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The Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4540 ($400 as of February 22, 2012) does most everything (copying/faxing/printing/scanning) well, but it faces stiff competition in the business inkjet multifunction category. Put another way: It's fast, but not the fastest; it produces great output, but nothing beyond what other models generate; and it's cheap to operate, though no cheaper than its rivals. Unfortunately, said rivals fully support legal-size documents, and the WorkForce Pro WP-4540, for the most part, does not. One genuinely appealing, unique-in-class feature is the WorkForce Pro WP-4540's 80-sheet rear vertical, multipurpose feed. Combined with the integrated 250-sheet tray and the included 250-sheet, bottom-mounted auxiliary tray, that makes the WP-4540's input capacity a generous 580 sheets. The rear feed eliminates the 180-degree turn that sheets from the trays must suffer, so there's no bending of thick photo papers; it also accommodates legal-size paper, which the trays do not. The scanner bed is letter/A4-size, and can take sheets from the 30-sheet automatic document feeder. You'll also find an automatic duplexer for two-sided printing (not the driver default), as well as automatic two-sided scanning.
File the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4540 All-in-One Printer ($399.99 direct) under exceedingly capable. If you're looking for an inkjet multi-function printer (MFP), it's probably more printer than you had in mind. If you thought you wanted a color laser MFP, however, it may change your mind about which technology you want. In fact, it beats similarly priced color lasers at what lasers are supposed to do best, with faster speed and a lower running cost. That can easily be enough to make it a better choice than a laser for your micro and small office. If three examples indicate a trend, the WP-4540 ($399.99 direct) may be that third example. Or maybe not. It's certainly the third inkjet printer I've reviewed recently that has more in common with lasers than inkjets, but one of those was the Editor's Choice Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4020 ($149.99 direct, 4.5 stars). You could argue that the WP-4540 is simply the MFP variation of the same printer. On the other hand, it's certainly at least the second example of this new class of inkjet. The first was the directly competitive Editors' Choice HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One ($299.99 direct, 4.5 stars). Despite the $100 difference in price, the two printers are closely matched, with most of the price difference disappearing if you add the second paper tray to the HP model.
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