Epson WorkForce 840 All-in-One Printer
Manufacturer: Epson Part number: C11CA97201
- 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.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $221.84 - $289.89
- Reviewed by: Matthew Elliott
- Edited by: Justin Yu
- Reviewed on: 04/18/2011
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.
Great Wireless Printer for Mac and Windows
by B-Byrum on August 25, 2011
Pros: + Installation and set-up is very easy
+ Quality of the scanned images was excellent
+ Printing speed is very fast
+ Style and quality is good
+ Adjustable tilting color touch pad is superb
Cons: - It is a pretty noisy printer the mechanism for advancing the pages sounds like something from a steel mill
Summary: As a busy tech-savvy family, we were looking for a printer that was fast, reliable, affordable, and could deal solidly with a wide-range of printing tasks like scanning, printing photos ...
Summary: As a busy tech-savvy family, we were looking for a printer that was fast, reliable, affordable, and could deal solidly with a wide-range of printing tasks like scanning, printing photos and reports, and had the built-in ability to print to both sides of a sheet of paper. Our hope was that we could co-locate the new Epson WorkForce 840 so that everyone in our family could have easy access to it. Finally, because we use a variety of operating systems (several versions of Windows, as well as Mac OS X) we wanted a printer that could work with all of them. These were are needs going into the purchase.*** P.S. If you will buy this printer I suggest you have compare prices before you decide at: www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004H3XKR6?ie=UTF8&ref_=dp_olp_new&condition=new#?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
We chose the standard shipping option when we bought the Epson WorkForce 840 from Amazon, and surprisingly the printer arrived in just a few days. Setup was extremely easy. We setup the printer in the living room, ran the installation CD, and when prompted, attached the printer to a laptop via a usb cable (couldn't believe Epson didn't send a usb cable along). The new printer immediately found our encrypted wireless network, then asked us for the key to access that network. Next, we repeated the process by inserting the install CD into each of the remaining laptops and work stations in our home... each install was quick and painless. Immediately our whole family was able to access and use the new printer.
We followed the installation with a thorough review of all of the settings for the printer. This is easily accomplished by using the Printer Settings feature available by right-clicking the new printer tray icon. After we updated our settings we proceeded with the Nozzle Check, Head Cleaning, and Print Head Alignment (these features are also available by right-clicking the printer icon in the system tray, beside the clock). Finally we ran a series of features' tests. We printed text documents, pdf documents, web pages, emails, and jpgs -- all of which looked great. We also scanned several photos at a variety of resolutions, and scanned a few text only documents. The quality of the scanned images was excellent, and produced crisp, clear, vibrant color in the digital images created. For our purposes 300 dpi seemed like the right setting, as it offered beautiful images yet kept the file size reasonable. Of course you can set this value much, much higher if you like. As a copier, the 840 is quick and very handy. We did not test the fax capability of this printer.
In general, we found the Epson WorkForce 840 to be extremely easy to set up and use. It's feature set is wonderful. We particularly like the double-sided printing and scanning. Likewise, the two paper trays hold a total of 500 sheets, making the task of refilling the paper trays a far less frequent process. Compared to other printers we have owned, this one is neither the quietest, nor the loudest; it's a bit noisy, but not disturbingly so -- but with prints this fast, you'll hardly notice. The style and quality of the printer itself is good. That is to say, this is a nice-looking printer with great lines and a well-thought-out design. The adjustable tilting color touch pad on the printer is superb: it looks great, responds well to touches, and only illuminates the options presently available, making it a breeze to use.
Overall, we are thrilled with our new Epson WorkForce 840. It does everything we need (and more), and does it well. We have owned many printers over the years. This is by far the most full-featured, highest quality printer we have ever owned. Finally, we paid less than $200 for this printer, including shipping! We could not be happier with our purchase, and could not recommend the Epson WorkForce 840 more highly. It was the perfect solution for us.
Updated on Aug 25, 2011
Updated on Oct 8, 2011Edit Link
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19 out of 19 users found this user opinion helpful.
Wait till the inkpad needs 'Maintenance'
by VegasVic666 on May 15, 2011
Pros: Nothing good about a printer with forced obsolescence.
