Small Business Tools: The Importance of a Good Printer
The Epson WorkForce 840
by Kris Bovay
Effective front office management for most small business owners includes ensuring that the right business tools are available to support business needs. That means having an excellent phone system; computer hardware and software; printer; copier; fax and scanner.
In our office, these tools are necessary to get the work done.
Note: This product review is based on an actual, operating experience with the Epson WorkForce 840.
We recently replaced our printer, copier and fax, and scanner (three pieces in all) for the Epson WorkForce 840, an all-in-one inkjet printer; it's been a real efficiency improvement and it has saved our office some much needed workspace.
What we like about the Epson WorkForce 840 – in addition to its all-in-one features – is that it’s a compact unit that provides good quality inkjet printing (with duplex capability) and copying. It also provides scanning and faxing features.
The printer is fast and outputs clean, crisp copies. The WorkForce 840 comes with two paper trays; it also has an automatic document feeder.
Most small business owners, if they're like me, will buy a printer and work with it until it stops (working that is). Our old laser printer was an 8 year old unit that really had to work hard to print cleanly – the unit was old and tired and you could almost hear the roller grind to push the paper through. The difference between it and the new Epson WorkForce 840 is like night and day.
The same day that the 840 was delivered we had to print a customer presentation document (five copies of 27 pages each). Because we wanted to produce it in color (and our old printer was black only) we had planned to email the presentation to a local copy shop. Instead we were able to set up the unit within the hour and print five full color, collated sets and still make the customer meeting on-time.
In addition to excellent color quality, the WorkForce 840's two paper trays each take 250 sheets of paper which means it can print a large document without constantly re-loading paper. Furthermore, the ability to automatically, and quickly, print double-sided is a good paper saver and it runs double sided easily and jam-free.
In our business office we have a number of desktop pcs and laptops so the WorkForce 840's built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet capabilities is extremely useful for effective networking; the Wi-Fi was easy to set up (even for me).
The Epson WorkForce 840 features include:
Small businesses need good tools to be productive: the Epson WorkForce 840 printer provides functionality, features and benefits that meet office print production needs.
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