Giveaway: Win an Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer

epson-600.jpg(www.inkthinkerblog.com) — Talk about freelance appreciation! I’ve teamed up with the fabulous folks at Epson to offer my fellow freelancers and small business owners the chance to win a brand-new Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer. Scroll to the bottom for details on how enter (after the jump for those reading on the Inkthinker homepage), and read the middle to learn more about this awesome prize.

About the WorkForce 600 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer

Epson was kind enough to give me one of these bad boys to review last year for a giveaway on Biz Chicks Rule, and I’m still completely in love with this printer. In Epson’s own words:

Epson means business with the new Epson WorkForce 600 all-in-one. Engineered to provide small office or home-based businesses with features that meet their printing needs and speeds that rival laser printers, this cost-effective ink jet delivers laser quality text and superior color images with Epson’s exclusive DURABrite®Ultra ink that are smudge, water, and fade resistant. The WorkForce 600 also offers built-in Wi-Fi and wired networking, a 2.5” tilt LCD screen, and an automatic document feeder to easily scan, copy and fax black and color documents. It also comes with a special industry leading, two-year warranty with toll-free support.

Take a look at the detailed printer fact sheet for more specs.

My Opinion

When I initially reviewed the printer, I said, “I’ve had a hard time finding a printer that (a) I can afford, (b) works with my Mac, and (c) works wirelessly with the five computers in my house while (d) producing high-quality printed pages.” I’m happy to report that 4 months later, I’m still thrilled with the quality, reliability, and speed of this printer, and so is my self-employed business-owner husband.

“I love how fast it prints,” he said, “and the scanner is amazing.” (Here, he pointed to his computer screen to show me a large document he had just scanned, and the image was perfect. I was blown away, as I had previously scanned only small things.) I’ve also been impressed not only with the printing speed, but how quiet this thing is. This is great when you’re sharing an office and are easily distracted, believe me.

As a writer, I’ve found it invaluable to my business to have a fast, high-quality printer at my disposal. Epson claims that the printer produces laser-quality documents, and I have to agree. I’ve had a lot of color inkjet printers in my life, and none even come close to the WorkForce 600in quality and consistency.

It can also handle a much higher printing volume than printers I’ve had in the past, without declining in quality from the beginning of a print job to the end. This is particularly handy for printing large numbers of handouts for speaking engagements and classes.

I use mine for reviewing drafts, printing handouts, printing samples and invoices to send to clients, and creating photos for us and for family and friends. It’s honestly the best printer I’ve ever owned. And it’s a great scanner. AND it’s a fax machine.

The interface is super user friendly, and even my tech-challenge self had no problem getting it online with all of our 5 computers in the house, which include 2 Macs and 3 PCs. (How fun is it to print to the office on the other side of the house when you’re lying in bed with your laptop on a lazy morning catching up on personal e-mail?)

So, in short, I’m thrilled to be able to offer one of these printers to an Inkthinker reader.

How to Win

If you want one of these amazing, possibly magical Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Color Inkjet Printers, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post saying whether you currently use an inkjet, a laser printer, or (gasp!) a dot matrix, or if you just don’t have a printer at all. Make sure the e-mail address you provide is valid.

The deadline is Friday, February 20, 2009, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST.

The Fine Print

Rules and regs for the contest:

  1. Comments like, “Give it to me!” or “I want to win!” ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. You have to answer the question.
  2. One entry per person, and yes, I do check IP addresses to remove duplicates.
  3. You don’t have to be a writer to win. I, my husband, and the two winners of the giveaway at Biz Chicks Rule are the only people not eligible to enter.
  4. Comments must be received by Friday, February 20, 2009, at 11:59:59 p.m. EST
  5. I will use the random sequence generator at Random.org to choose the lucky winner (who will be the first eligible entry in the sequence). The announcement of the winner will be FINAL. No arguing.

Good luck!

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(image courtesy of Epson)

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  • Bradley Robb Feb 13, 2009

    I currently do use an inkjet, but I’m in the need of an upgrade.

