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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.
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.
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.