If you don't like hanging around for your print jobs to finish, the WP-4535 DWF from Epson might be right up your street.
Priced at around £200, this multi-function inkjet model promises lightning-fast print speeds. It also offers a broad range of features including duplex printing and copying, fax and low running costs.
The WP-4535 DWF doesn't look all that different to a whole host of other multi-function models on the market. Its matte black finish gives it a very businesslike look. The sloping control panel at the front includes not just a colour screen, but also a range of dedicated buttons for functions like scanning, copying and faxing.
The printer has two input trays. The vertical one at the rear can hold up to 100 sheets and is likely to be primarily used for printing photos and envelopes. At the bottom of the chassis is a large cassette-style tray that can handle up to 250 sheets. The output tray is a three-part telescopic design. As it's made from lightweight plastic, it feels quite flimsy.
This model is primarily designed for business use so there's no memory card reader on the front, but it does have a USB port that lets you print directly from files on USB keys or hard drives.
The four chunky cartridges that the WP-4535 DWF uses are a cinch to install. Just pull down the flap at the front and push each one into its holder on the left-hand side of the unit. They slot into place with a firm click, so you can't go wrong.
When you're loading up the software driver on your PC you can choose whether you want to connect the printer into your network using Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Alternatively you can hook it up directly to a single machine via USB. The installation software checks for the latest firmware for the printer and automatically installs it if it's not up to date.
Scanning and copying
The scanner produces good quality results at a fairly fast pace. The top of the scanner is home to an automatic document feeder that includes duplex support, so you can scan or fax multi-page documents and even double-sided sheets.
This model is also pretty speedy to use for photocopying. It managed to copy our test sheet in just 14 seconds, which is four to five seconds faster than most inkjet models. Copy quality really was excellent and a very close replication of the original document.