As I returned the EPSON Stylus Photo TX720WD printer review unit, I received another one. The EPSON ME (stands for Max Economy) Office Printer 960FWD. As you can see from the photos, the printer easily fits in any office environment.

Print, Scan, Copy and Fax. This printer is all you need for the small office. The high capacity DURABrite Ultra 4-colour pigment-based ink cartridge lets you print more pages at lower cost. You can print on both sides of the paper with the duplex function. Plus, the automatic document feeder (ADF) allows you to scan, copy and fax 2-sided documents with ease. There are many dedicated buttons on the printer that leaves little room for guessing, even for the technologically-challeged.

You can connect this printer to your computer by USB, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi. Driver installation is fuss-free when you download the EPSON web installer app, which detects the printer model and further download the appropriate software and drivers. The printer comes with multi-card readers and a USB port for PictBridge printing. You can even manage the memory card as a drive from your computer.

While the printer is equally capable of printing photos, quality does not turn out as impressive as the EPSON Photo TX720WD because the latter uses Clara Photographic dye-based ink which works best with special photo paper, while the 960FWD’s DURABrite ink works best on plain paper. Printed images on the 960FWD lack the glossiness and the vibrancy, despite churning identical dots-per-inch.

EPSON iPrint. This free smartphone app for iPhone and Android lets you connect to supported EPSON printers within the network. With this app, printing photos taken from iPhones is so convenient, especially for users who rarely transfer their photos out to their computers.

The app practically lets you do everything that the printer supports: printing photos, documents stored on the phone and online (e.g. Dropbox, Google Docs), web pages, as well as initiating the scanner function and receiving the scanned copy on your phone in JPG or PDF.

An All-Rounder. I love the convenience of the ADF for your faxing and scanning needs. I love the ability to do duplex printing and save paper. There are multiple connectivity options that will meet your office set-up needs, be it using the conventional Ethernet cable or the Wi-Fi method. Corporate road warriors can conveniently print documents from their smartphones, or even scan documents for sending out over their mobile devices – no computers required. The EPSON 960FWD is your modern office printing solution.

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