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Epson WorkForce WF 7010 Wide Format C11CB59201

I sometimes telecommute from my engineering job, and when at home I often do CAD (computer aided drafting) for making, reviewing and updating engineering drawings. I also have a small micropublishing business for sheet music. Both of these make the ability to print on wide format paper desirable. By wide format, I am referring to paper larger than normal Letter (8.5" x 11"), legal, or similarly sized European paper standards. The most common for me is 11" x 17", often called planograph size. Printers that can operate with these paper sizes tend to be professional models that are large, heavy, and very expensive ($2000 and above). I used to own a used HP Laserjet 5100, which did the 11x17 paper, was fast, but did not have duplexing (doublesided) capabilities builtin (i.e. manual duplexing only). My biggest problem was was so large and heavy that I had no space for it on a daytoday basis, but it was so difficult to move to a storage area when not in use. Also, it got old and cranky after half a million prints, and toner got expensive. A lot of expense and bother for a printer that would be used occasionally. After scoping around, I decided that my next wide format printer would be an inkjet type instead of a laser. Epson seemed to have the best machines of this type, at least in an affordable price range of less than $200 street price. A friend had an older Epson wide format in his factory and was quite happy with it. And I was a satisfied owner of an Epson Workforce 40 injet printer (see my Amazon review of that one too), so I thought highly of the Workforce series. The WF7010 is Epsons standalone wide format injet printer. It is intended for small offices, and is equipped with Ethernet 10100 and high speed USB 2.0 connectivity. Since Epson apparently feels that WiFi is not commonly used in offices, where they prefer wired connections for security and other reasons, this printer does not have wireless connectivity. It is a large printer at about 22" wide x 16" deep x 10" tall, but it is fairly light weight at about 25 pounds; it is light enough to be easily carried from place to place if desired, and would not overwhelm a lightduty shelf or small table. It does not shake a lot when in operation, so table sturdiness should not be an issue. Depending on the paper sized used, the printers fronttorear depth can grow to accommodate the extra paper lengths. The WF7010 comes with two paper trays; according to some older reviews, the trays cannot both accept the same sized paper, but on mine both trays are identical and can accept any allowed paper size. I have tray 2 (the lower tray) set up for 11x17 paper, and this makes the printers total fronttorear depth about 22.5". Tray 1 (the top tray) is set up for 8.5 x 11 paper and in this configuration it fits flush into the printer and does not add to the overall depth. The paper exit tray pulls out of the front of the printer and telescopes to a maximum that makes the overall printer depth about 27"; if you are not using the largest paper sizes, you dont need to telescope the exit tray so far out. Each paper tray has a retracted mode and an extended mode. For sizes up to legal, the trays can remain in retracted mode. For larger size papers, you press a button inside the tray and this allows it to telescope into a larger tray. It clicks into a detent so that it is locked in the larger tray size until the button is pressed again to allow it to retract into the smaller tray size. The trays are allplastic, but are adequately strong and they can hold up to half of a ream of paper each (250 sheets), for a total paper capacity of 500 sheets. Each tray has internal sliding partitions to keep the paper centered in the correct position. Both trays have a removable graytinted plastic dust cover; these are not much use when the trays are in their retracted mode (where they fit fully inside the printer), but they are nice when the trays are in their extended mode where they partly extend outside the printer. Note that, unlike many laser printers with extended sized paper trays, the extended WF7010 trays protrude from the front of the printer instead of the rear. The WF7010 has limited duplexing (automatic doublesided printing) capability. When printing to normal sizes, and to regular paper as opposed to envelopes and such, it is fully autoduplexing; it prints on one side, automatically pulls the paper back in and flips it, prints the other size and ejects it, then repeats for the next sheet. For larger papers, such as 11x17, I noticed an oddity. When I first got the printer, it allowed me to select duplex for even the larger papers, but it would print all the odd numbered pages normally, then instruct me to move the printed sheets from the exit tray to the paper tray and press a resume button on the computer screen, and then it would proceed to print the second side of each sheet...this is not an uncommon way of providing a semiautoma

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Taken on October 23, 2013