   Setting the tone right from the start, this printer was wrapped very well and secure, taped well and secured between to large pieces of foam cushioning to prevent any damage from movement during shipping. It's not a very heavy device, so it is easy to maneuver. Once it was out of the box and unwrapped, etc., I got my first look at a very impressive looking unit, one that looks like it belongs in a high-tech, modern office, which is exactly what you want clients to think if they visit your office (you want them to know that you are on the cutting edge of the latest technology...at least it can't hurt!).

   When you fire up the printer, one of the features you notice right away is the vivid, bold-colored touch screen, with razor-sharp fonts, and what I came to find as very well organized (extremely intuitive/very user friendly). But first, the ink.

   When you see this bottle of ink, you might panic at first. Don't! It's revolutionary, cutting edge, and will save you a lot of headaches and a lot of money. You have easy access to where you add the ink. It is so easy to twist in the bottle, fill the ink reservoir, and you're done! There is no mess, no spill. It was literally seamless. Once it is filled up, you can visually see the ink level, which should cover you for 6000 pages. Yes, that's a heck of a lot of printing for you without having to add more ink.

   After a few minutes of the ink charging up, as directed through the instructions on the printer, you then run through a page alignment test that you just navigate through via clicking through on the menus. Then, after printing up these test pages and selecting the right numbers on the touchscreen to confirm that all is on par with how you want the pages and alignment to look, the next step is the wireless connection.

   Setting up the wireless connection was simple, from detecting the Wi-Fi and connecting to it, end to end, it could not be any easier than it was. The Color LCD screen does not have a step out of place in leading you towards complete and perfect configuration of your wireless set-up. The paper capacity of this printer is 250 pages, which should keep you humming along while printing for quite some time. At this point, after loading up the paper tray to almost full capacity, I realized that the time for testing had arrived!

SPEED:

   There is no other way to say it; this is one truly fast printer! It zips along at 20 Pages Per Minute (PPM), but at times, it felt as if it was even faster, so I think that is more like an average speed. In one test, I sent 3 consecutive 8-page jobs, and by the time I went to hit send on the next job, the previous job was done! As it's churning along, it has normal operating sounds, which can be almost completely silenced by selecting the Quiet Mode option.

   In testing the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which is incredibly easy to use, I tested the speed of duplex printing (2-sided printing), and I found the speed of that feature quite impressive, as well. Even better, you do not have to feed the paper back for the second side; this is all done automatically for you! Overall, an ultra-fast printer, for standard duty and 2-sided copy, as well. Next, let's take a look at the quality of the printed output, scans, etc.

QUALITY:

   When you need to print out sensitive information, critical data, or whatever is important to you enough to render it as printed output, speed is important, but quality, for many, will rank higher between both.

   My experience for many years has been on high-end laser printers, and their sharp and crisp printed output, but in reviewing several batches of print jobs I sent through on the ET-M3170, I was very surprised to find that the quality was equal to or even superior to the laser printers I have used for many years, most of which have been on the high-end of the printers offered on the market, in my office and in the offices of various of our clients.

   Even just moments after printing, there was no smudging, the characters appeared super sharp on the pages, and the ink on the top of the page and the bottom of the page was uniform, with no alignment issues or differences in shades of the printed black ink. There are an incredible amount of settings that I could have tweaked in order to get my printed output to this point...these options are all included in the LCD Screen menus...but the default output via printing and also copying both exceeded my experienced expectations!

   This same pattern goes for the Scanning. Scanning with the unit is very easy to use (very intuitive), and the results were obviously high-resolution scans, with sharp, completely crisp images, that far surpassed that which I have seen from laser-quality Scanners.

   Another important feature of this All-in-One Printer is Faxing, which I tested both inbound and outbound. What I found was that after connecting the physical line to send and receive faxes (I tested between a fax machine I have on a different phone number), and found High-Speed faxing results that went out and were received, both of very high quality, with sharp images and text!

   Overall, these high-quality results tell me that this Supertank Printer is a high-quality All-in-One Printer that is built for high volume copy, blazing fast speed, and incredibly sharp output! However, there are even more features that I have tested and also found to be incredible components of an overall workhorse!

FEATURES:

   The key benefits that most folks are looking for when purchasing a Printer, or really any new technology, are those features that make your life easier, and save you money. I found both of these benefits in testing and reviewing the ET-M3170.

   Making your life easier really boils down into both saving time and accomplishing your tasks more efficiently. During the time I spent testing and reviewing the bonus features of the ET-M3170, I noticed a trend towards both of these components of a life with fewer hassles:

   * I like the huge storage capacity of 250 sheets, saving me the hassles of constantly re-loading the paper tray in the middle of 100 other things I am doing.

   * I like being able to use my voice to send print jobs.

   * I love the mobile printing feature, because it allows me to send a print job from anywhere vs. needing to be right near the printer physically connected to it.

   * I love seeing the ink level on the printer...it is way cool!

   Additionally, the benefits affecting your financial bottom line are also evident with the ET-M3170, such as:

   * How efficient the printer is with ink usage, with hardly any movement in the level marker after several large ink-hungry print jobs of pages filled with text, top to bottom.

