• Review of the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4730 at PCMagPROS

    Excellent print quality overall. Relatively fast. Competitively low running costs. Supports Wi-Fi Direct and NFC. Light and compact.

  • CONS

    No multipurpose tray. Non-auto-duplexing ADF.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-4730 all-in-one inkjet is fast and capable, and it supports just about every mobile connectivity feature available, but an auto-duplexing ADF would make it more attractive.

Positioned between two Editors’ Choice recipients, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720 and the WorkForce Pro WF-4740, the WorkForce Pro WF-4730 ($199.99) is a step up from the former and a step down from the latter. Like its siblings, the WF-4730 inkjet all-in-one (AIO) printer produces great output, and it is fast for its class. It provides higher paper input capacity than the WF-4720, but its automatic document feeder (ADF) is smaller than the WF-4740’s, and it’s incapable of automatic two-sided scanning, whereas the WF-4740’s auto-duplexing ADF scans, copies, and faxes two-sided multipage documents without intervention. As is the case with its siblings, the WF-4730 is a highly capable solution for moderate-volume printing and copying in a small workgroup or micro office, but it lacks the auto-duplexing ADF of the WF-4740 and the lower price of the WF-4720.Read entire review at PCMag


 

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  • Review of the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740 at PCMagPROS

    Excellent print quality overall. Auto-duplexing ADF. Competitively low running costs. Supports Wi-Fi Direct and NFC. Fast for its class.

  • CONS

    No multipurpose tray. Small output tray. Slightly expensive.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The WF-4740 prints well and fast, and it supports just about every midrange business-centric inkjet feature available, including Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, and two-sided scanning.

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740 ($299.99) is a more robust version of the Editors’ Choice WF-4720, a business-centric inkjet all-in-one (AIO) printer. For the difference in price (about $100), you get twice the paper input capacity, a larger automatic document feeder (ADF) that supports two-sided scanning, and a bigger color touch screen. Like its less-expensive sibling, it prints well and quickly, and comes with a wide range of connectivity options.

The WF-4740 is more expensive than our current Editors’ Choice, the Canon Maxify MB2720 Wireless Home Office All-in-One Printer, but it’s faster, prints a little better, and comes with several additional useful features, making it our new first choice for low-to-moderate print volume in a small workgroup or micro office.

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Epson WorkForce WF-2660 All-in-One Printer Review and RatingsHave you read any of our reviews of Epson’s latest round of PrecisionCore-based WorkForce printers, especially the WorkForce Pro models (notably, our Editors’ Choice recipient, the WorkForce Pro WF-4630 All-in-One Printer)? Then you know that, generally speaking, we’re fans of these models. We’ve liked the lower-volume, non-Pro WorkForce models we’ve tested, too. But like so many entry-level and midrange all-in-one printers (AIOs) that print, copy, scan, and fax, we were put off by these current-generation models’ per-page cost of ink.

Alas, that’s often the price you pay when opting for one of the budget-friendly models in an inkjet line. But then again, many small and home-based offices simply don’t need to print more than, say, 50 or 100 pages per month. Because of that, the office just doesn’t need, nor can it justify buying, a cheaper-to-use, higher-volume model.

Epson WorkForce WF-2660 (Fliers)

When you’re printing so little each month, what each page costs you—within reason, of course—isn’t quite as important. That’s especially true if the machine otherwise prints well and delivers a wide range of productivity and convenience features. (Of course, all this begs the question of why inkjet-printer makers can’t seem to deliver low-cost inkjets that also deliver a very low cost per page, but that should be obvious: It’s the business model for these printers.)

So, with that in mind, enter Epson’s $149.99-MSRP WorkForce WF-2660 All-in-One Printer, a low-volume multifunction printer. While most certainly an inexpensive all-in-one meant for light duty, this little office-centric model, as you’ll see in the Design & Features section on the next page, has more features than we’ve seen on most inkjet printers, period, let alone a model this small and low-cost.

When we wrote this review in early May 2015, the WorkForce WF-2660 was the top model (and most expensive) of three in Epson’s WorkForce WF-2600 series. The WorkForce WF-2660 and its siblings are the smallest WorkForce AIOs the company offers, and therefore also the smallest printers available based on Epson’s relatively new (mid-2014) PrecisionCore printhead technology, which has been confined to its business-oriented printers so far. As we’ve explained in several recent WorkForce printer reviews, in addition to providing several other benefits, PrecisionCore-based printers so far have proven to be relatively fast at their price points, and they print quite well on the whole.

