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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5110DW review

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Price when reviewed : £135
inc VAT

Fast and cheap, with excellent print quality: we'd choose Epson's WF-5110DF over a colour laser

Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-5110DW is a single-function inkjet printer in a colour laser’s clothes. Optimised for plain paper printing, it makes no concessions to more traditional inkjet roles: there are no memory card slots for photo printing, and borderless printing isn’t even supported.

The printer is more than suited to churning out page after page in a busy home or small office, though. The printer supports wired and wireless networking, various mobile and Cloud print options, and can automatically print on each side of a sheet of paper (duplex printing). Standard paper handling comprises a 250-sheet cassette with an 80-sheet multipurpose tray, while a second 250-sheet cassette is available.

Although some colour lasers might require up to 10 or 11 consumables, the WF-5110DW takes just five: four ink cartridges and one so-called maintenance box – essentially just a drip tray to catch any waste ink. At under £20 and rated for 50,000 pages, this box adds less than a tenth of a penny to print costs.

Ink cartridges are available in three sizes, but unusually the most generous – rated for 4,000 pages each – work out slightly more expensive per page than the XL range (rated for 2,600 black and 2,000 colour pages). Using XL cartridges, costs are about 4.2p for a page of mixed text and colour graphics – far less than an equivalent colour laser.

With no fuser unit to heat, electricity costs should be lower, too: we measured a peak of just 20 watts. After running our entire suite of tests, the printer’s energy use was below 10 watt-hours. For comparison, the same tests on HP’s LaserJet Pro M451dn colour laser consumed 40 watt-hours.

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TechnologyPiezo inkjet
Maximum print resolution4,800×1,200dpi
Number of colours (cartridges)4 (4)
Maximum number of colours (cartridges)4 (4)
Quoted photo durability (source)Not stated
Standard interfacesUSB, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional interfacesNone
Dimensions (HxWxD)284x461x442mm
Duty cycle (pages per month)35,000 (max)
Paper handling
Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight256gsm
Standard paper trays (capacity)2 (330)
Maximum paper trays (capacity)3 (580)
Photo features
Borderless printingNo
Direct (PC-less) printingNo
Memory card supportNone
Supported operating systemsWindows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, Android, iOS
Other features5.6cm mono screen
Buying information
WarrantyThree-year onsite
Consumable parts and pricesMaintenance box C13T671000 (50,000 pages) £17. 79XL black (2,600 pages) £24, 79XL cyan, magenta and yellow (2,000 pages each) £22 each.
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge(s)900 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)800 pages each (ISO/IEC 24712)
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT4.2p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (colour part)3.3p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (mono part)0.9p
Part codeC11CD12301BY