IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more
Reviews

Epson WorkForce WF-2860DWF review: Ink-redibly disappointing

A budget home office MFP that’s ruined by high running costs

Price
£67
  • Useful feature-set; Reasonable print speeds
  • Miserly ink cartridge capacity; Slow scan speeds

At first glance Epson's WorkForce WF-2860DWF could be the perfect MFP for a home office. It's compact and smart, but also loaded with useful office features such as duplex printing, wired and wireless networking and a 30-page automatic document feeder (ADF). Unlike Epson's highly similar Expression Home XP-5105, there's touchscreen control, and even a fax modem in case you need to send messages back to the 1990s.

Unfortunately, that's where the fun ends. This MFP supports the same ink range as the XP-5105 and comes with the same limited-capacity setup cartridges. Forewarned by experience, and given this MFP's office bias, we prioritised our plain paper tests, which with an ADF involve two additional 10-page copies. After about 80 pages we noticed a deterioration in print quality, followed by a low ink warning for the black, cyan and magenta cartridges. About 25 pages later, midway through our 10-page colour photocopy, we ran out of black ink.

As with the XP-5105, ongoing running costs are high even using the XL cartridges. Here, the high costs are even more of a shame as the WF-2860DWF is otherwise quite a likeable device. Tested over wired Ethernet it managed 16.1ppm on our text test, and produced 5.1 pages of colour graphics every minute. At 14 seconds, a single-page black copy was quick, but the 10-page mono job took more than two and a half minutes. Print quality was generally fairly high - although we ran out of ink before even starting our photo tests - and scans were excellent for an office-focused device.

The WF-2860DWF and XP-5105 provide a useful demonstration that a wireless connection needn't be a bottleneck, even in data-intensive jobs. The WF-2860DWF was three seconds slower than the XP-5105 in all five of our timed scan tests, despite the latter relying on Wi-Fi. At 28 seconds to scan an A4 page at 150 or 300dpi, it's a touch slow.

We've generally been impressed with Epson's WorkForce and WorkForce Pro printers, but the WF-2860DWF is an unfortunate misfire. While on the surface it's not bad for the money, even moderate users will quickly run up big ink bills.

Verdict

We’ve generally been impressed with Epson’s WorkForce and WorkForce Pro printers, but the WF-2860DWF is an unfortunate misfire. While on the surface it’s not bad for the money, even moderate users will quickly run up big ink bills.

Featured Resources

The Total Economic Impact™ Of Turbonomic Application Resource Management for IBM Cloud® Paks

Business benefits and cost savings enabled by IBM Turbonomic Application Resource Management

Free Download

The Total Economic Impact™ of IBM Watson Assistant

Cost savings and business benefits enabled by Watson Assistant

Free Download

The field guide to application modernisation

Moving forward with your enterprise application portfolio

Free Download

AI for customer service

Discover the industry-leading AI platform that customers and employees want to use

Free Download

Recommended

How do wireless printers work?
Hardware

How do wireless printers work?

11 Aug 2022
How do laser printers work?
peripherals

How do laser printers work?

11 Aug 2022
How does an inkjet printer work?
Hardware

How does an inkjet printer work?

11 Aug 2022
Laser printers vs Inkjet
Hardware

Laser printers vs Inkjet

2 Aug 2022

Most Popular

UK water supplier confirms hack by Cl0p ransomware gang
ransomware

UK water supplier confirms hack by Cl0p ransomware gang

16 Aug 2022
Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security
Sponsored

Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security

8 Aug 2022
How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

29 Jul 2022