The Good The Epson WorkForce 840 produces outstanding print quality in record time and offers an abundance of workhorse features, including autoduplexing, wireless networking, support for mobile printing, and easy setup for both USB and network connections.
The Bad Minor annoyances include slow photo print speeds and the omission of USB and Ethernet cables.
The Bottom Line The Epson WorkForce 840 costs a bit more than the average all-in-one inkjet, but its strong performance and long list of features more than justify its price and CNET's Editors' Choice Award.
Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer
Editors' note: As of October 2011, the product reviewed here has been replaced by the Epson WorkForce 845.
The Epson WorkForce 840 is the flagship model of the company's line of WorkForce all-in-one printers for small and home businesses. As such, it costs more than the average all-in-one at $299, but it also serves up a buffet of features. In addition to the usual menu of print, copy, scan, and fax functions, the WorkForce 840 features Ethernet and Wi-Fi networking, two-sided printing, an automatic document feeder (ADF), and the ability to print directly from your mobile device. And it performs all of these functions in an impressively compact package that can hold a full ream of paper. It offers competitive text speeds and impressive graphics speeds, and our only critique is that it's slow to print photos. For a do-everything, high-capacity inkjet for your small or home office, we highly recommend the Epson WorkForce 840.
Design and features
The Epson WorkForce 840 is impressively compact for a multifunction device that has two immense 250-sheet input trays and a 30-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF). It measures 17.6 inches wide by 14.5 inches deep by 11.8 inches high and weighs 22 pounds, which, combined with its convenient indented handles, make it one of the more portable MFPs; in comparison, the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus weighs 28 pounds. The WorkForce 840's 500-page paper capacity is convenient for high-volume office printing, and you can stock two different types of paper in a pair of size-adjustable trays.
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