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Review of the Epson WorkForce ES-500WR Wireless Document Scanner—Accounting Edition at PCMagPROS
Fast and accurate OCR. Robust software bundle. Versatile connectivity options.

CONS
Accounting Edition software only compatible with QuickBooks and Excel.

BOTTOM LINE
The Epson WorkForce ES-500WR delivers fast and accurate scans paired with a robust software package that will appeal to data-crunching offices


The Epson WorkForce ES-500WR Wireless Document Scanner—Accounting Edition ($499.99), is a light-to-medium-duty sheet-feed desktop document scanner appropriate for use in small offices and workgroups. It’s an update to the WorkForce ES-500W, now packing in Epson’s upgraded scanning and document-processing utility, ScanSmart, and the ScanSmart Accounting Edition bookkeeping-friendly add-on. If your business requires the recurring manual entry of financial data, the ES-500WR will be an attractive alternative to our Editors’ Choice among entry-level document scanners, the Brother ADS-2700W.

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Review of the Epson WorkForce ES-300WR Wireless Document Scanner — Accounting Edition at PCMag

    • PROS

      Fast. Highly accurate OCR. Powerful software bundle. Long-lasting battery.

    • CONSScanSmart Accounting Edition software only compatible with QuickBooks and Excel CSV. No memory card support.

BOTTOM LINEThe Epson WorkForce ES-300WR is a fast, accurate, and feature-rich portable scanner with powerful software that can save your business hours of time each month.

The highly portable Epson WorkForce ES-300WR Wireless Document Scanner — Accounting Edition ($399.99) is an enhanced version of the Editors’ Choice WorkForce ES-300W we reviewed last year. This latest iteration of Epson’s flagship portable document scanner lists for only $100 more, but its business-centric software, as well an overhauled and renamed document-capture interface, make it more accurate and bookkeeping-friendly, thereby increasing its overall value. If collecting financial data on the road and exporting it for use in your accounting application—eliminating the need to enter it manually—sounds attractive, you should consider the ES-300WR.

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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Excellent print quality. Prints super-tabloid pages. Supports Wi-Fi Direct and NFC. Emulates PostScript and PCL printers. Supports massive high-volume ink cartridges. High duty cycle. Competitive price.

  • CONS

    Expansion accessories costly. No multipurpose tray or slot. Meager out-of-box paper capacity. Borderless photos and pages unsupported.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C8690 is a high-volume wide-format inkjet all-in-one that prints quickly and accurately for medium- to large-size offices and workgroups.

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C8690 ($1499.99) is a high-volume wide-format all-in-one (AIO) designed for midrange to heavy use in medium- to large-size offices and workgroups. It’s fast, highly expandable, and supports super-high-capacity ink cartridges. Add to those perks its reasonable purchase price and competitive running costs, and it’s easy to crown it our Editors’ Choice for high-end wide-format printers.

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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Excellent print quality. Competitive price. Supports Wi-Fi Direct. Prints super-tabloid pages. High duty cycle.

  • CONS

    No multipurpose tray or slot. Out-of-box paper capacity doesn’t match high duty cycle. No flash memory device support.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The high-volume Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C8190 is a competitively priced wide-format printer that’s fast and prints excellent-looking documents up to super-tabloid size.

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C8190 ($799.99) is a wide-format printer that can support up to super-tabloid (13-by-19-inch) media. It’s an update to the WorkForce Pro WF-8090, but boasts an all-new classier design, a friendlier control panel, and much-improved print quality. It also has a reasonable price, low running costs, and high duty cycle, making it our top choice for midrange wide-format printers.

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My review of the Epson WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent output quality. Very low running costs after initial investment. Strong mobile connectivity. Ultra-high-yield ink bags. Support for USB memory sticks.

  • CONS

    High price. No SD card support. Recommended monthly page limit is low, considering cost, paper handling, and ink capacity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    With long-lasting ink bags, Epson’s snappy, high-capacity WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One inkjet can churn thousands of pages at a fraction of the running costs of most competitors.

