Hands-On Test Report, Photos, and Video: Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-4630 A4 All-in-One

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“This high-quality A4 All-in-One provided exemplary performance throughout our Hands-On Test and also has two media trays, high-capacity ink cartridges, and very low Cost per Page. It’s an exceptional value and is perfectly suited for use in homes, home offices, and micro workgroups in offices and small companies.” — Terry Wirth, President of Wirth Consulting

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 represents the best of A4 color inkjet All-in-Ones in virtually every manner: 1) notable build quality for the price; 2) state-of-the-art image quality; 3) outstanding ink durability, capacity, yields and Cost per Page; 4) generous and competitive feature set; 5) a variety of mobile- and remote-print and scan solutions; and 4) exceptional value.

Its feature set is typical of contemporary All-in-Ones (not a bad thing) and includes a 3.5″ color touch screen, full-color capability in all modes (print, copy, scan, fax), Wi-Fi direct printing, 802.11b/g/n wireless networking, wired Gigabit Ethernet networking, Epson Connect mobile- and remote-print and scan, and Kindle Fire, Apple AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print mobile printing. It also features optional high-capacity 786XL high-capacity ink cartridges that are each rated to yield up to 2,600 black and 2,000 color ISO pages . There’s a single 250-sheet paper tray, plus a rear-mounted 80-sheet feeder for a total media capacity of 330 sheets. A WorkForce WF-4640 model ($399.99) has three media trays for a total capacity of 580 sheets.

Key Specification

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 as tested. Click to view a gallery of photos and screen captures taken during this Hands-On Test.

Imaging Technology: PrecisionCore MicroPiezo electric ink-jet printing technology
Functions: Print/Copy/Scan/Fax
List Price:  $299.99; currently on sale for $199.99 at Epson’s Web site
Availability: Epson direct, online, and retail
Introduction Date: September 2014
Maximum Monthly Volume: 30,000 pages
Recommended Monthly Page Volume: Up to 2,000 pages

Print
Technology: PrecisionCore 4S print head, 4-color inkjet
Maximum Print Resolution: 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi
ISO Print Speed: 20 ppm (black); 20 ppm (color)
2-Sided ISO Print Speed: 11 ppm (black); 11 ppm (color)

Copy
ISO Copy Speed: 19 ppm (black); 19 cpm (color)
Maximum Copy Size: 8.5″ x 14″ (PC-free)
Copy Features: Automatic Duplex Scan and Print; Preview, Re-size; ID Copy; Collate; Adjustable Copy Density; Remove Punched-Hole Marks; Remove Shadows

Scan
Scanner Type: Color A3/8.5″x14″ flatbed; automatic duplexing ADF
Photoelectric Device: Color CIS line sensor
Hardware Resolution: 1,200 x 2,400 dpi
Maximum Resolution: 9,600 dpi interpolated
Scanner Bit Depth: 48-bit color input; 24-bit color output
Scan Destinations: PC; WSD PC; Cloud (including email); flash-memory device; password protected PDF

Duplexing Automatic Document Feeder
Original Capacity: 35 sheets
Original Sizes: 8.5″x11″; 8.5″x14″; A4; A5; B4; B5

Fax
Fax Settings: Black-and-white and color walk-up fax; PC fax
Fax Speed: Modem: 33.6 Kbps – as fast as 3 seconds per page
Memory: Up to 550 pages
Speed/Group Dials: Up to 200

Media Handling
Sizes: 4″×6″ (102×152 mm); 5″×7” (127×178 mm); A6 (4.1″×5.8″ [105×148 mm]); A5 (5.8″×8.2″ [148×210 mm]); B5 (7.2″×10.1″ [182×257 mm]); Executive (7.25″×10.5″ [184×267 mm]); Letter (8.5″×11″ [216×279mm]); A4 (8.3″×11.7″ [210×297mm]); Legal (8.5″×14″ [216×356 mm]);  16:9 wide (4″×7.1″ [102×181 mm])
Weights: 17 lb. (64 g/m2) to 68 lb. (256 g/m2)
Media Input Capacity: 250 sheets of plain paper; 80-sheet rear tray; 10 envelopes; 20 sheets of photo paper

Network
Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n); Wi-Fi Direct
Wired: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet

Electrical Requirements and Energy Consumption
Power Requirements: 100-240VAC Universal (Automatic); 50 – 60 Hz; 0.8A
Power Consumption: ~ 20 W (Max.) ~7.5 W (Standby); ~ 1.8 W (Sleep); ~0.3 W (Power off); Energy Star-qualified

Dimensions
Printing: 18.1″ x 25.8″ x 15.1″ (W x D x H)
Storage: 18.1″ x 16.6″ x 13.5″ (W x D x H)

Weight: 31.3 lb

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