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Epson WorkForce 610

What's in a name? Is the Epson WorkForce 610 all-in-one (AIO) printer all its name implies or is Epson pulling our leg? Well let's look at it for awhile and see what we can see.

The Epson WorkForce 610 has a black plastic finish with an occasional splash of silver for an overall pleasing affect. Wouldn't call it the eye candy of the printer world but it's by no means ugly.

High marks have been given to the prominent feature of the Epson WorkForce 610 which is, of course, the front panel. Along with the look of the front panel, though, it's easy to use nature helps many rate this choice pretty highly. It would have been nice if the LCD screen was larger, 2.5 inches isn't a lot, but though it is small you get both the level of description and direction you need to complete almost any task. To top off everything we like about the front panel of the Epson WorkForce 610 the icing on the cake is, the front panel in adjustable. Whether you're sitting in front of it or standing over it, you can see what you need to.

The Home button, located left of the panel, is going to be your major point of contact with this. All four functions are nicely labeled on its four-way control. Right next to the home button, you'll get more control over your photos than you thought possible with this kind of printer. Cropping photos or changing the way they display is a fairly easy one-button process. These are two nice features even though the Epson WorkForce 610 is not billed as a photo printer.

On the back of the Epson WorkForce 610 are a number of ports including the Ethernet port, a USB connection, and two telephone ports. You can't place it directly against the wall because of this feature and the fact that the power adapter sticks out just a bit, but it's not enough to bother most users.

On top of the body is you'll find a 100 sheet paper tray. The best part? IT's adjustable. Paper comes out from the front. There's an auto document feeder on the top of the scanner. It holds up to thirty pages. The hinged lid on the scanner makes it a bit easier to deal with bulky materials.

Printing, scanning, and copying using the Epson WorkForce 610 are all straight forward. You can easily navigate the printing modes; Draft, Text, and Text and Image. Printing is generally quiet for this size of AIO except for the Draft mode which does kick up a little more noise but still not bad.

For printing photos the Epson WorkForce 610 might not be the best choice. It can take over three minutes to print a 4x6 color photo in Best Photo mode. And it took over six minutes to print an 8x10 color photo in Best Photo mode.

If you purchase the Epson's two-pack of black ink at $37.99 the cost per page breaks down to about 4.6 cents for monochrome and about 9 cents for color. In terms of cost of ink this puts the Epson WorkForce 610 among the least-expensive inkjet AIOs.

The Epson WorkForce 610 is a nice machine for small business or home based office requiring print jobs to be done quickly. You could be very satisfied with this model if you are using it for fast printing and copying. Photo printing is not what the Epson WorkForce 610 does best. If you stay inside its comfort zone, with printing and copying, then it is likely Epson did not pull our leg and this truly is a WorkForce.

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