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Epson WorkForce WF-2930 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed May 15, 2023 at 11:13 am
Epson WorkForce WF-2930 Picture
Small/Home Office
Black & White

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is a basic all-in-one inkjet printer for small or home office use. It's all but identical to the Epson WorkForce WF-2950, with the one real difference being its smaller display. It uses the same Claria 232-format cartridges and is compatible with high-capacity 232XL black ink cartridges, though no XL-size color ink cartridges are available. It also has a scanner with an ADF, an integrated fax, and a height-adjustable hinge.

Our Verdict

7.2 Family

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is decent for family use. Its cost-per-print is on the higher end of the scale; while ink cartridges are fairly cheap, they have a very low page yield, so you'll swap them out often if you print frequently. The printer won't output full-color documents if its black ink cartridge is empty. The print quality for both documents and photos is good, though color accuracy isn't a strong point. Its scanner can't automatically process double-sided documents but produces very sharp and detailed copies. The scanner's height-adjustable hinge allows it to accept magazines or books easily.

  • Good document printing quality.
  • Wide range of connectivity options.
  • Good selection of in-app features.
  • Has a flatbed scanner with an ADF.
  • Ink cartridges have a low page yield.
  • Printhead can clog if printer isn't used regularly.
6.0 Small/Home Office

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is a middling option for home office use. Even though replacement ink cartridges are cheap, they have a low page yield, so you'll be swapping them out often if you frequently print multi-page documents. Printing speed is also quite slow, so it isn't the best choice if you regularly need to print documents out on short notice. That said, printed documents are well-rendered and very legible. Its scanner has an ADF, allowing it to quickly process multiple pages. However, it lacks duplex scanning capability.

  • Good document printing quality.
  • Wide range of connectivity options.
  • Has a flatbed scanner with an ADF.
  • Ink cartridges have a low page yield.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Printhead can clog if printer isn't used regularly.
6.9 Student

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is alright for students. It doesn't print all that quickly, so you'll need to set aside a bit of time to print a long multi-page document. The cost of ownership is also on the higher end, even with the cheap cost of replacement ink cartridges; they have a pretty low page yield, so you'll be swapping them out pretty often. On the upside, it has a scanner with optical character recognition and an automatic document feeder, so you can quickly process multiple single-sided pages. It also supports many wireless connectivity options, so you can easily print from your smartphone or laptop. It offers Google Classroom integration too, and the 'Guest Connection' feature lets your friends quickly connect to the device if they need to quickly print something.

  • Good document printing quality.
  • Wide range of connectivity options.
  • Good selection of in-app features.
  • Has a flatbed scanner with an ADF.
  • Ink cartridges have a low page yield.
  • Slow printing speed.
  • Printhead can clog if printer isn't used regularly.
6.3 Black & White

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is a mediocre choice for black-and-white printing. Printed documents are crisp and well-rendered but are outputted pretty slowly, which isn't ideal if you need to print a long multi-page document in a hurry. The standard 232-format cartridges don't have a very large yield, and while XL-sized black ink cartridges are available, they don't help much in this respect.

  • Good document printing quality.
  • Ink cartridges have a low page yield.
7.5 Photo

Despite being billed as a simple all-in-one printer for home office use, the Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is surprisingly good for photo printing. Photos look very sharp, with small details being remarkably well-rendered. It can also print a wide variety of photo sizes. Unfortunately, while its color gamut is fairly wide, color reproduction is somewhat inaccurate, so it isn't suitable for professional-quality photo prints.

  • Photo quality is sharp.
  • Wide color gamut.
  • Prints most common photo sizes.
  • Ink cartridges have a low page yield.
  • Poor color accuracy.
  • 7.2 Family
  • 6.0 Small/Home Office
  • 6.9 Student
  • 6.3 Black & White
  • 7.5 Photo
  1. Updated May 15, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated May 10, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated May 08, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated May 03, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 01, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is only available as a single variant with no other configurations or colors.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is a basic all-in-one inkjet printer. It's a replacement for the Epson WorkForce WF-2830, with a similar feature set and very similar overall performance, the sole exception being a revised user interface that displays less useful information at a glance. Like many of Epson's WorkForce printers, it uses Claria 232-format cartridges with a very low page yield, leading to a high cost of ownership. Thankfully, it has a somewhat feature-packed companion app and a wide range of connectivity options.

If you're looking for an alternative, see our recommendations for the best cheap printers, the best home printers, and the best office printers.

