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Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4545 DTWF review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £235
inc VAT

Despite slow scan speeds, this high-yield inkjet is an ideal workhorse for your home or small office


16ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n wireless, 420x461x420mm

The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4545 DTWF is a high-yield business inkjet MFP, designed to compete against laser printers when it comes to print speed and outdo them on cost. It has a large 8.8cm colour touchscreen, a fax, both a duplex print engine and a duplex ADF and it can take up to 1,080 pages of A4 in its three input trays. It’s not as big as most comparably specified laser MFPs, either, so you can sit it on a desk for use as a personal printer if required, as well as using it to serve a small office workgroup. Like most other modern network MFPs, the WP-4545 supports printing from Android and iOS smartphones and tablets via its Epson iPrint app and can be given its own email address using the Epson Connect service, so it’ll print anything that’s sent to it.

Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4545 DTWF

The easiest way to configure the MFP’s wireless networking settings is from a PC using the driver software. You don’t need a physical Ethernet or USB connection to do this; you’re simply prompted to enable the MFP’s Wi-Fi AutoConnect mode. You can alternatively use a Wi-Fi Protected Setup push-button process to link the printer to a WPS-compatible router, or you can manually select your Wi-Fi network’s SSID and enter its password with the numeric keypad. A numeric keypad also appears on the touchscreen display, but the MFP’s touchscreen is generally sluggish and a little unresponsive, so we’d advise using the physical button alternatives wherever available.

Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4545 DTWF

The 1,200×2,400-pixel CIS scanner isn’t the MFP’s strong suit, although it’s good enough if you need to copy or archive business documents. Even small font sizes were captured sharply, although areas of fine detail in our reference photos looked rather fuzzy upon close examination. Colour reproduction, again in our photo scan tests, was also rather dull, and low-contrast tones weren’t easy to distinguish from one another. Scan speeds from the flatbed platen were also surprisingly slow, with a 300dpi document scan taking almost a minute.

More usefully, the scanner has a duplex ADF capable of taking up to 30 pages. Less encouragingly, using it to scan a duplex sheet of A4 at 300dpi in colour took over a minute. Both flatbed and ADF scanners can be used to make photocopies. Both mono and colour copies were of excellent quality, and copies emerge fairly quickly: 11s for a mono page and 24s for colour. The ADF took two minutes to copy 10 single-sided pages.

Print speeds are rather more impressive than the WP-4545’s scanning performance. Our colour document printed at 4.3ppm, while our mono text document printed at 15.2ppm. We don’t advise using the MFP’s draft mode, as it only boosts mono speed to 15.8ppm and produces very pale grey text. At full quality, 12pt mono text is as dark and sharp as any laser printer could produce. The challenging 8pt text in our mixed-colour business document actually looks significantly better than the same document from laser MFPs we’ve seen, largely thanks to the WP-4545’s high print resolution. Images also look great, with smooth, even colour and shading. Photo printing is not this MFP’s forte; it doesn’t even have a borderless mode, and prints look a little flat. However, photo colours are surprisingly accurate. They take long enough to come out, though, with two 10x8in photos printing in just under seven and a half minutes.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Maximum native print resolution 4,800×1,200dpi
Max optical resolution 1,200×2,400dpi
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 7m 27s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 7m 15s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 420x461x420mm
Weight 16.5kg
Noise (in normal use) 62dB(A)
Duty cycle 20,000 pages

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4
Maximum paper weight 256gsm
Standard paper inputs 3
Standard paper input capacity 1,080
Maximum paper inputs 3
Maximum paper input capacity 1,080
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes


Printer technology piezo inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X 10.4+
Other inkjet features 8.8cm colour screen
Other inkjet options £103

Buying Information

Price £235
Consumable parts and prices £18
Price per colour A4 page 4.0p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 1,200 pages (ISO/IEC 24711)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 800 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 8s
A4 document at 150dpi 19s
A4 document at 300dpi 56s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 40s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 2m 55s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 11s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 24s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 2m 0s

Photo Features

PictBridge support No
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