   * How I can see an end to the hundreds of dollars of ink each year by using this 6000-page capacity productivity beast of an ink tank!

   * How it makes financial sense to have an All-in-One Printer with a 2-year warranty with your registration, to show you the confidence that Epson has in their product, giving you true peace of mind!

SUMMARY:

   In closing, if you did not already get that impression from me, I was extremely pleased with the ET-M3170, due in part to its blazing print speed, sharp quality output, it's All-in-One features including Scanning and Faxing, and all of the other "quality of life" features that this printer offers.

   Whether you are looking for a printer for your home, office, or home office, the ET-M3170 exceeds every single level of service and every class of features that you could possibly desire in an All-in-One Printer. Great work, Epson!!


TECHNICAL SPECS:

EPSON ET-M3170

Exclusive EcoFit bottle design — uniquely keyed for easy filling of each color
Ultimate wireless — easily print from iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones;
includes Wi-Fi Direct plus Ethernet; voice-activated printing
Save energy — lower power consumption vs. laser
Compact, space-saving design — fits into any office environment
Eco Features
Save energy with lower power consumption vs. laser
Save up to 50 percent of your paper supply with automatic, 2-sided printing
ENERGY STAR qualified
RoHS compliant
Recyclable product
Epson America, Inc. is a SmartWay Transport Partner

Better Products for a Better Future
For more information on Epson's environmental programs, go to www.epson.com/environment

What's In The Box:
EcoTank ET-M3170 monochrome printer
Manual
CD-ROM for product setup
Power cord
1 bottle 532 Black (120 mL)

Print:
Printing Technology:
PrecisionCore (TFP1S-mono printhead)
Minimum Ink Droplet Size:
2.8 picoliters
Maximum Print Resolution:
1200 x 2400 dpi
ISO Print Speed:
Black: 20 ISO ppm
2-Sided ISO Print Speed:
Black: 9.0 ISO ppm

Ink:
Ink Type:
EcoTank Ink Bottle
Ink Palette:
Black
Ink Configuration:
1 ink bottle (Black)
Replacement Ink:
532 Black ink bottle (120 mL)
Epson strongly recommends the use of genuine ink to ensure optimal print quality and performance.
Ink Yield Information:
6,000 pages

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)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 – macOS 10.13.x10
Server Systems:
Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later, Windows Server 2016
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: 6.9 B(A)
Pressure: 56 dB(A)
Dimensions:
Printing: 14.8" x 13.7" x 13.6"
Storage: 14.8" x 13.7" x 13.6"
Weight:
16.1 lb
Safety Approvals:
UL60950-1-CAN/CSA-22.2 No. 60950, EMC FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CAN/CSA-CEI/IEC CISPR 22 class B
Country of Origin:
Phillipines
Warranty:
2-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada, second year requires product registration

Copy:
Copy Speed:
Flatbed: 17 ipm
ADF: 14 black ipm (simplex), 9.0 ipm (duplex)
Copy Quality:
Copy Resolution: 600 x 600 (input from ADF and flatbed), 1200 x 1200 (print)
Input Resolution, ADF: 300 x 400, 600 x 600
Input Resolution, Flatbed: 300 x 600, 600 x 600
Copy Quantity:
Up to 99 pages from standalone
Maximum Copy Size:
Legal 8.5" x 14" via ADF
Copy Features:
Automatic reduction and enlargement (25 – 400%)
1-to-1 Copy and 1-to-2 Copy (user must flip the scan manually)
256 gradations (1 color)

Specifications Scanner:
Scanner Type:
Color flatbed / ADF
Photoelectric Device:
Color CIS line sensor
Hardware Resolution:
Max.: 1200 x 2400
Maximum Resolution:
9600 dpi interpolated
Color Bit Depth:
48-bit color input / 24-bit color output
Scan Bed Size:
8.5" x 11.7"
Scanner Features:
Scan to Computer Event Manager
Scan to Computer
Scan to Cloud
Not Supported: Scan to Memory Device

Scan Features:
Other:
Compatibility TWAIN, WIA, ICA
TWAIN Reading Resolution 75 – 9600 dpi (1 dpi step)
TWAIN Output Format PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, Multi-TIFF, BMP (Windows), PICT (Mac)

Automatic Document Feeder:
Capacity:
35 sheets Letter
10 Legal (25 lb at 95 g/m2) max.
(Note: Auto 2-sided scan not supported, but the printer will auto 2-side copy
once the user flips the scan page manually)
Speed:
ADF (ISO 24735 Annex D) (ipm)
ADF: 7.0 ipm Black, 7.0 ipm Color
Document Table: 12 ipm Black, 27 ipm Color
Document Sizes:
Max. Legal
Paper Weight:
Plain Paper: 17 – 25 lb, 64 – 95 g/m2

Fax:
Fax Settings:
Transmit Size Letter/A4 (flatbed and ADF)
Receive Size Letter/A4/Legal
Fax Speed:
Up to 33.6 Kbps, transmit ~3 sec/page
Memory:
Up to 180 pages, 2MB receive memory
Speed Dials:
Up to 100 speed dial numbers, up to 99 group dial
PC Fax:
Available
Features:
Contact List: Address Book
Transmit reservation
Broadcast fax (mono)
PC-Fax
Up to 99 group dial
Polling reception
Fax preview