Epson WorkForce WF-2950

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 and Epson WorkForce WF-2950 are all but identical. The difference between the two is that the 2950 has a bigger display screen that lets you glean more information at a glance compared to the 2930's somewhat cramped display. Ultimately, go for whatever model you can find for less money.

Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is slightly better for most uses than the Canon PIXMA TR4720/TR4722. The Epson feels sturdier, incurs fewer maintenance requirements, has an actual screen for navigating its user interface, uses cartridges with a higher page yield, and delivers sharper scan quality in less time. On the other hand, the Canon prints slightly sharper, more detailed documents.

Epson WorkForce WF-2830

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is very similar to the Epson WorkForce WF-2830. The 2930 is the newer model, but the differences between the two models are vanishingly few. The older 2830 prints marginally faster and has a similarly small display that conveys more information at a glance.

Epson WorkForce WF-2850

The Epson WorkForce WF-2850 and Epson WorkForce WF-2930 are very similar printers. The 2930 scans marginally faster and outputs sharper scans, but the 2850 has a bigger display that lets you access the sub-menu you want a lot faster.

Test Results

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Build Quality
Type All in One

Build quality is okay. It's made mainly from plastic; while the main body feels sturdy, smaller parts like the paper output tray and ADF lid are much flimsier. You can remove a cover on the rear of the printer to access the duplexer and clear paper jams when printing double-sided documents. You can also lift the scanner to access the cartridge bay and prop it up using the support spar. However, it only opens to a roughly 45° angle, which doesn't give you much room to maneuver when inserting new cartridges or clearing paper jams for single-sided prints.

Height 8.5" (21.5 cm)
Width 14.8" (37.5 cm)
Depth 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Height When In Use
9.4" (24.0 cm)
Width When In Use
14.8" (37.5 cm)
Depth When In Use
22.6" (57.5 cm)
11.6 lbs (5.2 kg)
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Epson WF-2930 has a few maintenance requirements. Like any inkjet printer, its printhead can clog if you leave it unused for an extended period. However, you can run a few built-in maintenance routines, like Printhead Nozzle Check, Printhead Cleaning, Power Cleaning, Printhead Alignment, and Paper Guide Cleaning.

You can replace the cartridges by turning the printer on and selecting the Ink Cartridge Replacement function in the menu. The flatbed scanner can be lifted to access the cartridge bay, though it doesn't open very wide, which can make it a challenge to swap in new cartridges or to reach the sheet rollers and clear paper jams. On the other hand, clearing paper jams for double-sided documents is very simple, as removing the rear cover gives you clear access to the duplexer.

This printer features a 'Print Failure' tab in its menu system to walk you through the necessary steps to fix issues like dirt or spots on copies and streaks or lines on prints.

Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.4" (3.7 cm)
Touchscreen No

The screen is adequate overall. It isn't touch-sensitive; you can only navigate the menu using the controls to its right, which offer good physical feedback and are quite responsive. It has great viewing angles, so you can easily see what's being displayed, whether you're sitting down, standing up, or looking at it from the side. However, it's noticeably smaller than that of the Epson WorkForce WF-2950. Unlike that printer, you can only view one of the 12 settings tabs at a time, rather than seeing all the tabs on a central menu, forcing you to cycle through each option individually. That said, this does mean that it's easier to read the writing on each tab. Unlike this printer's predecessor, the Epson WorkForce WF-2830, there's no Wi-Fi status indicator to let you know if you're connected to your home network at a glance. You can see the 2830's screen here.

Technology Inkjet
Photo Cartridge
Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
Black Cartridge Model
Epson 232 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
8.83 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
167 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Epson 232 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
5 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
106 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Not Found At Time Of The Review
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge

Page yield is poor, so you'll have to replace the cartridges often if you print multi-page documents daily. The printer will stop an in-progress print job when any of its 232-format cartridges run dry, though it will give you the option to print color documents in black and white if you're out of color ink but still have some remaining black. However, this option is only available under certain circumstances and for a limited amount of time, with most print jobs requiring some level of color ink to be left remaining. When the supply of black ink is running low, you'll receive this message instead. A high-yield black ink cartridge (232XL) is available, but there aren't any high-capacity color cartridges.

This printer won't print any documents, even full-color ones, when its black ink cartridge runs dry. It's also worth noting that the initialization process for new cartridges takes quite a bit of time and wastes a lot of ink.

