Epson's sales pitch for the WorkForce Pro WP-4025 DW is that it's faster than a laser printer, yet costs half as much. It's a bold claim, but this colour inkjet model is certainly cheap. You can buy it online for around £140.
Has it really got the speed to outpace today's crop of colour laser models?
Design and features
The WP-4025 is a straightforward inkjet printer, so it doesn't mess about with fax features or integrated scanning. Its only role in life is to print black and white or colour documents at a rapid pace, and as such, its design is much less fussy than a lot of the other models in the WorkForce Pro range. It's quite large though, measuring 460x420mm, but the black finish and rounded corners would be at home in a creative environment, such as a design office.
Sadly there's no screen on the front. Instead there's just a series of LED lights to indicate when ink is running low or if there's a problem with the paper feed. This is no substitute for a proper display, but as this model isn't exactly laden with features, it's not that big an issue.
Epson has kitted it out with two paper trays. The main tray is cassette-style and is located at the bottom of the chassis. There's also a vertical feeder tray at the back. The main tray holds 250 sheets, while the rear-mounted one holds up to 80, but the latter is likely to mainly be used for stuff like label, envelope and photo printing.
As with most of today's models, this one is supplied with a large poster-sized guide, with step-by-step instructions on how to set the printer up. One thing we really love is the way the cartridges are so easy to fit. You simply lift a flap at the front and then push them straight into individual slots on the left-hand side of the printer. There are no retaining latches to mess around with as they simply slip into place with a firm click.
Another plus is that the software installation automatically checks for firmware and updates the printer if it finds that there's a new version available. During the install, you can also choose whether to connect this model to your network via an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi. Alternatively, you can hook it up directly to a single PC via the USB port.