Epson WorkForce ProWP4540
AirPrint; paper handling
Some banding on images
Epson has an excellent reputation for producing high-quality printers so we were looking forward to reviewing the WorkForce ProWP4540. With three paper trays, USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity as well a scanner with sheet-feeder, this looked like a great workhorse for a small office or busy household.
Driver installation was quick and easy using Software Update and the touchscreen on the front panel. Our only quibble was that entering the Wi-Fi password for our network required using a T9 keypad that defaulted to uppercase letters. AirPrint is also supported so we were able to print from iOS devices. The ProWP4540 has three separate paper trays. The rear tray is used automatically for photos so you can leave photographic stock there and use the others for plain paper, letterhead or whatever else you need.
One minor issue we had was that when we sent a photo from our iPad and A4 was loaded in the rear tray, the ProWP4540 registered a paper jam as it was expecting 5 x 7 rather than A4 stock.
Print quality was very good although not flawless. On large blocks of solid colour there was some distinct banding visible. However, text and smaller images were clear. Fine lines were precise, as were small fonts.
Photos looked excellent. Printed to premium, glossy paper we found that colours were vividly and faithfully rendered. Shadows were deep and black and fine detail was clearly visible. Our only minor disappointment was that photos printed from an iPad over AirPrint looked a little flat.
The sheet-feeder on the scanner can hold up to 30 sheets – handy for large scan jobs or faxes.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice:
The Epson WorkForce ProWP4540 is an excellent printer for the busy household or small office. Print quality was very good. With multiple paper trays and AirPrint support there’s a lot to recommend it.