Cons: After about a thousand pages, the printer will seize up with a warning to replace the inkpad, at a cost of at least $265. No option to keep printing, it will not print anymore. Epson expects you to just buy a new printer every year.
13 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
Plastic junk only 2 years old wastes lots of costly ink
by sophia071 on August 1, 2011
Pros: When it works it makes nice photo quality prints, but at what cost?! Don't bother!
Cons: Uses INK to "clean" nozzles and still doesn't clean them! Stops working correctly after little or light use! Prints bands through your prints wasting ink and paper. Simple problem that is impossible to fix.
No room to work around on the inside to repair
Summary: I have been a fan of Epson printers for awhile. I am tired of having to go buy a new printer every time it starts printing with lines through everything. ...
Summary: I have been a fan of Epson printers for awhile. I am tired of having to go buy a new printer every time it starts printing with lines through everything. This printer is sealed up so well you can barely get your hand in there to try cleaning or repairing. This printer is not used everyday so it has had an easy life the last 2 years. Which is why I refuse to waste anymore money on Epson. They obviously only care about ink sales. I think it is silly that if I try to "clean the nozzle" it uses up ALL your ink!
That's $60 worth of ink out the window! I used a small amount of alcohol to try and clean the things that stick into the ink cartridges and it has been a printing nightmare ever since. I need a tougher machine. One that won't wilt into a puddle at the slightest cleaning. There is a better design that will allow a consumer to use a printer for decades without having to reset a counter or somehow soak up all the ink that gets wasted in the stupid sponges!
Save your $$ and go to a printer that cares about consumer costs and repeat customers over profits from planned obsolescence. This thing will end up taking up a space in a landfill. What a waste! Get a clue epson, you're losing us!
Epson I loved you for your ability to scan negatives and adjust histograms but I won't take your abuse anymore! HP here I come!
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
No Legal size paper handling
by Waldek1 on April 20, 2011
Pros: Print quality, autoduplexing
Cons: I'm not sure how you can consider this for home business/office use when it can't handle Legal size paper for printing or scanning. That seems like a major drawback to me and I don't see how it can win an Editor's choice award without that capability.
6 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE
by drewjr99 on September 6, 2011
Pros: When it works it works well.
Cons: Installed per instructions and found out that it does not support windows 7. Had to uninstall the software and download a newer version with technical support. At this point I should have known better and returned the product... Finally get everything
Summary: I recommend that you don't purchase an EPSON. When it worked it worked great but it is not worth the risk. You will have to reload all networked computers ...
Summary: I recommend that you don't purchase an EPSON. When it worked it worked great but it is not worth the risk. You will have to reload all networked computers and set up all new IP address' and it's just not worth the hassle.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by bekindtoothers on June 16, 2011
Pros: It prints, Some times......
Cons: INK. INK INK. I own a workforce 500. uses color ink to print black text. No way to buy pass. I bought this printer because the store I bought it at said they were good on ink. 70 dollars in color ink and I dont print in color. It is my understanding that
Summary: I Talked to Epson on the phone and ask if the newer workforce uses wells for ink. They said yes. If you are printing in black ink only and run ...
Summary: I Talked to Epson on the phone and ask if the newer workforce uses wells for ink. They said yes. If you are printing in black ink only and run out of color it will not print. You must replace the color well. No bypass even in the propertys when set to black ink only. They said it uses color ink to clean the heads. I like to do tha manualy. Not when they tell me to, what a waist of ink and money. 70 dollars in color ink and I dont even print photos or color copys. Its a bite when you got to print your black text page and you cant print any thing at all because a yellow or blue ink well is kinda empty. Funny, when I changed the blue ink because it said I was empty. I set the old well on in a dish. In the morning enough ink had drained out over night to print out a photo copy of a blue sky. It is my opinion the ink wells are not empty. Hence the last black page I print before I am made to change the black ink is a bright as the first page off of a new ink well. No fading at all. My old printer I could print black until you couldnt read it any more do to fading and lack of ink. I will never buy any Epson devise again. Buyer beware!
