Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax, iOS/Tablet/Smartphone/AirPrint Compatible (C11CB33201)
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A Reliable Workhorse: An Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 Color Inkjet Wireless All-In-One Printer with Fax Review
Dec 14, 2011
Our Canon all-in-one printer died so I was looking for a replacement when the Epson WP-4530 was offered. We don't have a land line and typically don't fax, however we use the remaining features. I was most curious about the scanning abilities and if I could achieve photo editing quality.
Set-up takes a little time between unpacking, removing blue tape and small protective inserts used to protect the crated printer, and preparing for use. Once completely unpacked, the Epson WP-4530 is plugged in, some basic settings are keyed in, and the four provided ink cartridges are installed. The Epson WP-4530 begins an ink priming process which can last for up to 12 minutes. Then the process is finished by loading paper into the cassette, connecting the phone cord, and installing software onto a computer. The process is pretty simple, but expect 30-45 minutes before the printer is ready.
For more functionality, the printer can be registered and an account created at the epsonconnect.com/user website. Epson connect allows printing by email, restricts email print users, sends email alerts, shows print logs, changes basic settings, and suspends the email print service. Not only does the email body print, but most common attachments can be printed as well along with a coversheet.
Printing from the Epson WP-4530 is amazingly simple. If desired, the printer can remain wired after setup. However for us, the network cable gets in the way and is unsightly. The optimal location we chose for the printer makes going 100% wireless the best option. We have no problems printing from our computers, tablet, or smart phones while connected to the network.
The Epson WP-4530 can copy with auto duplexing for two sided documents while giving the option of a one or two sided print. This process works well, and is relatively quick. Print quality is good, but not perfect. I copied a printed color document with standard settings. The black text came out well, but the logo colors were noticeably light. I tried again after changing the print quality to best and the copy was an improvement, but the logo colors were still lighter. My third attempt I bumped up the density a couple steps. The colors came out great, but the black letters were noticeably heavier. Even though I didn't get a good match, all versions were sharp and readable.
The main paper tray holds 330 paper sheets and the rear adjustable manual feed can either hold more or be used for 4x6 or larger photo paper. The copying/printing process is a bit noisy, but typical for an all-in-one.
Next to printing, creating high quality photographic scans is important to me. In the past, I've needed a separate scanner from the printer due to all-in-one scanner limitations. The Epson WP-4530 features a basic scanner by default, where scans are completed with the press of a button and no settings to alter. This method works well for scanning documents. However, scanning a damaged photo to restore in Adobe Photoshop requires more control and greatly improved settings.
Epson's product page on their website has a scanner tool download, which provides greater control. The scanner tool includes settings for home, office, and professional users, each providing the same basic options. However, each user setting presents the most common options for that particular user with home being the most simplistic. Using the professional user I can produce an enlarged photo scan with extremely high dpi in a lossless photo file type.
We cannot connect the fax to a telephone line for testing as we only use mobile phones. When I have to send a fax, I scan the document and use a website like myfax or faxzero. Epson provides a Fax utility which is available for download from the Epson WP-4530's web page which can be used to send faxes from a computer through the printer. It would be a nice built in feature to fax over the web, but as far as I can tell this isn't currently an option. Fortunately we don't fax often.
As an all-in-one printer, the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4530 does a great job, and is a definite improvement over the Canon it replaced. With the 50% lower printing costs, Wi-Fi networking, duplexing, and high quality scans, we'll get plenty of use from this inkjet printer. If exact copies are not a requirement, this all-in-one is a worthy purchase.
PROS: Wireless printing and scanning 330 sheet paper capacity Print wirelessly and by email Advanced scanning software available
CONS: Copies print acceptably but not exact
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