Save for the earlier WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank, it’s difficult to find a proper head-to-head competitor for the WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer ($999.99). This big inkjet is different from most other Epson EcoTank printers in that it uses large ink bags, rather than reservoirs you refill from bottles. It’s a higher-end, higher-volume all-in-one (AIO) designed for midsize to large offices and workgroups. It’s a snappy-enough printer for an office inkjet, the output quality is quite good, and you can’t beat its ultra-low running costs, making it a top-notch machine within its class. It comes up just short on the oomph, in terms of speed and rated monthly volume, though, needed to nudge it into an Editors’ Choice slot as a midsize business AIO.

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My article on How to Recycle or Donate Your Old Printer at PCMag

Whether your trusty inkjet or laser has spit out its last page, or you’re just looking to upgrade, here’s how not to land your old printer in a landfill.

ByWilliam Harrel

Donate, Recycle, or Sell Your Old Printer?

Whether your printer is a lightweight budget inkjet or a bulky workhorse laser, a single-function printer or a versatile all-in-one (AIO), the time will come when you’ll need to find a responsible way to dispose of it. Maybe it broke down for good; maybe you’ve simply replaced it with a better model. Whatever the reason why you don’t need your printer any longer, getting rid of it responsibly means making sure it gets refurbished and put back into service, or that its materials get into the right recycling streams. Here’s how to make that happen.

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My review of the Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 Small-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Uses five inks for exceptional output quality, especially photos. Capable of borderless prints. Small and light.

  • CONS

    High running costs. Input and output capacities are low.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 Small-in-One is a basic but capable photo-centric all-in-one inkjet printer that delivers excellent print and copy quality, but its high ink costs relegate it to light-duty use.

The Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 Small-in-One Printer ($149.99) is a capable little entry-level all-in-one (print, copy, scan) inkjet designed for home-based and family offices with light-duty printing needs. Like the Editors’ Choice Canon Pixma TS9120, the XP-6000 is a photo-centric machine capable of printing large, borderless photos. However, the Canon model’s more robust feature set and lower ink costs are more than enough to justify its $50 higher list price. But if you simply need a basic, inexpensive AIO for light-duty use in a home office, the XP-6000 is a solid choice.

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Review of Epson WorkForce WF-2860 All-in-One Printer at PCMag

    • PROS

      Excellent print quality. Light and compact. Supports Wi-Fi Direct and NFC mobile connectivity.

    • CONS

      High running costs. No memory drive support. Small paper capacity.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The Epson WorkForce WF-2860 All-in-One Printer prints reasonably fast and exceptionally well for its price, but high running costs diminish its overall value.

The Epson WorkForce WF-2860 All-in-One Printer ($129.99) is Epson’s smallest and least expensive entry-level business-oriented all-in-one (AIO) printer. Like the Editors’ Choice HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 All-in-One Printer, it prints relatively fast for its price and churns out very good-looking documents, but its running costs are higher than not just the HP model, but also several other competitors. If, however, you use it as designed—for printing and copying a few hundred pages each month in low-volume small or home-based offices and workgroups—the Epson WF-2860’s high running costs shouldn’t add up to too much of a financial burden.

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Review of the Epson DS-410 Document Scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Comparably low price. Quick scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF. Very accurate OCR. Good software bundle.

  • CONS

    Lacks wireless or mobile options. No business card software.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson DS-410 is a great value for offices that need a fast and accurate document scanner, but don’t require it to be network-ready.

Designed for low-volume small to medium-size offices, the Epson DS-410 Document Scanner ($329) is a low-cost sheet-feed scanner. It’s comparable in features with our Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner, but it’s a little slower and costs $100 less. Feature- and price-wise, the DS-410 is a terrific value, but it’s up against formidable competition, including models that support networking and don’t cost much more. For offices that don’t require networking from a document scanner, though, the Epson DS-410 is a tough contender among entry-level desktop document scanners.

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Review of the Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF at PCMa

  • PROS

    Highly accurate OCR. Fast scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF. Comprehensive software bundle. 20-page single-pass ADF.

  • CONS

    Lacks battery. No wireless connectivity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson DS-320 is a fast and accurate portable document scanner, but its slightly more expensive sibling offers more road-ready features.

The Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF ($249) is fast and accurate, much like its higher-end sibling, the Editors’ Choiced Epson WorkForce ES-300W. This smaller, less-expensive iteration mimics the ES-300W in appearance, volume, and functionality in most ways, but the $50 list-price difference means giving up wireless networking and a built-in battery. If you don’t need these features, though, you can save the 50 bucks and still get a highly capable portable sheet-feed document scanner for the road.

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