The Bottom Line
- Extra-high capacity ink cartidges
- Built-in wired / wireless (Wi-Fi n) networking
- Very good print quality, excellent photo quality
- Automatic document feeder
- Built-in duplex printing
- No separate photo-paper tray
- Out of date drivers on CD
- Color inkjet printer
- Automatic duplex printing
- Fax, copier, scanner
- One paper input tray
- Ethernet / wireless (Wi-Fi n) networking
- Up to 5760 x 1440 dpi print resolution
- 2.5-inch LCD display on tilting control panel
- Up to 38 pages per minute (black or color at draft speed)
- PC-free printing
- Supports a wide array of memory cards on the front of the machine
Guide Review - Epson WorkForce 635 All-in-One Printer
First, you get built-in Wi-Fi 802.11n) networking, so you'll likely have a stronger wireless connection than with previous generations. I had no problem getting wireless set up (I like that the WorkForce 635 lets me input my SSID and other necessary information via the computer rather than the control-panel buttons) or to work properly. The connection was made quickly and stayed strong.
If draft-quality printing is fine for you, then you'll find the WorkForce 635 very fast, with first pages out in about 9 seconds and subsequent pages averaging less than 5 seconds each. Text looks fine but color graphics are faint and washed out at this speed. At normal quality expect first pages out in about 16 seconds (for a four-page Word document) and then speeding along at about 11 pages per second. things of course slow down, with about eight seconds for the first page and 24 seconds total. A larger PDF had similar times, with first pages taking a second or two longer. I liked that when I used the duplexer, the printer interface advised me to reduce the ink density--that prevented the ink from sinking into the page as it can easily do with duplex printing. You'll have to play with the settings, though--too much reduction and quality suffers. There was little or no bleed into the cheapest paper, and fonts look clear and sharp at all printing levels.
Color photos looked great, with very sharp images and realistic colors. A 4x6 print took about 1:14 from start to finish--not bad but not particularly astonishing, either. Again, this is not aimed particularly at the home audience, so I suspect this won't be a problem for home users.
The Workforce 635 has other helpful business features, such as high-speed faxing (as fast as three seconds per page) as well as PC Fax, which allows faxing directly through the computer. It also uses high- (and even extra-high) capacity ink cartridges, which will provide a lot more printing per tank. A 30-sheet automatic document feeder is nice; if you do plan on printing lots of photos, you'll wish there was a separate photo tray instead of the somewhat clunky paper tray that needs to be resized each time you add photo paper.
I was a little put off by the fact that after setting up the drivers and software from the CD, the software then searched online and found all new and updated drivers that it had to download (slowly!) and then install. Since it's a new printer, I would've expected there not to be driver updates already.