Epson WorkForce Pro 4530 multifunction inkjet printer

The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 is a multifunction inkjet printer with business in mind, giving near-laser quality – and with ink costs that challenge even laser printers

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Epson WorkForce Pro 4530
  • Epson WorkForce Pro 4530
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Pros

  • Very low running costs
  • Good text and colour photo quality

Cons

  • Photo quality not great
  • Menu could be better

Bottom Line

The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4535 offers sensational running costs and has an extensive features set. It's one of the most versatile models we've ever seen. It's text output isn't quite up there with a laser printer, and its photo quality isn't as good as the best photo inkjets we've seen, but apart from those quibbles, the Epson has the overall brilliance needed to accomplish every task.

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This review is based on the UK model, the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4535. This model is identical to the Australian WorkForce Pro WP-4530, and we have substituted Australian pricing for the printer and its consumables.

Despite its successful ranges of laser printer, Epson has spent plenty of time over the last few years trying to prove that an inkjet really can do the job of a laser. Inkjets are still generally considered to produce better colour images, but their fuzzy text quality, indecent running costs and lack of speed (once you get beyond the fast but deeply unsatisfactory draft mode) has made them a traditionally poor choice in offices. The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 is one of the more expensive inkjets we’ve seen. But it might just prove a rather adept office all-rounder that can take the place of many a laser.

Visually it’s closer in design to a laser — and a rather bulbous one, at that. It’s no mere slip of a printer, and its 13.8kg weight makes it a heftier proposition than a good many laser models. That’s probably not surprising when you look at just what the Epson comes equipped with.

Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530: Features

Besides printing, the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 includes scanning, copying and faxing facilities. The 1200dpi scanning component is impressive, with a well-built lid that offers plenty of flexibility for covering larger magazines and books. Its scan quality is good too, with strong reproduction of colours, and the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 will double up very nicely as a photocopier.

You also get a duplex ADF (Automatic Document Feeder), so you can easily copy both sides of your source material. Two paper sources are provided — a substantial 250-sheet tray is situated at the front, while another 80 sheets can be fed in from the back. This makes for versatile paper handling that allows you to almost seamlessly move from one paper size to another.

Unusually for an inkjet — although not perhaps surprising, given its laser aspirations — an optional 250-sheet tray can be bolted on to the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530, totalling up to 580 sheets in all. For an inkjet that’s very impressive figure.

Both Ethernet (albeit old-school 10/100) and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connections are included, so the Epson can be added to virtually any network within minutes. In addition, Epson Connect lets you tap into iPads and smartphones for extra versatility. Inevitably, given the sheer wealth of options (especially the presence of fax facilities), the control panel of the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 is vast. The navigation system is adequate, even if its button-aided navigation is slightly old-fashioned.

The 2.5in screen is quite nice too, but we didn’t find it quite as easy to jump backwards and forwards between the many menus as we would have liked. Overall, though, the menu is solid given how much it has to pack in. No memory card slots are offered, although you can use the PictBridge port to plug in a USB drive, should you want to print off pictures without using the PC.

Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530: Performance

Although the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 can hit top speeds of 15.4 pages per minute, for decent text you’ll want the 14.6ppm standard mode. The quality here falls short of emulating that of a good laser, although its text is still crisp enough to beat that of every other inkjet on the market. It’s only when you look at the lettering with a magnifying glass or get to the very lowest font sizes that the letters become less than beautifully defined.

The text is even more crystal clear at the top mode, although the rate of 2.3ppm may preclude you from relying on this too often.

Auto Duplex printing is included with the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530, and the standard mode comes down from 14.6ppm to 8.6ppm. This is a fall of 41%, which is by no means excessively high, although whether this paper-saving option gets used extensively will depend on whether or not the users mind the overall speed dropping to single figures.

The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 is very capable at colour printing. Ignore its fastest 7.5ppm rate, and you may find its standard 6.7ppm mode offers decent colours. The palette is a little light compared to the intense palettes boasted by some of the better photo models from Epson. But the colour printing is very decent, particularly if you can wait for the great results with photo paper at the slowest 1.9ppm mode.