In any case, in addition to the WorkForce WF-2660, with this line you can choose either the $99.99-MSRP WorkForce WF-2630 or the $129.99-MSRP WorkForce WF-2650. Before going into what these cost differences get you, we should first point out that as we wrote this in May 2015, all three models were discounted heavily from those list prices on Epson’s Web site, as well as elsewhere. Shop around, and you could save $30 on the WorkForce WF-2630, $40 on the WorkForce WF-2650, and $50 on our review unit, the WorkForce WF-2660, making the bottom-line prices $69.99, $89.99, and $99.99, respectively.

Epson WorkForce WF-2660 (Charts)

At these markdown prices, for the $10 difference between the WF-2660 and the WF-2650 you actually give up a lot: a 2.7-inch color touch screen for a four-line monochrome readout, as well as support for Near-Field Communication (NFC) and a few other mobile-connectivity features. The cheaper-still WorkForce WF-2630 is slower by Epson’s estimates by about 4 pages per minute (with black-and-white output) and 3 pages per minute (with color), and its input tray is 50 pages less capacious. But then again, bear in mind that its sale price is only $70, and that for a full-fledged AIO.

We like the WorkForce WF-2660 much more at the under-$100 price point than at its $149.99 list price. As we will get into in the Setup & Paper Handling sections later on, while we’re not at all thrilled with the cost per page (CPP) of the WorkForce WF-2660, if you don’t plan to print or copy on it all that much, its Swiss Army knife-like feature set and exceptional print quality make it a great little printer for occasional use, and a good value in that role. You may not use it often, but when you need to, it will most likely have everything you’ll need to complete the task at hand.

Before going too deeply into the WorkForce WF-2660’s design and features, we should say that when it comes to a well-rounded feature set, all that this AIO really needs is an auto-duplexing automatic document feeder, or ADF. Yes, it has a 30-sheet ADF, and a good one. But alas, in order to scan two-sided originals (i.e., to capture the second sides of the pages), you must manually turn over your stack of pages being scanned.

To be fair, it’s not that we can realistically expect to see an auto-duplexing ADF on an entry-level model like this one—that is what step-up models are for! —but it would have been a nice touch, rounding out the feature set in a way that might have offset some of the sting of this printer’s very high CPP.

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Top Alternative Inkjet Printhead PrintersTwo new printhead technologies from HP (PageWide) and Epson (PrecisionCore) have brought inkjet printers even closer to their laser-class (LED and true laser) counterparts, in terms of print speeds and cost per page (CPP). As described in this About.com “Alternative Inkjet Printhead Printers” article, while the two technologies are different—one deploys a fixed printhead and the other does not—they both use a significantly denser grouping of ink nozzles than more traditional inkjet printheads do.

Read the entire review at About.com.

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Epson WorkForce WF-3640 All-in-One PrinterEarlier this month (June 2014), Epson released eight new printers based on its new PrecisionCore technology. Two of them, the $169.99-list WorkForce WF-3620 All-in-One and the $199.99-list WorkForce WF-3640 All-in-One (the subject of this review), are small- and home-based office multifunction office printers. The primary difference between them, what you get for the additional $30, is that the more-expensive WF-3640 has two paper drawers.

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Epson WorkForce WF-7610 All-in-One reviewEarlier this month (June 2014), printer giant Epson replaced its entire line of WorkForce multifunction (print/scan/copy/fax) inkjet business printers with machines based on the company’s newPrecisionCore fixed printhead technology. Much like PageWide, HP’s fixed printhead equivalent, which debuted in that company’s Officejet X multifunction inkjets in mid-2013, PrecisionCore printers are not only faster and cheaper to use than not only Epson’s previous WorkForce models, but also several entry-level laser-class printers. (For a description of fixed printhead printers and why they’re superior to standard inkjets and their laser counterparts, check out this About.com “Fixed Printhead Inkjet Printers” article.)

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PageWide and PrecisionCore technologies match laser printer speeds and CPPFor years, a major difference between inkjet printers and laser-class (both actual laser-based devices and LED-based machines) has been print speeds. Due primarily to the manner in which each type of technology applies consumables (ink or toner) to paper, midrange and higher-end laser-class printers often perform as much as twice as fast, or faster, than their inkjet counterparts. However, a relatively new approach—fixed printhead inkjets, such as HP’s PageWide devices and Epson’s PrecissionCore machines, have changed all that, bringing us inkjet printers that are just as fast (and in many cases faster) than their laser-class competitors.

Read the entire review at About.com

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