Let’s help keep electronic waste from growing with the Epson Workforce ST 4000 All in One printer

With all the talk about the digital office, the office printer will not be on the endangered species list anytime soon. If you have ever experienced dealing with a government agency like the court system they are still very much into paper and lots of it.

The Epson Workforce ST 4000 is a 4-in-1 (print/copy/scan/fax) office device with a 250-sheet paper tray, 2.4″ colour touchscreen, 30-sheet automatic page feeder, 2-sided printing and can be connected to your office network (ethernet or wireless) or personal computer (USB). The printer provides laser quality printing with a maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi (300 dpi is high res) through the PrecisionCore technology. You can print from any device that includes tablets and smartphones for Windows, Mac and Android platforms. This is a lightweight (16 lbs.) compact device and measures 15” w 14” l and 9” h and the paper tray extends out by 6 inches with a width of 9”.

The big concern with office printers has been the use of ink cartridges that end up in landfills that are expensive to buy. The Epson Workforce ST 4000 office device with refillable tanks addresses this issue that can save on the bottom line for your business and help the environment as an added benefit.

Ok lets do a cost benefits analysis. The printer’s MSRP is $600 and comes with 2 years of ink supplies and has a two year warranty.

The cost of a combo 4-pack of Epson ink cartridges is $50 at Staples and prints a total 675 pages (175 back and 165 of each colour) which costs 7 cents on average per page. The ink supplied with the printer is good for 14,000 black and 11,200 per colour for a total pages of 47,600 pages . The total cost of this ink would have been $3,332 worth of ink cartridges based on 7 cents per page. In addition 70 sets of 4 pack cartridges will be saved from the landfill. You will save $2,732 plus the value of the printer ($425), so getting this printer makes a lot of financial sense from a total cost of ownership perspective.

Replacement inks cost $30 for black and $56 for a 3 pack of colour and are good for 23,800 pages. The total cost of the ink is $86 that delivers a page cost of 0.3 cents per page a substantial savings.

Set-up for the printer is easy as the ink tanks are easy to fill up as they come with special bottles that fit into the printer ink wells. There are 4 colours of inks provided black, magenta, cyan and yellow, two bottles of each. All you had to do was unscrew the cap, turn it upside and fit it in the ink well in-take hole and let it empty out. This is as simple as it gets. If you get it wrong there is a 2.4 inch colour touch screen that will help you diagnose any problems.

So if you are in the market for a new printer for your office and want to save over $2,700 in ink cartridges and get a business grade printer (valued at $425) for free in the process you may want to have a look at this all in one from Epson. This device is available for businesses at CDW and it is currently available for $439 ($161 discount) at the time of this posting . The landfills will thank you.