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Epson Workforce WF-100W review

Simon Handby
2 Jan 2015
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Price when reviewed 
188
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Epson's titchy WorkForce WF-100W is a brilliant and flexible go-anywhere printer, but don't expect high speed or low costs

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It's only slightly bigger than a box of tissues, but Epson's WorkForce WF-100W is a remarkably capable, portable inkjet printer. It can tackle almost anything you'd throw at a desktop equivalent, but two features make it particularly suited to a life on the road: its standard Wi-Fi interface can be put into host mode, letting you print wirelessly from a laptop or mobile device while away from your usual networks, and there's a built in battery for truly mobile use.

The WF-100W doesn't come with a slip case, but it looks like it's designed to cope with bumps and scratches. There's a tough plastic lid that clips closed, protecting more vulnerable areas such as the paper input and output slots, the control panel and the ink access hatch. Open the lid and it forms a surprisingly resilient 20-page paper input, but there's no paper output tray. While that sounds like a recipe for mayhem, the printer ejects pages slowly, and on a flat surface they remain very tidy.

Epson supplies a laptop-style power adaptor, but unusually this printer can recharge from a USB connection, provided it's sleeping or turned off. You could save the space and weight of its own adaptor if you're travelling with a laptop, or if you've got access to any mains or car USB charger. The flexibility is welcome, but the flipside is that the integrated battery doesn't appear to have much capacity: we charged it fully then printed 25 mono pages from a PC and one test page from a phone, after which it had dropped to 58%.

This printer's control panel comprises a colour screen with cursor and selection keys. It works well, but we were disappointed that, after setting up a direct wireless network to test mobile devices, the printer hadn't remembered the details of the office network it was previously on. This is an irritation if you want to use it on the road and at home, but the WF-100W isn't ideal for the latter role: unlike a good desktop inkjet there's no duplex or borderless printing, and print speeds are somewhat limited.

The WF-100W reached 6.4 pages per minute (ppm) when printing black text and 2.2ppm on complex colour graphics, but it was slower on battery power: text speed fell to 3.8ppm. Print quality was great on plain paper, but photos aren't this printer's forte.

Unfortunately, the WF-100W uses ink cartridges, which last for only 250 black and 200 colour pages. There's also a replaceable waste ink collector, which Epson expects to last 'for approximately five to six sets of cartridges'. Even without factoring it in, high print costs of 13.3p per page underline that while this is an excellent printer for the road, it's not a workhorse for the home.

Hardware
TechnologyPiezo inkjet
Maximum print resolution5,760x1,440dpi
Number of colours (cartridges)4 (2)
Maximum number of colours (cartridges)4 (2)
Quoted photo durability (source)Not stated
Standard interfacesUSB, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional interfacesNone
Dimensions (HxWxD)61x309x154mm
Weight1.6kg
Duty cycle (pages per month)Not stated
Paper handling
Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight300gsm
Standard paper trays (capacity)1 (20)
Maximum paper trays (capacity)1 (20)
DuplexNo
Photo features
Borderless printingNo
Direct (PC-less) printingWi-Fi Direct, cloud and mobile devices (via app)
Memory card supportNone
Supported operating systemsWindows Vista or later, Mac OS X 10.7.x or later, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile
Other features3.7cm colour screen
Buying information
WarrantyOne-year RTB
Price£189 inc VAT
Consumable parts and pricesBlack cartridge 266 (250 pages ISO/IEC 24712) £17, colour cartridge 267 (200 pages ISO/IEC 24712) £13. Maintenance box C13T295000 (approx five to six sets of cartridges) £6
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge(s)250 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)200 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT13.8p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (colour part)6.8p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (mono part)13.8p
Supplierwww.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.epson.co.uk
Part codeC11CE05402BY

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