Connectivity:
Standard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Wired Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Wi-Fi Direct

Mobile Printing Solutions:
Epson Connect:
Epson E-mail Print, Epson iPrint App (iOS, Android), Epson Remote Print
Other:
Google Cloud Print 2.0, AirPrint 1.8

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:
4" x 6", 5" x 7", A6, Half Letter, Letter, A4, Executive, Legal, User definable (from 2.2" x 3.4" to 8.5" x 47.2")
Maximum Paper Size:
8.5 x 47.2 inch
Paper Types:
Standard:
Multipurpose Plus Paper
Bright White Premium Paper
Premium Presentation Paper - Matte
Front Tray:
Multipurpose Plus Paper
Bright White Premium Paper
Premium Presentation Paper – Matte
Premium Presentation Double-Sided Matte Paper
Envelope Types:
No. 10
Input Paper Capacity:
Cassette 1 – 250 sheets (80 g/m2)
Output Paper Tray Capacity:
100 sheets Letter plain paper (Standard Print Mode)
Rear Feed:
1 sheet

Printer Details:
Display:
2.4" color touchscreen
Printer Language:
Epson ESC/P®-R
Software Included:
EPSON printer drivers

Power:
Rated Voltage:
AC 100 – 240V Universal (Automatic)
Rated Frequency:
50 – 60 Hz
Power Consumption:
Approx. 12 W ISO 24712 (Standalone copy printing)
Approx. 4.3 W (Ready Mode)
Approx. 0.7 W (Sleep Mode)
Approx. 0.2 W (Power Off Mode)
Rated Current:
0.4A – 0.2A


Have a Great Weekend, 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 #Printer #All-in-One #ET-M3170 #Travel #Office #Home #Document #Scan #Fax #Wireless



October 11, 2018

Buckets of Old Photos? Scan & Save Your Memories! Epson FastFoto FF-640

Hi Friends,

   Thank you for joining us today for a very interesting technical product review. We have a unique twist on the technology equipment that we evaluate, with the specific product we are reviewing, which is the Epson FastFoto FF-640 Scanner.


   Just some background on this Scanner; it is a fit for not only home office use, but it's also quite useful for the home, as well. Today, we are going to take a look at the FastFoto in terms of the set-up of the scanner, the speed of the actual scanning process, the quality of the scan results, as well as some features and options that I found quite helpful, and you might, as well.

   Straight out of the box, the scanner looks non-threatening, and if I had to compare it, I would say it's about the size of a toaster oven. The only thing that you have to do is just snap in the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which is quite simple. Aside from that, the scanner is pretty much turn-key and ready for the software, which is the last step in the set-up. This part is a snap! Super-easy, since you download the software directly via Epson's website. I call it "seamless" since it is so easy. I suggest you download all software offered to you for your given operating system. It's free to download and it will help you take further advantage of the functionality of the scanner.

   Guess What? Congratulations! Your Scanner is now configured and ready to begin scanning!

   At this point, your scanner is all set up, with software installed, the USB cable connected to your laptop or desktop, and now you're ready to begin using it. As easy as the scanner is to get set up, it's even easier to use!

   What I have tested the scanner with was 5 different items; regular photos, Polaroid photos, documents, business cards, and for my own purposes, baseball cards. Automatic folders are set up for you and you name them at the moment right before they actually scan. One amazing feature of this scanner that will "WOW" most folks is that it automatically scans front and back, so if you have handwriting or something on the back of a document or photo that is important to save, it will also scan that as well. The FastFoto will name the front file name with an "a", and the file name for the back will have a "b". Not only does it capture the names, but it also captures the date as well for easier filing and for ease in locating the files long after you have finished scanning.

   Another thing that makes this real easy is the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which you really cannot do without it. It is a critical part of the scanner. Example: I was trying to send some Polaroids through and they were not going through at first but then I resolved it by just placing them in a different way on the feeder, which is very versatile in this specialized type of scanner. On the topic of ease, you can even have the photos border adjusted by simply tweaking the settings, and it even allows you to take out red eyes if they show up in the scan. As for resolution,the FastFoto defaults to 300 DPI resolution but it also has an option for 600 DPI, but remember, and this goes for all Scanners; as you go up in resolution, the time it takes to scan your items will increase, as well.

   Speed is another great quality of this scanner.  I sent through 20 photos and they were done in about 50 seconds which is blazing fast. The amount of time that it saves you will really impress you! Sometimes, you have to go back and adjust the photos or anything that you've scanned in order to tweak it and make it better, especially if it's a faded out photo; this will correct it. For those folks that scan often and then have to correct the documents or photos, etc afterward, will realize that this is a huge time saver. Just think of how much you will miss Photoshop editing your scanned image files. This might make you tear up over that... or perhaps they are tears of joy?  Perhaps both?