    Bradley Robb´s last blog post..Five Important Reasons to have a Writer’s Website

  • dylan Feb 13, 2009

    Awesome contest!
    Currently we have an old small laserjet that I <3, a Samsung ML_1710 that I rescued from the dump. Two years later and I am still waiting for the toner to run out. We also have a Canon MX310 multifunction, that I sometimes fax with, sometimes scan with and my son prints all of his school projects on, it is unplugged, on the floor and out of ink…

    dylan´s last blog post..Happy Birthday Darwin and Lincoln

  • Michelle Feb 13, 2009

    I have a Brother inkjet that makes this awful grinding noise every time it sucks paper to print. It’s a cumbersome beast of a printer and it’s certainly not Wi-Fi. Since it’s the only game in town at our house, my kids have to either email me their schoolwork to print out on my computer or use a jump drive to bring their work to me. Since it’s an older printer, it doesn’t scan anymore on my new computer loaded with this version of Windows Home..I’m lucky it’ll even print with it so I don’t push my luck.

    Michelle´s last blog post..Touch His Heart with an iPod Touch

  • Julie Antezana Feb 13, 2009

    I currently use an inkjet printer.

  • Kym Feb 13, 2009

    I use an Epson inkjet, I think it’s the model before this one. I wish I’d sprung for the wireless printing just because I have a laptop and it’s a real pain to have to unplug and plug in every time I want to get something done. Still, it does the job and I’ve no complaints.

  • Pat Badie Feb 13, 2009

    I’ve only had two printers since I got my first computer in 1994. The current is an inkjet HP 812c. It would be nice to have the other capabilities, but this ones still working fine.

  • Lisa Bakewell Feb 13, 2009

    Great contest, Kristin! I currently have a Lexmark inkjet. Would love to try this one!

    Lisa

  • Carolyn G Feb 13, 2009

    I have a Dell all in one and it is not very good. Plus, the ink so is pricey and up until a few months ago we had to buy it directly from Dell and it was expensive. The scanner feature is horrible and the copier isn’t much better. Plus, it’s not wireless although we are so we have to do stuff on the laptop and then go hook up in the other room.

  • Devon Ellington Feb 13, 2009

    My Canon MP 730 Multipass all-in-one died, and I’m in desperate need of a new all-in-one to replace it! I’m on PC now, but plan to switch to Mac in the coming months, so I need a GOOD printer that can handle a lot of output, both manuscript and photos and copying and faxing and scanning well.

    I have a Canon Pixma 1800 for my manuscripts now. Love it, but I need another all-in-one.

    Timing is everything, right?

    Devon Ellington´s last blog post..Friday, February 13, 2009

  • Heather Mark Feb 13, 2009

    I currently use an HP laser All in One. I would love to print in color. :)

  • Dave Anderson Feb 13, 2009

    I use a cheap inkjet (not an Epson). It would be nice to have something better for my art, design, and illustration work.

  • Rebecca Laffar-Smith Feb 13, 2009

    *gasp* Dot matrix? Those things still exist? What OS are people running them on? Windows 3.1? *jaw drops*

    I’ve got an inkjet printer at home but because I print so sporadically I often desperately NEED to print something right about the time the ink cartridge has gone dry. I’ve been thinking of getting a HP Officejet Pro like my mothers because that machine goes about and jiggles and cleans the inks routinely all by itself. Does the Epson do that?

    Rebecca Laffar-Smith´s last blog post..Success: How to hit a moving target.

  • Cory Feb 13, 2009

    I use an HP inkjet all-in-one, and, guessing from the horrible groaning noise it makes every time it feeds a sheet of paper through, I think it’s on its last legs. C’mon, random sequence generator!

  • pamela Lloyd Feb 13, 2009

    I currently use an inkjet. It’s a Lexmark x8350 that prints in both B/W and color, scans, and copies. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either.

  • renee ergazos Feb 13, 2009

    canon ink jet

  • Writing Kimberly Feb 13, 2009

    Good contest! I use a laserjet, which is pretty good, but it doesn’t print in color, which makes me feel cold and lonely inside.

  • Isaak Kwok Feb 14, 2009

    We currently have a Canon All-In-One that is essentially used by my wife for her work. So, am looking to get one for myself.

    Isaak Kwok´s last blog post..In Memory: Jeremiah (4 Feb 2002 – 21 Jan 2009)

  • Elizabeth Feb 14, 2009

    I use a Canon ink jet printer currently.

    Elizabeth´s last blog post..Pauper to princess

  • Julie Walraven Feb 14, 2009

    Hi Kristen, I do need to replace the Savin 9635 that is 10 years old. I am a professional resume writer who has worked from home for 25 years and I also am Operations Coordinator for Wausau Whitewater, a Non-profit, 501(c) (3) for years, I invested mega-dollars that I didn’t have into high-end printers so I could meet the needs of the non-profits I supported. As a result, my finances were in trouble. Last year, my coaches reminded me that if I bought a color laser for $340 or so, I could throw it away 7 times a year and still not come close to the amount I was paying for the lease & service contract on the Savin. I did and the HP has been good to me.

