The Epson AcuLaser C2800 is a colour laser printer designed specifically for small workgroups, and in that regard, few business-oriented colour printers outperform it. Epson prices the C2800 so that it is affordable to the average small business. More importantly, the C2800 is reliable and cost-effective to maintain and repair. It is fast, simple to use, comes with Epson's award-winning technical support, and it is extremely quiet. It produces monochrome prints at a rate of 25 pages per minute and colour at 20 pages per minute. It is network-ready and easy to set up via Windows plug-and-play, and it includes support standard for PCL and genuine Adobe PS3 languages.
It is clear that Epson accentuated simplicity and practicality when they designed the AcuLaser C2800, but that does not mean that they sacrificed style. The C2800 is a compact lightweight cube with a grey colour scheme. There are no sharp edges and jutting features, and the unit is light enough that one person can pick it up and move it. However, most users will want to set it and forget it, which should not be much of a problem since it has a relatively small footprint. Paper loading via the bottom tray and the automatic feeder up top is simple, and loading up replacement Epson C2800 toner is easy too. The control panel and LCD screen are intuitive and easy to use.
The greatest advantage to the Epson C2800 is its user-friendliness. Most small businesses do not have a dedicated IT department and many do not even have a single IT employee. In those scenarios, it is vital that the equipment be easy enough to use and maintain that the average business user can do it. This is what the C2800 offers, and it does so without sacrificing professional-level quality. The other great benefit is the low cost of ownership. With its durability, ease of repair and low cost of Epson C2800 toner, the printer outperforms most of the competition. It also provides sophisticated functionality, such as watermarking and IP filtering, that are unusual at this price level.
At this price, most business consumers will expect some copy, fax, PC-fax and scan support, even if they are afterthoughts. Unfortunately, there are none of those features here. Most businesses can make do with a PC-only fax solution, but things get tricky if they also need copying and scan functionality. If they need those features enough to buy another device, then the Epson AcuLaser C2800 is far less cost-effective than it first appears.