Our previous experience with Epson WorkForce printers such as the WP-4535 DWF have been positive, and they mark Epson’s continued efforts to replace the traditional office laser printer with inkjet technology.
While inkjets have generally been unpopular in business environments due to their inadequately clear text, sluggish performance and higher running costs, the original WP-4535 DWF improved considerably on these aspects. And it retained the ability of inkjets to produce more vibrant colour.
The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595 DNF is a higher-spec version of that printer. The price tag is higher, but you get a number of features that make it better for business – including better memory and strong control language emulations.
The WP-4535 and the new Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595 DNF are very similar in appearance. They resemble lasers more than inkjets, although the WP-4595 is by no means small. It shares the 13.8kg weight of its predecessor, and is heavier than many a laser. Of course, the WorkForce models aren’t just printers – they have scanners, copiers and fax functions too.
We didn’t notice the 1200dpi scanning component to be much improved on the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595 DNF. The specifications are largely identical, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. The WP-4595 retains the strong and versatile lid – suitable for thicker brochures or books – and the range of colours covered in our test scans was impressive. You also get a sturdy ADF (Automatic Document Feeder), which will allow the Epson to double up as a photocopier.
The control system is packed with options. Unsurprisingly, the array of buttons is sizeable, although the navigation system does a very adequate job of guiding you through the process. It feels a little passé now, but the menu has an exhaustive list of items to offer, so we can’t be too critical. The 2.5in screen adds extra spice.
As standard, the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595 DNF’s paper-handling facilities are broadly similar to those of the WP-4535. The dual sources comprise a front-mounted 250-sheet tray, with another 80 sheets tucked away to the rear.
An optional 250-sheet tray can be bought for the WP-4595. This amounts to a potential input capacity of 580 sheets – an impressive figure that few lasers can better. Ethernet capabilities are built in, although, unlike the WP-4535 DWF, the WP-4595 DNF doesn’t offer Wi-Fi.
The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595 DNF is very much better equipped than its predecessor when it comes to emulations of printer control languages. If you need PCL6 or PCL5c, for instance, then you’ll need this model rather than the WP-4535. It also has more memory, packing in 384MB against the WP-4535’s 128MB.
Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595 DNF: Performance
The memory makes for slightly improved speed. We found the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595 DNF reaching 16.1 pages per minute in the fastest text tests (up 0.7ppm), although the 15.1ppm standard mode is the one you’ll really want. Still fast and with reasonably crisp text, it works well enough as a text printer, although decent lasers will still be a clear improvement.
The highest quality mode of 2.8ppm shows some improvement, thanks probably to the additional memory. The text here is clear enough, although again, still not up there with the best lasers.
The WP-4595’s colour printing is strong. Its middle two speeds of 8.0ppm and 7.3ppm are faster than on the WP-4535, although only by about 0.5ppm. We liked the balanced image, and the colour is very pleasing, even if it doesn’t boast the most intense of palettes.
Like the WP-4535, the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4595 DNF is extremely cheap to run. The costs come out as 1p and 3.3p for black-and-white and colour respectively. These running costs remain stunning, and even now, very few lasers can get close.