By Gloria Sin
Introduction and design
After debuting Epson’s new PrecisionCore printhead technology in the popular WorkForce WF-3640, the company is bringing the same laser-like print quality to the affordable yet feature-rich WF-2660 ($149.99 /£96/AU$183) for small business.
The WF-2660 is more suitable for an office that doesn’t print many pages or photos per month, but want the convenience of a printer, scanner, copier and even fax machine in a single unit that you can connect to wirelessly – whether it is through USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, cloud-based services or even NFC (Near Field Communication). This means you can print or scan from any computer or mobile device to this machine, with a maximum print resolution of 4800×2400 dpi, and a scan resolution of 1200×2400 dpi. Its 30-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and auto-duplex (double-sided) feature make it indispensable in a busy office.
At just 14.6 lb (6.6 kg) and measuring 16.7″ x 22″ x 9.1″ (424mm x 559mm x 231mm), the WF-2660 is tiny compared to its closest rivals, the all-round bigger Canon Pixma MG7520 ($129.99/£83/AU$158) and HP Envy 7640 ($140/£89/AU$173). That said, if your business is all about printing gorgeous photos, the Canon – with its six-ink-tank design and direct media access – is a no-brainer. If you aren’t picky about the quality of your prints but want the connectivity of the Epson, the HP would be the way to go as it only uses two cartridges (one for blacks and one for all colors) and will be more economical to operate in the long run. The Epson WF-2660, on the other hand, hits the sweet spot between good print quality and price (some retailers are even dropping its price down to $100), with most of the office-friendly features you need.
The WF-2660 is definitely more functional than fashionable, with a matte-finish to its plastic body that thankfully doesn’t attract fingerprints. Aside from the ADF having some give to it if you push too hard (not a good resting place for books or anything heavy), the rest of the device feels solid and doesn’t rattle when in use.
For some reason, Epson decided to put the retractable output tray right above the tiny 150-sheet paper tray. Due to the proximity of these two elements, I almost always pulled out the output tray by accident, whenever I needed to refill the paper tray (which was often), or vice versa.
You have to use the 2.7-inch color touchscreen to communicate with the printer, which was anything but fun. The panel is rather tiny and not sensitive enough for my fingers to navigate accurately, so I often had to poke at the screen multiple times to make a selection.
Though the single paper tray can handle everything from envelopes to A4 sheets, the lack of a manual feed makes the WF-2660 really inefficient at printing more than one type of paper at a time. After all, you have to tell the printer what type of paper you just loaded every time you close the tray. If the paper type in your print job differs from the paper inside the tray, the touchscreen will ask you to acknowledge the difference before it will complete the job. This might not be bothersome if you’re sitting right beside the printer, but for a device that is all about wireless and mobile printing, you might find yourself tethered to the WF-2660 more than you would like to be.
Speaking of paper handling, there seems to be some confusion over the extent of the WF-2660’s auto-duplex abilities. From my experience, it can print two sheets to one, and will automatically flip the paper on its own. I was also able to use the ADF and copy two sheets into one. However, this model cannot scan a double-sided document without someone manually flipping it over for the second side.
Scanning, copying and cloud printing
With the maximum scan resolution being 1200×2400 dpi, I was disappointed that both the Epson Scan software and the Epson iPrint mobile app cap off the scan resolution to just 300dpi (it is a drop-down menu with set resolutions). Though this resolution will more than suffice for scanning documents, I would look to a higher resolution scanner to handle photos or artwork. Though it is also capable of copying documents through the ADF, its copy resolution is lower than that of the scanner, so I wouldn’t copy works of art with the WF-2660.
Rather than include direct media slots so you can plug your USB drive or SD card directly to the printer, the WF-2660 has eschewed this feature for NFC (Near Field Communication), which is available on most Android devices (but not iPhones). In order to connect your NFC-enabled mobile device with the printer, you’ll need to first download the Epson iPrint app, turn on NFC, then place your device onto the printer (where the “N” logo on top of the printer.) Touching the two devices together will trigger the iPrint app to open, but you still have to tell the printer what to do. If your mobile device is running Android 4.4 (KitKat) or later, you won’t be able to see the “print” button in the app as that button is only accessible through the capacitive touch “menu” key. However, if you have a slightly older device running 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or earlier, then the app should work like a charm.
Two of my favorite features of the WF-2660 are Email Print and Scan to Cloud. Email Print lets you assign (then customize) an email address for the printer, while Scan to Cloud allows you to save your scanned files to cloud-based services like Dropbox or even to a specific email account. Whenever I had trouble connecting to the machine, I would just email files to the printer to print, or ask the printer to email scanned files directly to my inbox. These features made the printer much more enjoyable to use.
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Source:: Tech Radar