Because you don’t always need it…
We’ve mentioned comparing apples with
apples before. That concept is relevant in many cases, including this
particular one. See, to most people, a printer is a printer is a printer. There
are even many journalists out there who avoid doing printer reviews, because
they cannot see the difference between one and the other – beyond, perhaps, the
most obvious aspects.
But printing isn’t just about sticking
paper in one end and getting printed page on the other. There are many factors
that come into play when it comes to making a decision for a printing solution.
WorkForce M1 O5 Printer
Sure they all pretty much do the same thing
in the end, but there is the whole matter of economy that does enter into the
picture-particularly if you do a lot of printing.
So picking the right device can actually
save you a lot of money.
If you, for example, need a workplace
capable printer to handle fair volume, but only need black and white prints
prepared, then this particular model – Epson’s WorkForce M105 is a sensible
solution. Getting color ink cartridges is not sensible if you don’t need them,
even if you only get them once. In fact, it’s starting to look like cartridges,
overall, aren’t the best idea. That’s what Epson implies with this particular
model. It doesn’t use cartridges. Rather, it has an ink reservoir that is
refilled from bottled ink.
A single bottle of ink will yield around
6000 pages of printed material, and the integrated ink tank holds a good amount
of ink, so refilling won’t be an everyday thing. Refilling is pretty simple,
too, although mishaps can result in messy consequences.
color ink cartridges is not sensible if you don’t need them, even if you only get
The M105 might come armed with Wi-Fi and
cost-cutting ideas, but it is exactly what it claims to be: a printer. There
are no bells and whistles here. That also means, on the upside, that it is a
bit smaller than the average ‘everything and the kitchen sink’ printer.
So, when you get right down to it, if you
need to print in black and white, and want to save some space and money, here’s
your solution. It has no frills, really, and its operation is extremely simple.
That isn’t a bad thing in an office environment, particularly not if the device
is going to be shared by a number of people. With a print speed of up to 34
pages per minute, it works well in that kind of environment, because it is
pretty quick. It’s also relatively quiet, which helps.
a print speed of up to 34 pages per minute, it works well in that kind of
environment, because it is pretty quick. It’s also relatively quiet, which
So, comparing apples with apples… for what
it offers, the M105 does a great job. But it may not offer everything you need.
It does make for a bit of cash saved, if it fits your environment.
At a glance
Summary: If you don’t need to do color
printing, the M105 makes a lot of sense.
Easy refill system
Not everyone’s printing solution
Integrated ink tank
Up to 34 ppm
1440 x 720 dpi