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It does everything but make coffee—and looks great doing it.
Rarely do we run across an all-in-one printer as capable, affordable, and easy to use as the Epson WorkForce 600. On top of that, the device—which prints, scans, copies, and faxes—is attractive enough to share desk space with a MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro, without sticking out like a soccer mom at a death-metal concert.
Setup is a breeze, although you should decide from the outset whether you want to network the WorkForce 600 via Wi-Fi or a wired 10/100 Mbps Ethernet. If you just want to connect the printer to one Mac to get started right away, it’s a simple matter of installing the Epson software, connecting the device to your Mac via a USB cable (not included). Photos print beautifully on the machine at impressive speeds, depending on the print size and options selected. Most 300-dpi 4-by-6 images we printed at Best Photo setting (with High Speed also checked) came out in about a minute and a half, give or take a few seconds. Larger shots, such as an 8-by-10 portrait with a highly saturated background, took longer: 2 minutes, 42 seconds, in that case. Copies of full-color presentation slides printed nicely and took just 18 seconds apiece. And scanning the same color slides to PDF files took less than 30 seconds each. Printed photos came out beautifully and showed true-to-life color and accurate skin tones.
The device also offers plenty of options for bypassing a computer and printing directly from a flash memory card, PictBridge-compatible camera, or even a USB flash drive—though the USB slot on the front of the device requires a drive with a slim form factor, due to the port being inset from the face of the printer. Because of its networking abilities and built-in Wi-Fi, the WorkForce 600 is ideal for a small business or workgroup of a handful of computers. But for only $200, it’s an awesome home printer too. It doesn’t handle paper wider than 8.5 inches, but for most standard photo print sizes, including panoramic shots, the WorkForce 600 more than pulls its own weight without making you wait, delivering drop-dead gorgeous prints and offering a slew of business-savvy options, like double-sided printing, optical character recognition (OCR), and enlargements up to 400 percent.This ultracapable multifunction printer wowed us with stunning photo prints and speedy full-color copies, scans, and document prints, all wrapped up in a good-looking device that pairs stylishly with any late-model Mac.