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Epson Workforce Pro WP-4535 DWF Review


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  • Full duplex copying
  • Very high capacity cartridges
  • High print speed


  • No print from USB drives
  • Noisy when feeding paper
  • Flimsy output tray

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £187.00
  • Very low running costs
  • Full fax with 60 quick dials
  • Wireless support with WPS setup
  • Twin paper trays as standard
  • Very easy maintenance

Many new ranges of printer are only slight enhancements of what’s gone before, but Epson’s Workforce Pro range is a genuinely new departure for the company. The Workforce Pro printers and multifunctions use a new inkjet engine and are designed as a direct replacement for a small office colour laser.

This isn’t the first time a printer company has tried to move inkjets into the low-end laser printer market, but these machines, including the Workforce Pro WP-4535DWF reviewed here, look the part, as well as out-performing equivalent lasers in several important respects. Epson has a vested interested in getting this project right, as it doesn’t make its own laser printers.

Epson Workforce Pro WP-4535DWF - Open

This is a robust machine, bearing a striking resemblance to colour laser and LED printers in the same price bracket. A couple of things distinguish it, however, as there’s an 80-sheet secondary paper tray at the rear, as well as the 250-sheet cassette at the front. This can be used for photo paper, something you’d be unlikely to need on a toner-based printer.

The output tray is a three-stage telescopic slide which pulls out from the front of the machine, making it rather flimsy and too easy to knock. In contrast the near horizontal Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is surprisingly sleek, particularly when you realise that it’s a duplex device, which can scan both sides of a page in one operation.

Epson Workforce Pro WP-4535DWF - Controls

The control panel includes a 63mm colour LCD display and a numeric pad for fax dialling and there are 60 quick dials available, too. The front-panel USB socket just below the controls is only available for USB drives, not PictBridge cameras, and then only for scanning too. Despite the LCD display, there is no facility for printing from this source.

Epson Workforce Pro WP-4535DWF - Cartridges

The machine can be connected via USB, 10/100 Ethernet or wireless and it supports WPS setup, making WiFi very painless. The four ink cartridges slide in behind the pull-down front panel and click into place in what must be the quickest, simplest maintenance operation on any printer.

Epson has included all the necessary support software, including a copy of Epson Scan and a driver which includes useful print presets, covering tasks such as duplex and two-on-one print.

Epson rates the Workforce Pro WP-4535DWF at 26ppm for black print and 24ppm for colour and these figures are as silly as on previous Epson models. However, our real-world test showed a black speed of over 10ppm even on a short, 5-page document and up to 12.8p on a longer, 20-page one. More than this, a 20-side document printed as 10 duplex pages returned 8.5 sides per minute, far and away the fastest duplex speed we’ve seen on a sub-£200 printer.

A single page colour copy took a surprisingly long 28s, but a five-page black copy from the ADF completed in 52s and a 10-side duplex copy still took only 1:46. These are all, again, very good speeds.

Epson Workforce Pro WP-4535DWF - Speeds and Costs

We’ve always had provisos in reviews of Epson small business inkjets when it comes to print quality, but the new engine in these Workforce Pro machines shows that it is possible to get clean, well-reproduced text from a piezoelectric printhead.

The documents we printed were very good and this extended to the graphics in our colour test document. Even the colour photocopy produce good results, with little colour fade. Finally, a full-colour photo on Epson glossy paper produced an excellent image, more than good enough for any business use.

Epson Workforce Pro WP-4535DWF

There are three different cartridge yields available on this machine: the standard capacity Big Ben set, the high-capacity Eiffel Tower set and the very high capacity Pyramid set. Using the Pyramid cartridges gives a page cost for a black page of 1.8p with colour costing 5.0p, both including 0.7p for paper. These are very low costs, way below those from a laser or LED printer and very competitive with something like HP’s Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise A811a.

Epson’s Workforce Pro WP-4535DWF is something of a bargain. For under £200 you get a colour multifunction printer which can genuinely print at over 10ppm, or 8.5 sides per minute duplex, can produce full duplex copies, includes fax and can print a full-colour photo much better than any laser. With its highest yield cartridges, it can also print up to 3,400 pages between changes and at a cost of under two pence per black page. What’s not to like?

Epson Workforce WP-4535DWF - Feature Table

Trusted Score

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Score in detail

  • Print Speed 9
  • Features 9
  • Value 10
  • Print Quality 9


Networking Yes
Card slot None
Connection Type Ethernet, USB
Extra Features Duplex print and copy, fax, high yield cartridges

Physical Specifications

Height (Millimeter) 341mm
Width (Millimeter) 460mm
Depth (Millimeter) 420mm
Weight (Gram) 13.8g


Type Inkjet
Duplex Yes
Paper Size A4
Colour Yes
Number of Catridges 4
Sheet Capacity 250 sheets + 80 sheet tray
Print Resolution (Dots per inch) 4800 x 1240dpi
Rated Black Speed (Images per minute) 26ipm
Rated Colour Speed (Images per minute) 24ipm
Max Paper Weight 256g/sm
Print Without PC Yes


Scanner Yes
Copier Yes
Fax Yes


Scan Resolution (Dots per inch) 1200 x 2400dpi

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