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Epson WorkForce 520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 179 reviews of Epson WorkForce 520. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Comments about the price and performance are overall positive. The design and print quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the size and paper handling.

usability, print quality, design, performance, price

noise, reliability, durability, paper handling, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Epson WorkForce 520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio (

Epson WorkForce 520 All-in-One Printer


The Epson WorkForce 520 color inkjet multifunction printer (with print, scan, copy, and fax functions) deserves credit for breaking two inkjet stereotypes. It is not slow--in fact, it's blazing fast. Its inks are not expensive, either--they're...

Economical inks ; Very fast at printing text, copying, and scanning ; Low purchase price

Middling text quality at default settings ; High-yield inks offer little savings ; No automatic duplexer

The WorkForce 520's speed and cheap inks address two small-office needs, but its text quality on plain paper falls short of another.

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: (

Epson Workforce 520


Like the WorkForce 310 before it, the WorkForce 520 can print, scan, and fax, even over a network, and can work as a standalone copier and fax machine. It will also let you send an e-mail from its front-panel menu commands, automatically launching an...

Prints, scans, and faxes even over a network. Ethernet and WiFi. Standalone copier and fax

Low paper capacity. Although acceptable for most business uses, output quality is below par across the board

Aimed at micro and home offices with light-duty printing needs, the Epson WorkForce 520 All-in-One is a little weak on output quality, but strong on office-centric features.

Expert review by: Jon L. Jacobi, Melissa Riofrio (

Review: Epson WorkForce 520 multifunction printer


The Epson WorkForce 520 color inkjet multifunction printer deserves credit for breaking two inkjet stereotypes. It is not slow--in fact, it's blazing fast. Its inks are not expensive, either--they're impressively cheap, as is the machine's purchase price.

We found the WorkForce 520 generally easy to set up and work with. Driver setup went quickly, and the unit's standard Wi-Fi is convenient (USB and ethernet also come standard). The two-line monochrome LCD and its interface are straightforward but feel...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Sarah Meyer (

Epson WorkForce 520 review


Beneath the ADF, users will find the 48-bit color flatbed scanner offering a maximum scan resolution of 9600 x 9600 dpi (interpolated) and an optional resolution up to 1200 dpi. The flatbed can scan documents and photos up to 8.5 x 11.5 inches and...

Fast print speeds (fastest in its class) ; Good text print quality ; Low energy consumption ; Increased paper capacity

Manual duplexing ; Must power off after print error ; Scan software lacking ; No front side USB

The Epson WorkForce 520 comes with a one-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada. A one-year and two-year extended service plan can be purchased for $19.95 and $29.95, respectively

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: William Harrel (

Epson WorkForce 520


The WorkForce 520 is a balanced trade-off between value and the basic features small offices need in an all-in-one inkjet printer.

Inexpensive for an all-in-one; fast printing; great print quality; document feeder with 30-page capacity

Lacks a graphical display; no memory-card slots; slow when scanning, copying

Overall, the WorkForce 520 is a good value and a practical choice for its intended market: small offices and home-based businesses that print a lot of standard business documents and forms. If you have a need for print speed, you probably won’t find an...

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Ina (

Epson Inkjet


I really like all the features this printer has to offer. However, how it handles the ink is a real negative for me. I liked the fact that it has the duel black cartridges, but not the fact that if one goes empty you can no longer print. Other printers...

1) The print quality is nice for an inkjet ; 2) Unlike most inkjets I've owned in the past, the ink does not smear easily when highlighting ; 3) I've never had an issue with the scanner. The scanned image has always been clear ; 4) I've had not paper...

My major complaint with this has to do with the ink ; 1)Even if only ink is empty, you need to replace it before you can print ; 2) You are unable to use any of the other features on the printer if the ink is empty. (This is extremely frustrating if...

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: C (

Looks great on paper, but a design flaw


Seeing as how the feature set is quite nice, and that the warranty is a generous 1-year, I'm giving this 2 eggs. Here's hoping their support desk helps me get this unit replaced pronto!

This printer is fairly easy to set up, has a great feature set, is speedy and has pretty decent print quality. What, a sheet-fed scanner included? What's not to like

Unfortunately, there's a pretty glaring design flaw. The paper feeder for the printer has only one big roller, and it's offset to the right. At the speed the roller sucks in paper, it has a tendency to pull the sheets in crookedly. It's quite a big...

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Linux4Life (

Great All In One Printer


I recommend this printer to any one who is looking for a good all in one wireless printer. I got this printer at half price so that made it such a great deal. There is even drivers for the Linux Operating system.

This is a great printer and was easy to install wireless. You simply put in the CD that comes with it and it automatically detects the printer. But you first need to connect the printer to the wireless router which is very simple. I have done many...


Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: fast drafters (

not a problem


has a fast draft option to use less ink on copies that are not of extreme importance

Easy To Use,Fast Operation,Great Print Quality,Reliable

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: a (



I wish I would have known that it uses two black cartridges.........I only bought one extra along with the colors........I will have to pick up another extra cartridge in town.

Easy To Setup,Easy To Use,Fast Operation,Great Print Quality

Nov, 2011