   Overall it's amazing how accurate the FastFoto is, and that just goes to show you the quality of product that Epson once again has put out on the market. As I mentioned above, the quality is second to none. One of the many features that makes this scanner shine is the auto enhancement, which really does some magical things when you're dealing with photos that are either faded or just very very light, i.e. with sun in the photo, or something bright along those lines. As mentioned, you can select the enhancement option in the settings by changing it to be Automatic, or you can manually do it in the folder that pops up with the app. Just select the image, click on Edit, and you can do many things to enhance your photos.

   Yet another great feature of the scanner is that you are able to select whether you want to save the enhanced photo as an original or if you want to make a second copy so you don't overwrite the original, in case you need to make additional changes, from the original version forward. This increases the efficiency and the amount of time saved and headaches saved with the scanner and its accompanying software. I ran into an issue with some baseball cards that would not get a reverse scan. I very easily found out through the intuitive menu that by adjusting the sensitivity settings, the lightness and darkness of writing on the back of the card, completely remedied this and fixed the issue. Any issues you come up with are easily remedied most often by looking in the settings in the software. It's true...it's all right there. I tried another scan test where I loaded up many different photos of different sizes and it scanned all of them seamlessly without even a hint of a "misfeed"! All the while, this scanner is so quiet that you don't even realize that it's working until your originals come out into the front catch. Quiet scanning is perfect in my book!

   To sum everything up here, this is an incredibly fast, very smart device with very good software for the user interface and it also is amazing in terms of how you are able to easily edit and enhance photos, either automatically or manually. This is a scanner that can be used to blow through hundreds or thousands of photos that you may have from years back, and catalog them for your family or yourself. Can you imagine a flood or fire and you lose all of those memories? Wouldn't it be advantageous to use the scanner to make a backup, digitally, of all of these treasures? With the option to upload everything to the cloud, you have basically an off-site private copy of all of your precious memories. This will ensure your photos will survive any adverse or damaging conditions that could affect your family photos from years past, because they are saved as your very own personal off-site high-quality front and back scans. The FastFoto makes sense on a number of levels, and it is certainly something you want to take a look at further after reading this review, so you can take the first step towards owning this time saving wonder!


Have a Great Weekend, 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 #Scanner #FastFoto #Photos #Office #Home #Document







March 17, 2017

Ease, Speed, & Quality Combine in the new Powerhouse Epson ES-500W Scanner

Hi Folks,
   I have some great news to share after testing and reviewing a very impressive new Scanner from Epson, the Epson WorkForce ES-500W, which is a Wireless Duplex Document Scanner. I know that sounds like a mouthful of jargon, but I think it might actually fall short of truly describing this powerful new beast on the block.

Ease/─ôz/noun definition "absence of difficulty or effort".

  "Ease" is the most appropriate word that comes to mind at then end of my testing battery that I have put this unit through. Let us take a look at how this Scanner impresses, starting at Set-up, Scanning, a discussion of speed and quality, and some cool features that come along with the ES-500W. At the end, I'll give you the full Technical Specifications.

   As you unbox the unit, you'll find it is incredibly secured between multiple different protection systems, and when finally removing all of the much-welcomed cushioning, you get your first look at this compact, neatly-folding unit. No need to dedicate a new wing in your office or home office...this unit jives with your office space, especially when you are trying to economize on space.

   Starting with the Set-up, connecting the ES-500W to my Wi-Fi was a snap, and probably took under 5 minutes to complete. I follow the instructions to the letter so that I can point out any issues I notice, but the directions were on point and quite user-friendly. After a quick install of the software, I was all set up and ready to test!

   Now the real fun happens; Scanning. The "Ease" of scanning amounts to literally opening the Capture Software, placing your document in the feeder, and clicking SCAN. This is just for one document, however, you can place up to 50 pages on the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), and WOW, does that reduce a lot of back and forth and eliminates swapping out page by page. It's an immense time saver. Page size can vary from small to legal size. Further, you can take hard copy paper documents and turn them into editable files that can also be searchable, thanks to the included Optimal Character Recognition (OCR) Software. The Scanner is also TWAIN compatible, which will help it interface with many of the most popular document programs and systems that are in use today.

Speed? Quality? What's the end result?

   With speeds I tested and verified by using the ADF, the unit hits up to it's advertised 35 ppm/70 ipm. Now, folks, that is blazing fast. Not only is it fast in comparison to a lot of the other products on the market today, from comparing the Specs, but there is no compromising on the quality of the output, especially the images. The option to change the DPI is there for you, but the quality of the image output without tweaking any settings whatsoever had me impressed. Using the defaults the output looks that good? Really? Yes...it was good enough to impress a 25+ year technology veteran who has pretty much seen it all in my time!

5 Features I really liked about the ES-500W

   I loved the compact nature of the Scanner, the speed, and the output quality, but there were a few other cool features I wanted to mention:
   1. You have the ability to turn on or off the multi-page detector, which is a blessing when you are doing a lot of "Onesies", or 1-page scans, separately.
   2. Without more than a couple of clicks, right out of the box, this Scanner integrates literally & seamlessly with cloud and note Apps, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, among others.
   3. The gift of Duplex: For 2-sided pages, you do not have to flip and re-scan the page. It is all done in one quick pass. Time-Saver!!
   4. One App will allow you to scan documents into your Smart Phone after connecting to the same Wi-Fi as the Scanner!
   5. I love how you can scan bulky business ID Cards, as well as all-types of business cards, receipts, and documents with extra long pages. This feature literally crosses multiple demographics in one felt swoop!

