By: Revanche

Review: Epson Workforce 600 All in One

September 10, 2009

My usual glee at a) getting something in the mail, b) getting a new toy to install, and c) finally getting something to take care of this MESS was slightly dampened by the fact that I’m home to receive it ’cause I don’t feel good. Blech. I’ve leached out the grumpy, crabby commentary for your convenience.

Yep, the plastic remains on the display panel. No, I don’t know if I’m taking it off. Doubt it, though.

My desk is a bloody mess, so if you’d like to see a ton of photos, feast your eyes on this guy’s documentation of every single step. His was free (I think) – thus he has more responsibility on his plate, or at least a more complete review.

Set up: As long as you followed the instructions on the screen, with an occasional referencing of the manual, the set up is mild. The spiciest part is when you realize that you must use an Ethernet connection first to set up the wireless connection. Since my router is most inconveniently located a few rooms away, and this printer was h-e-a-v-y, having to set up an Ethernet cord for all of ten minutes made me crabby.

The installation guide naturally assumed that I’d have to manually confirm my network connection before beginning to scan, but that wasn’t the case at all.

My first test print, though, was horrifying. First of all, the printer/feeder is LOUD. I mean, startle you from a deep sleep loud. And it jammed up first thing with a hideous bone-like crunch.

Program installation: There were about four other programs, including some Arcsoft stuff that I’m unfamiliar with, that were downloaded early in the installation process. I might have to spend some time removing those later if it turns out they’re not essential to the printer’s basic functions.

First print page: After the mangled mess of a first test print page, I conducted my own test print. Apparently Epson’s only on board for one go at it – you’re to shut off the machine and free up the works before continuing, but the software just assumes everything was hunky-dory. My draft print of some text worked just fine, but again, the noise factor is rather unbelievable.

Be aware that draft print seems to be quite the ink saver as the text prints out gray and pixelated – they do indeed skimp on that setting. That’s fine. I’ll just go grayscale next time. I notice that the Properties screen also offers a “Quiet Mode” option, but I’m not sure what that means. Since I don’t have any immediate printing needs, that’ll have to wait for later.

On to the scanning!!

Scanning: My goals are to scan in all mailed documents as PDFs so that’s the setting on the LCD. Thus, to the Auto Document Feeder!

Test subject was a set of T-Mobile bills. The scanning process was very very slow. It asked for settings – which I prefer to customize at this time with each scan to be sure it goes where I want and does what I want. I skipped the preview option and went straight to scan. After feeding (or scanning from the screen) a box pops up asking if you want to Add Page, Edit Page, or Save File. I like this option – you can cram as many pages as you want into a file incrementally.

When you just Save File, it converts, and then sends the file to FineReader to “process,” then it savesto the file designated for these test scans.

The feeder is also quite loud, and slow: it feeds one page about half or a third as fast as a regular standalone fax machine, possibly slower.

The clarity is pretty decent at 300 dpi resolution, and it’s smart enough to rotate horizontally when it encounters landscape pages among the portrait. Not smart enough to differentiate between right side up or upside down, but that’s asking a bit much anyway.

Cost: Originally priced at $179, I wouldn’t have looked twice at this guy, but on sale at $129 and free shipping, decently priced OEM ink carts (though I will definitely look for better alternative pricing), I could deal. Wouldn’t call it a steal, but it may be worth the money.

Overall: Outlook is promising – I’ll revisit the issue in about three months to see how we’re doing on the printing and scanning. It was a bit of a waste to get a five in one for my purposes since I don’t intend to use the fax or photo printing options (ink is expensive!) but for a printer, scanner (with ADF) this best fit the profile.

One Response to “Review: Epson Workforce 600 All in One”

  1. I have a canon AIO that I love! I’ve been slowly scanning in old bills, bank statements. I’m feeling pretty good with the decrease in paper clutter at home.!

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