This is my opinion and my right to my opinion. I make no clame to the acuracy but do hold up my right to free speach. I hope you dont fall for this, ask your sales person about ink wells vs ink cartrages.
2 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Disaster of a product
by itsbrent on November 26, 2013
Pros: Looks Fairly Pretty
Cons: -Runs out of ink after about ten color sheets of paper 8.5X10"
-Scratches very easily
-Hard time connecting to Wi-Fi
-Jams every five pages or so
-Doesn't accept other brands of ink (off brand)
Summary: I am completely disappointed with Epson. Mostly, I'm disappointed with CNET for recommending this product. It's been a HUGE disaster. I purchased this for my business and it'...
Summary: I am completely disappointed with Epson. Mostly, I'm disappointed with CNET for recommending this product. It's been a HUGE disaster. I purchased this for my business and it's been a giant waste of money and thorn in my side. I get a little grumpy every time I look at it and I'm finally throwing the thing out today. I've had it for about two years and have kept it on a shelf and used it about 13 times in all. Each time there's a new problem. I've had assistants try it and without coaching them, they've all told me to "get a new printer" or "this thing is a piece of crap." I've seem mild mannered people get very irritated after having to deal with this machine. CNET, why did you endorse this thing. WHY!! I've since been using an HP printer, what a delight. HP is the way to go. No problems. I check consumer reviews and NEVER check the "editor" reviews on CNET anymore. I have an increasing suspicion that they are paid or given free products for a nice review because this thing is crap. Did I mention they replaced it twice? That's right, it's CRAP.
by sontego on June 16, 2012
Pros: yea i back up your statement for me it stop works with in 6 mouths
i got it replace and with in 6 mouths it stop working again Epson
is a rip off
Cons: bad bargain
Excellent, fast, easy to use multi-function device.
by currter on November 4, 2011
Pros: I have nothing but glowing reviews for this all in one device. It is very fast in printing for an ink-jet. I have tested it out on almost every level and only had to read the manual once to enable receiving a fax (have to push a button to activate). I rec
Cons: There is no multi-purpose tray to feed simple envelopes. Have to open a tray to place envelopes.
Summary: Just a great printer overall, get one before they are gone or replaced with newer model.I recently got to test printing from my HTC ...
Updated on Nov 4, 2011
Summary: Just a great printer overall, get one before they are gone or replaced with newer model.I recently got to test printing from my HTC Sensation android smart phone and it worked first try.
Updated on Nov 4, 2011
It connects well using USB, Ethernet or Wireless networking. I even managed to successfully connect using 2 methods (USB and Ethernet) on the same main computer, something that is not encouraged and may see warning message that I ignore when printing on the network side. :) However, printing from another networked computer (laptop) works fine on the network side as the main computer is mainly connected using USB.
Of course, I got this printer for the duplexing capability. It is fast printing, scanning, copying duplex as well. I have not tried duplex or color faxing, but who needs to?
Great product all around in the end. Get one before they go out of stock.
by 9Ranger99 on October 7, 2011
Pros: Fast as promised; good quality output; quality structure
Cons: Scanner is very hard to use re. connectivity and software
Summary: No regrets for the choice but the WiFi connectivity is unreliable with Win 7 laptop that has to reconnect every day when returning to office; Would be great for one ...
Summary: No regrets for the choice but the WiFi connectivity is unreliable with Win 7 laptop that has to reconnect every day when returning to office; Would be great for one time connection; when it prints wireless I still can't get it to scan wirelessly. Could be me. I haven't called yet for tech support.