   In closing, for folks running a small business, those who work out of a home office, or folks who are habitual scanners for some reason or another, this is a scanner that fits all types of users. From the compact nature of the machine, to the speed, quality, and funky extra features, it's easy to see how Epson just dominates the market through quality products, such as the ES-500W. There is just a certain "feel" when using this unit, as I have felt on previous Epson offerings, which is a feel that is not even closely matched by similar types of products offered by their competition. Epson, I tip my technical hat to you one again. You have managed to WOW me with quality, and I am glad now to share this glowing experience with the good folks that faithfully read my blog.

As mentioned, here are the full technical specs for the ES-500W Scanner:


Scanner Type:
Sheet-fed, one pass duplex color scanner
Optical Resolution:
300 dpi
Hardware Resolution:
600 dpi
Maximum Resolution:
1200 dpi
Color Bit Depth:
30-bit input/24-bit output
Grayscale Bit Depth:
16-bit input/8-bit output
Optical Sensor:
Color Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
Scanning Speed:
35 ppm/70 ipm: 300 dpi Black & White, Color, Gray
Automatic Document Feeder:

Capacity:
50 sheets
Document Sizes:
Max: 8.5" x 240"
Min: 2" x 2"
Daily Duty Cycle:
4,000 sheets
Paper Weight:
27 – 413 g/m
Consumables:
Roller assembly kit: 200,000 cycles

Scan Features:

Buttons:
6 buttons: Double Feed Detect Skip, Slow Scan Mode, Scan, Stop, Wireless Connect, Wireless On/Off

Connectivity:

Standard Connectivity:
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n1,
SuperSpeed USB 3.0

General:

Operating Systems:
Windows® 7, 8/8.1, 10
Mac OS® X 10.6.8 – 10.11.x
Temperature:
Operating: 41 ° to 95 °F (5 ° to 35 °C)
-13 ° to 140 °F (-25 ° to 60 °C)
Humidity:
Operating: 10 – 80% (no condensation)

Dimensions:
Product Only: 6.6" x 11.6" x 6.9"
Weight:
Product Only: 8.1 lb
Country of Origin:
Indonesia

Scanner Details:

Included Software:
Epson Scan
Document Capture Software
ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint
NewSoft® Presto! BizCard® OCR (software requires Internet connection for download and installation)

Power:

Power Consumption:
Operation: 17 W
Wireless: 18 W
Sleep: 1.4 W
Ready: 9.2 W
Off: 0.1 W
Power Requirements:
24 V DC

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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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October 4, 2016

Epson WF-M5694 Reinvents Efficiency and Revitalizes Your Budget

Hi Friends,
   I welcome you back to another of these (fortunately) well-received Blog Posts on Technology, as I am always on the hunt-down for new technology and new gadgets that will make your business run more efficiently, and make you happy, if you like that sort of stuff. I have been asked (not badgered, really...just asked) by a number of clients that make up my readership to continue focusing on technology, as it is helping them immensely. I have also exchanged E-mails with many of you requesting more on-topic items such as the Rent to Own Market, so everyone will be glad to know they are all being granted their wish, and we have some cool Real Estate posts forthcoming.

   With that being said, today we are going to take a journey from the past into the present, with a very sophisticated twist on how we to use a printing feature that most overlook, and wind up paying more for that ambivalence in the long run.

   If I told you I was reviewing a Monochrome (Black and White Printer), you might think I was crazy. However, if you told me you print everything from your to-do list and your own personal notes in color, every day, I might turn around and say that you, my friend, might be the crazy one.

   Well, the cat is out of the bag, and the printer I present to you today is like no other one you have seen before. Sure, in your past, you might remember those old workhorse Black and White Printers that were scattered among offices, which could produce large output. But looking back, do you remember the smudging? The low-quality look of the characters that usually came out in Arial or Times New Roman, and you knew there had to be better than this. Then came Color Printers, and everyone got hooked on them, since they could also print black and white, as well as color. But color was shiny and new, and you got hooked.

   Back to the present day, and I present to you the Epson WF-M5694, a sleek new offering from Epson that captures the spirit of the work-horse printers of the past, while putting an edge and a spin on this printer that you never would have imagined possible. From a person with a technical background spanning a little over 20 years, I, personally, was quite impressed! Let's examine the Set-up, Speed, Quality, features, and how this printer can save you money from multiple angles. Then we'll wrap it all up with the full Technical Specifications at the end.

   Setting this baby up was easy as can be, and I had a non-technical friend run through the set up to keep things honest here by verifying that I didn't just geek my way through it. Instantly connected it to my Wi-Fi and loaded up the paper, checked out the ink to get a good look at it and installed it. Locked and loaded and ready to print.

