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I have owned an Epson printer for around 6 years now and it is still going strong. I decided I would like a new one that included wireless and one that had a colour touchscreen. I do use my printer for scanning in lots of documents and my computer is not near the printer so being able to do this wirelessly would be a great benefit.
I spent a long time looking at different printers and because I have been so happy with my last printer, which has now been adopted by one of my family, I thought I would go for another Epson. I then found the Epson WF 3540DTWF which had everything that I wanted in a printer. The printers features are;
Print, scan, copy and fax
Prints up to 15 pages per minute
Two paper trays holding up to 250 pages each
Epson connect which enables you to be able to print from anywhere
5760 x 1440 dpi
Memory card printing
10.9 KG in weight
4 printer cartridges
Energy star rated, 17w while copying and 2w in sleep mode
308 x 449 x 427 mm (L x W x D)
Mac 10.5.8 or later and windows 7, vista and XP
8.9 cm colour touchscreen
12 month warranty
As soon as you take the printer out of the box you can tell it is very well made. It is heavy but I find that a good thing. Everything feels sturdy and looks like a quality printer. This printer can be used without a computer making it good for copying things like a photocopier which I use a lot. One of the main selling points of this printer is the wifi printing. You would hope that this would be very simple but no, I found this rather complicated to set up and the wifi printing does not always work for me. Sometimes it works straight away and sometimes you can wait for quite a while and then realise the printing will not be starting at all. I find the most reliable printing is when it is plugged straight into the USB port but this is not always possible. I would say it took me about 45 minutes to set up the wifi printing and I am a regular computer user and have installed many printers before. This might put some people off but be warned, its not as easy to install as they make out.
One feature that I do like which was also on my old printer is the automatic document feeder. This allows you to place up to 30 sheets of paper in the tray at the top of the printer and you can either tell the printer to copy or print it all. It will then automatically do this for you without having to place one document in at a time. Another nifty feature is the ability to print double sided documents. I have tried this out and this will save me a lot of paper.
I do find this printer very fast at printing. It speeds through the printing compared to the old Epson. This obviously saves time if you are waiting for quite a few pages to print out at once. One of the things that I look out for on a new printer is the price of replacement cartridges. Because there are 4 cartridges in the printer it enables you to only replace the one colour which is empty. Genuine Epson cartridges do cost quite a bit of money but if you look around you can find compatible cartridges at a much cheaper price. I now use cartridges which cost me about £1.50 for a black and £1.60 for a colour. I really can not complain at that price and I can not tell any difference in the quality of the printing.
The colour touchscreen makes this printer very enjoyable to use. The screen and navigation buttons are so easy to use. Anyone who has used a smart phone will find that they can just use the screen straight away as it is exactly the same. Most thing that you will want to do with the printer will be very easy to do just using the screen as it guides you through it. The only thing that it can not help you with is the wifi set up, it states it can but if you are like me it will take lots of trial and error.
A very good printer with lots of features. It looks good and works well, I just wish Epson could make the wifi feature much easier to use.