Epson's WorkForce WF-2760 All-in-One Printer

The entry-level end of Epson's popular WorkForce line

Epson WorkForce WF-2760 All-in-One Printer
Great prints, scans, and copies from this entry-level WorkForce MFP. Photo courtesy of Epson

Pros:

  • Great print, copy, and scan quality
  • Loaded with mobile connectivity options
  • Strong cloud support
  • Low purchase price

Cons:

  • Small input paper capacity
  • Could be faster
  • High cost per page
  • Automatic document feeder, not auto-duplexing

Bottom line: As entry-level printers go, this one churns out exceptional prints and copies, and scans aren’t half-bad, either; as a low-volume printer, though, a small input tray and high cost per page relegate it to light duty.

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Introduction

As I said about ​Epson’s WorkForce WF-2660 All-in-One Printer last year, today’s review unit, the $149.99-MSRP ($89.99 street) WorkForce WF-2760 All-in-One Printer, successor to and replacement for the WF-2660, often times these entry-level models are difficult to review. The WF-2760 is a prime example in that it’s inexpensive to purchase and it does everything it’s supposed to—print, scan, copy, fax—quite well.

On the other hand, if you use it for primarily printing and copying, compared to many other models, it will be expensive to use on a per-page basis. If, however, you print and copy lightly, 200 or 300 pages each month, and take advantage of this MFP’s scan and cloud features, this, one of the smallest WorkForce models, is actually a good value—especially, as mentioned, since it performs these and other tasks so well.

I like it as a light-duty all-purpose office machine.

Design and Features

At 16.7 inches across, 22 inches from front to back, by 9.1 inches high, and weighing 14.6 pounds, physically, or on the outside, the WF-2760 is identical to the WF-2660. In fact, in a side-by-side of the feature list, I found little difference between this year’s and last year’s model, a slightly faster black-and-white pages per minute, or ppm, rating (about seven-tenths of a page), but mostly they’re identical (to the point, I think, that the previous model is probably a better deal, until they’re all gone, anyway).

All WorkForce models are built around Epson’s PrecisionCore printheads; in this case, a 1S PrecisionCore print chip, meaning, as described in previous articles, that the printhead itself actually has two PrecisionCore print chips. (Go figure.) These chips achieve high-quality printing, as well as (in most cases) high print speeds due to the PrecisionCore chips; in fact, most WorkForce models are fast, compared to the competition, but (like its predecessor), not this one, which we’ll cover momentarily.

Meanwhile, this little printer is loaded with features, starting with an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning, copying, and faxing multiple pages without user intervention, or automatically; unfortunately, this is not an auto-duplexing ADF, meaning that it can’t handle two-sided multipage originals without your having to flip them over manually.

Other than that, everything else seems to be provided, including all kinds of connectivity options: Ethernet, Wi-Fi, connecting to a single PC via USB, and for connecting to mobile devices there’s the usual compliment of cloud and other mobile options, such as Wi-Fi Direct and Near-Field Communication (NFC). If there’s a way to connect and send data, the WF-2760 most likely supports it, including a parallel printer port, which I haven’t seen in some time (or at least noticed).

A 2.7-inch color touch screen allows you to perform many of the features mentioned above, as well as print from and scan to several popular cloud sites, including, Google Cloud Print, Evernote, OneDrive, iCloud, and others. As mentioned, aside from a lack of an auto-duplexing ADF, this MFP has just about every productivity and convenience feature available.

It seems appropriate to mention here, too, that the print engine is auto-duplexing, allowing you to print two-sided documents, thereby saving paper, until your heart’s content.

Performance, Print Quality, and Paper Handling

Well, on the whole, WorkForce printers are fast; some, such as the Epson WorkForce Pro models, are very fast, but this one is not.

Epson’s costlier (and faster, and cheaper to use) WorkForce Pro WF-4630, for example, is very fast. This one, though.

What we can say is that we’ve seen slower, much slower. Epson rates the WF-2760 at 13.7ppm for black-and-white pages and 7.3ppm for color, as well as two-sided (duplex) speeds of 6.5ppm and 4.5ppm. The documents I used to test this machine’s print speeds are more complex then Epson’s (not that Epson isn’t doing what everybody else is). They contain not only highly formatted and sometimes color text, but also color business graphics and images.

With these documents, I got nearly an identical score to the WF-2660, just under 4ppm. I didn’t test monochrome documents separately, but I suspect somewhere around 7 or 8ppm. While speed isn’t a strong point for this MFP, print and copy quality are exceptional, as scan, but you might have to spend a little time learning the Epson Scan software interface.

While this is not a photo printer, it also did quite well with photos, very near drug store quality. This truly is one of those rare occasions (see them with Canon photo printers) where print quality is good enough that you find yourself not overly concerned with its sluggishness.

At the same time, you wouldn’t want to try to push through too many prints and copies. The maximum monthly duty cycle is 3,000 pages, which is quite low. In other words, Epson recommends that you not print more than 3K pages each month. About.com’s recommendation is that you try not to print or copy more than 200 to 300 pages each month.

If you need more than that, by all means, go for a larger printer, such as the WF-4630 mentioned earlier. Keep in mind that whatever you spend upfront on the printer itself (as long as it has a decent CPP), you’ll get it back on the back end, when (and every time) you buy toner. Seriously. This strategy works and it works well.

Cost Per Page

Epson distributes two four-cartridge sets (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, or CMYK) for this MFP, a standard-yield and a high, or XL, yield. Depending on which you buy, the cost per page is seriously-too-high and too-high, respectively, perhaps even for an entry-level model like this one.

For example, when you use the standard yield tanks (they sell for $12.99 for black and $8.99 for each of the three colors, cyan, magenta, and yellow, or CMY, and they yield about 175 and 165 pages, respectively), the CPPs come out to about 7.4 cents for black-and-white and 23.6 cents for color. In case you’re unfamiliar with this issue, these are very high per-page costs of ink.

Unfortunately, the higher-yield tanks don’t provide a lot of relief. The black XL tank costs $29.99 and it’s good for about 500 prints, while the color cartridges sell for $16.99 each and hold around 450 pages. Using these numbers, we calculated the CPPs as follows: 6 cents for monochrome pages and 17.4 cents for color.

As mentioned a couple times now, these numbers relegate this to a low-volume machine, probably more low-volume than Epson intended. As fine as it prints, so do so many other machines out there, including nearly all of the WorkForce models.

The way I see it, a lower cost per page might make this machine more appealing to a wider range of users, but I’m sure that Epson’s marketing people know more about that than me.

The End

Listen. If your home-based office or small-office needs to print and copy 200 to 300 pages each month, as well as scan documents to store in the cloud or on network drives, run right out and plunk down the $90 this printer is selling for as I’m writing this. If, however, you need to print more than a few hundred pages, or maybe scanning two-sided, multipage documents is in your future, you should definitely look at beefier machines.

WorkForce models are great, although I’m much more impressed with the WF-4630 mentioned earlier than the next model up the line from the WF-2760, currently, the WF-3640, because its CPPs are still a little too high. In any case, most likely Epson makes one that suits your needs.

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