Epson WorkForce WF-2540 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC36201)

Epson WorkForce WF-2540 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC36201)

  • Fast print speeds
  • Smallest footprint in its class
  • 2.5-Inch LCD
  • Print and scan anywhere with Epson Connect
  • Wireless and Ethernet networking

Engineered for Business. Offering the smallest footprint in its class, this sleek all-in-one features fast print speeds. It offers a 2.5-Inch LCD, mobile device printing and wired and wireless connectivity.


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Epson WorkForce WF-2540 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC36201)

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  1. Kilgore Gagarin "Those who believe in telekin... says:
    276 of 287 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A specific focus on scanning features (plus short general review), October 25, 2012
    This review is from: Epson WorkForce WF-2540 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC36201) (Office Product)
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    This unit was tested on a Windows 7 Home Premium desktop workstation.

    SHORT REVIEW OF NON-SCANNING FEATURES:

    Yes, this does have a small footprint, but note the extra 6 inches of height and 3 inches of depth needed when trays are extended for printing. Setup was easy, though if you know what you’re doing, I recommend connecting the printer to your wireless network BEFORE you install the software on CD to your PC – you can then just say “printer is already on network” when prompted during installation. I tested ALL advertised features (including AirPrint and send and receiving FAX) and was able to get them all working to varying degrees. Per page printing costs are fairly standard for an inkjet (7-10 cents per page black and white; 20-25 cents for color including nicer photo paper). Speed is “quick” and not “super fast.” Big batch jobs will still require a laser printer. To keep the size of this review reasonable, I’ll leave it to other reviews to supply more specifics other than scanning features.

    SCANNING FEATURES:

    Note that there is a less expensive version of this printer, the Epson WorkForce WF-2530 which is virtually identical to the WF-2540 being reviewed here. The one major difference in the scanning features, discussed below, is that the cheaper WF-2530 does not have an external USB interface. This means that the WF-2530 must be attached to a computer by wifi or USB cable in order to scan. Otherwise, other than the extra interface option for an ethernet connection and a slightly different control display on the WF-2540 being reviewed here, it appears to be identical in size, speed, and function.

    That being said, one of the best features of this all-in-One (WF-2540) is that it does have that external USB port. This actually allows the unit to be a stand-alone, non-attached, non-networked scanning station. If your workstation breaks, your network goes down, or you run out of ink, you can still scan documents to a USB drive and take them elsewhere to print, email, or whatever. As well, you can use as a stand-alone photocopier.

    The second best feature for scanning is the automatic document feeder (ADF). It can hold only 30 pages, and was a little finicky when I used thicker source paper to scan. Still, ADF’s are a great feature for an inexpensive all-in-one unit like this. Note that if you scan directly from the control panel of the unit, your only choices are 200, 300, and 600 dpi resolution, and either PDF or jpeg formats only. The PDF is NOT searchable with no default of optical character recognition (OCR). The included ABBYY software cannot convert non-searchable PDFs to searchable (OCRed) PDFs. If you save scans as jpeg images the included ABBYY software CAN load and convert jpegs to searchable PDFs.

    Using the workstation as a stand-alone scanner, I was able to create and store to attached USB drive a 5 page pdf document scanned at 200 dpi in color mode in 160 seconds (32 seconds/page). The same test document scanned at 600 dpi in color mode took 260 seconds (52 seconds/page). Rule of thumb would be 30-60 seconds per page depending on resolution.

    Using the included EPSON Scan software, which runs on your computer, you can choose from a larger number of options than the limited ones from the control panel of the printer. E.g., you can set resolution from 60-9200 dpi, choose color smoothing, set to scan in gray scale, etc..

    Scanning speed with a wireless connection varied greatly depending upon how far the WF-2540 is from your wifi router – wifi connection speed and strength is critical. Using the same 5 page document and the EPSON Scan software with the WF-2540 in wireless mode, I needed 20 minutes to produce a document when the unit was 50 feet away from my wifi router. Moving the WF-2540 to about 20 feet away, the same job took about 8 minutes. Connected with a USB cable to my PC, the same job took about 6 minutes. It was STILL much slower than the direct scan to attached USB device.

    Rule: scanning and creating documents via wifi WILL be slower, and with a weaker wifi connection can be unusably slow. Consider how far your WF-2540 will be from your wifi router.

    I give this 5 stars for being an excellent small office solution with a lot of built in flexibility (especially the USB scan and store capability). Connect by ethernet, wifi network, USB cable, or use as a stand-alone scan, copy or fax unit and you’re ready to go.

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  2. Keith Blodgett "Hawk" says:
    201 of 213 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good But Not Great Printer, November 3, 2012
    By 
    Keith Blodgett “Hawk” (Palm Bay, Florida USA) –
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    This review is from: Epson WorkForce WF-2540 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC36201) (Office Product)
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    Setup of the printer was reasonably easy though there was a lot of tape holding things closed/in place to remove and it took a while to find and remove it all. Software installation under Windows 7 went without a hitch but even though I hadn’t set up the printer for faxing the fax monitoring software was set to run at start-up. This unnecessary utility was easily turned off.

    The LCD screen is bright and easy to read. On printer controls are well laid out easy to understand and operate.

    I have not yet tested the printer’s fax or wireless printing capabilities.

