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The Epson WorkForce WF-110 is a portable inkjet printer aimed at a very specific market–users who need portability above all else. Its print speed is anemic, and its maintenance costs are insane, but its print quality is solid, and printers hardly get more portable than this; it’s not intended to be a primary printer, which greatly eases its two critical faults. Its low price and good print quality for its size class make it a strong contender for the best portable printer, and probably the best printer you can buy today!
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The Epson WorkForce WF-110 is a compact mobile printer that’s incredibly small and light, making it perfect for use cases where portability is king. Print quality is great for its size class, and its low upfront cost is very appealing, particularly for a product in this niche. And for an equally portable document scanner, check out our Epson WorkForce ES-60 wireless portable sheet review.
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Like most portable printers, print speed is aggressively mediocre. Epson’s own official rating does not paint a pretty picture: it’s rated at only 6.7 pages per minute for monochrome prints, and half that for full-color prints. It’s not that far off from the 9 pages per minute monochrome of the HP Officejet 4650, but it is a far cry from the Canon Pixma iP100’s 20 pages per minute rating (for monochrome prints), but it’s a very average figure for portable printers. This isn’t a printer you buy for its throughput, it’s a printer you buy for when you need to print on the go. And if you still want more speed, the Epson WorkForce 1100 can print 30 pages per minute monochrome.
Print quality is very solid on the Epson WorkForce Wireless WF-110, at least for its size class. It’s not quite as good as the identically-priced HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer when it comes to color prints, but text clarity is very sharp compared to other portable printers, and color quality is adequate. It soundly beats out the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer – Dusky Pink, which can only print small form factor photos on photo reel. In short, what it loses in speed, it makes up for in quality, though you can do a bit better for the price.
Efficiency is the single weakest point of the Epson WorkForce WF-110, to the point, it’s wholly unusable as a primary printer; it’s extremely expensive to maintain, with prints costing a ludicrous 9 cents per page. This is par for the course for portable printers, as very few approach anything close to reasonable numbers for maintenance.
The Epson WorkForce WF-110 isn’t lacking in advanced features. WiFi, WiFi Direct, several mobile protocols, and many of Epson’s own apps–Email Print, Epson Print, and others–are present and supported. Its smartphone-friendliness means it fits the portability bill perfectly. In our Epson Expression XP-640 review, you’ll find another printer with similar advanced features.
If you have questions about setting up any of the wifi features on your printer, you’ll want to read about what is WPA/WEP printer settings.
Value is where the Epson WorkForce WF-110 gets difficult to recommend. Its print quality is solid, it’s incredibly portable, and it has a cornucopia of advanced features that even some pricey, premium printers would envy, and yet it has a critical pricing problem. The HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer is a plain better product at the same price point; text quality is near-identical, the picture quality is much better, and it’s about 33% more efficient than Epson’s offering. The only real tradeoff is that it’s much heavier, but it’s such a better product overall that it’s hard to recommend the WF-110 over it.
If you can find the Epson WorkForce WF-110 below MSRP, it’s an excellent purchase. It’s about as portable as genuine portable printers get, thanks to its very small footprint and incredibly low weight, and its print quality leaves very little to be desired–particularly when printing text. With that said, it’s next to impossible to recommend at MSRP because it’s competing with the HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer. For the same price, you’re getting a much better product in exchange for less portability, which is a poor reason to leave so much quality on the table unless you need the absolute smallest thing possible. It’s a good product overall, but it’s best purchased when it’s cheaper than its MSRP, as its high price and poor efficiency make it an iffy buy in the wake of its identically-priced competition.