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Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545 DTWF review

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Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF
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  • Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF - Controls
  • Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF - Open
  • Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF - Trays
  • Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF - Cartridges
  • Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF - Feature Table
  • Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF - Speeds and Costs

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Pros

  • Twin paper cassettes
  • Touchscreen control
  • Laser-like print speed

Cons

  • No print from USB
  • Can’t select tray/size to print from iPrint
  • Flimsy output tray

Key Features

  • Wireless connection with WPS
  • High-capacity ink cartridges
  • Scan to USB
  • Full fax functions
  • 580-sheet capacity as standard
  • Manufacturer: Epson
  • Review Price: £188.00

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We’ve been impressed by Epson’s range of Workforce Pro business inkjet printers and all-in-ones and the WP-4545DTWF is the current top-of-the-range, with all the extras. Aimed at a small business or small workgroup, it still has a surprisingly low price, given its feature-set.

This is a big, black machine, made all the more bulky by the provision of a second paper cassette under the main body of the printer. All Workforce Pro machines have a single 250-sheet tray and an 80-sheet tray at the rear for special media, including photo blanks, but this one has a second cassette, of the same capacity, provided as standard.

Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF - Open

The flatbed scanner is fitted with an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and, although its profile is surprisingly neat, it's a duplex device, so can scan two-sided originals in one operation. It has to feed each page three times, though, to maintain the job’s collation. This takes about the same time as it does to print a duplex page, so the multiple feeds don’t slow down overall copy speeds.

The control panel, which runs the full width of the machine, includes an 89mm touchscreen, with a dedicated touch panel to its right. This works well to control the printer, though there's no gesture support and it's all down to tapping buttons.

As well as the touch buttons, there are physical mode buttons to the left of the display and a numeric pad and job start and stop buttons to the right. The printer supports fax and there are speed dials and a memory buffer.

Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF - Controls

A single, front-panel USB socket sits underneath the control panel at its right-hand end, but this is unusual, as it only supports the scanning function. You can't connect a USB drive or USB hard drive to print documents or photos from them. It's a shame.

The Epson Workforce Pro WP-4545DTWF can be connected via USB, 10/100 Ethernet or wirelessly, via WPS setup. The last of these is preferable, as it offers extra versatility. Epson's usual suite of software is provided, including Epson Scan and fax utilities.

The four ink cartridges slide in behind the fold-down front panel and are available in three different page yields.

rs6mra

August 16, 2012, 11:41 am

An awesome multifunction printer as in the review and I think it deserves an overall score of 10 simply because Epson are currently offering a cash back of £70!!

Chris Sharpe

April 11, 2013, 9:15 am

Review text seems to say no print from USB stick / device, but summary table says it can be done....?

tcvdveer

June 23, 2013, 3:23 pm

My Epson WorkForce turned out to be a ink spilling disaster after a few months. Big drops of yellow ink are ruining my print work.

dario

November 24, 2013, 7:52 am

My Epson Wp4545 stopped working after two months. Really bad quality and support from Epson. Dealer told me every single WP4545 they sold had problems. Epson replaces them but the replaced model also stops working after a month or two. The ink supply system is just a faulty design. Switched to HP now, and can only say the overall quality of HP is extremely superior to Epson (also on the software side which was a drama with the Epson).

Lijenza

March 2, 2014, 11:01 am

I agree with everything dario and tcvdveer say. I too have the large drops of yellow ink. black has now stopped working . Looks good, great for the first few months - then, as tcvdeer says - a complete disaster. I too shall be going back to HP

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