Epson WF-2760 Review

Looks like a business machine, but better for home offices

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Epson WF-2760 Review

The Epson WF-2760

Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

What We Like
  • Good price

  • Decent speed

  • Acceptable print quality

  • Fast flatbed scans

What We Don't Like
  • Small ADF capacity

  • Middling paper capacity

  • Above average operating costs

  • ADF is slow

The Epson WF-2760 is a competent all-in-one inkjet printer with an affordable price tag that’s suitable for home and home office use, but some missing features keep it from being a real business machine.

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Epson WF-2760 Review

The Epson WF-2760

Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

The Epson WF-2760 is an all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printer that’s designed as a budget option for Epson’s WorkForce business inkjet product line. Unlike heavier duty units in the same line, it’s specifications mark it out for fairly light duty home and home office use. While it’s capable of high-quality output, it’s held back from being a true business machine by a limited paper capacity, slow ADF when scanning, and fairly high running costs.

I recently unboxed an Epson WF-2760 and put it to the task in my own office over the course of five days, printing pure text documents, graphics, and photos, scanning a variety of documents, and also testing the copier function. While the Epson WF-2760 surprised me in some regards, this printer does have some limitations that make it best suited to fairly light use.

Design: A miniature workhorse

The Epson WF-2760 eschews the typical featureless black box look seen in a lot of modern all-in-one printers in favor of a design that makes it look a lot like a miniaturized version of one of its much bigger brothers.

Instead of hiding the ADF beneath a discreet cover, it’s there for all to see at all times, hovering over the space designed to catch documents after they’ve been scanned or copied. Lift it up, and you’ll find the standard flatbed scanner ready to scan or copy single documents and items that are irregularly shaped or too thick to fit through the ADF.

Below the flatbed scanner, a massive angled control panel thrusts out like a relic from a different age. The control panel features a big 2.7-inch color touchscreen that marks this out as a modern machine, but it’s matched with a strange combination of dedicated up and down buttons, and physical home and return buttons.

To the right of the touchscreen and its dedicated physical buttons, the massive control panel also includes a full physical numeric keypad complete with a dedicated clear button, reset and stop buttons, and quick-start buttons for both color and black and white copying.

The paper output and the paper cartridge sit beneath the control panel. There’s just one cartridge, so you can only load up one type of paper at a time. The capacity for standard weight A4 paper is about 150 sheets. That’s plenty for my home office needs, but makes this printer a tough sell for anything but very light duty business use.

The Epson WF-2760
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen 

Setup Process: Easy and straightforward

The Epson WF-2760 was easy enough to set up. The initial process just involves removing the tape that’s included to keep internals from shifting around, and then installing the four ink cartridges. The initial startup process did take a handful of minutes, but it only has to go through that once. It was ready to copy immediately after the initialization process completed.

I set up the Epson WF-2760 to print from my Windows 10 machine and my Android phone, and the process was fast and painless in both instances.

The easiest way to set up the Epson WF-2760 is to take advantage of Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), if your router supports it. I simply downloaded the Epson iPrint app on my Android phone, pressed the WPS button on my router, and was able to select the Epson WF-2760 and start printing.

For Windows setup, the Epson WF-2760 comes with a driver on a CD, or you can download the driver if your computer doesn’t have a CD drive. Mac users have to download the driver by default, as it isn’t included on the CD.

Printing Quality: Decent but stay away from small fonts

The Epson WF-2760 handles basic text documents quite well, with text that’s clean and easy to read. It doesn’t stand out in comparison to other printers in the range, but it does manage to keep stride for the most part. The only issue I noticed was with especially small fonts, where the WF-2760 did stumble somewhat. If you need to run off a lot of fine print, keep that in mind.

Graphics come out almost as clear as text, including color graphics. I didn’t notice any real issues with fine detail, fine lines, gradients, or anything else. Colors do seem a bit faded at times, but color graphics look decent enough when printed on regular paper.

Photos look quite good for a printer in this price range, and better than I expected for an AIO that isn’t really touted as a photo printer. I printed an assortment of 4x6-inch and 8x10-inch photos, and there were no real issues with fine details, color saturation, or overall quality.

This wouldn’t ever be my photo printer of choice, but if you need a home office workhorse that’s capable of printing the occasional photo, the Epson WF-2760 won’t disappoint. 

The Epson WF-2760 handles basic text documents quite well, with text that’s clean and easy to read.

Print Speed: Fast printing and duplexing

The Epson WF-2760 is a surprisingly speedy printer. I timed it at just under 12 pages per minute (ppm) when printing black and white text-only documents, and about 6.5ppm when printing the same documents with the duplexing feature. For home office use, that’s perfectly acceptable.

While the printer slows down a lot when printing a mixture of text and graphics, it’s still quite fast. I measured it at about 4 ppm when printing mixed text and color graphics.

For photos, I timed the Epson WF-2760 at just under three minutes to print a borderless 8x10-inch photo with reasonable quality. For a printer that’s not really marketed as a photo printer, that’s pretty good. 

