Because of its diminutive size there’s no scanner, no automatic duplex printing, and not even a paper output tray.
Instead, the WF-110W is focused on quick and easy printing away from the facilities of a typical office. For a start, there’s a built-in battery, good for a claimed 50 colour or 100 black pages. You can directly power and recharge the printer from its supplied AC adaptor, or leave that at home and just use a USB connection that has powered USB ports.
The WF-110W also supports wireless networking, as you would expect, so you can set it up either with an access point such as a router, or connect through your laptop. Epson has covered everything: even if you end up with a PC, and with no internet access, you can install a basic Windows print driver via a USB connection to the printer itself.
The body plastics seem tough, and the paper input tray folds over to protect the colour screen and keep dust out of the paper slot. The tray has a 20 page capacity. We found it coped with a small amount of overloading, but experienced misfeeds when we got to around 28 sheets of 80gsm paper.
What are the results like?
For performance, it's not going to be fast, but if you don’t expect too much from the WF-110W you won’t be disappointed. Epson says it will print black text at seven pages per minute (ppm), rising to 9.6ppm at draft quality during our tests. While Epson says it will hit 4ppm on colour prints, we managed to print out 3.5ppm on our complex graphics test, On battery power, the print speed reduces considerably down to 3.1ppm on just black printing.
That said, there’s little compromise on print quality. Black text was firm and dark, while graphics were also strong, exhibiting just some subtle banding on a couple of colourful banners we printed off. Photo printer performance leaves a little to be desired, I printed Six 6x4in postcards which took more than half an hour, and the results lacked the high-gloss finish you’d get from a photo-focused printer, though they were acceptable if you are not too fussy.
Running costs are not particularly cheap, when it comes to black ink. While the supplied 250-page black and 200-page colour cartridges still had plenty of ink remaining after our standard tests – their replacements work out at 12.5p per page. Of this, the black component comes out at a costly 6p per page.
The WorkForce WF-110W doesn't do everything as well as bigger printers which is only to be expected, but it’s ideally suited to the role it’s built for. Don’t expect too much of it when it comes to capacity and features, you will need to get back to the office printer for that. But for on-the-go printing it's just the job. A genuine portable printer that will serve you well.
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