Pros / The printer has a lightweight, portable design with a built-in battery.
Cons / Printing is fairly slow.
Verdict / The Epson WorkForce WF-100 is a very competent mobile printer, with a variety of connectivity features and reasonable ink prices.
The Epson WorkForce WF-100 is a good mobile printer that’s designed with business travelers in mind. As part of Epson’s WorkForce line, the compact printer is designed to handle a fair number of documents and has all of the connectivity options we expect from a portable work printer. The result is a pretty good portable printer, no matter who you are.
The WorkForce WF-100 scores high marks in the portability department, with one of the smallest and lightest designs of any mobile printer. It weighs just 3.5 pounds and measures a compact 12.2 x 6.1 x 2.4 inches, making it small and light enough to travel with. This printer is particularly handy because it doesn’t just come with a battery, it’s built in and starts charging once you plug in the printer. There’s no fussing with a removable battery and no having to buy a separate battery for mobile use – it’s all ready to go. When fully charged, the battery should be good to print 100 pages.
This portable color printer’s print quality is pretty good, with better-than-average document printing. Our test samples showed a few minor printing errors – barely noticeable ink spotting and some obvious banding when printing large blocks of color – but all within a fairly acceptable quality range for a mini portable printer. It is on the slow side, however. Black-and-white documents printed at a rate of just slightly more than five pages per minute, while color documents crawled along at 2.88 pages per minute.
Ink cartridges and refills are fairly affordable, with one black cartridge that yields 250 pages and a tri-color cartridge that yields 200 pages. This works out to 18 cents per page, which isn’t bad for a mobile printer, but the absence of any high-capacity ink options does put a bit of a damper on our praise.
The Epson WF-100 has a 20-page input tray, which is reasonable for a printer that will only be printing small batches. Still, it is notably smaller than the 50-page input trays found on our top-rated portable printers, like the HP Officejet All-in-One 250, the Mobile 200 or the Canon Pixma iP 110.
The printer supports both Windows and Mac operating systems, and it connects to your computer and other devices via USB and Wi-Fi. For mobile printing, it supports both Apple AirPlay and Google Cloud Print, but the company also offers its own Epson iPrint mobile app for iOS and Android and adds support for things like sending documents to print via email, letting you print from anywhere.
Epson’s manufacturer warranty covers the WorkForce WF-100 for a one-year period, which includes technical support via phone or email and access to online manuals and FAQs.
- Portability Score
- Battery Life
- Print Quality
- Black Print Speed
- Color Print Speed
- Standard Cost Per Page
- High-Capacity Price Per Page
The Epson WorkForce WF-100 may not have made the cut for our top portable printers, but it was a close contender. Despite some slow printing and a smaller paper capacity, it’s still among the best mobile printers on the market, and we were particularly impressed with its compact design and decent collection of features.