Scanner Features
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
30 pages
Scan Speed
Duplex Scanning
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
0.41" (10 mm)
OCR Included

The Epson WF-2930's scanner has a decent feature set identical to that of the Epson WorkForce WF-2950. An automatic document feeder lets you quickly scan multiple single-sided sheets. However, the lack of duplex scanning means you'll need to flip each page manually when scanning double-sided sheets, which can be time-consuming. The scanner lid's hinges offer a small height adjustment range, meaning you can squeeze in thin textbooks or magazines.

It also offers optical character recognition technology. It works fairly well and has little trouble with identifying plain text. However, it does have a bit of trouble recognizing special characters and accents. You need to install the Epson Scan 2 app to use this feature.

Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth

Scan quality is fantastic. Scanned text is clear and legible, and fine details are accurately rendered. The scanner slightly increases saturation and contrast compared to the original copy, making some text easier to read. However, this can be a small issue if you frequently scan photos and want accurate color representation without further editing.

In The Box

  • User documentation
  • Power cord
  • Set of Claria T232 starter ink cartridges:
    • 1x black
    • 1x cyan
    • 1x magenta
    • 1x yellow

Advertised Battery Life
Tested Charging Time
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White

The quality of printed black-and-white documents is good. Fine details are accurately rendered, and printed text is easy to read. However, white text within a lighter-colored background can be somewhat hard to see, and light colors like yellow that have been converted to grayscale are faint.

Color Documents

Color document print quality is good. Text is sharp and legible, and most fine details, like thin lines or shapes, are fairly easy to see. That said, colors look a little desaturated, and some graininess is present.

Black Cartridge Price
19.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
20.95 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.120 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
0.198 US$/print
Photo Printing Cost
0.524 US$/print
Ink Subscription

The cost per print is okay. Replacement cartridges are cheap but have a low page yield, so you'll swap them out often if you print a lot.

Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
Color Document
Photo Printing Time
96.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
22.0 s
Duplex Printing
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

Printing speed is slow, though not to an unusual degree for an inkjet printer. It isn't the best option if you need to print a large batch of documents quickly, whether in black-and-white or in color. You'll also be waiting around a while if you print a photo using the high-quality setting, which takes nearly three minutes.

Document Printing Sizes
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) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Max Paper Weight
297 g/m²

The Epson WF-2930 supports most standard paper sizes. You can set custom sizes up from 2.2" x 3.4" (54mm x 86mm) to 8.5" x 47.2" (215.9mm x 1,200mm).

Color Gamut

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 produces a good range of colors. Its performance is very close to the Epson WorkForce WF-2950 in this respect, as it does a good job of reproducing lighter shades of blue but struggles with lighter, more saturated purples and greens. Darker colors are also rendered more brightly than expected, and color transitions are somewhat grainy.

Color Accuracy
Average Color dE

Color accuracy is poor. Most shades are represented quite differently from their source. On the upside, despite the high level of deviation with skin tones, they look fairly natural in the real world, though not to the extent that they'd be suitable for professional use. Regardless, you aren't likely to notice its poor color accuracy too much if you're printing documents with small pops of color.

Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
5760 x 1440

Small details are reproduced with fantastic accuracy. Fine elements in photos are easy to see, though some distant details are blurred by halftones (dot effect).

Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Yes
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Yes
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Yes
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Yes
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing

This printer supports borderless printing, but only on specific paper sizes:

  • Letter
  • A4
  • 8" x 10" (203.2mm x 254mm)
  • 5" x 7" (127mm x 177.8mm)
  • 4" x 6" (101.6mm x 152.4mm)

The printer will also notify you that you may notice a loss in quality when borderless printing is selected, as seen here.

Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App And Connectivity
USB Input To Computer
Wireless Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Wi-Fi Direct
External Storage Support
Apple AirPrint
Mopria Print Service
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Epson Smart Panel
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android Only
Text Files (TXT)
Android Only
Webpages (HTML)
Android and iOS

The Epson Smart Panel mobile app has many features. You can print, scan, and copy documents, check the ink levels, view the user manual, and execute maintenance routines like printhead cleaning and alignment. It also has an ID card-scanning feature that lets you copy both sides onto a single page. The app has Google Classroom integration, so you can easily print assignments. A 'Guest Connection' feature generates a QR code to let friends quickly connect to the printer, and a 'Document Capture' feature lets you scan a document with your phone's camera to generate a copy.

The iOS version of the app doesn't print Microsoft Word and .TXT files properly in their native formats, so you need to convert them to PDFs before printing. The app recommends you do so automatically to avoid any formatting issues. It isn't an issue when using Android devices, as documents are automatically processed to the proper format when they're uploaded using Google Cloud.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

You need to manually install drivers on Windows to use the printer, but not on macOS and Chrome OS devices.