Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790DWF Review: Lowering the toner

This is pricey for an inkjet, but competes on speed with mid-range office laser printers.

Compared with colour lasers, it also gives you much smaller bills.

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Epson’s inks come in 3,000 or 5,000-page packs, looking more like astronaut food than printer supplies, and you can also get the black in a 10,000-page unit.

If you buy the biggest, costs currently work out at around 4.8p per colour page, or just over a penny for black, which is very reasonable.

The only catch is that the supplied ‘starter’ cartridges are much smaller, so you’ll need to budget for refills straight away.


4800x1200dpi maximum print resolution • 1200x2400dpi maximum scan resolution •250- sheet paper tray • 80-sheet multi-purpose tray • 50-sheet ADF • USB 2.0 • Gigabit Ethernet • 802.11n Wi-Fi • Fax • 357x425x535mm (HxWxD) • 18.7kg

We didn’t find the WF-C5790DWF much quieter than the average laser, but it did reach the quoted 24 pages per minute on black text, or 15 with colour graphics, and 8.7 sides per minute duplex (double sided).

Scanning, which can also handle duplex, was ridiculously fast, at five seconds for a 300 dpi A4 page or seven for a 600 dpi postcard-sized photo, and 14 seconds for 1200 dpi.

Ten pages took just 43 seconds to copy in black and white, or 46 in colour.

We were very happy with quality, too, except that colour copies were a bit dull and duplex pages weren’t as vivid, presumably to avoid smudging.

This is an excellent printer, and although we prefer the HP Page Wide Pro 447dw, it is more expensive.


8 Total Score
Best price Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790DWF Review

Not everyone will need the speed, but it's great to see inkjets beating laser printers at their own game with lower running costs

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HP PageWide Pro 447dw

Even faster and impressively futuristic, this is better but currently costs significantly more to buy

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