The Epson WorkForce 610
As shown in Figure 4, the Epson WorkForce 610 is a good-looking printer. It is a bit boxy, but the arching scan and copy document feed on the top soften the lines of the design. While most of the printer is a shiny black plastic, the top is dull black with a dotted design which helps to minimize finger prints. Touches of silver trim add to the design elements.
At 18.1” x 13.6” x 9.3” (46 x 34.5 x 23.6 cm), this printer is a little larger than some others that we have seen. However, we loved the fact that all the trays and the controls on the printer close very easily. The printer with the trays in closed position is shown in Figure 5. The printer weighs 18.3 lbs (8.3 kg), so when closed, it is a bit hefty, but still easily portable. If it is set up on a wireless network, it can easily be transported to different areas of the home or office as the need arises.
Setup of the WorkForce 610 was smooth and easy. The four ink cartridges popped easily into place, as shown in Figure 6.
The printer can be hooked up via USB cable, Ethernet, or WiFi. The printer found each of the wireless networks we tried quite quickly and it hooked up seamlessly. This will work as long as your wireless network broadcasts its name, as most do. If your network does not broadcast its name, you can use the Advanced Setup choice to set up the network.
There was no need to hook the printer up to a computer with a USB cable in order to make the WiFi connection. This was a nice feature since many printers require such tethering during setup. After struggling to get some printers on a wireless network, the ease of this setup was quite refreshing.
It took only another 5 minutes to install the software. In comparison to HP and some other software that takes up to 45 minutes to install, this was really speedy.
The scanning software was impressive in its scope, but that also made it a bit complicated to maneuver. Professional users will welcome the immense amount of customization that can be set for each scan, but home users might find the choices overwhelming.
The scanning software has three built-in modes: Home, Office, and Professional. These assume certain settings. For instance the Home mode will automatically set up the scan for a photograph and store the scan in the My Pictures folder. Everything is customizable and you can create your own modes for often used settings. You can scan to e-mail, a PDF file, a card reader, or your PC. We didn’t like the fact that a number like 001, 002, etc was added to each scan and didn’t find a way to turn this off. Other than that, the scanning software worked like a charm.