How Does the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720DWF Stack Up?
This mid-range inkjet printer is suitable for both home and office use. It’s specifically designed to help smaller officers become more productive. It has many useful features, including mobile connectivity, a 500-sheet paper tray, automatic duplexing, and an ADF. It’s a small but fast printer that offers impressive options and professional-quality output.
- Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing capabilities
- Printing up to 34ppm mono and 30ppm colour
- Printing up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi
- Double-sided printing is automatic
- Wi-Fi direct, wireless, USB, and NFC are all available
- Dual 250-sheet paper trays
- Compatible with Windows and Mac
- Faxing up to 3.6Kbps
- 6.8cm colour LCD touch screen
What You Should Know About the WF-3720DWF
This Epson printer is more than a refresh of the previous model. It offers a clean, clutter-free upright design. Thanks to the colour touchscreen, it has a crisp display, and it’s easy to control the printer’s many functions. On top of printing, scanning, and faxing, it has wired and wireless connectivity capabilities, and there’s a 35-page automatic document feeder. It’s an ideal device for either a home office or a small business.
With that said, not everything about this printer is an improvement. The previous model, the WF-3620DWF, allowed for duplex printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. With this model, there’s no duplex ADF. Automatic printing is possible, but there’s no copying, scanning, or faxing. Furthermore, there’s no longer an SD card slot on the printer. Thankfully, a USB is still available for direct printing and scanning. Ultimately, this model is a cleaner printer, but it has lost some features.
In spite of these complaints, the WF-3720DWF clearly has a lot to offer. The LCD touchscreen is clear and highly responsive. On top of that, the overall quality of the printer seems to be a notch above some of its competitors. The lids and drawers are sturdy, and it seems as though the printer will hold up well over time. It’s very simple to use the software for smartphones and PCs as well. The PC scan interface has been streamlined, but that’s not necessarily a positive. Many users will find the older interface to be preferable.
How Well Does the WF-3720DWF Print, Copy, and Scan?
This printer has a fairly fast PPM of 19.2 A4 for mono text printing. When printing colour graphics, the PPM is an acceptable 5.6. Duplex printing speeds are impressive at three sides per minute. In contrast, photo printing is slower. Printing a 6x4in the photo takes upwards of three minutes.
Scanning isn’t as fast as it could be. The scanning speed for low-resolution scans is decent, but scanning a 600dpi will take nearly 30 seconds. To scan an image at 1,200dpi takes about two minutes and 30 seconds. This is significantly slower than the WF-3620DWF.
Thankfully, the overall printing quality hasn’t decreased. While scans aren’t as sharp as they could be, colours are highly accurate and dynamic. The overall print quality has improved. The text has become lighter, but it’s also crisper and better defined. The printer excels in all other areas as well. Both copies and colour graphics are stellar, and photo printing is acceptable for a device targeted towards home offices and small businesses.
If you choose to use high-yield XL cartridges for your printer, you’ll spend quite a bit. Black cartridges are £48.99, while you’ll be paying £138.96 for all your colour cartridges.
Although these prices are off-putting, there are some positives to keep in mind. Typically, even larger printer cartridges won’t last for more than several hundred pages. The WF-4720DWF cartridges are costly, but they also have a very high page yield.
You can expect standard black cartridges to last for an already-impressive 900 pages. XL cartridges will last for 2,600 pages. When you crunch the numbers, you can see that standard black cartridges have a printing price of 3p a page. While that’s slightly above average, the price is far more competitive for XL cartridges. You’ll be spending about 1.9p a page.
The rates are excellent for colour printing as well. For standard cartridges, you’ll be spending around 8.8p a page. For XL cartridges, the price will be an impressive 4.7p a page.
Even though you’ll be spending quite a bit on cartridges initially, you may save money in the long run.
The replacement ink cartridges for this Epson printer are also fairly high. You’ll be spending £26.99 on standard black cartridges. To purchase all the needed colour cartridges, you’ll pay £83.96.
Is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720DWF Worth Buying?
This printer may not have all of the features of the previous model, but it’s still a solid all-in-one printer for a home office or small business. With that said, there’s yet another issue to consider. When we reviewed the printer, we found that XL replacement colour ink cartridges couldn’t be purchased for a price that came out to less than 9.3p a colour page. This is much higher than competing models, and it’s higher than the previous model as well.
It’s likely that cost will drop as time goes on. Still, until the pricing does come down, it’s difficult to justify a purchase of the WF-3720DWF. If you already have the WF-3620DWF, you’ll want to wait to replace it. If you’re in the market for a new printer, there are more affordable choices available.