Received the printer in normal Amazon packaging, box within a box. Easy to open, easy to unpack. All of the various parts are clearly and easily differentiated and marked (ie the cables/cords were separately packaged, not all mixed up in one package). Print cartridges were shrink wrapped and easy to handle. Printer itself is rather large and bulky, but not heavy. All cables were included, including the USB cable needed for setup (even wireless setup). The only cable you might want but is not included is an ethernet cable if you want to directly connect it to your wireless router.
Being that this is a printer ONLY (not a scanner, fax, or copier), Epson took the time to make it the most user friendly printer I've seen in awhile. The entire top opens up for easy access for ink maintenance and/or paper jams. The power button, Wifi button, cancel button, etc are all on the top of the unit and clearly marked. The lights are bright (but not too bright) and easy to read. One note: The newer electronics have the blue led lights, but this printer's lights are green and orange...not sure if this matters to you or not, but some people like to have them all the same.
The paper is enclosed into a paper tray that is very nice--it keeps the paper straight and clean, with no way to come askew or jam. The paper tray for your printed pages is right in front, and is a typical pull out open ledge.
Set up was a bit tricky for me, since I have a merged home network, and I wanted to try to set it up wirelessly. Even by Epson's own admission, setting it up wirelessly (without using the USB cord) wasn't recommended, and I can see why. I played with it for 1/2 an hour before finally submitting to the recommended USB setup, which took seconds. Software installation was seamless, and completely automatic.
I had tried to connect it to one of my merged networks that has WPS, and it worked perfectly without using the USB cord, however, I needed to link it with the second network which is WEP and has no WPS, so that is what required me to use the USB. If you have a simple WPS router, it will work GREAT with the wireless setup.
Installing the ink is easy and CLEAN. No smudged fingers. That was very nice. It takes a few minutes for the machine to prep the ink cartridges, but it saves you from having to have messy cartridges. I like that!
There was no process for aligning the cartridges or wasting paper with color tests. The test page was optional and wasn't full of graphics so you don't waste a bunch of ink on a required set up step.
I was able to print from all 4 computers in the house, after installing the software and drivers on each computer. It makes very nice looking prints, although the time to print is not as quick as other printers. It is great that it will do two-sided printing, and when you're printing out some long boring document, you can save paper.
The print quality was very nice. Deep blacks and bright colors. Usually I use an HP photosmart printer and the color on this Epson is better, with more contrast and depth to the color prints. The clarity of the prints is very nice--crisp and clear. It also prints photos--which look marvelous, with nice deep color saturation.
So, if you're looking for a basic printer, without bells and whistles and extras like the scanner/fax/copier (which most peoplel don't use anyway), created by a quality manufacturer that's been around a long time, who has put some effort and quality in a specialty product, this printer is a great choice.