Epson’s new range of SOHO inkjet printers, in which the Workforce Pro WP-4525DNF sits nearer the top than the bottom, favours both company and customers. Epson can hopefully get to sell more inkjets, which it designs and makes itself and presumably makes more margin on than the lasers it rebadges. Meanwhile customers get robust printers with expanded feature sets at lower cost than buying laser or LED machines.
This all-cream printer looks clean and functional, with a surprisingly low-profile scanner and Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), particular when you realise it can scan duplex. It does this by feeding the page out on top of the output stack and re-feeding for the second side – there’s no intermediate tray.
The full-width control panel includes a 63mm LCD screen, which displays full-colour status and menu screens, but not photo thumbnails, as there’s no way of printing from a USB drive, despite the provision of a front panel USB socket. The socket is purely for connecting a storage device to take PDF versions of scanned pages.
Controls include big mode selection buttons on the left and big Start and Stop ones on the right. In between are a number pad for fax dialling and a four-way square for menu navigation. There are 60 quick-dials, too, accessed through a single button and the number pad. It's a comprehensive but easy to use system.
The printer has two paper trays, with a 250-sheet main tray at the front and a further 80-sheet tray, for letterheads, photo paper or other special media, at the back. The same rather flimsy, three-stage output tray telescopes from the front, directly above the main tray. A second, 250-sheet tray is available as an option, to sit underneath the machine.
Pull down the front panel cover and you have quick and easy access to the four high-capacity ink cartridges. These are available in three different yields, but even the lowest contains enough ink for 1,200 black or 800 colour pages, rising to 3,400 for both, at the highest yield.
Data connection can be USB or 10/100 Ethernet, though this machine has no wireless provision.