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Epson Workforce Pro Range Review

By Simon Williams
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May 7, 2019

A WORKFORCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The Epson Workforce range of inkjet printers offers comprehensive coverage for both the small office and the home office. All are Multifunction printers and all offer print copy, scan and fax functions. With the exception of the base model in the range of Epson Workforce MFP for the home, all models have an Automatic Document Feeder as standard.

All Epson Printers are inkjet printers but use a different type of ink process to other manufacturers. Although all inkjet cartridges heat the ink to force it through the nozzle, most use a heating element to achieve this. Epson Printers use a piezoelectric crystal to force the ink into the nozzle. This method gives a print resolution as high as 4800 x 2400, which is much higher than most other printers. 

For the small office, the Epson Workforce Pro WF-3725 is at one end of the spectrum and the Epson Workforce Pro WF-4745 sits at the other end.

In addition to all the functions, both models include automatic double-sided printing as a standard. This feature can significantly reduce paper usage. Both MFPs produce high quality, durable, water-resistant prints at up to a 50% lower cost than laser printers using the Epson Precisioncore technology.

The Epson Workforce PRO WF-3725

The Epson Workforce Pro WF-3725 delivers sharp black text and brilliant colour prints with an economy that is up to 30% lower than a laser printer. 

 

Paper Handling

The paper tray has a maximum capacity of 250 sheets and is adjustable to take a variety of paper sizes from A4 to A6 as well as standard envelope sizes. The scanner and copier functions are accessed from a 35 sheet Automatic Document Feeder.

Connectivity

There is a wide range of connectivity available including both an Ethernet connection and an 802 1,1 b/g/n wireless network connections. The wireless connection also allows mobile printing from a smartphone or tablet using Apple AirPrintTM and Google Cloud Print, as well as Email Print, Scan to Cloud, Remote Print and Epson Print.  A high-speed USB 2.0 port is also included. 

Print Speed

When printing one side of a sheet, the printer produces up to 19 high-quality prints a minute onto A4 paper and up to 10 A4 pages per minute in colour. When printing 2 sides of an A4  sheet the speed is 10 pages a minute in black, and 7 pages per minute when printing in colour

The Scanner

The A4 flatbed scanner can be accessed either directly for books, other large documents or from the Automatic Document Feeder. The scanner has a high resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi and can enlarge or reduce an original by between +/- 25 to 400% and includes an autofit function.

The Copier

Like the scanner, copy functions can be accessed from the A4 flatbed of the 35 page ADF. Copies and are produced at a speed of 17 images per minute in black, and at 9 images per minute in colour. The reduce and enlarge function with autofit is also available.

The Fax

The fully-featured inbuilt fax transmits and receives in both colour and mono at a transmission speed of up to 3 seconds per page. It has a speed dial capacity of up to 99 numbers and has a memory capacity of up to 180 pages. It can broadcast faxes but only in mono. The fax function does not have an auto redial facility.

It’s Economical In Every Way

The Epson Workforce Pro WF-3725 is economical in its use of space, energy and consumables. With a footprint of just 425 mm wide and 378mm deep, it doesn’t take up much desk space. The overall height of 249 mm is very low, and it’s not too heavy either weighing in at just 8.6 kg.

Power consumption is very low as well with just 15W being used during standalone copying and 1.2W in sleep mode.

The automatic duplexer reduces paper usage by up to 50%. Four Epson 702 cartridges are required in either standard or XL capacity. The standard Epson 702 Black cartridge has a page yield of up to 350 pages whilst each of the colour cartridges have a tested page yield of up to 300 pages. In XL Format, the page yield is much higher at 1100 pages for the Black and 950 pages for each of the colour cartridges.

The Epson Workforce PRO WF-4745

Although similar to its smaller sibling at first glance, it is just a little bigger, a lot faster and even more productive.

Paper Handling

The paper capacity is twice that of its stablemate and offers greater versatility. It has two 250 sheet capacity paper trays to give longer print runs before reloading, or each tray can be loaded with different size or type of media to give greater flexibility. The scanner and copier functions are accessed by either a flatbed scanner or an integrated 50 sheet Automatic Document Feeder.

