Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4535 DWF review

With ultra-low print costs, brilliant print quality and blistering speeds, the WP-4535 is a superb business MFP

26 Sep 2011
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Price when reviewed 
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16ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 801.11n wireless, 341x460x420mm

Epson's new WorkForce Pro WP-4535 doesn't simply look like a laser printer - it's built to perform like one, too. It has a full set of business-friendly features including a scanner, fax and copier. In our tests, it produced a mono text document at 15.5ppm and a heavily illustrated colour business document at 6.1ppm. This slowed to 3.2ppm when we enabled duplex printing - still faster than most comparably priced inkjet or laser printers can produce one-sided colour documents.

The second of Epson's claims for this laser-equivalent is that you can expect laser-like sharpness and colour, even on double-sided prints. Text and colour looked stunning even on poor-quality 75gsm paper stock. However, if you use cheap, thin paper, prints will inevitably suffer from wrinkling in areas - such as images - where lots of ink is laid down. For top-quality presentation documents, we prefer 100gsm paper for heavily illustrated colour, particularly if you're going to print on both sides of the paper.

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The printer has an automatic duplexer and duplex ADF scanner, so you can scan, print and copy two-sided documents with ease. There are also two 150-sheet paper trays and a PictBridge port that allows you to scan to and print from USB flash drives. A 2.5in colour screen makes it easy to configure settings, send faxes and scan to a variety of locations including a connected PC or via email.

Scan quality from the 4,800x1,200dpi CIS scanner is remarkably good, with excellent colour reproduction and plenty of fine detail. Copy quality is similarly excellent for both colour and mono copes. Better yet, a mono A4 copy takes just ten seconds.

As this is a business printer, it's not entirely surprising that it doesn't have a borderless photo printing option. Despite this, it can handle photo paper if you use the rear tray, and the photos it turns out are decent, even though it uses pigmented ink. We noticed a slight pink tint in pale areas and bright colours were a little less vivid than usual, but we were generally satisfied. It's no substitute for a dedicated photo printer, but if you need to print off a glossy snap in a hurry, it's up to the task.

Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4535 DWF

The WP-4535 is designed with small businesses in mind but, with a 20,000 page maximum duty cycle, it could also serve as a workgroup printer. This model also has integrated Wi-Fi, as well as USB and Ethernet ports. All available cartridges have huge page yields, including the 'Big Ben' versions that come with the printer and last for 1,200 black pages and 800 pages for each colour. Although Epson's cartridges have model numbers, they're easily identified by the picture on the boxes of each range. We recommend using the higher yield Eiffel Tower range, which produces 2,400 black pages and 2,000 pages of each colour. It's these we've used to calculate the WP-4530's print costs, which work out at 1p per mono page and 4.2p per page of mixed black and colour printing. These are some of the lowest print costs you'll get from any MFP, no matter whether inkjet or laser.

The WP-4535 is Epson's most attractive and capable business inkjet yet. It's fast, cheap to run and packed with features. At £260, it may cost nearly as much as a similarly specified colour laser printer, but costs significantly less to run. It wins a Business Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Maximum native print resolution 4,800x1,200dpi
Max optical resolution 1,200x1,200dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 16ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 11ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 5m 11s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 12m 49s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 801.11n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 341x460x420mm
Weight 10.9kg
Noise (in normal use) 62dB(A)
Duty cycle 20,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 256gsm
Standard paper inputs 3
Standard paper input capacity 580
Maximum paper inputs 2
Maximum paper input capacity 330
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes


Printer technology piezo inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4.11 - 10.6
Other inkjet features 2.5in colour LCD screen, automatic print head alignment
Other inkjet options 250-sheet paper tray C12C817011

Buying Information

Price £262
Consumable parts and prices £22
Price per colour A4 page 1.0p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 1,200 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 800 cyan, magenta, yellow pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Warranty one year onsite

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 4
Number of ink cartridges 4
Maximum number of ink colours 4
Maximum number of cartridges 4
Quoted photo durability 40 years
Quoted photo durability source Wilhelm Imaging Research

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 9s
A4 document at 150dpi 13s
A4 document at 300dpi 36s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 30s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 1m 40s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 10s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 24s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 1m 47s

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards none
CD printing No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99
Max mono copy resolution 1,200x600dpi
Max colour copy resolution 1,200x600dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution 300x300dpi
Fax memory (maximum mono pages) 180