- Manufacturer: Epson
- Part number: C11CA97201
- Description: The world's fastest all-in-one, the WorkForce 840 delivers high-speed, automatic, two-sided color printing, copying, scanning and faxing. Keep your business running at full speed. Load paper less often with a 500-sheet paper capacity. Extra high-capacity black ink cartridges produce about 2x more prints per cartridge. Forget about waiting for ink to dry - this all-in-one uses instant-dry DURABrite ultra ink. Built to perform, the WorkForce 840 can be shared wirelessly with multiple PCs on your network. And, it prints directly from an iPhone, BlackBerry or other mobile devices. The WorkForce 840 surpasses the competition in quality, speed and performance and is the top-of-the-line, high productivity all-in-one for the busy small office.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Copier Type Digital
- Fax Type Plain paper
- Printing Technology Ink-jet - Color
- Display Diagonal Size 3.5"
- Display Features Touch screen
- PC Connection Availability Yes
- PC Connection USB host,
Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX,
- Office Machine Features Scan to e-mail,
Print from USB flash drive,
Save to memory card
- Supported Flash Memory Memory Stick PRO,
SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
USB flash drive,
- Max Document Enlargement 400 %
- Max Document Reduction 25 %
- Maximum Copies 99
- Automatic Duplexing Yes
- Copying Features Fit to page
- Inkjet Technology Epson Micro Piezo
- Max Printing Resolution up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (mono) / up to 5760 x 1440 dpi (color)
- Max Printing Speed up to 15 ppm (mono) / up to 9.3 ppm (color)
- Ink Cartridge Configuration 4 cartridges (1 each: cyan, magenta, yellow, black)
- Ink Palette Supported (Colors) cyan, magenta, yellow, black
- Color 4-ink
- Minimum Ink Droplet Size 3 pl
- Printer Drivers / Emulations EPSON ESC/P Raster
- Ink Type Epson DURABrite Ultra inks
- Scan Element CIS
- Optical Resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi
- Interpolated Resolution 9600 x 9600 dpi
- Color Depth 24 bit
- Color Depth (Internal) 48 bit
- Compatibility Super G3
- Max Transmission Speed 33.6 Kbps
- Total Memory Capacity 180 pages
- PC Faxing Yes (send only)
Fax Machine Features
- Features Color faxing
Document & Media Handling
- Max Original Size Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
- Original Type Sheets
- Document Feeder Capacity 30 sheets
- Max Media Size 8.5 in x 44 in
- Supported Media Type Envelopes,
- Supported Media Sizes 5 in x 7 in,
4 in x 6 in,
Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in),
Legal (8.5 in x 14 in),
A6 (4.13 in x 5.83 in),
3.5 in x 5 in,
A5 (5.83 in x 8.25 in),
B5 (6.93 in x 9.83 in),
Executive (7.25 in x 10.5 in),
A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in),
8 in x 10 in
- Borderless Photo Sizes 5 in x 7 in,
8 in x 10 in,
4 in x 6 in,
A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in),
Letter A Size (8.5 in x 11 in)
- Standard Media Capacity 500 sheets
- Document & Media Handling Details 2 x Input tray - 250 sheets,
ADF - 30 sheets
- Speed Details Printing : up to 15 ppm - B/W (ISO/IEC 24734),
Printing : up to 9.3 ppm - Color (ISO/IEC 24734),
Printing : up to 7.4 ppm - B/W duplex (ISO/IEC 24734),
Printing : up to 5.4 ppm - Color duplex (ISO/IEC 24734)
- Operating System Support Apple Mac OS X 10.5.8,
Apple Mac OS X 10.6.x,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 7,
Apple Mac OS X 10.4.11,
MS Windows Vista,
MS Windows XP 64-bit Edition
- Software Included ABBYY FineReader,
Epson Easy Photo Print,
- Power AC 120 V ( 50/60 Hz )
- Power Consumption Operational 16 Watt
- Direct Printing Specifications PictBridge
- Included Accessories Phone cable
- Consumables Included 1 x Cartridge ( Black ) - up to 945 pages - Epson 127,
1 x Cartridge ( Cyan ) - up to 755 pages - Epson 127,
1 x Cartridge ( Magenta ) - up to 755 pages - Epson 127,
1 x Cartridge ( Yellow ) - up to 755 pages - Epson 127
- Compliant Standards CISPR 22 Class B,
CSA 22.2 No. 60950,
FCC Part 15 B
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 17.6 in
- Depth 22.3 in
- Height 12 in
- Weight 22 lbs
- Sound Emission 38 dBA (operating)
- Min Operating Temperature 50 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%