Inkjets tend to be more expensive to run than lasers — but the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 is very much an exception to that rule. Epson's high capacity 676XL cartridges are $36 per colour and $52 for black, with 2400 sheets from the monochrome cartridge at 1200 from all three colours. This translates into a running cost of 2.1cents per black page and 9cents per colour page. These costs are very low, making the WorkForce Pro WP-4530 a good value printer in the long term. The cartridges are also easy to replace, with their convenient front-mounted compartment readily accessible.

The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530's RRP of $379 may seem high, but you can get it for $50-80 less if you shop around. More importantly, the sensational running costs will quickly make up for this. The extensive features set also makes it one of the most versatile models we’ve ever seen. Our only concerns are that the text quality isn’t quite on a par with good lasers, and that colour graphics quality isn’t quite comparable with the best photo inkjets. However, if you don’t need the absolute best in photo quality, the Epson otherwise has the overall brilliance needed to accomplish every task.

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Happy Chappy

1

Awsome all round printer!
Photos are ok. Text is fine. I use as a home printer which is overkill, but I was sick of crappy canon printers. The guy at Harvey Norman reckons this machine is reliable too.

Char

2

Don't buy it. Epson has always made good printers, but as of late they require that you buy only their ink. You can not use it all with a refilled cartridge or another brand. I do not approve of companys forcing us to use their products. They lost me as a customer because of it.

Ace

3

Epson refillables are easily found. Chips can be reset as well!

John Theobald

4

I had on for a year - then the yellow ink started leaking out of the bottom, Epson sent a replacement and the yellow ink wouldn't work, they sent another replacement, same issue, they sent a third one and the gears on the duplex popped off - I won't buy another Eposn prodcut as they have very poor quality control

Al

5

I have had one for just a few months and havent seen a good print on one piece of paper yet - the ink keeps leaking and has already been fixed once, yet the same issue continues. Will not buy again, this was an expensive lesson.

Doug

6

Don't buy Epson inkjet products! Owned an Epson 4530 for a bit over a year. The Yellow ink is now pouring out of the unit rendering it useless. Also had the same model at work and it was leaking blue ink all over the desk. Epson chat told me the printer would be replaced at no cost if I called their support. Well, after 40 minutes on the phone with customer support, I was told the printer was out of warranty and despite what I was told by chat agent, the best they could do was give me $20 off a new printer and they would give me free ink once I purchased the printer and called back. Well.... this is not working for me. I have no confidence in Epson at this point. A printer should last longer that a year and they should stand behind a product with a clear defect (do a google search for 4530 ink leak). Additionally, after being lied to by tech support once, I am not sure I want to buy more from them and hope they keep their word about the free ink. Epson lost me as a customer and I would strongly caution potential new customers to be shop around!

Mike

7

Had this printer for just over a year and yellow ink started leaking out of the printer. Past warranty, cannot be fixed . JUNK!!!!!

Roz

8

Just bought this printer especially for its Duplex printing. Be aware the Duplex printing is only for anything printed on A4 paper. I need to print both sides on A5 paper. After phone call to Epson, they told me the printer will only print A4 duplex. Most disappointing as I really want to print on A5. Looks like I will have to do the A5 paper by printing one side, then going back and printing on the other. Epson should put this information on their Printer information specifications.

Keith

9

Had for 2 months and it worked fine. However, recently it is unable to print because of a paper jam. No solutions and it is going back tomorrow. BUYER BEWARE!!!!

Sanjai Kumar

10

Printer is total garbage. Yellow ink is leaking all over. Epson should recall this piece of junk.

Jim

11

Same problem with yellow ink leaking. Began leaking after 20 mos of light use. Out of Warranty of course.

Nick

12

I have the ink issue too. Yellow ink everywhere. Going back to HP.

Steven

13

Same problem with yellow ink linking all over, printer 16 months old. Epson technical support contacted, credit card hold placed for price of new printer, replacement shipped and defective unit returned. No issues with support, and like the printer. Hopefully manufacturing has fixed the design issue since the model is still being sold.

