The Bottom Line
- Very inexpensive
- Quick printing
- Excellent quality prints
- Great looking and durable photo prints
- Fairly large unit
- No media slots
- Extra black ink tank means more ink to buy
- Color inkjet printer
- Manual duplex printing
- DuraBrite smudge-resistant ink
- Up to 27 pages per minute
Guide Review - Epson Workforce 30 Inkjet Printer
Print speeds were excellent. The first page of a black-and-white document came out within 30 seconds of turning the printer on, and a four-page PDF took about 20 seconds per page. They looked great, though the color photos on the PDF didn't look as good as I hoped. My fault for not using the proper paper (cheap copy paper won't cut it). When using the higher-end Epson inkjet paper, colors looked far superior.
Similarly, color graphics pages look excellent when using good paper, with sharp, clear colors. The printer, like most decent inkjets, automatically sets itself to print whatever's in the print queue, so there's no need to fool with settings. A 5x7 color print on Epson premium photo paper took a bit of time to print--just over four minutes--but the end result was truly excellent. Epson's DuraBrite ink is instant drying and provides a high level of smudge- and water-resistance.
The WorkForce 30 comes with two black ink tanks, allowing it to print what Epson calls "laser-quality" black text. I'm not sure it's quite laser quality, but for the price, it's more than close enough. And I appreciate Energy Star efficiency rating.