Epson WorkForce 600 MFP Review

by Michael Kwan on June 12, 2009

Setup and Configuration

If your home is anything like mine, then there is a good chance that more than one computer will need access to the multifunction printer. With so many other printers on the market, you may need to set up one of these computers as a print server and this can end up being quite the pain in the rear end.

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The WorkForce 600 from Epson overcomes this concern simply and easily with its Wi-Fi connectivity. Alternatively, you can have this MFP connected to your wireless router using a standard Ethernet cable. Either way, any computer with access to your home wireless network can send print jobs to the WorkForce 600.

Bundled inside the box is an installation CD and you’ll need to run the setup process on any computer that will be using the printer. It’s not 100% seamless, but each setup process only takes a few minutes. The wizard is intuitive and straightforward.

Naturally, you’ll need to install the ink cartridges for this inkjet printer as well. The good and bad news is that the three colors (and black) are provided in separate cartridges. This way, when you run out of cyan (blue), you only have to buy that ink and not another tri-color cartridge.

Control Panel on an Angle

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference. For most multifunction printers, the control panel is fixed in place and you really have no choice as to where you want the buttons to be. Not so with the WorkForce 600.

The control panel on the front can remain flush with the face of the printer, but you can also click it out on a 45-degree angle. This makes it a lot easier to use when you are looking at the product from above.

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The color display is relatively small, but it’s big enough to walk you through all of the core functions. It is from here that you can set the number of copies, adjust the relative contrast, dial in the fax number, and all of that kind of stuff. It’s not a touchscreen, but all of those buttons on the panel are not at all confusing to use.

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