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Printer Primer, Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6090
December 29, 2015
As we have talked about many times before, the lines between inkjets and lasers are getting increasingly blurry as inkjet technology continues to move forward and improve print speeds and resolutions. To be clear, we are not saying that lasers remain stagnant, as they are advancing as well. What we are arguing, for lack of a better term, is that inkjet printers have been developed and continue to move forward with more than just home users in mind. This is the case with the focus of our write-up today, the Epson WorkForce WF-6090. It is a single function color printer that was released by the OEM back in October 2015. With print speeds of up to 24 ISO ppm for either black or color output, it ranks as the fastest among Epson units. These fast print speeds are driven by the company’s PrecisionCore® print head. Users should note that for an inkjet model it is fairly large as well as hefty. It measures a maximum of 18.8" x 29.8" x 21.3" (W x D x H) with optional paper trays installed and tips the scales at over 50 lbs, making it somewhat large to place on a standard desktop. It features a 2.2" LCD interface for using the printer’s various menus and features.
As it is designed for workgroups to network and share, there are several ways in which users can connect to print. It can be attached to a single computer with a USB cable or alternatively connected to an office network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi connections. The unit certainly provides several ways that users can print from mobile devices as well, adding to its convenience and utility as a workgroup printer. Direct connections between mobile devices and the WorkForce Pro WF-6090 are made possible via Wi-Fi Direct as well as by near field communication (NFC) connections. Other mobile compatibility exists with Epson’s native Epson Connect suite of solution plus Apple AirPrint™ for iOS users; Google Cloud Print™ which is not engineered for a particular mobile OS; and finally Fire™ OS which allows printing from Amazon devices.
One of the best features of the WorkForce WF-6090 is its paper handling. Even in its default configuration right out of the box, users can load up to 580 sheets of paper. This is split between a 500-sheet main paper tray and 80 sheet multipurpose tray. As we mentioned above, its overall height is governed by the use of up to two additional (optional) 500 sheet capacity paper trays. Choosing to add both brings overall input capacity to 1,580 sheets, placing it in a category of its own when compared to similarly priced inkjets as well as some single-function color lasers. Automatic two-sided printing is another standard feature users will appreciate as it will save on paper usage. The maximum monthly duty cycle is rated for up to 75,000 pages each month and recommended volume is up to 5,000 pages.
The WorkForce Pro WF-6090 uses four individual ink tanks including black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. Each of these cartridges are available in standard, high, or extra high capacity, keeping pace with the large paper capacity available on the unit. Standard cartridges are rated for up to 2,500 black and 1,500 color pages; high-capacity for up to 5,000 black and 4,000 color pages; and extra high-capacity for up to 10,000 black and 7,000 color pages.
The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6090 is currently available from the company for$349.99 as well as any authorized resellers for Epson equipment and devices. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the Epson website.