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Epson WorkForce 520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 reviews of Epson WorkForce 520. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People really like the price and performance. The design and print quality are also appreciated. Views are divided on the paper handling, and some have doubts about the size and durability.

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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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Justin Yu (

Epson WorkForce 520 review


The $130 Epson WorkForce 510 is a direct replacement for the WorkForce 310 we reviewed last year, but it adds wireless printing for the same price. The 510 isn't perfect, and this certainly isn't a device for high-volume photo prints, but its fax and...

Excellent output quality; fast output speeds; office-friendly features including auto document feeder, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet networking.

Lacks PictBridge/memory card reader; mediocre photo print quality.

The Epson WorkForce 520 isn't ideal for photo printing or graphics-heavy documents, but this all-in-one device delivers office-capable features like an auto document feeder and multiple connection options at an effective price. For light-duty office...

Nov, 2010

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 : M. David Stone (

Epson WorkForce 520


The Epson WorkForce 520 All-in-One offers a full set of MFP features for a micro or home office.

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.

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Jul, 2010

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 : William Harrel (

Epson WorkForce 520 Review and Ratings


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

Jul, 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

Consumer review (

Functionality ruined by ink cartridge debacle


I thought this printer was fine till one ink cartridge ran out, then I found out how a set of new Epson ink cartridges cost more than the printer itself. I've learned this printer prints with a little bit of all colours even when printing in black and...

Compact, easy set up

Won't work at all, won't even scan, if even one ink cartridge is empty

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (

"Printer works, buy if you want to bankrupt yourself buying ink"


It works fine, the print is ok, and the scanning etc, but when it comes to ink its a scam!!! Its got a whole bunch of ink cartridges, and it will only print if they are ALL full. Its got TWO black cartridges and three color. If ANY cartridge is low,...

printer is ok


Dec, 2014

Consumer review (

I bought it second hand and it works great


It works well for me and easy to set up.

Good on ink for all that I do, love the wifi connection

none that I am aware off as yet

Sep, 2014

Consumer review (

Printer is garbage, Scanner ok


I barely print, and made sure to use the lowest quality print setting possible for most of my printing, and yet, the ink cartridges still run out ridiculously fast. Then, it's $70 to get new cartridges. I might just take all of my printing to Kinko's...

The feed scanner was not bad

Ink guzzler, poor print quality

Apr, 2014

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified: Yes


Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):15
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):5.4
Maximum number of copies:99
PC free copying: Yes


Built-in display:Y
Display number of lines:2

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 120
Power consumption (PowerSave):4


Fax memory:180
Fax Speed:3
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):60
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:60
Fax transmission speed:3
Modem Speed:33.6

Input Capacity

Maximum input capacity:100


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 85
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 85
Storage temperature (T-T):20 - 40
Storage temperature range (T-T):20 - 40

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Print, Scan
Color scanning: Yes
Compatible operating systems:- Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows XP x64\n- Mac OS X, 10.4.11, 10.5.x and 10.6.x
Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Dimensions (WxDxH):18.1 x 21.3 x 11.9
Duplex printing: Yes
Hardware scan resolution:1200 x 2400
Safety:UL60950, CSA C22.2 No. 60950, EMI FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CAN / CSA-CEI / IEC CISPR 22 class B
Wireless technologies:Wired & Wireless

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:30

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Maximum print size:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Standard tray media types:Photo paper, Plain paper


All-In-One-multitasking: Yes
Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Duplex functions:Print
Faxing:Mono faxing
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Printing colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
Standard interfaces:Ethernet, USB 2.0, Wireless LAN
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 120
Power consumption (average operating):15
Power consumption (PowerSave):4


Maximum Resolution:5760 x 1440
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):15
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):5.4


Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan resolution:9600 x 9600
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 1200
Output color depth:24
Output colour depth:24
Scan technology:CIS
Scan to:E-mail, File, Image
Scan type:Flatbed
Scanner Type:Flatbed


Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Sound Emission

Noise level (idle):39
Standby acoustic emission:39


Card reader integrated: No

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions