Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF Review

Pros

  • Optional extra paper tray
  • iPrint, AirPrint and Cloud Print compatible
  • Multi-purpose rear feed

Cons

  • No borderless photo print
  • Manual paper type setting
  • Slight duplex page pause

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £220.00
  • Duplex print, scan and copy
  • 88mm touchscreen
  • Very good plain paper photos
  • Low power compared to lasers
  • Low page costs

What is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF?

When Epson first introduced its range of WorkForce Pro inkjet all-in-ones, designed to challenge the small workgroup laser printer, we were very positive about the idea. Cheaper page cost, lower power and comparable print speed, particularly in colour, gives you good reason to consider the inkjet option, and quality photo prints and low purchase price add to the offering.

The WF-5620DWF offers duplex printing and scanning, touchscreen control and wireless printing using a four-cartridge system and 250-sheet paper tray.

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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF – Design and Features

The WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF is a substantial machine, not far off the size of an old desktop photocopier and makes use of Epson’s new PrecisionCore print engine.

At the top is a 35-sheet, duplex Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), so you can scan, copy and fax two-sided documents, though each sheet has to make three passes, as the ADF doesn’t have twin scan heads.

The main control panel includes an 88mm touchscreen, which is responsive and easy to use, combined with a number pad for fax dialling and other physical buttons for dedicated functions. Just below the control panel at the right-hand end of the front panel is a USB socket, which can be used for uploading print documents or downloading scanned ones to a USB drive.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF - Controls

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF – Installation and Connections

At the bottom of the machine is a 250-sheet paper tray, with an output tray which telescopes from the front of the machine, just above. A second 250-sheet paper tray is available as an option. Additionally, an 80-sheet multi-purpose tray at the rear enables print on special media and glossy photo blanks. Sadly, the printer doesn’t auto-detect the paper type or size in any tray.

Four large ink cartridges slot in behind the pull-down front cover. They’re available in three capacities, starting at 800 pages and rising to 4,000, more than equivalent to typical toner yields from similarly priced laser-based machines.

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF can connect through USB, gigabit Ethernet or wireless link and with the wireless connection comes access to Wi-Fi Direct, AirPrint and remote printing services, such as Google Cloud Print.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF – Print Speeds

Epson claims ISO
print speeds of 20ppm for both mono and colour print. In our tests,
speeds weren’t far out in mono and our 20-page test document gave a
real-world speed of 16.0ppm. This is good, given that we add in the
rasterisation time, which the ISO standard doesn’t require.

The
shorter, five-page document only managed 10.7ppm and the black text and
colour graphics test gave 8.3ppm, but all these speeds are more than
respectable for an inkjet and the colour speed is noticeably higher than
from most colour lasers at anywhere near this price.

A five-page
copy took 45s from the ADF and a 10-side document copied duplex took a
respectable 1 minute 31s. 15 x 10cm photos took around 30s in normal
print mode, rising to 47s at best quality. These speeds are very fast
for photo prints, though you can’t print borderless photos.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF - Open

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF – Print Quality and Costs

Epson
printers, which like Brother’s use a piezoelectric printhead, are
normally troubled by ink spread into the paper. Here, though, there’s no
noticeable spread at all and text print is as clean and sharp as from
the best of the thermal inkjets.

Colours are bright and solid and
overlaid text is well registered, with no signs of haloing. Photo
prints are well detailed and clean, with natural colours, but with a
slight loss of detail in darker, shadowed areas.

A special word
is needed for the quality of plain paper photo prints, produced by the
PrecisionCore engine. We inadvertently printed a full A4 image on
standard multi-use paper and were very impressed with the depth of
colour and detail it showed. It makes the printer extra useful,
particularly if your workload includes a lot of photo images –
estate agents, for example.

Using the highest capacity cartridges
available for the machine gives page costs of 2.0p for mono print and
5.7p for colour, both including 0.7p for paper. These are very good and
compare well with other small office inkjets and laser printers.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF - Cartridges

Should you buy an Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF?

All
four main printer manufacturers now have competitors for Epson’s
WorkForce Pro range and machines such as Canon’s MAXIFY MB2350 (£180) offer
similar page costs and speeds, though in this case not the duplex ADF.
Brother’s MFC-J5720DW (around £200), doesn’t have the print quality
of either of these two, but does offer A3 print, as well as A4.

Verdict

The
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF benefits greatly from its new print
engine, offering print quality up with the best of its competitors, at
good speed and at very reasonable cost. Its feature set is also well
composed and the facility to print, copy, scan and fax double-sided can
help save a lot in paper costs.

Score


Score in detail

  • Print Speed 9
  • Features 9
  • Value 9
  • Print Quality 9

Features

Networking Yes
Card slot None
Connection Type Ethernet, USB
Extra Features 88mm touchscreen, duplex print, scan, copy, fax, direct and remote print

Physical Specifications

Height (Millimeter) 342mm
Width (Millimeter) 461mm
Depth (Millimeter) 442mm
Weight (Gram) 14.2kg

Printing

Type Inkjet
Duplex Yes
Paper Size A4
Colour Yes
Number of Catridges 4
Sheet Capacity 250 sheet tray + 80 sheet multipurpose feed
Print Resolution (Dots per inch) (enhanced) 4800 x 1200dpi
Rated Black Speed (Images per minute) 20ipm
Rated Colour Speed (Images per minute) 20ipm
Max Paper Weight 255g/sm
Print Without PC Yes

Functions

Scanner Yes
Copier Yes
Fax Yes

Scanning

Scan Resolution (Dots per inch) 1200 x 2400dpi

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