Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Nov 13, 2020 at 07:42 am
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 Picture
8.3
Family
7.8
Small/Home Office
8.2
Student
7.7
Black & White
7.9
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is a very good inkjet printer for small or home offices and also for family use. It has excellent build quality, providing easy access to paper jams and ink cartridges, and it has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder that performs duplex scanning. Sadly, the page yield for black documents is disappointingly low, so you'll likely need to replace the ink cartridge often, but its relatively low cartridge price keeps the cost-per-print low. High-capacity cartridges are also available for purchase and they should last you longer, though we haven't tested them.

Our Verdict

8.3 Family

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is a great family printer. The photo printing quality and color accuracy are good enough for casual photos, and it has a fantastic flatbed scanner with good resolution and color depth. Its cost-per-print for black-only documents is low, although it's higher for color documents.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Very good color accuracy.
  • Exceptional scanner features.
Cons
  • Disappointing black page yield.
  • Dark areas in photos look faded and present banding.
7.8 Small/Home Office

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is very good for a small or home office. It feels very well-built and can perform duplex scanning. It prints black-only documents fairly quickly, although the first page takes a bit longer than the subsequent pages. Sadly, its yield for black pages is disappointingly low, but it's cost-per-print remains low.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Exceptional scanner features.
Cons
  • Disappointing black page yield.
8.2 Student

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is great for students. It has great connectivity options and you can print via Wi-Fi or directly from a mobile device. Although the first page takes some time to print, the subsequent pages come out much quicker. The cost-per-print is low, but since the page yield is quite poor, you might have to replace the cartridge pretty often.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Very good color accuracy.
  • Exceptional scanner features.
Cons
  • Disappointing black page yield.
7.7 Black & White

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is good for black and white printing. It prints black-only documents fairly quickly. Its cost-per-print is low for black-only printing; however, the black page yield is disappointing, so you'll have to replace the cartridge often. Luckily, it accepts high-yield cartridges which should last longer, though we haven't tested them.

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Exceptional scanner features.
Cons
  • Disappointing black page yield.
7.9 Casual Photo

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is very good for casual photos. Its photo printing quality and color accuracy are good enough for filling up a photo album or creating a photo wall. However, blacks look a little faded and there's some banding in dark areas. It accepts most photo sizes except for 2" x 3".

Pros
  • Feels very well-built.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Very good color accuracy.
  • Exceptional scanner features.
Cons
  • Dark areas in photos look faded and present banding.
  • 8.3 Family
  • 7.8 Small/Home Office
  • 8.2 Student
  • 7.7 Black & White
  • 7.9 Casual Photo

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Test Results

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Design
8.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 has excellent build quality. It's made of sturdy-feeling plastic that feels durable, and it has two paper trays to accommodate different paper sizes. It provides easy access to paper jams and ink cartridges, but the printer needs to be on to replace the cartridges. The scanner lid stays fully open on its own, and its hinges lift high enough to scan larger items. Also, the right rear corner houses a removable maintenance box that stores ink flushed during the print head cleaning. Once the maintenance box is full, it needs to be replaced.

Design
Dimensions
Height 12.9" (32.8 cm)
Width 16.7" (42.5 cm)
Depth 15.2" (38.5 cm)
Weight
26.9 lbs (12.2 kg)

It's a very tall printer, so it needs clearance above it to properly open the scanner lid. Otherwise, it should be compact enough to fit on most desks.

8.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 has an excellent display screen. It's an LCD touchscreen that's responsive and easy to use. It has good visibility whether you're sitting or standing, and you can tilt the display panel vertically to help you see the screen even better. However, the viewing angle isn't as good from the side.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Installation CD
  • Detachable power cord
  • Epson Starter Cartridges T822
    • 1x T822-I Black
    • 1x T822-I Cyan
    • 1x T822-I Magenta
    • 1x T822-I Yellow

6.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
Epson T822
Tested Black Page Yield
19.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
361 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Epson T822 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
12.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
255 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830's cartridge system is only alright. The black cartridge yields a disappointing amount of pages, meaning you have to replace it quite often. However, the color cartridge's page yield is good and shouldn't need changing as often, depending on how much you print in color. Although having three color cartridges means you can change the empty ones without needing to replace them all at once, the printer doesn't let you print in color if any of them are empty. Likewise, you can't print in color if the black cartridge is out of ink. On the upside, there are high-capacity versions that should last longer, although we didn't test these. We couldn't find any third-party ink.