   That was an understatement. I half-expected the print job to come out section by section and quite slow, as that as what I was conditioned for from years back. Was I ever wrong! The pages came out blazing fast, and apparently, the speed of pages of text can approach 20 pages per minute, which comes out to about 3 seconds per page. I had a stopwatch and I was close to if not eclipsing that speed. Nice! That will let you knock down some hefty print jobs while making some big savings (I will explain shortly).

   Printing using the Auto Document Feeder (ADF) makes life so much easier than doing page by page copying, and it does a step further, as it also Auto-duplexes, saving you from having to flip the pages over for the other side to get it's share of the print job. What I also found very cool with the printer was how they are paying attention to the ability to print from specific devices, for example, Amazon Kindle Printing, Google Cloud, Apple, and Android Printing. These are also is a snap to get working.

   How about the quality? I tried all of the functions, and wound up with high-quality printed output of scanned items and general printing items and copies. I was happy to find everything had crisp lettering, that, I might add, will not smudge even when shaking the paper back and forth violently like a lunatic! As another test, I sprinkled a few drops of H20 on it, and sure enough, it is water resistant as well!

   Now, the ink that is used is DURABrite (Ultra Pigment ink), and they say you can get about 10,000 printed copies before ever having to change the cartridge. Please read that line again. I'm not kidding. Additionally, the efficiency of this printer is guided by the leap-years ahead PrecisionCore Printing Technology. The Printer is so efficient that it uses up to 70% less power than laser printers. Did you just hear a big "BOOM!" in the Accounting department? The Controller just fell of their chair after hearing that. This is some serious technology here, folks. Did I mention it can handle 45,000 pages per month?

   The real benefit I see here is from my own personal experience visiting with clients, where they print absolutely everything in colored ink, and in actuality, at least 50% of their jobs could be done in Monochrome.

   However, one could argue, with validity, that it does not make sense to overburden those current color printers with massive Monochrome and Color Print Jobs. The current alternative points to their in-place hardware; but the Monochrome printers that plenty of offices do have in many of their locations are dated often by 10 years or more. This brings us into a whole new category of costs currently being incurred, as these decade-old printers are terribly inefficient in terms of Power Usage (if this printer can approach a 70% more efficient level than a Laser Printer, than compared to the 1990's Monochrome printers, the level would probably approach triple digits in terms of increased efficiency/less power usage, from what I am calculating here). Just as important is the replacement cost of old hard-to-find probably refurbished/refilled ink cartridges vs. brand new easy-install cartridges for the WF-M5694. Then there is the obvious remaining factor; the smudgy dated output vs. the crisp and clean, sharp output that you upgrade to with this printer.

   So, in closing, I end with a question; If you could potentially lower power usage/costs by replacing the older monochrome printer(s) with the WF-M5694, taking a load off your current central hub color printer(s), and start producing the monochrome copies you really need with super-efficient ink usage, along with one more benefit (that nobody needs to wear the ink that rubbed off onto their hands and clothes from Mr. Jones' inter-office Memo), then would it all be worth the change?

Technical Specs:
The lowest cost multifunction monochrome printer in its class.
The WorkForce Pro WF-M5694 multifunction monochrome printer provides the lowest-cost monochrome printing in its class. Designed for small workgroups, it requires little intervention, with a 10,000-page cartridge yield, 580-sheet maximum paper capacity and 45,000 page monthly duty cycle. Professional-quality documents can be printed at fast speeds — 20 ISO ppm (black). The device supports auto 2-sided printing, copying, scanning and faxing. Network setup and security features provide seamless integration and administration into wired and wireless environments, via Universal drivers, PCL5 and PostScript. Powered by PrecisionCore printing technology, the WF-M5694 delivers Performance Beyond Laser.

Model: C11CE37201
MFP with WiFi & Ethernet: Print | Copy | Scan | Fax | PCL/PS
Ink: DURABrite Ultra pigment ink
Print Speed: Up to 20 ppm
View Specifications

Product Guides & Additional Information:

WorkForce Pro WF-M5694 Monochrome Multifunction Printer Brochure (PDF)
User Reviews
Key Features
ISO Print Speeds
ISO Print Speeds
Prints at speeds of 20 ISO ppm (black)
Wireless and Ethernet Network Ready
Wireless and Ethernet Network Ready
Share one printer with multiple computers in your home or office, using a wireless or wired network.
High-capacity Cartridges Available
High-capacity Cartridges Available
Extra large, easy to install ink cartridges with high print yields.
Automatic Two-Sided Printing
Automatic Two-Sided Printing
Save up to 50% on paper with automatic two-sided printing .
Epson Connect - Print and Share from Anywhere
Epson Connect; - Print and Share from Anywhere
Easily print from iPad, iPhone, tablets, smartphones and more.
Automatic Document Feeder
Automatic Document Feeder
Easily copy, scan and fax stacks of documents with the built-in automatic document feeder.
Cost savings — the lowest-cost monochrome printing in its class
Low intervention — print up to 10,000 black pages without changing the cartridge; up to 580 sheets maximum paper capacity with optional second paper tray
Do more — 35-page duplex Auto Document Feeder; auto 2-sided print, copy, scan and fax; Document Capture Pro scanning software included
Fast output — prints at speeds of 20 ISO ppm (black)
Heavy-duty networked workgroup printing — 45,000-page monthly duty cycle; up to 2500 pages recommended monthly for high-volume printing
Security features — secure PIN printing, user access control, Web Config and more
Professional-quality results — laser-sharp text on a wide variety of media with DURABrite Ultra Ink
Built-in networking — wired and wireless connectivity plus Wi-Fi Direct; also print from smartphones, tablets and the cloud
Included drivers and utilities — Universal driver, PCL5 and Adobe® PostScript® 3™
Get Performance Beyond Laser — the WorkForce Pro WF-M5694, powered by PrecisionCore
Designed for use exclusively with Epson cartridges.
Eco Features
Uses up to 70% less power than laser printers
Save up to 50% of your paper supply with automatic 2-sided printing/copying
ENERGY STAR qualified
RoHS compliant
Recyclable product
Epson America, Inc. is a SmartWay Transport Partner

