The Epson WorkForce 635 is an all-in-one multifunction printer that delivers speedy printing and affordable ink replacement costs. It also has built-in wireless connectivity and automatic two-sided printing. It is quite noisy and scanning quality is a little mediocre.
The design of the Epson WorkForce 635 is very professional-looking and it definitely could fit right into any home or small-office setting. In total it measures 17.6 x 21.9 x 9.1-inches and weighs just short of 17 pounds, so it is a little large, but most desk spaces should be able to accommodate it without much trouble.
The front of the WorkForce 635 looks very busy, but it works is a fairly straightforward manner. There is a 2.5-inch color LCD that has a very well-designed menu system. All of the buttons are separated into sections on the front: Photo, Copy, Fax, Scan. Most of the buttons that you'll need for each function is located in the section on the front corresponding to that function. It might seem confusing at first glance, but after you start to use it, it makes a lot of sense. There is also a memory card slot that accepts SD, MemoryStick, CompactFlash and xD cards and a USB port for PictBridge cameras.
Paper is fed via a bottom 250-sheet input tray and a 30-sheet automatic document feeder that accepts up to legal-size paper. The maximum paper size supported is 8.5 x 44-inches. The scanner's maximum size is letter/A4, which is usually the standard with other all-in-ones. Automatic duplexing is available for printing, scanning and copying, which is really a great way to save paper by printing on two-sides with ease.
The Epson WorkForce 635 takes four individual ink cartridges: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. These cartridges comes as either high-capacity or extra high-capacity. The high-capacity inks run about 470 pages per cartridge and the extra high cartridges run about 755 pages. The black high-capacity cartridge costs about $18 and the colors cost about $15 each. The extra high capacity cost about $28 and $18 for black and colors, respectively. These prices and page yields result in a fairly cheap per page cost, which is a huge selling point for this printer because you'll be stuck with ink costs for the life of the printer.
Printing speeds with the WorkForce 635 is very speedy. Expect about 11-12 pages per minute while printing black and about 7 pages per minute printing color images. Printing two sided reduces speeds by about half, which is as expected. Printing photos with Epson's own paper and at a higher print quality setting resulted in slower page speeds. With these above average print speeds, you also get a lot of noise, but the trade-off is worth it.
Specifications of the Epson WorkForce 635 include a maximum print resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi and scanning has a hardware resolution of 2400 x 2400 dpi. Connections supported include USB 2.0, Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n wireless networking.
In subjective image tests, printing on glossy photo paper images looked quite good and the colors seemed to have good, vibrant quality. Printing photos on just plain paper resulting in images that looked a little washed out. Text prints looked extremely crisp and deep black regardless of the media.
Scanning, also in subjective testing, was good, but only average because the colors looked a little washed out.