The Bottom Line
- Wireless network printer
- Excellent DURABrite inks
- Great monochrome and color prints
- Ink tanks don't last long
- Photos are waterproof but easily scratched
- Color inkjet printer (four tanks)
- 30-sheet automatic document feeder
- 2.5" LCD screen on a tiltable control panel
- Built-in auto photo correction
- Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking built in
Guide Review - Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer
Monochrome pages, at normal quality, zipped out in about four seconds each, with the first page out in 11 seconds. Color graphics pages took roughly 11 seconds each, with the first page out in about 28 seconds. Even very large (72-point) fonts were crisp and clear, with very little bleeding into the (cheap) copy paper or rough edges. Print quality may not be quite the "laser quality" that the press materials boast, but honestly, they're not too far off either.
Part of that may be due to Epson's DURABrite inks. These offer some distinct advantages when printing text, graphics, and photos. For one thing, the ink stands up to a highlighter, which most of us know is not the case with lots of inkjet prints. Epson claims the ink will resist fading many times longer than competitors' inks; that's not something can easily test, but I will compare my prints with other prints over time to see if there's a discernible difference. Using Epson paper made prints look even better.
One fun test was to see if the photo prints were as waterproof as Epson claims. I printed a 4x6 test picture (which, for some reason, took nearly four minutes to print at normal quality) and it came out dry, as advertised. I then ran the photo under water, and there was no smudging. Careful how you dry that water, though; I wiped it off with a tissue, which put some big scratches across the photo.
Scanning and copying worked easily and well; a one-page color graphic took 42 seconds to scan to a PDF, using the convenient Epson Scan facility.