    I’ve been looking at all-in-ones for awhile. The machine you are describing sounds perfect for my non-profit needs as well as my business needs. My neighbor who uses the copier regularly to make Boy Scout copies and tutoring lessons for children with learning disabilities would also be thrilled.

    I dropped the service contract and the 10 year old Savin right now makes black splatters all over the bottom. I’m on a PC and I work wireless throughout the house.

    If you choose me, it will serve many uses. Thanks for the chance to tell you my printer story.

    Julie Walraven´s last blog post..My Journey with LinkedIn

  • Kathleen C Feb 14, 2009

    I have a small Internet business and use a Lexmark X75 printer. I need to upgrade soon. This Epson sounds like it would be a great addition to my business.

  • Elizabeth Feb 14, 2009

    I use an inkjet and could use an upgrade for my writing work.

    Thank you for the contest!

    Elizabeth

  • RooAnn Feb 15, 2009

    I use an inkjet. I bought one of the cheapest printers on the market ($35 – and NOT an epson) after reading a ton of great reviews, however it turned out to be a bad idea as the printer uses up ink quickly, prints extremely slow and the quality is subpar. that epson workforce looks amazing…. i’m hoping theres an epson in my future!

  • Leslie Feb 15, 2009

    Hi Kristen –

    Great contest! Yes, I have a laser printer that is starting to grind itself into oblivion. My husband, in the home office next door, has another laser printer that I can never find the off switch for. I have an inkjet printer that is now fussy about the weight of the paper. AND I have a fax/copier. Three of these sit on one desk, along with my phone, and there is precious little room left for my laptop.

    I have looked at the printer you’re offering and it does indeed look good. Only thing: in the fine print, it does not support double-sided printing for Macs. Ah well, other than that, I would be most grateful to win your contest.
    !

  • Bobbie Troy Feb 15, 2009

    I currently have a Canon inkjet, which is ok burt not fast. I also have an old HP
    Officejet, but the feeder doesn’t work properly (a nuisance when sending a fax) and the scanner sucks. I would love to replace this machine. The Epson sounds fantastic!

  • Angie Feb 15, 2009

    We have an old inkjet that came free with our computer. It mostly is a giant paperweight though as it doesn’t print more than wavy lines and black blotches..lol. Thank you for the dream of winning a printer that actually prints!

    ~Angie

    Angie´s last blog post..Why?

  • Margo Feb 16, 2009

    I have an inkjet computer. It’s a few years old, but it’s still going. I love the thought of wireless printing, though. I have a laptop, and it’s a pain going back and forth, especially as we are investing in a wireless router soon. No more being chained to my desk. Whoohoo!
    Thanks for this great contest! :)

  • Soo Young Feb 16, 2009

    I use a flailing ink jet.

    Jasmine tea,
    Soo Young Lee

  • Ruth Feb 16, 2009

    Why do I want this printer? Let me count the ways:

    Oh, before I forget–hubby and I run our own small business, an open art studio/gallery/art school. We just go an all-in-one Epson Stylus NX300 (ink jet), to replace another Epson that went belly-up.

    OK. I (we) want the particular All-in-One you’re offering because:

    1) It is wireless. One less thing to trip over/get tangled in, etc. And believe me, we have plenty of that going on around here.

    2) We have no printer at home (but do have a computer). SO, we would take our perfectly adequate Epson All-in-One home.

    Guess that’s about it. It would sure be great to win! Thanks for running such a practical give-away.

    Ruth´s last blog post..Other People Go To Paris So I Don’t Have To

  • Thomas Feb 16, 2009

    I use an HP deskjet printer.

  • Marjorie Feb 16, 2009

    Hi, Kristen! I have Brother All-in-One Inkjet that I share with my husband. It’s a great little machine, but I’d love my own. Thanks for a great contest!

    Cheers,
    Marjorie

    Marjorie´s last blog post..Another potentially useful small biz software program

  • Armen Shirvanian Feb 16, 2009

    I don’t currently have a printer that I use. I thought I would take part in this drawing.

