The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank All-in-One is an expensive printer, but provided with a large capacity ink, and high-capacity replacement cartridges are very economical. One of the continuing complaints that our readers are about printers is the high cost of ink. With EcoTank printers, the WorkForce as ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One and now the WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank All-in-One, the price increases Epson printers but provides them with an enormous capacity ink. Furthermore replacement cartridges also offer a cost per page very low. The WF-R4640 is the top model of multifunction printers inkjet range EcoTank and these models will allow significant savings to your business with low operating costs of these products, but only if your volume monthly print is high enough.
Design and features
The R4640 can print, copy, fax and scan. It is large for an inkjet MFP with its dimensions of 51.3 cm x 66.3 cm x 65.5 cm mode, for a weight of 23.8 kg. The paper capacity is 580 pages, divided into two paper trays 250 pages on the front and a feeder 80 pages at the back. On top, the two-sided 35-page automatic document feeder ensures scanning, copying and fax.
The printer driver configuration is slightly different from conventional ink jet printers due to the design of the cartridges, which are rather bags of ink cartridges, similar to medical pouches for liquid to be administered intravenously. After shaking each bag twenty times, they fit into the bays on each side of the printer - black ink on the left and three ink colors right. It remains then to attach the handle of each bag in the receptacle provided for this purpose to lock. The installation is easier than for the other EcoTank printer we tested, the ET-4550, for which to pour the contents of the bottles of ink in printer pools. You can Download Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 Driver Here.
The WF-R4640 can be connector to a computer via USB 2.0, or a wired LAN via Ethernet or wireless with Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, or by direct connection to a computer or a mobile device through Wi-Fi Direct. It also supports printing from mobile Epson iPrint for iOS and Android, as well as from Epson Email Print and Epson Remote Print which both allow users to automatically print documents by sending email. Epson provides the ability to assign an email address to the printer during setup, which you can modify to your liking.
We evaluated the performance of the Epson WF-R4640 on our panel of professional applications (using the hardware and software tools QualityLogic for measurements), and measured lightning speed of 10.3 pages per minute (ppm), equivalent to the speed of the Epson WorkForce WF-4630 Pro (10,2ppm) and slightly better than the one we selected as Editors' choice, the HP Officejet Pro X576dw (9,5ppm). It is very much faster than other multifunction EcoTank we tested, the ET-4550, we had measured 3,8ppm. The WF-R4640 takes on average 46 seconds to get a photo 10x15 cm, compared to 41 seconds for the Epson WF-4630 and 26 seconds for the HP X576dw.
The overall print quality was a bit lower than inkjets. To summarize, it is good on the texts, slightly down on the charts and in the middle for photos. Text quality is quite satisfactory for conventional professional prints, but perhaps not sufficient for important documents in terms of sharpness.
The graphs show a little saturated colors, with bright colors. Several areas of color exhibited a phenomenon of banding (streaks on the graph). Very thin colored lines are barely visible on two illustrations of our testing. The photos are generally of a similar quality to that you can find in the supermarkets bounds.
According to traditional measures (with the price and performance of high capacity Epson cartridges), the WF-R4640 allows very low cost operation, with only 0.9 cents per page in B & W and 2.4 cents per page in color. But this applies only to replacement cartridges because the printer initial purchase price plus the price of ink. The supplied cartridges worth € 480 while the printer is rated at 720 €, considering the total price of 1 € 199.99 for R4640. This is € 320 more than the audience of non-EcoTank version of the printer (model WorkForce WF-4640DTWF).
This WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank All-in-One Epson is a great multifunction printer offering exceptional speed and PrecisionCore printing technology. It comes with enough ink to print two years and covered by a standard 2 year warranty.
+ PLUS: Supplied with ink for 20 000 color and black and white prints. Cost per page very low. Total paper capacity of 580 pages. Duplex Scanner with 35 loading pages. Automatic duplex. Full connectivity with Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct. Good quality text printing.
- MINUS: high purchase price for the printer. Slightly below the average graphics printing.
* PRICE: € 1199