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

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

Activation playbook: Deliver data that powers impactful, game-changing campaigns

Bringing together data and technology to drive better business outcomes

Free Download

In unpredictable times, a data strategy is key

Data processes are crucial to guide decisions and drive business growth

Free Download

Achieving resiliency with Everything-as-a-Service (XAAS)

Transforming the enterprise IT landscape

Free Download

What is contextual analytics?

Creating more customer value in HR software applications

Free Download

Recommended

Epson Photo HD XP-15000 review: Small footprint, small price, big prints
peripherals

Epson Photo HD XP-15000 review: Small footprint, small price, big prints

23 May 2022
HP Neverstop Laser 1202nw review: A great small office choice
peripherals

HP Neverstop Laser 1202nw review: A great small office choice

19 May 2022
Kyocera Ecosys FS-1061DN review: Affordable, but uninspiring
peripherals

Kyocera Ecosys FS-1061DN review: Affordable, but uninspiring

17 May 2022
Oki B432dn review: A masterful mono laser
peripherals

Oki B432dn review: A masterful mono laser

16 May 2022

Most Popular

16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

13 May 2022
(ISC)2 launches free scheme to get 100,000 UK citizens into cyber security
Careers & training

(ISC)2 launches free scheme to get 100,000 UK citizens into cyber security

17 May 2022
Preparing for the 3G sunset
Network & Internet

Preparing for the 3G sunset

18 May 2022