May 16th, 2012Epson WorkForce 845 All-in-One Printer
As recommended in Today’s Woman Father Day gift ideas guide.
Performance is Everything.
By Shawn DesRochers
Not all printers are created equal. If you are looking for a new printer for dad this Father’s Day you may find yourself passing through rows of printers closely resembling one another unable to decide which one to choose. If you are looking for a name brand you can trust then I highly recommend Epson. Epson is one of the top brands in printer reliability.
Epson has multiple printers to choose from that are the perfect purchase for your home, or business. I have always been a huge fan of Epson Printers. My very first printer was an Epson three-in-one, photocopier, scanner and printer back in the late 90’s.
I also had the pleasure of doing a review for Epson a few months ago for the Epson Stylus NX625 All-in-One Printer. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed at all, but who would have thought that Epson would make another printer that is even better, adding lightening fast printing with their new 4-in-one Workforce series?
The Epson Workforce 845 Printer comes loaded with many new features, and some added bonuses that I will touch on later in my review.
For starters, the Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one has all the tools you need to run a small business with quality being the key point. With Two-Sided Printing, Scanning, Copying, and Faxing there’s nothing you can’t do or this Epson Printer can handle. For example you can simultaneously print and photo copy at the same time making it very time efficient. That’s because the folks at Epson designed the Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one to have to paper drawers with a paper holding capacity of 500 sheets.
The Epson Workforce 845 Printer is yet still very spacious, as the dimensions 17.6″ x 14.5″ x 11.8″ (W x D x H) can easy fit anywhere leaving you more room to work and it only weighs 22 lbs making it also easily portable if you need to take it with you depending on the task on hand.
Like the previous Epson Stylus NX625 All-in-One Printer the Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one also connects very easily to your computer using an Ethernet cable, usb cable or wireless connection to your router as it supports (802.11 b/g/n). The whole setup procedure is very simple as you simply place the DVD Install Disk provided by Epson and select your desired PC connection type and follow the on screen instructions. The entire setup process takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, which isn’t bad considering all the tools and no hassle configuration that’s done for you by Epson to ensure you get the most out of your Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one as they understand time is something that you don’t have.
The Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one comes with Touch Panel screen that’s 7.8″ with a, 3.5″ TFT screen making it very easy to use even without a computer to handle everyday task making it versatile for everyone.
One of the new features of the Epson Workforce Series is the Epson Connect Email Print or iPrint. Upon setup the Epson Workforce series will ask you if you want to setup Email Print or iPrint which only takes a few minutes, but is very beneficial for those who also work on the road or out of town. It automatically generates an email address for you upon completion of registering which you can use to email documents, pictures or other files to your printer remotely over the internet. Once received by the Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one — it then prints the documents out so when you return to your home or office they are already waiting for you.
Among the Epson Email Print and iPrint, it also uses Apple® AirPrint™ and Google Cloud Print™ which makes it extremely versatile for today’s technology and hand held mobile devices as it also supports Android and Smart Phones.
But that’s not all! Epson also gives you the ability to scan any type of document you desire and it offers AbbyReader that integrates right into your Microsoft Office Applications making it simple to Scan-to-PC, Scan-to-PDF, and Scan-to-email, Scan-to-memory card without losing the original format or quality, after all who has time to reformat an entire presentation because your old printer can’t decipher the code in an Adobe document? I know I don’t as time is money and time is something I don’t have.
One of the Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one features is Faxing. After all what office can get by without able to receive faxes or send faxes? The answer is you can’t – sure you got email and scanning ability, but what about important contracts or legal papers that you need to send for job quotes, you simply need the ability to fax or receive faxes and the Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one makes it easy and painless to setup. It lets you select the number, the fax header and wither or not you want the Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one to pick up automatically upon transmission or manually making it extremely easy to do.
Simply plug in the phone cord provided in the box to your phone line, go through the configuration and you’re up and running in minutes. Some of the features of the Fax settings are setting it for black and white color; it also has the ability to store 180 pages in its eternal memory and has a 60 speed dial contact book making it simple to send faxes to regular contacts and clients.
Just like the printer, however it’s extremely fast as well sending faxes as speeds of: 33.6 Kbps – as fast as 3 sec per page and PC Fax is also Supported.
The Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one is also extremely quiet – it’s definitely not going to disturb the workflow of your staff or office while it’s being used and it’s more energy sufficient then the laser printers that are on the market today, so it will save you money as well. Like previous Epson Printers it uses DURABrite Ultra pigment ink (smudge, fade and water resistant). The ink by DURABrite has already been scored by commercial competition to save you 40% less than its leading competitors.
After all cutting operating cost in the office or home is always a huge plus, but you never lose quality with Epson Printers. Printing a picture, a presentation or even documents that are either template based are sharp and crisp and always look very professional.
Now there are a ton of features that are included with the Epson Workforce 845 4-in-one Printer; however the good folks at Epson have a huge Support section that you can check out further specs and details located here that are sure to fit your home or office needs.
Overall, I personally believe this printer by Epson is one of their best yet. I have had it for over a week now and let me tell you I am very pleased by its speed, quality and ease of use. But don’t take my word for it, read the rave reviews over at Epson by other satisfied customers like myself. You won’t be disappointed!
Shawn DesRochers is a certified Microsoft technician and Programmer with 12+ year’s experience. He has written many reviews for computer related products and software. He enjoys testing new computer devices and bench testing them for performance issues or accuracy. When he’s not writing reviews he’s releasing windows tips and tricks on his PcwindowsTips.com blog.