Because ink refills are some of the cheapest on the market for the Epson WorkForce WF-7710, we also rated it the best printer for cheap ink that works with Macs.
The Epson WorkForce WF-7710 uses a PrecisionCore print head which produces results that are very close to laser quality of the HP LaserJet Pro although we think “beyond laser” is stretching it a bit.
With a printing resolution of 2400 DPI though, it’s double what you’d usually expect in inkjets such as the Canon Pixma and the difference is noticeable.
It certainly offers one of the fastest printing speeds we’ve seen in an inkjet with black and white print speeds of up to 18ppm on A3 paper and 10ppm in color.
If you need to print super-tabloid sized pages fast, the Epson WorkForce is definitely one of the best inkjets in its class.
It’s ideal for artists or for printing publicity material as it’s one of the few inkjet printers in this price range that can print wide formats.
The Epson WorkForce also includes auto 2-sided print, copy, scan and fax, plus a 35-page Auto Document Feeder.
The Epson WorkForce is also one of the few printers that can perform not only double-sided printing but also double-sided scans, photocopies and faxes.
Epson printers are generally excellent at scanning and the flatbed scanner in the WF-7710 is fast and produces excellent results in 4800DPi up to 13″ x 19″.
However, the Epson Event Manager for Mac software is no longer available and the Epson Scan 2 software does not work with macOS Big Sur. We therefore recommend using third party scanning software for Mac to scan from an Epson Printer on a Mac.
In our experience, Epson printers are also incredibly durable with years of service and few breakdowns in general.
Note that faxing from all-in-one printers isn’t possible in the most recent versions of macOS and we recommend using fax software on a Mac nowadays.
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Epson WorkForce WF-7710 Quick Facts
|Print Speed (Pages Per Minute or PPM)||18 B&W / 10 Color|
|Features||Print, Scan, Copy, Fax|
|Cartridges||252, 252 XL|
|Max Print Dimensions||13" x 22" x 19"|
|Paper Load Capacity||250 pages|
|Auto-Document Feeder||2 pass double sided|
|Maximum Print Resolution||2400 DPI|
|Maximum Scan Resolution||4800 DPI|
|Wide Format Printing||Yes Max 13" x 19"|
Wide Format Printing
The Epson WorkForce is a wide format A3 duplex 4-in-1 and can produce print-shop-quality border less prints up to 13″ x 19″ in 2400 DPI and scans up to 13″ x 19″ in 4800 DPI.
Most all-in-one printers in this price range can usually only print at 11″ x 17″ so the extra inches in the Epson WorkForce is a real bonus for those that need to print spreadsheets, posters and flyers.
It supports single and double sided printing, scanning and faxing all up to A3.
Large Format Touch Screen
There’s a touch screen that allows you to send and print photos from mobile devices via AirPrint as well as perform general management of the printer.
We like the big icons on the screen which make it easier to navigate compared to many printer touchscreens that have smaller symbols which makes it much easier to make mistakes.
You can make the Epson WorkForce perform a self-clean of the print heads from the Touch Screen which we reccommend doing regularly to prevent blockages.
You can print easily from your Mac or iPhone via your WiFi connection including with Apple AirPrint and NFC device, connect it with USB to your Mac or with an Ethernet cable into your router.
You can also Scan-to-Cloud which will scan your documents and save them online so you can send them via email without having to even save them on your Mac.
There’s an Epson mobile app for iOS and Android that allows you to do Email Print, Epson Remote Print, Epson iPrint, and Epson Cloud Print as well as Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.
Epson claims the WorkForce is up to 50% cheaper to run than a laser printer due to the highest yield XXL Epson cartridges capable of 2,200 pages.
Annoyingly though, if you’ve run out of color cartridges and just want to print in greyscale, the Epson WorkForce won’t let you – you must have a full set of cartridges loaded before it will let you print anything at all.
Like most brands nowadays, Epson offer a Pay-as-you-go ReadyPrint Go package which will notify you before your ink runs out.
Unofficial cartridges can be considerably cheaper but Epson does not recommend using generic print cartridges with the WorkForce.
Detects Paper Types
One thing we really like about the Epson WorkForce is that it can detect the type of paper you are using.
There’s a 250-sheet tray at the rear that can accept different types of printing paper.
Although it doesn’t specify a limit for stock card paper, it can take at least up to 110lb card stock paper and it can tell the difference between card stock and heavy photo paper.
If the Epson WorkForce thinks you are trying to print on the wrong kind of paper, it will even warn you.
Specifically, the Epson WorkForce accepts:
- Plain paper: 17 lb (64 g/m2) to 24 lb (90 g/m2)
- Thick paper: 25 lb (91 g/m2) to 68 lb (256 g/m2)
Sublimation Printing Support
Even more impressive, the Epson WorkForce WF-7710 one of the few inkjets that even prints on patterned heat transfer vinyl.
This means you can use the Epson WorkForce printer to print images on t-shirt via heat transfers and sublimation prints. Note that you need special dye-sublimation ink cartridges for the latter.
The sublimation printing isn’t perfect but it’s not bad for an inkjet although not on the same level as specialist sublimation printers.
There’s no SD card slot in the Epson WorkForce WF-7710 but there is a USB port where you could connect an external SD card reader.
For heavy duty printing, you may also want to consider the Epson WorkForce WF-7720.
The difference between the WF-7710 and the WF-7720 is the tray count – the 7710 has a single tray and the 7720 has 2 trays.
Like any inkjet, you may also find that sometimes the print nozzles get blocked, dry out or smudge print outs.
The Epson WorkForce printers are particularly susceptible to this due to the Precision Core heads which deliver superb quality but do clog more easily.
However, this is usually only a problem if you don’t use the printer for several months but it’s something laser printers like the HP Color LaserJet Pro don’t suffer from.
You can also run a cleaning cycle regularly to help reduce the chance of clogged print heads which we recommend as replacing the print head usually costs more than the printer itself.