Better Products for a Better Future
For more information on Epson's environmental programs, go to www.epson.com/environment

What's in the Box
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-M5694 printer
Manual
Power cord
DURABrite Ultra Ink cartridge – One 792 ink cartridge: Black
Warranty
One-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada

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April 4, 2016

The Epson EX9200 Projector Redefines Classy


Hi Folks,
    Over the past weekend, I've had the pleasure of testing out one of Epson's top-of-the-line Projection units, the EX9200 Pro Wireless WUXGA 3LCD Projector. I can hear a whole segment of you saying, "finally". I know who you are, and the functionality you desire, along with that of many other folks out there, was the focus of this very review. We're going to take baby steps, as there is a lot to cover here, but I thank many of you for your E-mails, telling me you prefer how I did the last review, by adding in the relevant specs as we go, so we'll stick with that. Our journey will take us through Compatibility and Set-Up, Ease of Use, Quality, Portability, and then we'll go over some additional cool factors and wrap it all together for you.

  With these times the way they are, everything starts with the mobile phone, so after unboxing the projector, I got my mobile connected to the projector. All I needed to do was scan one of those little  QR codes and I was connected. The setup was pretty straightforward I got it up and running fast, with a fast coffee break in-between. Seriously, within a few minutes, everything was connected up. Now, all of the connectors are on the back panel of the projector, which keeps up with the need to manipulate the device during the presentation. A very important and quite handy feature is that it does support HDMI ports, which should be standard for most Projection units now, but a quick scan online does not show not all Manufacturers are at that point yet. Odd. Additionally, it will connect to your laptop, PC, or if you have a Mac to connect directly. If you have a standard USB port in your system, it will connect to them. Cables such as the USB cable is included in the box. It's basically USB plug and play compatible with your PC or your Mac (as long as it has the interfaces on it, as mine did, for testing),Overall, there's plenty of compatibility built into the EX9200,and it shows Epson really did their homework on this one. This unit also has a VGA port, RCA and Composite video ports, some of these name you may be familiar with from having an older television or an older VCR unit, however, they still come in quite handy for folks that may have equipment not 100% up to today's standards, and this can prevent an "Oops" moment when a visiting client wants to attach a vintage laptop to the projector! Additionally, the system has built-in Wi-Fi for wireless connections to your tablet, etc. As far as from the Compatibility and Set-up, this gets an A-Plus...Straight Out of the Box,  no mess no fuss, simple as pie. Here are some related setup and compatibility specs:

Compatibility:
USB Plug 'n Play:

Projects audio and video
PC and Mac® compatible

Display Performance:
NTSC: 480 lines
PAL: 576 line
(Depends on observation of the multi-burst pattern)
Input Signal: NTSC / NTSC4.43 / PAL / M-PAL / N-PAL / PAL60 / SECAM

Interfaces:
HDMI x 2 (1 supports MHL connectivity)
Computer/component video: D-sub 15 pin x 1
Composite video: RCA (Yellow) x 1
Audio in: RCA x 1 (White/Red)
USB connector Type A x 1: PC-free USB and other
USB connector Type B x 1: USB Plug 'n Play

Speaker: 2 W (mono)
Operating Temperature: 41° to 95° F (5° to 35° C)
Power Supply Voltage: 100 – 240 V ±10%, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption:
ECO mode: 214 W
Normal mode: 291 W

Fan Noise:
ECO mode: 29 dB
Normal mode: 37 dB

Security:
Kensington®-style lock provision
Password protect function

   As for ease-of-use, anything that gets you up and about it doesn't keep you strapped down is a good thing nowadays. This particular projector is no exception to that. The ability of the EX9200 to utilize Wireless Technology allows you the ease and freedom to move around anywhere within your conference room, for example. Additionally, another great feature that makes your day that much easier is the fact that you can take videos and share them directly from your phone or tablet or laptop, because the EX9200 supports MHL enabled devices (including Chromecast, which is very useful, since a lot of folks use that in today's world. There is also a Remote Control, to further enhance your experience,  and which allows you to move freely about your conference room. The control is intuitive, and is in-line with Epson's Straight-forward End-User facing dialogue/language. Here are some specs related to usage/ease of usage:

