Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Oct 30, 2020 at 10:17 am
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 Picture
8.0
Family
7.0
Small/Home Office
8.2
Student
7.6
Black & White
7.6
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is a versatile all-in-one inkjet printer. It has outstanding connectivity options, and it's compatible with the Epson iPrint app that lets you print, scan, and perform maintenance tasks directly from your mobile device. It has impressive scanner features, including a flatbed and an automatic document feeder, but unfortunately, it doesn't perform duplex scanning. The page yield for black documents is poor, so you'll likely need to replace the ink cartridge often, but they aren't too expensive which helps to keep its cost-per-print quite low. Also, high-capacity cartridges are available for purchase if you want to replace them less often.

Our Verdict

8.0 Family

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is a very good family printer. Its black and color printing costs are affordable, and its color accuracy is very good. It also has great scanner features if you want to digitize family photos. Unfortunately, its photo printing quality is only decent, since photos come out quite grainy.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Great color accuracy.
  • Lots of connectivity options.
Cons
  • Only decent photo printing quality.
  • Disappointing black page yield.
7.0 Small/Home Office

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is a decent printer for a home or small office. It has an efficient design that makes accessing paper jams and ink cartridges easy, and it prints black-only documents very quickly. Although its cost-per-print for black documents is great, its black page yield is poor, which isn't ideal for frequent and large print jobs.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Good color page yield.
  • Lots of connectivity options.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Disappointing black page yield.
8.2 Student

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is a great printer for students. Although the first page takes some time to come out, the rest of your document should be in your hand pretty quickly. It has outstanding connectivity options and great scanner features. However, the black page yield is quite low, so might need to replace the black cartridge frequently if you print large documents often, but at least the cost-per-print is low.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Good color page yield.
  • Lots of connectivity options.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Disappointing black page yield.
7.6 Black & White

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is a good printer for black and white printing. It has a great cost-per-print for black-only documents, and black-only text documents come out quite fast. Unfortunately, the black page yield is poor, but high-capacity cartridges are available for purchase, and these should last longer.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Lots of connectivity options.
  • Quick printing speed for black-only documents.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black-only documents.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Disappointing black page yield.
7.6 Casual Photo

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is a good printer for casual photos. Its photo printing cost is quite low, so you won't be paying much per print, and the color accuracy is impressive. However, the photo printing quality is only decent, and pictures come out looking grainy with some banding in dark areas. The printer accepts most photo paper sizes, but it doesn't print in 2x3.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Great color accuracy.
  • Good color page yield.
Cons
  • Only decent photo printing quality.
  • Disappointing black page yield.
  • 8.0 Family
  • 7.0 Small/Home Office
  • 8.2 Student
  • 7.6 Black & White
  • 7.6 Casual Photo

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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820
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Test Results

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Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is well-designed. It's made of sturdy, durable-feeling plastic, and the scan lid and paper trays feel solid. The scan lid stays fully open on its own, although its hinges can't be raised enough to fit a textbook under the closed lid. The output tray can be lifted to see how much paper is left in the input tray without disturbing the print job. Paper jams can be reached by removing a cover at the back, and ink cartridges are easily accessed by lifting the flatbed scanner. Also, the right rear corner houses a removable maintenance box that stores ink flushed during the print head cleaning. Once the maintenance box is full, it needs to be replaced.

Unfortunately, there's only one input tray, and you can't have both regular paper and photo paper loaded at once. If you want to use a different type of paper, you need to manually unload and reload the tray with the right type of paper each time. Also, the printer needs to be on to replace the ink cartridges.

Design
Dimensions
Height 9.7" (24.7 cm)
Width 16.7" (42.4 cm)
Depth 14.8" (37.6 cm)
Weight
19.6 lbs (8.9 kg)

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is fairly compact. Since it's a bit tall, you'll need some clearance above it to properly open the scanner lid. Otherwise, it should fit well in most spaces.

