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Epson WorkForce 845 All-in-One Printer review:

Epson WorkForce 845 All-in-One Printer

The WorkForce 845 isn't just a printer, either. The copy and scan functions will prove useful in offices where employees can take advantage of the A4 scanner bay's 1,200x2,400 dots-per-inch (DPI) resolution, and the memory card reader lets anyone save and print documents with a recorded digital history that lives inside the printer's memory. Epson also provides a 30-page autodocument feeder (ADF) for hands-free scanning of document stacks. Our only complaint here is that the ADF doesn't resize to fit small 4x6-inch photo paper, so photographers looking for a sidekick in the digital darkroom may find their needs met better elsewhere.

The Epson WorkForce 845 is powered internally by four separate ink cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) that save you money by making it so you don't have to replace a tricolor ink tank. We did the math based on Epson's high-capacity ink cartridges that offer more ink capacity at a discounted price, and a page of color ink works out to 7.2 cents per page, while a high-capacity black cartridge comes to approximately 3 cents per page. Both costs are average for an inkjet printer at this price.

Since the WorkForce 840 uses the same print engine as the WorkForce 840, we're not surprised that both yielded similarly impressive results. The 845 achieved 12.52 pages per minute (ppm) in our all-black text speed test, which was similar to the Epson WorkForce 520's score. The WorkForce 845 also performed well in our color graphics and slide deck speed tests, printing 4.55ppm and 6.73ppm to top the competition. Unfortunately, the photo test tarnished its otherwise chart-topping scores, registering 0.89ppm and sending it to the bottom of the pack behind competing models.

Speed test (in pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Black text (PPM)
Color graphics (PPM)
Photo (PPM)
Presentation (PPM)
Epson WorkForce 520
Epson WorkForce 845
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus
Lexmark Prevail Pro705
Canon Pixma MX870

We're more than satisfied by a side-by-side analysis of the Epson WorkForce 845's output quality and that of the HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus. The WorkForce 845's closest competitor in terms of price and features, the 8500A Plus produces text prints that can't compete with the WorkForce 845's crisp text and vivid colors, even at smaller fonts where we would dare to compare its line work to a laser printer. Finally, quiet offices will certainly benefit from the 845's whisper-quiet operation noises, which are easily drowned out by clicking keyboards and soft conversation. Compared with irritatingly loud devices that make their scanning, spooling, and printing processes well-known, the WorkForce 845 is satisfying in its stealthy operation.

Service and support
Epson backs the Epson WorkForce 840 with a limited one-year warranty that includes toll-free customer support weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT. Further support is available online through a model-specific troubleshooting guide, FAQs, e-mail support, driver updates, and document downloads. You can also purchase exchange/repair coverage at $39.95 for one year or $59.95 for two years.

Though we wouldn't recommend it for hard-core photographers, the Epson WorkForce 845 excels in all manner of printing operations, and has all the extras you need in terms of mobile printing software, as well as double-sided paper conversion and speedy performance. We recommend the WorkForce 845 for offices, home offices, and any other environment that requires a do-it-all output machine.

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