Epson 600 Workforce All-in-One Printer/Fax/Scanner

Sometimes when you put a lot of your time and money into a hobby or profession you need to remember to keep your family involved, make sure they can enjoy your expenditures and efforts as much as possible.  Few pieces of hardware can be enjoyed more by the entire family than a network attached all in one (AIO) printer which is so easy to operate even your grandmother could stick the memory card from her Kodak Easyshare into the thing and print out an 8x10 glossy in no time at all.  The Epson 600 Workforce All-in-One is such a machine.  Printer, scanner, fax, memory card reader, OCR reader, copier, and more.  This is one useful addition to your home computer equipment!  And for less than $200!

 

I have an industrial grade color laser, three professional grade inkjets for making prints, two scanners, a broken fax machine, and several other large expensive bits of hardware that occupy a great deal of my office space.  My fax machine was broken when my wife let the repair man use it to “test” if an outlet was powered on, forgetting this was a 110v fax machine and the transformer he unplugged it from was really necessary.  My color laser weighs 30kg’s and while a very high quality, it’s too old to have a network interface.  My inkjets run from small to huge and all require being directly attached to my computer, which necessitates rolling them out on a cart to my workstation.  I can’t count how many times I’ve carried out a scanner, made a scan, saved the file, and then printed the file (after rolling out a printer) just to make a copy.

 

I have an industrial grade color laser, three professional grade inkjets for making prints, two scanners, a broken fax machine, and several other large expensive bits of hardware that occupy a great deal of my office space.  My fax machine was broken when my wife let the repair man use it to “test” if an outlet was powered on, forgetting this was a 110v fax machine and the transformer he unplugged it from was really necessary.  My color laser weighs 30kg’s and while a very high quality, it’s too old to have a network interface.  My inkjets run from small to huge and all require being directly attached to my computer, which necessitates rolling them out on a cart to my workstation.  I can’t count how many times I’ve carried out a scanner, made a scan, saved the file, and then printed the file (after rolling out a printer) just to make a copy. 

 

Everything has changed!

Last week I needed a copy of my passport.  I walked into the office, pressed the passport to the copier surface, pressed a single button and was rewarded with a high quality color copy.  Wonderful!

My wife had borrowed a 30 page document for her schoolwork and wanted a copy.  She placed the entire stack of originals in the copy feeder, pressed “copy” and less than a minute later had her 30 pages copied.  She decided to share a few pages with her classmates so she put five of the sheets back in the copy feeder, fed in the fax number, and pressed “start.”  Done.

I was out at my workstation and needed to print out some work I’d just finished.  I hit the “print” command in Word and went to take my shower and get ready to leave.  Before leaving I stopped by the office and picked up my document.  I continue to find uses for this jewel of a AIO and am really enjoying it. 

Finding it was easy.  Panthip, Office Depot, or most any computer shop in Bangkok will carry the Epson line.  Hewlett Packard and others also make great AIO’s, but if you’re a photographer and already stock a great deal of Epson printing paper and are used to Epson printing quality, then this is the AIO for you.

Setup was simple.  I took it from the box, peeled the plastic from the covered parts, installed the ink cartridges, and plugged it into the AC receptacle, the router, and the a telephone line.  Lifting the covers I turned on the power button and it came to life.  From there all I had to do was run the setup disk on the computers I wanted to use it with and I was done!  Nothing could be more simple.  It was instantly recognized on my network and every computer in my home (5) connected and installed the setup disk without a hitch.

 

The large colorful control panel folds down and locks in place.  The 2.5” color LCD walks you through whatever you need to do with ease.  My instruction manual is still sealed in the plastic it came in.  Showing my family members how to use it took only a few minutes.  That night photographs were being printed, copies of documents made, faxes sent, and the built in card reader was a real treat.  Just insert your flash memory (it accepts all common types) into the slots, go back to wherever your computer is located, and the contents of the flash memory card are available to you.

 

The large colorful control panel folds down and locks in place.  The 2.5” color LCD walks you through whatever you need to do with ease.  My instruction manual is still sealed in the plastic it came in.  Showing my family members how to use it took only a few minutes.  That night photographs were being printed, copies of documents made, faxes sent, and the built in card reader was a real treat.  Just insert your flash memory (it accepts all common types) into the slots, go back to wherever your computer is located, and the contents of the flash memory card are available to you. 

 

 

This AIO is fast!  38ppm in draft mode, “laser quality” at 27ppm, the copier copies at the max print speed of 38ppm, “laser quality” color text at 19ppm.  There is no apparent loss of speed using this over my home network, than if it was plugged into my computer directly via a USB cable.

 

This AIO is fast!  38ppm in draft mode, “laser quality” at 27ppm, the copier copies at the max print speed of 38ppm, “laser quality” color text at 19ppm.  There is no apparent loss of speed using this over my home network, than if it was plugged into my computer directly via a USB cable.

And I must say the quality of photographs printed on original Epson photo paper surprised me.  You’d have to look very closely to see any differences between the output from this $200 AIO and my $1500 professional inkjets.  Of course you’re limited to a 8x11.5 inch print, but that’s large enough for most home use.  The four color CMYK ink jet technology makes prints that are rated at 105+ years of longevity.

This is also a stand-alone photo printer.  No computer needed!  Drop in your flash memory card and watch thumbnails of your images appear on the LCD.  Select the one you want, apply cropping/sharpening/color correction/etc (the AIO does this at your request), and print straight from the AIO without ever touching a computer.  Brilliant!

Perhaps the best part of the Epson Workforce AIO is that it sits unseen and unheard in my office and I never need to connect a cable, AND every computer user in the house can access and use the AIO without connecting a cable.  All they need to be is on your home network.  Guests?  No problem, if they’re not on your home network they can simply connect via the “WIFI” capability and even without running the setup disk they can print out standard documents, send faxes, and other functions.

I must admit, when I took this lightweight (8kg) AIO from it’s box and set it in place, I had serious doubts if something so lightweight could handle the workload.  It does and several months later it hasn’t even burped.  No jams in the paper handling, no clogs in the ink flow, no blips in the network.  The Epson 600 Workforce AIO has performed absolutely flawlessly and is now depended on by everyone in our home.

If you haven’t added an AIO to your home yet, you probably will soon.  At under $200 this Epson AIO is an absolute steal!  I’m not sure how I got by so long without one.