Mark

14

The yellow ink is leaking all over my documents, even when I print with greyscale. The printer is just over a year old, very disappointing and will be logging a complaint with BBB, as I have talked with the CST and had trouble understanding them. What I did get from them was "send it in for repairs" which would be more than buying a new printer. Not a happy customer!!
Will not be replacing with a EPSON

Dean

15

I to have yellow ink leaking all over the printer, after being satisfied with the printer for about 2 years.

Steve

16

I have the same yellow ink leaking over my documents rendering them useless.
What is Epson doing about this.Even if it is out of warranty it is not doing what it is supposed to do.
Decision time here Epson, it's not the mistakes we make but what we do about them that shows our true nature.

Fran

17

Same problem here. Yellow ink leaking out after 12 months and then not printing in yellow. Was replaced under extended warranty. New Printer doing exactly the same thing . Replacement printer being delivered. Will be interesting to see if the same problem occurs. The tech support person said they had never had this problem happen before !!!!

suttonhunter

18

great printer at first. after a year or so it does not print pictures well. now the blue ink is leaking. 6 months after i bought this printer i stopped hearing the ads on the radio and then i see it on sale at staples for $180.00 . i paid $250.00

Fabio

19

This problem of yellow ink (and later of all four colours) leaking is a very commom problem of epson workforce printers. The glue disitegrates after the warranty has expired and the plastic seals open and start leaking ink. On this video someone explains the problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIVNTMt0ua8
I had tried fixing it, too, by disassembling the printer like in the video, but the glue I used to fix it didn't work! I really want to find a solution to this problem as the printer is not really broken and works great otherwise.
Does someone know a method of glueing this plastic seal to the socket? Maybe something like welding?

PS: if you want any pictures of the open printer just ask!

DAC

20

Experienced the dreaded yellow ink leak problem. Fortunately I purchased an extended 2 year warranty and the leak occurred just one week before the extended warranty expired. Got a full refund and traded in the defective unit toward another WP-4530 with an extended warranty. Probably a big mistake. If this occurs again (which it probably will and hopefully within the extended warranty) I'll purchase a printer from another manufacture. Too bad because I had great luck with the printer until the leak. Appears that Epson has dropped the ball on engineering and quality.

Jeff

21

Same crazy issue Yellow link has been leaking on every page and outside of the printer.....not good Epson mine is one years old!

Andy

22

Just had yellow ink problem too, and I just got unit replaced approx 2 years into extended warranty.
Like DAC I have also taken out new extended warranty - sounds like I may need it!
I suppose if it fails again I will just get another free replacement, but wont take out another extended warranty. (unless maybe there will be a newer equivalent model by then or they will have fixed the problem - here's hoping!)
Shame really, because this is a great printer up to the point where it starts leaking yellow ink...

MARIA

23

yellow ink all over my office... off course 4 days after warranty...

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DISAPPOINTED IN EPSON

0.0

1

Pros
Looks
Cons
Function
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I spent over 600.00 on this printer and ink, got it home and printed occasionally when I needed a color print otherwise I used another black and white printer. After the first time of replacing the ink cartridge the printer started leaking all over inside the printer. I called Epson for the WP-4540 defect, they told me that they would need a 350.00 hold on my credit card until they could replace it with a refurbished one. I ask are they going to replace the ink as well with no response. This is bad customer service they should be replacing these printers for free because THE PRINTER IS DEFECTIVE; RECALL EPSON WP-4540 PRINTER!!! FIX YOUR ISSUE, DO WHAT IS RIGHT!!!.

Nate F

0.5

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Pros
not good
Cons
leaks yellow ink on every page
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this printer leaks yellow ink

Tom van der Veer

0.5

3

Pros
Nice printer
Cons
For a few months
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My Epson WorkForce turned out to be a ink spilling disaster after a few months. Big drops of yellow ink are ruining my print work. Would be a great plus if Epson would redesign the problem part and have it available for replacement.

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