The Epson WorkForce WF-2830DWF is a multipurpose all-in-one inkjet printer that has lots of different features but unfortunately doesn't perform very well overall. The page yield of its black cartridge is very bad, so it needs to be replaced quite often. The color cartridges don't last very long, either. Fortunately, the cartridges aren't very expensive, so the overall cost-per-print isn't too high. This printer does print quite slowly, however, even just in black and white. On the upside, it has a flatbed scanner for photos and an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) to scan multi-page documents. It's also quite compact, has a fair number of connectivity options, and its companion app is excellent.
The Epson WorkForce WF-2830 is an alright family printer. While it does a decent job at printing photos, they look a bit dull compared to what you'd get from a photo lab. They also take quite a while to print. Documents print rather slowly as well, and the black cartridge runs out of ink very quickly. On the upside, the ink doesn't cost too much to replace. This printer also has great scanning features so you can make digital copies of important documents or photos from home.
Although the Epson WorkForce WF-2830 is marketed specifically for home office use, it's a poor choice. You'll likely have to change the cartridges quite often since their page yield is quite bad. There are high-yield cartridges available which should last longer, but they still might not be enough. The printing speed is also quite slow. There's an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) to scan multi-page documents more quickly, but it can't scan both sides at the same time. And while it has a decent number of connectivity options, you can't set it up with your network via Ethernet.
The Epson WorkForce WF-2830 is okay as a student printer. The printing costs are fairly affordable since the cartridges aren't too expensive. However, the printing speed is quite slow, which is frustrating when you're under a tight deadline. On the upside, its compact format shouldn't take up much space in your dorm room, and it has a fair number of connectivity options.
The Epson WorkForce WF-2830 is an inadequate black and white printer. The black cartridge doesn't cost too much to replace, so the actual cost-per-print is reasonably affordable. However, its page yield is terrible, so you'll likely have to change it quite often. Black and white documents also print pretty slowly.
The Epson WorkForce WF-2830 is okay for casual photo printing. Photos are fairly affordable to print, and images reproduced have good detail to them. However, photos have an overall dull tone to them, which isn't ideal if you want copies of your most vibrant shots. It also takes a long time for a 4" x 6" photo to fully print, and if you're printing photos on plain paper instead, it has poor color accuracy.
The Epson WF-2830's design is okay. The body is made of plastic that feels durable, so the printer itself feels sturdy and solid. However, the output tray is thin and flimsy, and the external rear input tray doesn't protect your paper from dust. It also isn't very easy to open the rear cover to access paper jams, and the printer needs to be powered on to get to the ink cartridges. On the upside, the power cable is removable, so you can easily replace it if it gets damaged. The scanner lid also stays open on its own, and the hinges extend a bit so you can scan slightly thicker documents.
This is a compact all-in-one printer. It shouldn't take up much space in a small home office or dorm room.
This printer has an unremarkable display screen. The menu is easy to navigate, but the screen itself is quite small. On the upside, it's easy to see whether you're sitting or standing since you can tilt the entire display panel for better visibility.
If you prefer a larger screen, there's a variant called the WF-2850 which has a 2.4" (6.1 cm) LCD instead. We didn't test it, but expect it to otherwise perform similarly to the model reviewed.
The Epson WF-2830 has a poor 4-cartridge inkjet system. You'll likely need to change the black cartridge fairly often since its page yield is terrible. The color cartridges don't last very long either, and the printer will stop printing entirely if even just one color cartridge runs out. On the upside, there are high-yield cartridges available that should last longer.
This printer will accept third-party cartridges, but they could void its warranty.
The Epson WF-2830 has great scanning features. There's a sheetfed scanner with an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) for scanning multiple pages at a time. However, you need to scan each side of a two-sided document separately since there's no duplex scanning. On the upside, the flatbed scanner has a good maximum scan resolution and color depth for enlarging photos.
The Epson WF-2830's cost-per-print is acceptable. Although the cartridges don't last very long, they're not very expensive. This helps keep the cost-per-print fairly reasonable, but keep in mind that the more you print, the more you'll end up spending in total.
Also, even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using their color cartridges for servicing tasks, so they'll likely need replacing at some point as well.
The Epson WF-2830's printing speed is okay. Printing a single page in black and white doesn't take too long. However, if you have a longer document to process, you might wait for a while, especially if there are pages in color. Photo printing takes quite some time as well.
This printer has poor color accuracy. This shouldn't be too much a problem if you just print documents off the web from time-to-time for personal use. However, it keeps more professional documents from looking their best. If you are looking for a printer with a better printing quality and color accuracy, check out the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3730.
The Epson WF-2830 has decent photo printing quality. The details are good, and there isn't too much banding. However, the overall tone feels quite flat, and there's some color present in the grayscale.
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.
This printer has a paper input in the back with an adjustable slider to accommodate different paper sizes.
This printer has decent connectivity options. You can set it up with your home's WiFi router, or connect directly to it wirelessly via Wi-Fi Direct. It doesn't support Bluetooth, but you can still print from your mobile devices with AirPrint or the Mopria Print Service. However, it lacks an Ethernet port, which is a bit disappointing for business users since you can't connect it to a wired network.
The Epson iPrint app is excellent. You can print most file types as well as scan directly from your phone. You can also conveniently check the printer's ink levels, initiate routine maintenance tasks like print-head cleaning, and order more ink on-the-go.
There's a variant of the Epson WF-2830 called the WF-2850. Although we haven't reviewed it, the only difference seems to be the size of the LCD display: the WF-2830 has a 1.4" (3.7 cm) LCD display while the WF-2830's is 2.4" (6.1 cm).
Overall, the Brother MFC-J497DW performs better than the Epson WorkForce WF-2830. The Brother has a better build quality, it can yield more pages per cartridge, and its ink cartridges are cheaper. The Brother also has better color accuracy, but the Epson prints faster, especially for black and white documents.