Epson WorkForce 320

This office inkjet printer is a multifunction that can scan, fax and copy as well as print for a cheap price

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Epson WorkForce 320
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  • Expert Rating

    4.25 / 5
  • User Rating

    2.00 / 5 (of 5 Reviews)

Pros

  • Cheap, good quality printing and scanning for its asking price, useful and trouble-free automatic document feeder

Cons

  • Low input paper capacity, low ink cartridge yield, print speeds don't completely match up with specifications, LCD screen doesn't provide much information

Bottom Line

If you don't mind regularly restocking it with paper and ink, the Epson WorkForce 320 is a great choice for any office looking to buy a budget multifunction inkjet printer for occasional or regular use. It prints black text quickly, it has a good quality scanner with a very convenient automatic document feeder, and it can fax. It's one of the best office printers you can buy for a low price.

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If you are running a home office or small office that needs a cheap all-in-one multifunction printer, the Epson WorkForce 320 is one of the best available. It has impressive specifications and performance for its low budget price, and is only really hampered by mediocre paper feed and ink cartridge capacity figures. It's a solid competitor to the HP Officejet 4500.

Epson WorkForce 320: Design and features

The Epson WorkForce 320 may have a rather uninspired design that reminds us of a '90s fax machine, but it's utilitarian and easy to understand. A top-mounted flatbed scanner with a maximum resolution of 1200x2400dpi is adequate for digitising documents or sending faxes, but the WorkForce 320's catch-card is the 30-sheet automatic document feeder. For its $129 asking price we were very impressed to find this included and found it functioned perfectly.

Moving down the printer's body, the controls are clearly labelled. There's even five presets that allow you to store frequently used fax numbers. We don't like the fact that the Epson WorkForce 320 has an old-style LCD screen rather than a colour one with a graphical interface. It gets the job done for displaying basic information but we think colour LCD displays are easier to read and can fit more text.

The paper input tray at the rear of the Epson WorkForce 320 can hold 120 plain A4 sheets. If you're printing regularly this will quickly run dry, but the rear tray is easily accessible and easier to refill than a bottom-loading cartridge.

A hinge under the flatbed scanner allows easy access to the four ink cartridges. Setting up the Epson WorkForce 320 takes around ten minutes including the initial installation of cartridges and CD-based software installation — we used a Apple Macbook Pro 15in notebook for our testing.

Epson WorkForce 320: Print speed and quality

We weren't able to achieve the Epson WorkForce 320's stated maximum black text print speed of 34 pages per minute, but we did come close. Over a longer print run of two back-to-back 50-page documents, we managed to hit just over 28 pages per minute when printing in draft quality settings. An initial page out time of 12 seconds is very impressive and makes the Epson WorkForce 320 useful for anyone who regularly wants quick single-page printouts.

Colour printing is around half the speed of black text printing. We found the Epson WorkForce 320 was able to produce around nine pages per minute in draft quality mode. Epson quotes a figure of 15 pages per minute so our results were a little off the mark — not excessively so though.

The Epson WorkForce 320's ink cartridge capacities are a slight hindrance to its purpose as an office printer. The standard Epson 133 cartridges can only produce 230 black and 305 colour pages in a regular yield — if possible we'd opt for the high capacity Epson 138 cartridges that yield 380 black and 420 colour A4 pages. Thankfully the WorkForce 320 ships with full capacity cartridges rather than starter ones which are only partially filled with ink.

We found Epson's 133 cartridges for $19.25 each online, making the cost of a full set of standard ink replacements $77. A regular black text page should cost around 8.4cents and a full colour page around 18.9cents. Using high capacity cartridges, which are only $1.90 more expensive each for a total cost of $88.60, results in per-page costs of 5.8cents for black and 15.8cents for full colour A4.

Epson WorkForce 320: Environmental policy and conclusion

On its Web site Epson Australia maintains an environmental policy, with aims including reducing carbon dioxide emissions and the continued use of recycled resources.

The Epson WorkForce 320 is a great performer considering its low price and reasonably diverse feature-set. We think this is a top printer for small businesses and offices that want a multifunction device without paying too much.

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Carmel

1

Hi can I print to a Espon workfore320 printr from my ipa? If so how o I connect to the printer?
Thanks Carmel

Rita christensen

2

How do I go about cleaning the nozzle?

garrick turner

3

you guys are fuck holes and the world thinks you guys are complete nigger shits

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Lindsay Whiteway

1.0

1

Pros
None
Cons
Wont take genric ink cartridges
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Load of crap would never buy or recommend Epson to my worst enemy

Rick

4.0

2

Pros
Good photo quality, autofeeder
Cons
A bit slow
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I just bought this printer for less than 60 bucks. The photos came with very good color and sharpness. It takes forever to print a color picture, but text pages are printed quickly. Don't know how much will the ink cartridges last. they are 4 and at 16 australian dollars each.

Jonny Appleseed

0.0

3

Pros
Cheap
Cons
Cheap
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This printer sucks. I have it on my mac. The ink cartrigages cannot be refilled and are generally expensive. Everytime I don't print with it for a couple days, I have to print 30 pages to get a good print of a single page because it consistently cannot print one solid good page. Even when selected "best" settings it does the same thing. I want to attach some fireworks to it this 4th of July and explode it or at minimum melt it into a non usable goo which it already is.

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