Epson is moving into the office inkjet market with a whole range of new machines. This is the entry level model, but still boasts fast print, high capacity consumables and duplex print as standard.
The all-white case while large, even for a personal laser printer, is no bigger than a small office photocopier and can still sit happily on a desktop. Its lines are simple, with a well ordered control panel set into its sloping front lip. There's no LCD display on this panel, just eight LEDs and six buttons.
At the bottom of the front panel is a pull-out paper cassette, which can take up to 250 sheets of plain paper and you can see how much is left by peering through a rectangular porthole in its front edge. Directly above this is a three stage, telescopic output tray with a flip-up paper stop. This is perhaps the weakest element of the printer's design, as it's flimsy and protrudes enough to be knocked as you pass by the machine.
At the back is a separate, 80-sheet tray which can be used for photo paper or special media, such as letterheads. This means you can have two separate types of paper set up simultaneously.
At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet, though there's no wireless connection on this machine. Software is minimal but adequate, with a driver and network setup utility.
As with all Epson inkjets, the only consumable is ink, but in this case it's in large cartridges which slot in from the front, once you've folded down the printer's front panel. The four cartridges are available in three different capacities, which is unusual, with the highest capacity version good for 3,400 pages between changes – well into laser capacity levels.