Connectivity

There is a wide range of connectivity available including both an Ethernet connection and an 802 1,1 b/g/n wireless network connections. The wireless connection also allows mobile printing from a smartphone or tablet using Apple AirPrintTM and Google Cloud Print, as well as Email Print, Scan to Cloud, Remote Print + Epson Print.  A+ Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port is also included.

Print Speed

Single-sided print speed is a speedy 23 pages per minute in black and a very rapid 22 ppm in colour. Double-sided printing is also much faster at 14 ppm in both black and colour.

The Scanner

The A4 flatbed scanner can be accessed either directly for books, large documents or from the Automatic Document Feeder. The scanner has a high resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi and can enlarge or reduce an original by between +/- 25 to 400% and includes an autofit function.

The Copier

Like the scanner, copy functions can be accessed from the A4 flatbed of the 35 page ADF. Copies are produced at a speed of 17 images per minute in black, and at 9 images per minute in colour. The reduce and enlarge function with autofit is also available.

The Fax

The fully-featured inbuilt fax transmits and receives in both colour and mono at a transmission speed of up to 3 seconds per page. It has a speed dial capacity of up to 99 numbers and has a memory capacity of up to 180 pages. It can broadcast faxes but only in mono. There is no auto redial facility.

Just As Economical

Although it is a higher performance MFP than the lower specified model, surprisingly it is not much bigger. At 425mm it is exactly the same width and at 388mm, it is just 10 mm deeper. The extra paper input tray increases the overall height to 330 mm. At 12.1kg, it is still fairly light for a fully-featured MFP. The extra performance doesn’t increase energy consumption either. Standalone copying uses 20W and the sleep mode is still 1.2W.

The Epson Workforce WF-4745 uses four 802 DURABrite Ultra Pigment Ink cartridges to give smudge-free, water-resistant and long-lasting prints. The standard Epson 802 Black cartridge has an ISO page yield of 900 pages, whilst the colour cartridges each have a page yield of 650 pages. For greater economy, the Epson 802 XL Black will yield up to 2600 pages and each of the 802 XL Colour Cartridges will print up to 1900 pages.

Home Office Printers

For the home office, the Epson Workforce WF-3725 gives a great performance from a small footprint. For those who are looking for a lower cost MFP Epson, the Epson Workforce WF-2750 is the right model. It is fully featured with Print, Scan, Copy and Fax functions, but is geared towards those users who are looking at a lower volume of printing.

Epson Workforce WF-2750

 

Paper Handling

The paper tray has a maximum capacity of 150 sheets and is adjustable to take a variety of paper sizes from A4 to A6, as well as standard envelope sizes. The scanner and copier functions are accessed from a 30 sheet Automatic Document Feeder.

Connectivity

An 802 1,1 b/g/n wireless Wi-Fi Direct provides the network connection. The wireless connection also allows mobile printing from a smartphone or tablet using Apple AirPrintTM and Google Cloud Print, as well as Email Print, Scan to Cloud, Remote Print + Epson Print. A Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port is also included.

Print Speed

The print speed of this MFP is 13.7 ppm in black and 7.3 ppm in colour. An automatic double-sided printing facility is available as standard and can reduce paper usage by up to 50%.

The Scanner

The A4 flatbed scanner can be accessed either directly for books, other large documents or from the Automatic Document Feeder. The scanner has a high resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi.

The Copier

Like the Scanner, the copy functions can be accessed from the A4 flatbed of the 35 page ADF. Copies are produced at a speed of 11 images per minute in black, and 5.5  images per minute in colour. There is no facility to reduce or increase the size of the copy on this model.

The Fax

The fully-featured inbuilt fax transmits and receives in both colour and mono at a transmission speed of up to 3 seconds per page. It has a speed dial capacity of up to 60 numbers and has a memory capacity of up to 100 pages.

The Vital Statistics

The unit has a small footprint of just 425mm wide and a depth of 360mm. The overall height is 230mm and it weighs 6.6kg. Energy consumption is 14W standalone copying and 4.3W in sleep mode. The Epson Workforce WF-2750 uses four Epson 220 cartridges as a standard or XL. The standard Epson 220 Black Cartridge has an ISO tested page yield of 175 pages and the colour versions at a 165-page yield. Using the Epson 220XL cartridges give page yields of 500 pages from the black, and 450 pages from each of the colours.

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