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Epson Workforce WF-2530WF review

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Straight-through paper path
  • Individual cartridges with XL option
  • 30-sheet ADF

Cons

  • No duplex print
  • Slow scan and wireless print
  • No front panel USB

Key Features

  • Four function all-in-one
  • Wireless print
  • Small footprint
  • Low running costs for budget device
  • Full fax functions
  • Manufacturer: Epson
  • Review Price: £60.00

What is the Epson Workforce WF-2530WF?

Epson has had a lot of success with its Workforce Pro range of inkjet printers and all-in-ones. This is one reason, maybe, why it's home office range is now called Workforce, without the Pro. The Epson Workforce WF-2530WF is a budget all-in-one, but still includes full fax functions and wireless connection, including direct print from mobile devices.

Epson Workforce WF-2530WF

Epson Workforce WF-2530WF - Design and Features

Epson has managed to reduce the size of its all-in-ones recently, coining the term Small-in-One for the new designs. This is a neat device, with a single paper feed from a near-vertical tray at the rear and output to an extending tray at the front. The tray can only take 100 sheets at a time, but at least it’s easy to load.

There's no separate photo tray, but there’s a 30-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) on the flatbed scanner, which adds the convenience of feeding multi-page documents without adding much to the overall height of the machine. The scanner uses LED illumination and a Contact Image Sensor (CIS) and has a respectable resolution of 2,400 x 1,200ppi.

The control panel is well laid out and runs most of the width of the machine's front. There's only a two-line LCD display, without a backlight, though this is intelligently used and in general it's easy to work your way round.

Epson Workforce WF-2530WF - Controls

Epson Workforce WF-2530WF - Connections and Installation

The Workforce WF-2530FW connects via USB or wireless and there are phone line and third-party handset sockets at the rear, for fax cables.

Lift the whole of the scanner section and you can get at the four separate ink cartridges in the print head. They’re available in standard and XL versions and clipping them into position is quick and easy.

Epson supplies a copy of Presto! Page Manager 9 for document management and OCR, as well as its own utilities for fax and net configuration. Wireless setup is straightforward, if your router has WPS – most modern routers do.

TLC

July 13, 2013, 11:59 pm

I bought an Epson WF 2530 in January 2013. A month later, it experienced "total hardware failure," and they replaced it with a refurbished model -- NOT a new one. Today, after spending 90 minutes on the phone with tech support, I learned that the printer had experienced total hardware failure again! Twice in five months!

These printers have cost me more than $1,000 in lost work time for calls, shipping, reinstalling, etc. Do NOT buy one of these printers unless you have much time and money to waste!

petra kelly

April 30, 2014, 11:41 am

This is the least reliable printer I have ever owned. When it works it is ok. But it works properly only every second time I use it. I had HP printers before - they ran faithfully for 8 - 10 years and never failed to print. AS far as I am concerned the Epson is utter crap and after only 14 months I am going to junk it and buy a HP again.

Wayne

December 14, 2015, 6:29 am

Do not buy this printer.....it uses way way to much ink, it uses color ink when you print in black and white, it will not let you print in black and white when your color cartridge runs dry ( and it will even if you never print in color )and there is a good chance you will never experience these issues as the damn thing wont work in the first place.........i know i sound bitter, its because i am , never have i had so much frustration and wasted time as this anchor of a unit has provided....... i have only used this unit 3 times and now i will honestly never use epson again, they should recall this product and return everybody's money.
I threw mine in the trash.................

Mike Palma

January 15, 2016, 7:42 pm

Terrible Printer. The worst printer I've ever owned. Black ink clogs continuously forcing repetitive "cleanings" which waste ink and reams of paper. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!

Reggie Sweats

March 4, 2016, 11:59 pm

Complete piece of rat filth. And I've had TWO. The first I bought at Staples. It failed after the second set of ink cartridges. Defective print head. After much begging and pleading, Epson sent me a replacement printer. Identical model. This time, the printer failed after ONE set of cartridges. And the solution I have been given, i.e. "Just buy a new one" just makes me angrier. What a disposible and wasteful society we have become. I wonder how many landfills are full of decrepit Epsons. And Epson just laughs its way to the bank, because they figure most people won't bother. From where I sit, printers should last the life of the ink waste counter, NOT one set of cartridges. This Piece of Sh***T is the WORST printer I have ever owned, and I've had MANY printers. Hey, anybody interested in starting a class action lawsuit?

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