Summary: If you're in the market for a new shared all-in-one printer, the Epson WorkForce 600 definitely deserves to be on your short list. You can't beat the price given the features, and this printer should save you money on supplies. The build quality is above average, so it should stand up well to a heavy office workload. An excellent offering from Epson.
Pros: 38ppm draft quality printing speed, 27ppm laser quality print speed, Wifi and Ethernet connectivity, All-in-one printer, scanner, copier, fax, photo printer, 2.5 inch color LCD and built-in memory card slots
Summary: If you’re looking for a wireless all-in-one for your home office or small business and speed is a top priority, the $199 Epson WorkForce 600 should be at the top of your list. Just be warned that you’ll sacrifice some print quality, particularly when it comes to photos. For the best quality, go with the $199 Canon Pixma MX860 or our Editors’ Choice, the $199 Kodak ESP 7, which offers good photo quality and inexpensive supplies.
Excerpt: When I first started in computers many years ago, the big thing was to have a printer that would just hook up on the LAN. Then not too long ago, the pricier option was to have a Wi-Fi enabled printer. Since a Wi-Fi enabled printer was more for business (and priced as such) I explored various add-ons that would let me turn any USB-compatible printer into a wireless printer. Most of these add-ons cost around $100, so it was a decent premium over the price of a printer.
Summary: While it may not be the smallest multifunction printer on the block, the Epson WorkForce 600 is certainly more useful than many of its more basic competitors. I really like the inclusion of Wi-Fi, since this really frees up the utility of this printer. It’s great that the communication is two-way as well, so all scans can be sent wirelessly to my computer and all print jobs can be sent wirelessly back to the Epson.
Pros: A comprehensive home office solution, Built-in card reader and USB port, Wi-Fi connectivity, Decent print speed and quality, Great value at around $149
Cons: Ink cartridges can be expensive, Somewhat bulky compared to some other MFPs, No photo preview on LCD
Excerpt: The Good Fast. Quiet. Easy to set up and use. Wired or wireless networking. Water resistant prints. The Bad Copy and scan quality could be improved. Copy autofeed jammed occasionally. Epson's new line of all-in-one printers, designed for small business and home offices, include scanner, copier, fax machine, built in Ethernet, and Wi-Fi networking. The Workforce 600 is an inkjet printer that Epson claims can print at nearly the same quality and speed as a laser printer.
Pros: Fast. Quiet. Easy to set up and use. Wired or wireless networking. Water resistant prints.
Cons: Copy and scan quality could be improved. Copy autofeed jammed occasionally.
Summary: This Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer got extremely high marks for its ease of use and thoughtful small touches, such as the tiltable control panel. The "microbusinesses" that are the intended market will find it an excellent tool, since quality is high and it's fairly fast. However, since the ink tanks seem to drain fairly fast as well, make sure you either use the "draft" printing for less-important prints or keep a few extra tanks on hand.
Pros: Wireless network printer, Excellent DURABrite inks, Great monochrome and color prints
Cons: Ink tanks don't last long, Photos are waterproof but easily scratched
Conclusion: The Epson WorkForce 600 combines impressive features (fast speed) with some limitations (low paper capacity), so although it's an attractive choice, it falls just short of being a slam-dunk winner.
Pros: Fast. Wired and wireless network support. Prints and scans over a network. Standalone fax machine and copier.
Cons: Subpar text quality. Paper capacity is only 100 sheets. Can't fax directly from a PC.
Excerpt: The first thing you notice when you open the box is that the Epson Workforce 600 is a nice looking machine. The sleek looking printer will fit in with the decor of most offices or it might even improve the decor of your office space. The Epson Workforce 600 is a feature rich printer at a very affordable price ($199). It can Print / Copy / Scan / Photo / Fax plus it has WiFi [...
Excerpt: Many people, myself included, have a small office in their homes. Within these cramped quarters , we must find enough room to stuff everything that we need. It’s just not viable to have a separate printer, fax machine, and flatbed scanner. That’s why small multifunction printers like the Epson WorkForce 600 are so important.
Conclusion: So what's the one glitch we mentioned earlier? It has to do with paper feeding. While the 30-page automatic document feeder works well, we sometimes had snags with the 600's Lexmark-style vertical input tray at the rear, particularly when we inserted the rated maximum of 100 sheets: Some of the frontmost pages slipped an inch or so below the skinny shelf that's supposed to hold paper.