  • Bryan Pugh Feb 16, 2009

    I currently own a HP Laserjet 4P (pre-USB and VERY parallel) which has been a steadfast companion for I can’t remember how long. I just upgraded my computer to a laptop computer with no parallel port! Ahh!

  • Marina Feb 17, 2009

    I don’t have a printer at all – we use internet cafes to do our printing, which is a pain-and-a-half! I think the last printer I did own was some giant clunky Lexmark thing that leaked ink everywhere and kept eating the paper.

    Marina´s last blog post..Lately…

  • Alright, I’m in. I’ve got an HP 1350 PSC all-in-one. Can’t complain, really, but…

    James Chartrand – Men with Pens´s last blog post..Three Men (with Pens) and a Lady

  • Suzanne Feb 18, 2009

    Hi, Kristen,

    Great contest! I currently use an hp 2210 – all in one

    This one sounds awesome, though. I’d love an update!

    Suzanne´s last blog post..Make the Most of Your Weekly Marketing Plan

  • Steph Auteri Feb 18, 2009

    Oh wow. I actually posted about this printer awhile ago over at a products blog I contribute to, and was way tempted to buy it myself.

    At the moment, I’m wirelessly connected to my husband’s laser printer — a Canon something-or-other — but the connection is sometimes faulty…a source of constant frustration.

    Fingers crossed!

    Steph Auteri´s last blog post..Are You Being Challenged By Your Career?

  • Tiffani Feb 18, 2009

    I have an HP all-in-one inkjet printer, but lightning knocked out the fax capability. This Epson sounds terrific. Thanks!

  • Fiona Feb 18, 2009

    I currently use an HP all in one scanner – copier – printer. Love it. Would love a laser but can’t afford the upgrade.

  • Allie Feb 18, 2009

    Wow, this would make an excellent belated birthday gift!

    I currently have an HP-almost all-in-one, alas, no fax. Reliable but expensive upkeep. Miss my old laser printer-fast and fabulous-yet limited capabilities. (Besides, it’s buried somewhere in someone’s storage site.)

    Winning sure would help me to a better life!

    Great contest.

    Allie´s last blog post..Listening to Intuition – There’s Much to Learn

  • Georgia Woodward Feb 18, 2009

    I have an inkjet printer, and could really use a new printer. The one you are profiling looks exactly like one I have had my eyes on.

    Thanks, Georgia

  • robbie dennie Feb 18, 2009

    MY dog ate it!!!!No seriously.My black lab Beau got tangled in the wires of my printer while my desk was pulled away from the wall while I was repapering the wall. in my office. It fell on the floor and fell apart .I plugged the ribbon connections back in and snapped the front back on but the clear ribbon in the back that guides the cartridge was also damaged and the whole thing was a little tweaked I took it to the PRINTER DR. but he said it would cost more to fix than to buy new. So I am looking for a new one and this looks like a good one!!!We need the help since the next day Beau got himslef thrown into the doggiejail because he left the yard and the neighbor lady didn’t knpw whose dog he was so he spent the night in the hoosegow!!!I which cost MORE money It has been very stressful around here and we could use a break!!!! Thanks for your consideration Robbie Dennie

  • Jessica Z Feb 18, 2009

    I did use and inkjet printer from Lexmark until it broke a few weeks ago. Right now I am currently waiting on saving up the money for a new printer.

  • John Curry Feb 18, 2009

    I have an HP Laserjet but wish to upgrade to an all-in-one unit.

  • Mary Jo Feb 19, 2009

    I have a HP 5P that I dearly love. Great for documents.

    But. . . . I’d love to have something to print in color, maybe do photos, scan, etc.

    Mary Jo´s last blog post..Video: Missing Your Flight?

  • Jada Bradley Feb 19, 2009

    I have a lovely deskjet printer that became a little less lovely last week when I accidentally broke the paper-loading tray.

    Very clever idea.

    ~Jada

  • Deborah Thornton Feb 19, 2009

    Hi Kristen. Ditto everyone’s praise for this contest. I currently have an HP 6110 All-in-One printer that is about 2 years old. Print, fax, and copy functions are good, but my computer no longer recognizes the scanner. Would LOVE to be the lucky winner.

  • Deborah Eby Feb 19, 2009

    Lost my inkjet color printer/scanner privileges due to a “changed domestic situation.” Next week, I will finally have the combination of time and money to think about a replacement printer. Now Im going to wait to see if I win this contest!