The Epson WF-2760
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

Scan and Copy: Slow ADF

Scan and copy quality were both high across the board, with the exception that full-color photo scans come out oversaturated and lose a lot of fine detail when performing a quick scan. I was able to improve the quality by doing a preview scan, but the results are still a bit lacking.

Black and white copies are both fast and high quality, taking about 10 seconds to run off a single black and white copy using the flatbed scanner. The ADF, on the other hand, runs at a comparative snail’s pace. When copying large multi-page documents with the ADF it takes up to 19 seconds per page.

For color copies, the Epson WF-2760 handles itself well. I timed it at less than 30 seconds to run off a single color copy, with a predictably large increase when using the ADF instead of the flatbed.

The Epson WF-2760
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

Paper Handling: Single front-loading paper cartridge

The Epson WF-2760 features a single front-loading paper cartridge, so you can only have one type of paper loaded at any given time. It is adjustable and accepts a wide variety of different paper sizes, but be careful if you’re aren’t printing from a PC.

Without a PC, you’re limited to letter, 8.5x14-inch, and A4 plain paper, and 4x6-inch, 5x7-inch, 8x10-inch, letter, and A4 for glossy paper. With a PC, you can print on a much wider range of paper sizes, from a minimum of 3.5x5inch to a maximum of 8.5x47.2-inch.

Operating Costs: Above average, but high capacity cartridges are available

The Epson WF-2760 is a very affordable printer, but that comes with operating costs that are slightly above average. You can save some money by going for high capacity cartridges instead of the standard capacity, but the relatively high operating costs still keep this printer from being a true business machine.

Standard capacity black ink cartridges have an MSRP of $13, and each of the three colored ink cartridges comes with an MSRP of $9. The black cartridges are rated at up to 175 pages, while the color is rated at up to 165 pages.

High capacity black ink cartridges have an MSRP of $29.99, while the color ones each have an MSRP of $17. These cartridges are rated to put out about 2.5 times more pages than the standard capacity, resulting in modest savings.

You can save some money by going for high capacity cartridges instead of the standard capacity, but the relatively high operating costs still keep this printer from being a true business machine.

Connectivity: Wired and wireless options abound

The Epson WF-2760 comes with an Ethernet port if that’s a viable option for your own home office setup, but it also features Wi-Fi connectivity and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. It also supports AirPrint, Cloud Print, Mopria, and the Epson iPrint app for both Android and iPhone.

Price: Decent price, but look for a sale

With an MSRP of $130, the Epson WF-2760 represents a decent value. It isn’t my favorite printer at that price range, but it does get the job done as a decent home office workhorse.

The main issue is that the street value of this printer is often higher than the MSRP. Priced at $150 or $200, this printer is absolutely not worth a purchase. Priced at or below the MSRP, it’s worth a look.

The Epson WF-2760
Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

Epson WF-2760 vs. Brother MFC-J895DW

With an MSRP of $129, the Brother MFC-J895DW (see on Brother) is clearly a direct competitor of the Epson WF-2760. They’re both light-duty all-in-one inkjet printers with very similar capabilities.

The biggest difference between these printers, at first glance, is that the Epson looks like a miniaturized workhorse, while the Brother is an understated black box that hides its ADF and features a fold-down control panel. These differences are purely aesthetic, and it’s up to you as to which would fit better in your home office.

In terms of capabilities, the Epson is a bit faster printing black and white documents, while the Brother is a bit faster printing documents that include color graphics. Neither unit handles photo scans that well, and they both have fairly small ADF capacities.

Where the Brother wins out for me is in slightly more affordable running costs. High capacity ink cartridges for the Brother MFC-J895DW are both slightly less expensive and rated at higher page counts. It still isn’t a cheap printer to run, but you will save some money over time.

Final Verdict

An affordable all-in-one printer that performs quite well.

The Epson WF-2760 is an affordable all-in-one inkjet printer that performs quite well in terms of print quality and speed. The combination of relatively high operating costs, slow copying speeds, and low paper cartridge and ADF capacities prevent it from being a real business machine, but it is perfectly capable of handling duties in most home office situations.

Specs

  • Product Name WorkForce WF-2760
  • Product Brand Epson
  • Price $129.99
  • Product Dimensions 16.7 x 22 x 9.1 in.
  • Compatibility Windows, macOS, iOS, Android
  • Warranrty 1 year
  • Type of printer Inkjet AIO
  • Cartridges Black, cyan, magenta, yellow
  • Duplex Printing Yes
  • Connectivity options USB, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Wi-fi Direct, Ethernet, NFC, AirPrint, Cloud Print, Mopria, Epson iPrint App
  • Paper sizes supported PC-free: 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter, 48.5" x 14", A4 PC required: 3.5" x 5", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11",8.5" x 14", A4, A6, half letter, executive, user definable(3.5" – 47.2" in length)