7.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.6" (6.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 has a good LCD screen. Although it has good visibility whether you're sitting or standing, you can tilt the display panel vertically to help you see the screen better. It has a crisp background with touch-sensitive buttons around the display border. The touch screen is easy to navigate, and if you're confused about how to do something, how-to diagrams are available by pressing the Help button.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Installation CD
  • Power cable
  • Epson T822 starter cartridges
    • 1x T822-I Black
    • 1x T822-I Cyan
    • 1x T822-I Magenta
    • 1x T822-I Yellow

6.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
Epson T822
Tested Black Page Yield
19.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
361 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Epson T822 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
12.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
255 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 's inkjet cartridge system is only okay. The black page yield is pretty low, so you'll have to replace the black cartridge often. On the other hand, the color page yield is good and should last you longer. There are three different color cartridges, so you can change the empty ones without needing to replace them all at once. When the black ink runs out, it must be replaced to continue printing as you can't print with color cartridges only. On the upside, there are high-capacity versions that should last longer, although we didn't test these. We couldn't find any third-party ink available.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 has great scanner features. The flatbed scanner has a good maximum scan resolution and color depth. It has a sheetfed scanner with an automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning multiple pages at a time. The scan lid can stay open on its own, although its hinges can't be lifted high enough to fit a thick document or textbook under the closed lid. Unfortunately, there's no duplex scanning, so you'll have to manually flip over every page if you're scanning a two-sided document.

Printing
8.2
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
19.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
34.45 US$
Black Only Printing
0.055 US$/print
Color Printing
0.135 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.359 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 has a great cost-per-print. While you have to buy three cartridges to replace all colors, this means that you use every drop of ink that you pay for, and you aren't throwing away half-full cartridges just because one color runs out.

7.9
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
20 PPM
Color Document
8 PPM
Photo Printing Time
59.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
13.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

The printing speed of the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is very good. Although the first page takes some time to come out, the subsequent pages get faster after that, especially for black-only documents. Photos print out decently quickly. If you'd like a printer with a higher input tray capacity, check out the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840.

8.1
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
8.84

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 has great color accuracy. Colors are accurate enough for a splash of color on a report or school assignment, but people who depend on exact color reproduction for work might be a bit disappointed.

7.2
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 has decent photo printing quality. Pictures look a little grainy, and banding is noticeable in dark areas. Black areas aren't very deep, but colors look distinct from each other. These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) No
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 can print on most common paper formats. Unfortunately, the input tray can only hold one format of paper at a time, which is bothersome if you switch between regular paper and photo paper often.

Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 has exceptional connectivity options. You can set it up with your home's Wi-Fi router either wirelessly or via Ethernet, or you can connect straight to the printer via Wi-Fi Direct. Although it doesn't support Bluetooth, mobile printing is still easy with Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print. You can also print directly off a USB flash drive.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name Epson iPrint
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
Yes
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Epson iPrint app is outstanding. You can print, scan, and copy directly from your mobile device. It also lets you check ink levels, perform maintenance tasks like firmware updates, nozzle checks, or printhead cleaning, and order new cartridges right from the app.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 doesn't have any variants. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is a versatile inkjet printer. It has very good color accuracy and its photo quality should be decent enough for school assignments and reports. The scanner features are great, especially if you want to digitize old photos. However, its cartridge system isn't the best, and there are other printers with much higher page yields. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best home printers, the best office printers, and the best inkjet printers.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is slightly better than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820. The WF-4830 feels better built, its scanner can perform duplex scanning, it has better photo accuracy, and it has two input trays instead of just one. However, the WF-3820 has better color accuracy and might present better value for some people.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 is a better family printer than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820. The Canon's photo printing quality is significantly better, its color page yield is higher, and the cost-per-print is lower. Also, it has Bluetooth support, which the Epson lacks. On the other hand, the Epson has better color accuracy, a quicker printing speed, and the input tray can hold double the amount the Canon can.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 is a better printer than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 thanks to its significantly higher page yield and lower cost-per-print. The HP can perform duplex scanning and it has two input trays. However, the Epson has better color accuracy, a better companion app, and it might provide better value for some people.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3730

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 is overall a better family printer than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3730. The WF-3820 has a higher black page yield, a lower cost-per-print, and its color accuracy is better. However, the WF-3730 has a quicker printing speed and its two input trays, whereas the WF-3820 has only one.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840 is better than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820. The WF-7840's cartridge system yields slightly more color pages and the cost-per-print is a bit lower. Also, it has three input trays, whereas the WF-3820 only has one. On the other hand, the WF-3820 is more compact and will fit better in tight spaces, plus it's faster at printing both black and color documents.

Epson WorkForce WF-7720

The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 is a better printer than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 for office purposes. The WF-7720 has duplex scanning, two paper trays, and it has better photo printing quality. On the other hand, the WF-3820 has much better color accuracy, a lower cost-per-print, and its printing speed is significantly faster.

Brother MFC-L2750DW

The Brother MFC-L2750DW is a better printer than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820. This better-built printer has a much higher page yield, a lower cost-per-print, and its faster at printing pages. However, the Brother is monochrome-only, so the Epson is better if you need to print pictures or documents containing color.

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