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Epson Steps Up Inkjet Speed, Quality In WorkForce Lineup

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iam2thecrowe

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what people want from printers: something that wont break in 12 months and has cheap ink. I doubt this printer covers either, same for all inkjet printers just the printers self maintenance alone to prevent the head from clogging will use more ink than is available to print if you only use the thing once a week. Goes for all inkjets. Ink yeild is misleading. At least laser printers dont waste toner in cleaning cycles etc. If you only use your printer occasionally, get a laser/led toner based printer.
 

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yeah i have a old Epson Workforce 310 and it runs like a champ. I buy 10 Cartridges on Ebay for $11 shipped. That last me all year. Comes with 2 of each color, and 4 black. It's the cheapest costing printer i've ever had. the only thing it lacks is airprint, but i'm gonna buy the 3rd party dongle for that.
 

iam2thecrowe

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ive never had any luck with aftermarket ink cartridges, heads get blocked too quickly and the colours are way off. Might not be so bad if you use it all the time not giving the cheap nasty ink a chance to dry out.
 

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The problem with Epson isn't with quality or speed. Hell the C88 Stylus is a workhorse for such a small printer.

The problem with Epson is that they use their own stupid proprietary drivers which require workarounds or just flat out using Universal print drivers from a different product when working with vendor specific software.
 

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Inkjet printers can now compete with lasers on speed and cost-per-page; but when will we see inkjets whose printouts don't run or smear when they get wet? Honestly, I don't really want to have one printer for (run-prone) color prints and another for (run-resistant) black-and-white prints. Color lasers are nice, and some even do a passable job on color photographs, but they're expensive to feed.
 

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I bought the 3640 today and I regret it already.
DO NOT BUY THIS IF you do not use DHCP services. Epson doesn't have any method to set the IP address for the printer than other through DHCP. No manual setup in the printer and not through software. I confirmed this with beloved patriot somewhere in EpsonLand.

2nd. This printer WILL NOT print 2-sided if using a WIFI connection. It will print every other page, then a message pops up saying what I just said and it tells you to take your paper out of the output bin, turn it around, and place it in the input tray.

WHO THE HELL DOES EPSON THING THEY ARE???? ANY printer can print '2-sided' that way!!! I have tried 5 times and it won't print 2 sided.

The WIFI sucks. My router is 12 feet directly below the printer and the printer reports the signal as "poor". WTF? My computer sitting right next to where it is shows 90% signal strength.

Anf the final lovely chubbly that I have encountered in the first 3 hours of hell with this printer is making a B&W or even color copy. Regardless of what I try I cannot get a copy without the damn thing putting a border around it. Every time I turn off the option to add a border it complains that I have an improper setting for my paper selection. ?!?!? What the hell? I have the same paper selection (Letter) and it prints a border, but it won't print if I tell it borderless?? That makes no sense, and if anything one would think that you might restrict printing near the sides of the paper more restrictive than not printing as the mechanism may snag on the paper.

This printer is NOT a winner. I'm happy to have wasted their time but not mine and their money on the return!
 

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UPDATED: 8/12/14;
As I believe in updating rather than removing/hiding/destroying original posts I'll leave my original comments as they were.
Since I've had several weeks to test this unit out the problem with the 'borderless printing' has not occurred since the initial tests. Why it was printing this gray-background when in the first place has me a bit miffed as the printer appears to only do this when turning on or off the 'borderless printing'. Leaving it alone and the problem doesn't occur.

Original rant:
I made an error in my rant regarding this printer and the copying with borders. I was so upset with all of the problems that I didn't notice that a 'border' is defined by Epson to not print anything in that area. That makes some sense to some small minded people.

But even worse in the long haul is that having a 'border' causes the printer to print what they attempt to make look like a greyish background over the entire sheet of paper, and since the 'borders' don't have ink wasted on them they are the color of your paper. This gives the IMPRESSION of a border.

Now in fact, EPSON is WASTING YOUR INK to print this cutesy little feature, which is, of course the default.
 

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I just bought a 3620 last night and I used it right away, and it's absolutely fantastic. I have no idea what "dmitche3" is talking about, the setup was super easy, Wifi from 3 rooms over was detected perfectly, Wifi printing both from AirPrint via iPhone and from PC worked like a charm, double-sided print worked perfectly, and text quality is fantastic for an inkjet (still not laser quality), and print speed is the fasted I've tried.

Setup was literally done in minutes, and after I downloaded the driver/tool package from Epson it not only installed everything, it automatically updated the firmware and pushed it into the Printer, super easy (can't say the same about Canon)! The touchscreen and usability was also very useful and easy to use.

I also printed some photos on Epson Premium paper and they turned out great. I'd say not lab quality but quite close. They say Ultra Premium Paper will yield better results, so might try that later.

I cannot comment on Ink cost yet, but just like any inkjet must go for XL size of ink to get any decent cost.

Overall, I think it's a great little printer (3620), and I highly recommend it for an under $200 printer, and if you get it on sale below $150 (like I did), it's a bargain.
 

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First, did you try assigning a manual IP address? NO! Because you cannot. You used DHCP, which is what non-computer literate people do.

Have you tried printing two-sided printing wirelessly? Try it and 9 out of 10 times that printing from a Windows 8.1 PC, if you print more than 10 pages you will see a message stating that you need to "take the paper out of the tray, turn it around, and manually place the paper back into the tray" That is NOT two sided printing. Printing 2-4 pages doesn't appear to effect double sided printing but the more you attempt to print the worse it becomes. This was CONFIRMED along with the LACK OF MANUAL IP ASSIGNMENT BY EPSON using that old POTS. lol
 

iam2thecrowe

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you could log onto your router, reserve an ip address for the printers mac address, and it will then always be the same ip. I do find it hard to believe there isn't some way to set a manual IP though.
http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/supDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&infoType=FAQ&oid=232592&prodoid=63099060&foid=255473&cat=237989&subcat=238002
 
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