Epson WF-100 Wireless Mobile Printer – Review
Is This The Smallest Printer Ever?
With the exception of screen sizes, everything in the tech world seems to be getting smaller these days. Smaller chips, slimmer computers, and thinner tablets are just the beginning. Portability has always been a popular trend, and tech companies are quick to capitalize on the demand by consumers who want to travel lighter. A printer, however, is one thing that doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking of portable tech. Then the Epson WF-100 printer showed up at my office.
At first glance, the WF-100 doesn’t really resemble a printer. It’s more of a hunk of rectangular black plastic a bit smaller than a shoebox. However, as I opened up the folding plastic flap, the WF-100 took on the unmistakable appearance of a printer, although a small one at that. I quickly gathered the charging cables and cartridges and started to set it up.
SETTING UP THE EPSON WF-100
The diminutive ink-jet printer is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which may need charging out of the box, although mine arrived with about 66% charged. The WF-100 can be powered via a standard micro-USB cable, although the included AC power supply charges the WF-100 faster.
Once the battery was fully charged, I added the black and tri-color cartridges (included with the printer.) This was effortless: simply open the compartment door and the WF-100 responds by sliding the ink bays to the center of the console. Remove the plastic protectors on each cartridge and snap them into place. Done.
Connecting the printer to a home Wi-Fi network can be achieved multiple ways – the printer can be paired to a compatible router using WPS, or one may use Wi-Fi direct mode, which enables a computer, tablet or phone to connect to the printer directly and enter the Wi-Fi credentials. I chose to manually input the network’s password into the printer’s 1.4” color LCD display, a choice I later regretted.
I found the process to be somewhat tedious, as I has to scroll through the alphabet each time to select the next password character. The WPS method is certainly the more user-friendly alternative. For the techno-challenged the printer can be connected directly to a computer’s USB port, but where’s the fun in that?
It wasn’t long before the WF-100 flashed a message indicating that it had successfully connected. (It may take a few minutes to verify the connection, but the manual assures that this is normal.) Then I opened up the printing preference pane in the system preferences on my MacBook Air and found the printer in the Internet Printing menu, waiting to be paired.
In moments, my MacBook downloaded the driver for the printer and added the WF-100 to my list of printers. Equipped with wireless printing, the WF-100 can print jobs from mobile phones and tablets as well. I sent a test job to the printer, and seconds later it spit out a sheet of paper with “test” typed in the corner.
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