  • Elisabeth Higgins Null Feb 19, 2009

    I use an HP Laserjet 4MV— one of the true workhorses of the printing world. I bought a reconditioned one 10 years ago and it’s still strong, producing black and white copy that is professional and attractive. My partner takes his color work to the office and prints it there. I have no need for color as I write and edit text. Still, it woulkd be nice to move to color for my personal use. I wold like an all-in-one printer of high quality as our scanner is bulky and our fax is on the fritz!

  • Janet Dinsmore Feb 19, 2009

    I would love to win the printer in order to donate it–or have you donate it–to Jubilee Arts Center, a project in the Sandtown section of Baltimore. This is a dream that is coming to fruition. Renovation is beginning on a building in the area–now beset by drugs and crime–and classes in poetry, dance, and art already being offered. Any technology donations would be gratefully received.

  • Kathleen O'C Feb 19, 2009

    I produce a small, bi-monthly, print magazine (The Mountain Voice) in a rural, mountain community north of Frederick, MD. I have been paying Kinkos to print it because my HP 1410 AIO Inkjet (that someone gave me when my regular, 7-year old, HP Inkjet died in 2007) uses so much ink that I have to refill the ink too often to be profitable and I didn’t want to overwork the printer that I depended on for correspondence printing. In addition, although the electronic document is in color, I have been unable to print in color profitably because Kinkos charges me not only a high rate for one color page of a double page, but also insists on charging me color for the back side, even if there is no photo and only text and I don’t need it printed in color. Other copy shops have the same policy they say because they must tell the printer to run it double-sided color and they won’t print one page and shove it back into their printers for the black only page. Printing it single-sided increases the paper cost. One double-sided color copy I ordered there cost $8! I can’t charge my customers $12 for a 12-page magazine, for they just won’t buy it. Therefore, I had to run the whole 12-page magazine in black to be affordable. In any case, I sold out and had to print more with what I earned, so at least that showed that I had a market — and would have a better one if I could print even the first page in color. When Newsweek, Time, Vogue, and Good Housekeeping (for example) are selling for no more than $4 on the stands with 100+ pages, I hesitate to think that local folk will pay even the $8, let alone some more to be able to make a profit to even stay in business. This year, I thought that I might be able to print just the first page color if I could find a good printer that would give me more pages per ink cartrige, making it more affordable by not eating up my profits. Thus, I checked out Staples (have their biz rewards) to see what was on the market. They no longer carried in-store the Okidata that I had looked at the year before, but could only dream of. They showed me laser printers that could print more, but then pointed out that the pages might stick together in the future — not good for a magazine where the pages would necessarily be facing each other vs. individual flyers. That would be an especial problem if the volumes were eventually bound and mind-melded together. I realize the the photocopy process is not much better, so it would be better if I could bring the whole magazine in-house on inkjet.) However, when I looked at the inkjets, I either could not find one that purported to give me a high page count per ink cartridge or the speed or the quality. I gave up and bought nothing else. I thought I might try to print the first page on my HP 1410, then take the whole back to Kinkos for the black print, if I could get the techies to shove the first page back in their printer and run the backside black (and hope they get it in the right direction so that I don’t have to reprint my color side). (I’m presuming that 4-color offset would be more expensive, so have not gotten a bid yet.) As I’m working on the next issue, I’ll find out how far the 1410 ink cartridge will go before it runs out. If I can get 100 pages without color loss, that will cost .30 per page for just the first page. Kinkos charges close to $1 per color page, so that’s more than half better; however, we’ll see how far a color cartridge actually goes. If I can get the rest done for .08 per page, that’s .88 cents, which makes a 12-page copy my cost $1.18. If I also give a 20% commission to shops to sell it, that’s another .30, making the cost $1.48. I would have to charge $3 to double my investment. When people are buying newspapers for .50 and big magazines for $2-4, I just don’t know whether they would pay $3 for only 12 pages of excellent local writing and photos. I really don’t think my market will bear more than $2 per little magazine, and that’s pushing it. If I could decrease my printing costs, I could offer the magazine at a price that most local people could afford and would think reasonable while still making enough of a profit to stay in business and reward me for the time it takes to research, interview, write, lay out, print, distribute, and collect on the magazine. If the Epson Workforce 600 is all you say — beautiful, fast, economical, and still inkjet — it could enable my little magazine to go color without my going in debt. Perhaps I could be the Queen for a Day! Thank you for listening. — Kathleen