Epson WorkForce ST-C2100 Supertank Color MFP Review
The Epson WorkForce ST-C2100 Supertank Colour Printer is a versatile printer, scanner, and copier for home offices and small businesses. Cutting-edge super tank printing technology with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks and a tiny footprint boosts productivity. Prints are crisp at 5760 x 1440 dpi and fast at 10.5 ppm for black and 5 ppm for color.
Small 3.5 x 5″ cards and large 8.5 x 47.2″ banners are readily handled. The printer has built-in Wi-Fi for mobile devices, including the Epson Smart Panel software, Apple AirPrint, Android, Fire OS, Mopria, and more. It also prints automatically in a duplex. This printer has an 8.5 x 11.7″ flatbed scanner and a 100-sheet input tray. The scanning device produces clean photos and copies with a 2400 dpi optical resolution. The ST-C2100 offers a USB 2.0 connector for wired configurations, an easy control panel, and a 1.44″ color LCD for rapid, efficient use.
Epson WorkForce ST-C2100 Specification
|Interface||USB 2.0, Wi-Fi(n)|
|First Print Out Time B/W||18 second (time unit)|
|Print Output Type||Colour|
|First Copy Out Time B/W||33 second (time unit)|
|Max Document Enlargement||400%|
|Display Diagonal Size||1.44″|
Fits on Desk, Basics
WorkForce ST-C2100 prints, scans, and copies standalone. It doesn’t fax. Since it has one 100-sheet paper tray, the 11.9-pound all-in-one may sit on your desk and be refilled regularly. Since it’s a back tray rather than a drawer, it’s easy to replenish or load letterhead or picture paper. With handy buttons for instructions, the 1.44-inch color LCD is small yet practical for daily chores. No automated document feeder (ADF) means you must place pages one at a time on the flatbed for copying and scanning. Epson auto-duplexing can print double-sided documents and copy single-sided originals. Epson recommends 600 pages each month for the ST-C2100’s 3,000-page monthly duty cycle. To restrict paper refills to once a week, average 400 pages per month, or 20 every business day.
Good speed and print quality
The WorkForce ST-C2100 prints 10.5 monochrome pages and 5 color pages per minute, according to Epson. Our 12-page Microsoft Word text document printed at 8.4 ppm (8.7 ppm excluding the slower first page). Our business software package averaged 4.8 ppm, combining Word with colorful Excel graphs and PowerPoint slides. Shot Size 4-by-6-inch Epson Presentation Paper Matte photographs took under two minutes each. We measured 8.1 ppm for black text and 5 ppm for business documents on the older EcoTank ET-4700. At 9.6 ppm for monochrome text and 5.4 ppm for the entire suite, the cheaper Epson XP-4100 Small-in-One was quicker. The Pixma G7020 printed text at 11.4 ppm and mixed applications at 4.4 ppm. All of these printers were slower than the Brother MFC-J4335DW, which had 14.7 ppm monochrome text and 10.5 ppm full suite.
The output was decent enough for typical office usage, despite minor faults. At 5 points, our business-oriented test typefaces were legible, but a loupe revealed ragged edges at 10 points. Bad kerning caused smaller fonts to lose space between characters until letters touched. Two thick-stroked, styled typefaces were readable at 10 points, but both filled loops.
How many pages will you print?
The WorkForce ST-C2100’s closest competition is the Epson Expression Home XP-4100, which has similar features at a cheaper price but high running expenses (8 cents per black and 20 cents per color page). Your option depends on whether you intend to print enough pages to save money with WorkForce’s reduced cost per page. The Epson EcoTank ET-4700 and Canon Pixma G7020 have reduced running expenses, like the ST-C2100. The MFC-J4335DW, one of Brother’s INKvestment Tank printers, is the quickest and has a mid range price and cost per page, making it a good choice depending on print volume. Automatic document feeders for multi page copies and scans are on Brother, Canon, and ET-4700 printers. If you can live without an ADF and want to print many pages, the ST-C2100 may be worth it.
- Take off all product protections.
- Connect the power cord to the product’s back and an outlet.
- Use your smartphone or tablet to set up your printer using the Epson Smart Panel® app’s interactive steps.
- Get the Epson Smart Panel from your device’s app store. Do not launch the app yet.
- Turn on the product with the power button.
- Start the app and follow its directions to set up your product.
Check the back of this page for instructions on connecting your device to a computer, using voice-activated printing, fixing difficulties, and contacting Epson support.