Epson WorkForce WF-2930 Review: A Low Cost Home Printer | Digital Trends

Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is an affordable and compact multifunction printer.

Epson Workforce WF-2930

Advised price $110.00

“Epson’s WorkForce WF-2930 is a good choice for the home office with high quality print, scan, copy and fax capabilities.”

Professionals

  • Low initial cost

  • Good print quality

  • Optional high capacity black ink

  • High resolution scans and copies

  • Compact and attractive

Against

  • Ink costs add up over time

  • Slow printing

  • The document feeder has some problems

Not everyone needs a fax these days. Okay, let’s be honest — most people don’t. But some do, and for those folks, an all-in-home solution can be expensive.

Epson’s WorkForce WF-2930 printer is a low-cost all-in-one solution designed for the home office. Keeping the price low while still offering the features you need to get the job done is challenging, so we tested the WorkForce WF-2930 to see if Epson could strike the right balance.

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Epson’s WorkForce WF-2930 is small for a work-focused printer that combines color printing, scanning, copying and faxing. It takes up just 22.7 by 14.8 inches of desk space, standing at 9.5 inches tall.

It will look good in your home office with its diffused charcoal black finish, rounded corners and glossy control panel. The center panel tilts up for easy viewing, and the color display is legible despite its small 1.4-inch size.

Epson's WorkForce WF-2930 is compact and stylish.
Epson’s WorkForce WF-2930 is compact and stylish.

The WorkForce WF-2930 isn’t a touchscreen model, but the large buttons on either side work well, and it’s simple to navigate the menu system with the arrow, back, and OK buttons. There is also a numeric keypad for the fax function.

The printer is well made, and the adjustable parts are clearly labeled, making it obvious how to load paper for printing and feed documents into the automatic feeder for scanning and faxing. The top panel is thicker than some all-in-one printers as it also has a document feeder and stacker to collect documents after digital scanning.

The line port for connecting a phone line for faxing is on the back, alongside an extension port for connecting a phone and a USB port for physically connecting a computer.

A side view of the Epson WorkForce WF-2930 shows that the paper tray is somewhat hidden from the front.
A side view of the Epson WorkForce WF-2930 shows that the paper tray is somewhat hidden from the front.

A note on design, it can be difficult to see the paper guides on the back if you place the WorkForce WF-2930 on a counter-height standing desk. At 6 feet tall, I can lean over and see the guides, but my wife has to go sideways when she adjusts to a different size of paper.

Print performance

Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is a remarkably affordable inkjet printer with good color accuracy and sufficient detail in photo prints. As an office printer, text is crisp, easy to read, and color documents look great.

Epson WorkForce WF-2930 producing photographic prints.
Epson WorkForce WF-2930 makes good photo prints.

Print speeds of 10 pages per minute (ppm) in black and white and five ppm in color will keep you waiting longer than more expensive models. This is to be expected: Epson presents it as a printer for the home office rather than a solution for a busy work environment.

Double-sided printing worked reliably and produced good results overall, but had a spot on the edge on the first print. After printing one side, the printer rewinds the paper, turns it over, and prints the second side without human assistance.

This makes a big difference when you want to print a long document without creating a large stack of paper.

Special features

The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 automatic document scanner is loaded.
The Epson WorkForce WF-2930 automatic document feeder is loaded.

Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is a four-function all-in-one printer, including printing, scanning, copying and faxing. This single device covers all those needs, which could be ideal for setting up a small business or occasionally working from home.

Scans are high quality, allowing for up to 600 dots per inch when using the mobile app and up to 1,200dpi from a computer. The automatic document feeder (ADF) lets you place a stack of up to 30 sheets of paper and move on to other tasks.

Unfortunately, the ADF has a couple of problems. If you’re using the mobile app, you can’t multitask during the scan. If you switch to another app, scanning stops. The Android app doesn’t support split screen, but it works on an iPad. From a computer, the scanner can run in the background.

A more concerning problem occurs if you load the ADF with thin or old paper that is delicate. My old school paper got jammed. WorkForce WF-2930 detected the problem and was easy to remove, but the page was slightly wrinkled. Even with new paper, you can see that the feeder causes some warp when the paper is pulled in. When scanning old documents or something particularly important, it’s best to use the flatbed scanner.

Paper comes out slightly wrinkled from a printer.
Old, delicate paper may wrinkle in the WorkForce WF-2930 ADF.

I could not test the fax function as I use a smartphone exclusively for calls and I don’t have a physical telephone line. The technology is over 60 years old, so there shouldn’t be any new surprises when faxing with the WorkForce WF-2930’s high-quality scanner and printer.

Software and Compatibility

With Epson’s Smart Panel app, you can take care of everything you need from the WorkForce WF-2930, walking you through setup relatively quickly. You should print a few inkjet head alignment pages to visually evaluate and guide the printer to get the best quality. Some competing all-in-one printers use the built-in scanner to automate this process.

Setting up Epson WorkForce WF-2930 with a Google Pixel 6a.
I have set up Epson WorkForce WF-2930 with my Google Pixel 6a.

It is compatible with iOS and Android. I used my Pixel 6a for initial setup, but connected easily to my iPhone as well. If you’re using Windows, a Mac, or a Chromebook, the printer should be recognized right away. If you need a driver, the operating system walks you through the process.

You can use a USB printer cable (not included) or connect via Wi-Fi. If you choose a direct cable connection, you may want to consult our printer sharing guide so that the Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is also accessible on your iPhone or Android phone. Epson provides access to software utilities for scanning and faxing from your computer.

Cheap prices

At $110, the WorkForce WF-2930 has a price tag that seems too good to be true. Epson had to minimize costs to make such an affordable printer, but it hasn’t cut corners on print or scan quality. Print speed suffers, however, as does ink capacity. Waiting a little longer is fine for most home offices. However, ink costs will start to add up.

The ink replacement screen on a printer.
You’ll need to replenish the ink frequently on the affordable WorkForce WF-2930.

The initial ink cartridges that came with your printer will run out quickly, so it’s best to order another set right away. With an all-black cartridge ($20), Epson estimates you can print 150 pages. A high-capacity 232 XL black cartridge ($31) lasts 380 pages. A full set of color cartridges ($21 total) provides approximately 140 color documents.

This is for an average document that prints ink on part of the page. Photographic prints use much more ink as they cover a whole page. The bottom line is that you’ll pay 8 to 15 cents per document, and far more for a full-page borderless photo print. Sounds great, but the expenses add up quickly if you fall in love with photo printing.

Is this the right printer for you?

Epson’s WorkForce WF-2930 is a good option for home business where you don’t plan to switch reams of paper frequently. Print quality is excellent for documents and photos. Scans are sharp and capture colors accurately too. Epson has combined these features to let you make color copies at home. This all-in-one can also function as a fax machine.

You’ll have to spend a little more if you need a quick print. This is one of the tradeoffs to keep the cost of the WorkForce WF-2930 so low. Another potential concern is ink costs. High capacity black is a must to reduce the cost of black and white documents and labels. For the color, there is only one size small.

Consider an inkjet printer with larger cartridges or a tank printer if you plan on printing more than a few photos. Epson’s EcoTank ET-2850 is a good option for volume color printing. If you don’t need office features, the Epson Expression Home XP-4200 might be a better fit.

If you are just starting your business or need to print, scan, copy and fax on your days you work from home, the Epson WorkForce WF-2930 is a great choice.

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