Remote Control
Features: Source search selection, power, volume, e-zoom, A/V Mute, freeze, menu, page up and down, help, auto, mouse functions
Operating Angle:
Right / Left: ±30 degrees
Upper / Lower: ±15 degrees
Operating Distance: 19.7 ft (6 m)

   Now, before I jump into the quality, I'm almost positive that many of you do not have friends with light meters. But I'm the head geek here, so I do, and I contacted my friend who has one and we were able to verify the amount of lumens, or the brightness of the projector, as we came within a 3% range of the quantity of lumens stated in the documentation. Very impressive! So, basically the quality of any projector is really based around the brightness and the balance between the light, white light and the color light. This unique balance is what helps bring high resolution images. Interesting story; I'm an avid collector of coins and baseball cards, as many of you know my CardboardandCoins.com website. So basically, I spent quite some time using the different connections and settings while looking over coins. One coin I had up was really a mess (you cannot clean them...it's taboo in coin collecting). That particular coin was always impossible to read, even at 60x power, however, once projected as an image I took of the coin, I was able to make out all features of the coin that I never saw before. Albeit a small image I used, the projector really went to work on it, because the writing on the coin was equivalent at that point to 3 or 4 point printing. Not normally visible across a room, but this shows a tight system with incredible eye for detail.

   As for video quality, Aces all-around. The best part was streaming and not seeing the quality compromised by any means, as I switched Mode -to -Mode. I also experienced the joy of new eye-sight once again in being able to read small print on the projection at small sizes.  Once again, I'm still pretty shocked as I was able to see such small detail with just black and white in earlier testing with whitish background. Basically, the winning Factor here for Epson is D3 LCD3 technology that they used in their projection system that makes it so robust and so incredible and brings everything to life right in front of your very eyes. Now, some pretty detailed specs for you regarding the quality of this protector:
HD 1080p content; plus enhanced connectivity
Projection System: 3LCD, 3-chip technology
Projection Method: Front / rear / ceiling mount
Driving Method: Epson Poly-silicon TFT Active Matrix
Pixel Number: 2,304,000 dots (1920 x 1200) x 3
Color Brightness (Color Light Output): 3200 lumens1
White Brightness (White Light Output): 3200 lumens1
Aspect Ratio: 16:10 native, supports 4:3 and 16:9
Native Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
Resize: 800 x 600 (SVGA), 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (SXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1280 x 960 (SXGA2), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA3), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1600 x 900 (WXGA++), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+)
Lamp Type: 200 W UHE
Lamp Life:ECO mode: Up to 10000 hours2
Normal mode: Up to 5000 hours2
Throw Ratio Range: 1.38 (Zoom:Wide), 1.68 (Zoom:Tele)
Size (projected distance): 30" – 300" (0.9 – 9.0 m)
Keystone Correction:
Automatic: Vertical: ±30 degrees
Manual: Horizontal: ±30 degrees (Easy-Slide Horizontal Image Correction)
Contrast Ratio: Up to 15,000:1
Color Reproduction: Up to 1.07 billion colors
Projection Lens
Type: Optical zoom Manual zoom / Manual focus
F-number: 1.50 – 1.71
Focal Length: 20.42 – 24.50 mm
Zoom Ratio: Optical zoom 1.0 – 1.2

   Some folks need to travel to client sites for their work, and quite often, then need to give a presentation when on site. If the client does not have a projector, your presentation could turn into something evil, but when you have a projector that weighs under 6 lbs, and also comes with its own carrying case, all options are on the table for a successful presentation. Should you decide to mount the unit in your office, the unit is not going to bend brackets and require special braces or hinges, as it just does not weigh that much. Also, in terms of the Unit's exterior, it's a space-saver and a very sleek-looking unit.
Some related Specs:
Including feet: 11.7" x 9.6" x 3.2" (W x D x H)
Excluding feet: 11.7" x 9.6" x 3.0" (W x D x H)
Weight: 5.7 lb (2.4 kg)

   I wanted to share with you something very cool that I noticed about the projector, which was the ability to create a split screen, allowing you to see images from two different sources, and you can jump back and forth between the images with one button. It's pretty cool if you're trying to demonstrate two different perspectives or two different items at the same time to a room. I think that just the fact that it's so lightweight and versatile, and the resolution is so high, and it's extremely bright are all wonderful factors, and I won't mention to you again how impressed I was seeing the detail on that coin, but I have to say that was really the selling point for me! Now, if you run a Sports Card Shop, for example, and let's say you were looking to have a protection unit going and images or video streaming in high resolution, this should certainly be a projector for you. If you are a Realtor, for example, if you are the host in the targeted client seminar, you may want to jump back and forth between a couple of properties to have a high-resolution image cast for them.

   In summary, I'd just like to say that it was a pleasure testing with all of you. I, personally, was not aware of the true high-resolution, high level of brightness, the easy compatibility, and all the wonderful features that would be available. The EX9200 projector is certainly a unit that you would be proud of in an office to own and use in front of clients and it shows that you are Cutting Edge and ahead of the Curve and it is also efficient, in that it does not require too much in the form of user intervention, aside from the person operating the projector. With the benefits you derive from using the EX9200, I can only hope that it brings you scores of new business and clients.

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