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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720 All-in-One


Introduction, Design Features

It’s been some time (late 2012!) given Epson has updated a WorkForce Pro 4000 array of all-in-one business printers, and a new ones bear tiny resemblance, in terms of features, price, and appearance, to their predecessors.

The WorkForce Pro WP-4590, for example, had no Wi-Fi connectivity and listed for $499.99, given a comparatively new WorkForce Pro WF-4720 All-in-One Printer—today’s examination model—does support Wi-Fi and it lists for usually $199.99. The progressing indication was white and approach larger, with a control row dominated by innumerable buttons and a keypad. The WF-4720, in contrast, is black, many smaller than a 2012 model, and versed with a control row that’s essentially usually a tone hold screen.

Part of a multi-unit recover a few months ago, a WorkForce Pro WF-4720 is a smallest new 4000-series model, in terms of capacity, features, and several other pivotal features. At a same time, Epson also expelled a some-more strong WF-4740, as good as a smaller 3000-series model, a WF-3720—which we’ll be reviewing soon. It’s critical that we compensate courtesy to their particular underline lists; what we give adult for a comparatively tiny disproportion in list prices among them is significant. Today’s examination unit, for instance, comes with usually one paper-input source and a manual-duplex-only involuntary request tributary (ADF), definition that a scanner can’t indicate two-sided pages yet your help. The $299.99-MSRP WF-4740, on a other hand, has dual paper cassettes and a larger, auto-duplexing ADF, as good as some other poignant differences.

All 3 WorkForce Pro models do, however, muster Epson’s now-familiar PrecisionCore inkjet print-head technology, that Epson touts as included with “performance over laser.” That might sound like huffed-up marketing, yet as we’ll get into nearby a finish of this review, this is not an idle boast. Few printers, inkjet or laser, imitation as well—be it with text, graphics, or photos—as this one.

As we’ll also get into after on, it does so during sincerely reasonable per-page ink costs. The numbers are not utterly as low as you’d see from one of Brother’s INKvestment Business Smart or Business Smart Plus all-in-ones (AIOs), such as a Brother MFC-J6535DWWorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One. But, compared to a WF-4720, there are drawbacks to both of those. The Brother indication doesn’t imitation as well, for one thing, while a EcoTank AIO costs significantly more. In addition, given a ET-4550 is not a WorkForce Pro machine, it comes with usually dual PrecisionCore imitation chips, instead of a 4 chips in a Pro models, creation it slower, with rather defective imitation quality. We’ll demeanour into all of this—print peculiarity and regulating costs—a tiny deeper as we swell by this review.

Depending on your needs, a WF-4740 might be a improved value for your home bureau or tiny office. We’ll demeanour some-more closely during a differences in a moment. Meanwhile, if we don’t imitation or duplicate a lot—say, no some-more than 500 to 1,000 pages per month—and we don’t indicate a lot of two-sided multipage documents, a WF-4720 will be an glorious printer choice. It’s small, light, and easy to implement and put to work, and it’s not overly costly to use. Its regulating costs are, in fact, reduce than some tighten competitors, such as a Canon Maxify MB2120 Wireless Home Office Inkjet and the HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 All-in-One, and it prints a tiny improved than both. The categorical thing that hold it behind from apropos an Editors’ Choice is a miss of an auto-duplexing ADF. (Of a dual other machines usually mentioned, a WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank also lacks one, yet a OfficeJet Pro 6978 has a goods.)



Design Features

All 3 of a WorkForce Pro models mentioned progressing are black, comparatively tiny cubes; they have many smaller footprints than their predecessors. The WF-4720 measures 9.8 inches high by 16.7 inches opposite by 19.4 inches from front to behind (HWD), and it weighs 20.1 pounds. (In contrast, a Maxify MB2120 is a tiny taller and wider, during 10.3×18.3×18.1 inches and 23.2 pounds.) It has a 35-sheet ADF, yet as mentioned, it’s not automobile duplexing, definition that you’ll have to spin over your two-sided documents, multipage or otherwise, manually to indicate a other sides. The print engine, on a other hand, is auto-duplexing, so we can do involuntary two-sided printing.

The connectivity options embody of Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and joining to a singular PC around USB. (Per usual, with that final tie method, many of a mobile-connectivity facilities we’re about to plead won’t be available.) Mobility facilities unblushing by joining around USB are Wi-Fi Direct and Near-Field Communication (NFC), peer-to-peer network protocols that concede we to bond a mobile device to a WF-4720 yet possibly it or your mobile device being partial of an surrogate network. The NFC hotspot is located to a left of a control panel, as shown in a picture below. Those mobile facilities that do need an Internet tie are Epson’s Email Print and Remote Print; Apple AirPrint; Google Cloud Print; and 3 utilities: Creative Print App, Android Printing, and Scan to Cloud.

