This post was most recently updated on January 12th, 2019
Is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740 the best value home office printer? Or is it overpriced and underperforming?
Is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740 the best value printer of 2018?
The WF-4740 comes with an MSRP of $299 and is a more robust version of the Epson WF-4720. This is an all in one inkjet printer that is designed for a small business or home office.
EDIT 04/20/2018: As a commenter has notified us, we had an inaccuracy in our original review. We stated the WF-4740 has a single-pass auto document scanner, but it does not. The WF-4740 does have automatic two-sided scanning, but it is not single-pass. We apologize for the misinformation. If ever you see an inaccuracy in one of our articles, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Featuring a larger color touch screen, a larger document feeder which supports two-sided scanning, and twice the paper input capacity of the WF-4720, this printer checks many of the boxes value customers are looking for. But is it the printer you are looking for? Let’s get into it.
There are many business models of color inkjet all-in-one printers on
the market, like the HP OfficeJet Pro 6978. However, among them, the Epson WF-4740 stands out because of its well-rounded capabilities and features. The printer isn’t only fast and provides excellent quality but it also comes with a stylish design. It provides a total capacity of 500 sheets through its two paper-input trays. The 50-sheet auto-document feeder provides automatic two-sided copying, printing, and scanning.
The Epson WF-4740 All-in-One’s design is optimized to take
up the least space possible. The printer is just 15.3 inches deep, 16.7 inches
wide and 13 inches high, when closed. That is inches smaller in every dimension when compared to the HP OfficeJet Pro 8710. When it’s not needed, you can lay the
control panel vertically flat against the printer. Or, if you need better
viewing and access, it can swing outward 90 degrees.
The Epson WF-4740 control panel features a bright and easy to read 4.3-inch touchscreen. Resets, Fax, Scan, and Copy large icons also include text labels. This way, it’s very easy to access the printer’s main functions. By swiping the touchscreen users can get access to three additional large icons: Settings, Maintenance, and Memory Device. The user-interface is easy to use overall and familiar to users of previous models.
The Epson WorkForce Pro comes with all connectivity options covered. It includes a full range of wireless options such as NFC, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct printing. It also allows for a direct connection via USB or Ethernet. Mobile connectivity features include Epson Remote Print, Epson Email Print, Epson Print, Apple AirPrint, Android printing, Creative Print App, Google Cloud Print, Fire OS printing, Scan to Cloud, and Mopria. Basically, no matter which proprietary mobile print software you’re into, this printer supports it.
The WorkForce Pro WF-4740 once again features Epson’s PrecisionCore technology. PrecisionCore is faster and more precise than print heads found in competing inkjet printers. The Epson WF-4740 can print as much as 22 pages per minute (ppm) for color pages and 24 ppm for monochrome pages. This means you won’t be late for meetings waiting for your graphs to print.
Overall, the Epson WF-4740 offers a performance beyond laser. The speed and print quality are excellent. The PrecisionCore technology allows printing highly legible and well-shaped text that is competing with many of its laser counterparts. The text output of Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740 is highly suitable for most business or home office scenarios.
When comparing the price of this printer to the performance delivered, I’ve found it truly is the best value printer for many home office customers.
Cost of ownership
It is the overall cost of ownership which puts this printer in contention for the best value printer of 2018. With a $299 price tag, the WF-4740 is similar in price to most competing models. Using the new 802 series, the Epson Workforce Pro WF-4740 costs as little as two cents per page for black prints and six cents per page for color. At 1000 pages per month of black and color for three years, you would have a $3180 total cost of ownership. That is comparable to any competing models in this class, with the print and scan quality you’ve come to expect from Epson.
The cons for the WF-4740 are few and far between. I’ve had a few customers complain that an MSRP of $299 is a bit high. However, if you keep an eye out for sales, you can often find this printer for under $200.
Other than that, there are a few features which people are missing in this printer. The output tray holds about eighty pages, which is a bit small for large jobs. This printer also lacks some advanced business features, such as employee project tracking and advanced job storage options. Lastly, there is no multipurpose bypass tray, which many customers want for printing on envelopes or cardstock.
The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740 is the best value printer for home offices or small business in 2018.
With the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740, users get affordable running costs, fast
printing, a wide range of mobile connectivity options, and great auto-duplexing
options. Compared with other printers in its class, the Epson WF-4740
delivers a larger range of functionality and features for a very reasonable price.
The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740 All-In-One color inkjet printer comes with almost everything you may ever need. The price per page is very affordable and the printer’s price provides a great total cost of ownership. From a price to performance perspective, this is definitely the best value printer of 2018 so far. With the heavy-duty performance, I highly recommend the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4740 for home offices or small businesses printing less than 1000 pages per month.