    Printing -
    Text print quality is good. Actually it’s very good really. I’m spoiled by my laser printer’s output. Print as small as 7pt was easily readable in both standard and high quality settings. Draft, not so much. Bar codes, pie and bar charts and clip-art print very nicely on plain paper.
    Photograph printing; I used HP 53lb glossy 8.5″ x 11″ ‘Everyday Photo Paper’ (the only photo paper the store had at the time) to print seven or eight full page images. The colors were sharp and vibrant. They matched my display almost perfectly. The ink dried very quickly. The printer is… not super noisy but not quiet. Again, I’ve been spoiled by using a laser printer.

    Copying -
    The copy feature is handy and the printer has a 30 page sheet feeder for moderate sized jobs. Operation isn’t speedy but it isn’t particularly slow either.
    The printer can operate as a stand alone copier when disconnected from the computer.

    Scanning -
    The WorkForce WF-2540 scans quite well and has a large range and variety of settings. Scan resolution from 50 DPI to 9600 DPI are available. A penny scanned at 9600 DPI produced an 11,000 x 11,000 pixel Photoshop PSD image that was 17.4 megabytes.
    I scanned an 8″ x 10″ photograph at 600 DPI into Photoshop CS using both the Epson Scan software and Windows’ built in WIA drivers. Both clocked in at approximately a minute and a half per scan. The image scanned with the Epson Scan software was slightly crisper while the WIA scanned image smoothed out much of the dust and speckles the Epson software left in. The quality of both scans was very good. I have also scanned a handful of 4″ x 6″ in photos. All reproduced well though some tweaking in Photoshop helped.
    A rather neat feature of the Epson WorkForce WF-2540 is the ability to scan directly to a USB storage device. Maximum resolution appears to be 600 DPI. Scan speed to my 16 GB SanDisk thumb-drive was about the same as scanning to the computer.

    That’s the good stuff. Now on to the bad…

    I don’t understand why printer manufacturers continue to design printers that feed paper from a near vertical output tray on the back of the unit. This acts as like a funnel directing dust and debris right into the guts of the printer. Dust inside electronic devices shortens their life and can cause failure. Cartridge type paper feeds are, in my opinion, far superior if a little more work to load.

    This is a good looking printer but the build quality is really horrible. The paper input and output trays that you have to open and close to use the printer are made of incredibly thin and brittle plastic that feel like they will easily break. The lugs that hold up the scanner lid (which also has the non-removable sheet feeder mounted to it) are NOT up to the job of holding the lid up. The slightest jar or bump will cause the lid to come crashing down. I was lightly wiping down the scanner glass with a microfiber cloth and without even touching it the lid crashed down on my hand. Now after opening the scanner lid no more than a few dozen times it repeatedly will not stay open on its own.

    About a third of the time the ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) doesn’t grab the paper you’re trying to copy. It recognizes that there’s a sheet in the feeder but you’ve got to give it a nudge to get it to go in.

    I’ve also noticed at the end of every print job there is a extremely high pitched… tone or whine that goes on for several seconds and then stops. I have no idea what this is.

    The Epson WorkForce WF-2540 drinks ink. I’ve had the printer for a little over a week. I’ve printed twenty or so pages of text (about 10% coverage) for testing purposes as well as a couple coupons and two letters and envelopes. I’ve also printed several 8.5″ x 11″ photographs. Currently the black, yellow and magenta ink tanks are just below 50% and the cyan tank is down to about 33%. Using this printer on a regular basis could get quite expensive.

    This would be a solid four-star printer if it weren’t for the build quality. I just can’t forgive the cheapness of the materials used. It feels like I’m just waiting for something to break. Most likely it will be the scanner lid, glass or ADF that breaks first. I can only give this three stars. It could be a much better printer if it were made…

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  3. Graboidz says:
    99 of 105 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wireless, Fast, and Great Color, October 24, 2012
    By 
    Graboidz (Westminster, Maryland) –
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    This review is from: Epson WorkForce WF-2540 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner ADF, Fax. Prints from Tablet/Smartphone. AirPrint Compatible (C11CC36201) (Office Product)
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    I’m not quite sure what else you could be looking for that you won’t find with the WF-2540? Epson has made a top of the line, ink jet multi-function printer, perfect for a small office or home use that gives you wireless connectivity.

    The Epson Workforce has it all, a flatbed scanner, copier functions, the ability to connect wirelessly from you PC, Laptop and Ipad, and a speedy printer that does not sacrifice quality. I’ve put this printer through it’s paces already. I’ve been scanning in a lot of old photos so that I can share these old photos with other family members. I’ve been scanning in photos from the 1910′s through the 2000′s, and the scanner is quick, provides great quality and the Epson software that comes with the WF-2540 allows me to crop, fix red-eye and enhance some of these older photos so that they really pop. This has been a huge undertaking that the Epson printer has made much easier.

    While scanning the photos I’ve found some wonderful pics of my parents as kids and wanted to print them out. Using generic Staples brand inkjet photo paper, the Epson provides great photo quality prints. I’ve framed a few of them and no one has any clue that I’ve given them a copy run off of a home inkjet printer!

    I like too that the printer takes seperate ink cartridges for each color instead of the old HP tri-color carts I was used to. So if Cyan runs out, I simply replace the cyan cartridge. I don’t have to toss out the unused Magenta and Yellow ink. In this economy every penny counts!!

    Highly recommended, this is a slick, fast, quiet and great looking printer that packs the same punch as a printer twice it’s price.

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