- Very low page costs
- Good print on plain and photo paper
- Low maintenance with XXL cartridges
- Flimsy output tray
- Pause between duplex pages
- Noisy paper feed
- Review Price: £136.00
- Twin paper sources
- Fast plain paper print
- Very high-yield ink cartridges
- Quick and easy wireless connection
- Duplex print as standard
There are a number of printers in Epson’s Workforce Pro range and the WP-4025DW sits fairly close to the low end, though it does include wireless and wired network connections. It’s ideally suited to a home or small office and comes up directly against low cost colour lasers, though crucially it trashes them all on running costs.
The short form of this printer’s description is big and black. If you want more, it’s matte black, apart from a shiny, textured control panel. It’s about the size of a small business photocopier, circa 2002. We’re not quite sure why it has to be so big, but the high-capacity ink cartridges, which conveniently plug in from the front, behind a fold-down cover, may be one reason.
The controls are simple, with seven buttons and eight LEDs that cover things like paper feed, head cleaning and network information. There’s no USB or memory card socket, though without an LCD display, it would be hard to pick files to print, anyway.
A 250-sheet paper cassette slides out from the front and an 80-sheet tray with an extending support is fitted at the back, so you can load and switch between two types of paper easily. A three-stage telescopic output support is one of the weakest design elements, literally. An extra 250-sheet tray can be added under the printer, if you need extra capacity, as it can with the other Workforce Pro machines.
Wireless setup is very easy, if your router has WPS. Press the Wi-Fi button on the front of the printer and the WPS button on the router and the connection is complete within half a minute. USB and 10/100 Ethernet sockets are also provided.
Support software is largely down to a well-specified driver, though there is also a mobile app – isn’t there always, these days – which enables direct printing by emailing documents and attachments to the machine.