The probable scanning destinations on this indication embody true to a PC, to a cloud, to an e-mail, to a network folder, to a peep drive, or to PDF. As mentioned, WorkForce Pro inkjets muster 4S PrecisionCore imitation conduct chips, compared to a 2S chips used in non-Pro models. On a earthy level, that’s 4 1.33-inch chips containing 3,200 nozzles between them, compared to dual chips with 1,600 nozzles, for increasing speed and precision.

In further to a aforementioned duplicate and scanning destinations, we can also imitation from and indicate to USB ride drives. They block into a pier located behind a tiny cover on a front-left side of a chassis, summarized in red in a above image.

Configuration, as good as environment adult and initiating walk-up tasks, such as creation copies or duplicate from a cloud, is rubbed from a 2.7-inch tone hold shade LCD…

The control row resides on a sloping appendage for easier observation and operating, as shown here…



Setup Cost Per Page

The WF-4720’s light altogether weight and tiny footprint make it easy to get out of a box, and a connectivity options make it elementary to find a place to put it. What we did notice during setup, though, was that some of this AIO’s appendages, such as a submit and outlay trays, are rather flimsy. At one point, while reaching over a printer to bond a Ethernet cable, bumping a ADF tray prolongation with a shoulder knocked off a foldout extension. The good news is that it didn’t mangle and wasn’t that formidable to snap behind on. Unfortunately, frail appendages are a common trait among low-cost inkjet printers like this one.

Otherwise, designation was elementary and straightforward. To turn a personification field, we exam all of a printers we can around Ethernet. However, we comprehend that many offices will use Wi-Fi; hence, we exam a knowledge of joining to and regulating a printer wirelessly, as well. For example, we tested to make certain that a printer’s Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) feature, that allows we to bond a printer to your network by touching a symbol on it and a symbol on your router, works. It worked for us flawlessly. Installing a printer and software, as good as a few-minute arising while it charged a complement with ink, took no some-more than 20 minutes.

Nowadays, contra usually a few years ago, your options for determining a cost of your printer’s consumables are varied. You can choose, for example, to compensate some-more for a printer itself adult front, so that we can compensate reduction for ink as we go, or clamp versa. The WF-4720 falls into a clamp versa model, although, when we select Epson’s highest-yield ink cartridges for this printer, a regulating costs are comparatively low. Epson rates it during a 30,000-page limit monthly avocation cycle (the series of pages a manufacturer says we can imitation any month yet sincerely stressing a printer), with a endorsed monthly page volume of adult to 1,500 pages. Given this AIO’s regulating costs, we consider that churning out anything remotely tighten to 30,000 pages a month would be folly.

Epson sells dual produce sizes of ink cartridges for a WF-4720, standard-capacity and high-capacity (XL). The black standard-capacity cartridge sells on Epson’s site for $37.99, and a estimated produce is 900 pages. The 3 tone (cyan, magenta, and yellow) ink tanks sell for $24.99 each, with (when total with a black ink) a projected 650-page yield. Using these advertised prices and produce estimates, we distributed a cost per black page during 4.2 cents, and a cost per tone page during a rather high 15.6 cents.

Nowadays, these are intensely high regulating costs. You can do many improved by purchasing Epson’s XL tanks. The black tank sells for $49.99 and has an estimated page produce of 2,600, and a 3 tone tanks cost $39.99 each, and between them, total with a black ink, they have estimated page yields of 1,900 pages. Using these numbers, we distributed a monochrome cost per page during 1.9 cents and a tone cost per page during 8.2 cents.

As mentioned, we can do improved by purchasing an Epson EcoTank indication or a Brother INKvestment model. EcoTank printers, for example, can imitation both monochrome and tone pages for reduction than a cent each; certain INKvestment printers imitation monochrome pages during usually underneath a cent per page and tone pages during usually underneath 5 cents. But as we’ve pronounced before, given a cost of these forms of printers, usually users who imitation and duplicate a lot will advantage from these low regulating costs. If we imitation and duplicate usually a few hundred pages any month, a WF-4720’s regulating costs are acceptable, and, as we pronounced earlier, few printers imitation as good as this WorkForce Pro AIO.



Paper Handling

Another accountability of a WF-4720 is that it has usually one 250-sheet paper submit source, yet afterwards a HP Maxify MB2120 and HP OfficeJet 6978 competitors are no different. The waste of carrying usually one paper-input source is that to change media form and size, we contingency open a drawer and reconfigure it, afterwards do a same when you’re finished duplicate on a different-size media. But then, this is unequivocally usually a problem if we have to make this change often. Even so, printers with mixed submit sources concede we to keep some-more than one form of media during a prepared for printing.

The submit cassette resides usually next a outlay tray. You can see it in a picture next extending from a bottom front of a chassis…

The 100-sheet outlay tray extends from a front of a chassis, usually above a submit drawer. We printed hundreds of pages during a tests, and ran many pages by a ADF, with no paper jams or any other mishaps. But then, we’ve come to design zero reduction from an Epson inkjet printer.

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