9.9
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
Yes
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The scanning features are outstanding. The scanner has a good maximum scan resolution and color depth, and its automatic document feeder can perform duplex scanning, making the task of scanning long, two-sided documents hassle-free. It also has copy and fax capabilities. The flatbed scanner lid stays fully open on its own, and its hinges lift high enough to scan larger items, like a textbook or thick document. If you need a larger flatbed scanner, check out the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840.

Printing
8.2
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
19.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
34.45 US$
Black Only Printing
0.055 US$/print
Color Printing
0.135 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.359 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830's cost-per-print is great. The costs remain relatively low over time, but it may quickly add up if you print in color often.

7.8
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
19 PPM
Color Document
8 PPM
Photo Printing Time
57.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
14.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
500 pages

Although the first page takes some time to come out, the subsequent pages get faster, especially for black-only documents. According to the Epson website, each paper tray holds 250 pages.

7.9
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.03

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is very good at printing accurate colors. They look good enough for a splash of color on a report or to print out family photos, but you may be disappointed if your work or hobbies depend on exact color reproduction.

7.6
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The photo printing quality is good. Although blacks look a bit faded and banding is present on dark areas, images have good detail.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

It can print on most common paper formats, except for tabloid and 2" x 3".

Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 has fantastic connectivity options. You can set it up over either Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and it supports both AirPrint and Mopria Print, so you can print directly from your mobile devices. You can also print off a USB key from the input at the front. Unfortunately, it doesn't have Bluetooth support.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name Epson iPrint
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
Yes
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Epson iPrint app lets you print, scan, and copy from your smartphone. You can also perform maintenance tasks like checking ink levels, head cleaning and alignment, and purchase ink directly from the app.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There's an Epson WorkForce WF-4830 variant called the Epson WorkForce WF-4820. Although we haven't tested it, the biggest difference seems to be the number of paper trays and the ADF maximum capacity. The WF-4830 has two trays and a 50-page ADF capacity, while the WF-4820 has one tray and a 35-page ADF capacity.

Compared To Other Printers

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is a versatile inkjet printer. It has very good color accuracy, and its photo quality should be decent enough for reports or casual photos. The scanner features are exceptional, especially if you need to scan double-sided documents often. However, its cartridge system isn't as good as other printers with much higher page yields. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best home printers, the best office printers, and the best inkjet printers.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 are both great printers; however, the HP is slightly better. It has a much higher page yield and a lower cost-per-print, and it's a bit faster at printing documents. However, the Epson has better color accuracy, better build quality, and its companion app is slightly better.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is slightly better than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820. The WF-4830 feels better built, its scanner can perform duplex scanning, it has better photo accuracy, and it has two input trays instead of just one. However, the WF-3820 has better color accuracy and might present better value for some people.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840 is slightly better than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830. The WF-7840's cartridge system has a higher yield for color cartridges, the cost-per-print is marginally lower, and its flatbed scanner is bigger. However, the WF-4830 feels better built and has better photo printing quality.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a better printer than the Epson WorkForce WF-4830. The Brother has an outstanding ink cartridge system that provides much higher page yields and a significantly lower cost-per-print. However, the Epson feels better built, has much better color accuracy, and it might present better value for some people.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 is a better printer than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830. The HP has an exceptionally low cost-per-print, a much higher page yield, and it prints faster. However, the Epson has better photo quality, its colors are more accurate, and it might present better value for some people.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is better than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720. The WF-4830 feels better built, it can perform duplex scanning, photos come out nicer, and it also has two paper trays instead of just one. On the other hand, the WF-3720 prints slightly faster and it has a higher page yield.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3730

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is better than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3730. The WF-4830 performs duplex scanning, it has a better color accuracy, photo quality, and its cost-per-print is also lower. However, the WF-3730 is quicker at printing photos and it takes less time for its first page to come out.

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