Epson WorkForce Pro 4540 All-in-One Review

Not long ago, using an ink jet printer to handle the daily printing requirements in a busy office, studio, or copy center was not an option. Ink jet printers were much slower and the cost per page was much higher than for similar-priced laser printers. However, Epson’s new WorkForce Pro 4540 All-in-One ink jet printer ($350, street price) claims to be able to outgun competitively-priced laser and ink jet printers in both print speed and cost-per-page, and it also boasts 2-sided printing, scanning, copying, faxing, and advanced support for wireless and mobile printing. But does it live up to its claims? And will owners really able to achieve a lower cost-per-page without sacrificing performance, print quality, or durability?
To find out, I ran the WP-4540 through a variety of print and copy speed tests (all based on the ISO 24734 standard) as well as customized font and image quality comparison tests. The proof is in the printing, so check out the HD video above and then decide for yourself if the WP-4540’s high performance, business-friendly features, and incredible speed are what you’re looking for in a new office printer.


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Michael J. McNamara
Michael J. McNamara

Michael J. McNamara is the Editor-in-Chief of the McNamara Report, Director of In-Depth Focus Labs, and former Exec. Technology Editor at Popular Photography Magazine. His photo and video portfolios can be viewed at

  • Kasper

    Hi. Are you gonna do a comparison of the Epson WF 4540 and the HP OfficeJet 8600 Plus? If you are, I’d like to hear about any differences between the two, regarding photo quality on ordinary copy paper and also what brand offer the better ink with respect to water and smudge resistance, right out of the printer and after about 30 min. since a page was printed.

    Thanks Kasper, Copenhagen Denmark

  • Gbuy2001

    Hi!  I really liked your review of this product.  I am looking for something that will achieve low cost/print for color copies and printing but I will also want to be able to print photos.  While I will not expect the exact quality of an outsourced printing, I am hoping that there will not be a glaring gap in terms of saturation fo colors, sharpness, and color accuracy that I would be unable to print photos I’d want to frame and look at.
    There are mixed comments about Epson photo print quality on the internet with comments about lightness of the prints and some about color accuracy.  You seemed to say it is a good printer for photography (which is not same as great but was an endorsement).   The rival HP 8600 has SOOO many negative reviews about design “choices” and quality control, I will want to buy the Epson if it gives a reasonable quality photo prints.

    Any more you can say on photo print quality?