Epson WorkForce ST-C8000 Review

Good: 12 ink bottles shipped along with printer, 500-sheet paper capacity, mobile printing.
Bad: intended for offices with high-volume printing needs; only available via the BusinessFirst reseller network.
Bottom Line: Cartridge-free color MFP that helps companies save money and increase productivity.
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Epson
WF ST-C8000
$1,299 (MSRP)
Small, Medium
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25 ppm (ISO)
25 ppm (ISO)
Not applicable
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Product Overview

The WorkForce ST-C8000 color MFP joins Epson’s lineup of Supertank cartridge-free printers. It prints at up to 25 ppm (ISO) in black and color, and it has standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing features. The ST-C8000 uses the next-generation PrecisionCore Heat-Free Technology, which is a high-density print chip that can generate up to 40 million precise dots per second.

USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi connectivity is standard, and users can also print from their mobile devices via the Epson Connect app, the Apple AirPrint app and Android devices. There’s a 4.3″ color touchscreen for setting up and accessing specific workflows.

We also want to highlight the DURABrite EcoFit ink bottles that users can fill each tank with in lieu of replacing cartridges. Epson ships three black ink bottles plus three bottles of each color (cyan, magenta, yellow) along with the device. That alone gives companies enough ink to print up to 19,500 pages in black and 14,800 pages in color, according to its estimates. We currently don’t have enough information to calculate the cost per page, but companies can save money by taking advantage of the extra ink bottles out of the box.

The device has an MSRP price of $1,299 and it’s sold through the BusinessFirst reseller network.

Additional details is in our Features section below.

Features

Standard paper handling starts with two 250-sheet trays and a 50-sheet rear feed. The trays accepts paper sizes of up to 13″ x 19.” The monthly duty cycle is 66,000 pages, but Epson recommends a monthly cycle of 3,300 pages. Automatic duplexing is supported and there’s a 50-sheet automatic document feeder.

Copy features are duplex copying, collating, resizing and adjustable copy density.

Scanning is done via a color CIS sensor and includes scan-to-computer, scan-to-cloud, scan-to-Web Services and scan-to-memory devices. Faxing is supported via a 33.6kbps modem and the maximum memory is 550 pages. Users can send or receive faxes via their PCs.

Finally, there’s a two-year limited warranty.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The WorkForce ST-C8000 MFP is not intended for offices with high-volume printing needs. Also, it’s only available via resellers and not in traditional retailers (e.g., Staples or Office Depot) or on Epson’s site.

About

Epson America is a division of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of imaging products, semiconductors, liquid crystal displays, and watches. The company has been an innovative designer of ink jet printers and sells an extensive product line. Most of these are geared to home and school use, but Epson continues to extend its line further into the office environment.

Epson has been making a more aggressive play for the document scanner market, although the company’s been in the multipurpose office scanner business for years. The models and other additions to its model line seem to be part of an effort to further extend its current scanner technology. As part of this effort, Epson makes these scanners available in consumer electronics stores such as Best Buy, along with Epson dealers and on its website.

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