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Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595DNF review

Simon Handby
19 May 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
359.64
inc VAT

An excellent business multifunction, but its support for print languages adds hugely to the price

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Specifications

26ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 341x460x420mm

Epson's WorkForce Pro range of inkjet printers and multifunction peripherals (MFPs) provides an alternative to a laser device for small and growing businesses. We're big fans of the models we've reviewed previously, which are designed with the features, durability and low running costs that a company needs, but until now the range has only supported host-based printing.

Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595DNF

The WP-4595DNF is one of two new models that bring PCL5c, PCL6 and PostScript 3 emulation to the range. It's an MFP supporting duplex (double-sided) printing, scanning, copying and faxing, while the alternative WP-4095DN model caters for those who just need a printer. In most other respects the new models are little different to previous high-end models, which is no bad thing.

Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595DNF

This MFP may look bland, but it's built to take the knocks of long-term business use. Plastics are thick, and the various panels and trays are chunky and flex-free. There's a front access hatch for inserting the four large ink tanks, below which is the 150-sheet output tray and the main 250-sheet input tray. At the rear is a second, 80-page input for thick and other special media that, when not in use, folds away with an integral dust lid.

Epson says that the WorkForce Pro range competes with a laser when it comes to running costs and print performance, and the former is demonstrably true. The WP-4595DNF accepts an XXL range of consumables, each of which has a 3,400-page yield. Even allowing for replacing a 50,000-page 'maintenance box', running costs are just a penny per black page, and 3.2p for colour – much lower than a competing colour laser. There are further savings when it comes to power use; we measured a peak of just 28 watts when copying, whereas a comparable colour laser might average several hundred watts.

Things are less clear-cut when it comes to printing. With no fuser to heat up, the Epson's 9-second first page out time is faster than all but the quickest lasers, and is available even when the printer has entered sleep mode. We timed black text at a reasonable 13.3 pages per minute (ppm), but graphics-rich colour pages were slower at just 5.8ppm. In practice, the WP-4595DNF is likely to prove quicker than an equivalent laser for infrequent everyday jobs, but it will lag behind if you mostly print longer graphical jobs such as PowerPoint presentations.

The WP-4595DNF's print quality is generally excellent, producing quality black text and colour graphics on plain paper, with the ability to turn out surprisingly competent photos on coated papers. Its prints do lack the sheen of a laser's toner, however. Copies are equally impressive, thanks in part to a superb scanner that's as good as any we've seen on a business-class device.

WP-4595DNF scan interface

The scanner produces excellent quick copies, or you can use the scan interface for more precise jobs

Unfortunately, our one significant criticism of this MFP is a big one: at £360 it's twice the price of the WorkForce Pro WP-4525DNF, which lacks print language emulations but is otherwise practically identical. It's a heavy premium, only worth paying if you really must have page description languages.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Maximum native print resolution4,800x1,200dpi
Max optical resolution1,200dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A426ppm
Quoted speed, colour A424ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.05m 4s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.06m 45s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size341x460x420mm
Weight13.8kg
Noise (in normal use)48dB(A)
Duty cycle30,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal, custom length up to 1,117mm
Maximum paper weight256gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity330
Maximum paper inputs3
Maximum paper input capacity580
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologypiezo inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7, Windows Server 2003/2008, Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Other inkjet features6.3cm colour screen
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Price£360
Consumable parts and prices£18
Price per colour A4 page3.2p
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Warrantyone-year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com
Detailswww.epson.co.uk

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges4
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges4
Quoted photo durability105 years
Quoted photo durability sourceWilhelm Imaging Research

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview9s
A4 document at 150dpi11s
A4 document at 300dpi19s
6x4in photo at 600dpi21s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi1m 45s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.010s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.024s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.03m 3s

Photo Features

PictBridge supportNo
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsnone
CD printingNo

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Max mono copy resolution1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolution1,200dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution200x200dpi