Review: The EcoTank ET-4760 from Epson is a multifunctional powerhouse at a proud price
For those who want to upgrade their home office, the EcoTank printer from Epson combines a printer, scanner and fax machine in one multifunction device, so you can save time, money and space.
Despite all the advances in technology over the past decade, most of us are not yet entirely paperless. Whether printing shipping labels or storing paper copies of important documents for our records, printers still have a place in our home office.
So let’s take a look at the Epson EcoTank ET-4760 all-in-one supertank printer without cartridges to see if the upfront investment pays off by saving valuable office space and money on expensive ink refills.
The EcoTank is a compact little all-in-one device, perfect for sitting on an office shelf, on a filing cabinet or on a desk corner. While it’s not the smallest printer, it has scanning and faxing capabilities that reduce the need for additional equipment in your home office and ultimately save you a lot of space.
We received a white EcoTank for checking, but it is also available in black.
In contrast to conventional printers with cartridges, you have to fill the ink tanks yourself. Fortunately, this is a straightforward process and, provided you are careful, it should be relatively messy.
Filling the ink tank is as easy as inserting the bottle into the tank opening and waiting
We found filling the tanks was easy and Epson’s step-by-step guide will walk you through each step with no guesswork.
Of course, once you’ve filled the printer, you’ll want to connect it to your home network. We have used EcoTank printers in the past so we already knew what to expect, but we admit that connecting the printer to your home network via WiFi is a bit of a hassle, but not difficult.
Using the touchscreen display, we were able to open the printer’s network settings, find our home network and enter our password. It only took a few seconds to connect.
The tiny touchscreen lets you change settings, perform maintenance and even install firmware updates right from the printer
Once connected, you can easily print from your iPhone, Mac, PC or Android phone.
If you decide to use an Ethernet cable, all you have to do is plug it into your router – no fiddly typing required.
Because the printer is connected to your home network, most computers and devices should print without installing additional drivers. However, Epson does offer a suite of software for printing and scanning should you need it.
The EcoTank is a standard printer when it comes to printing. It averages about 15 pages per minute for industry standard black and white printing and about eight pages per minute for standard color printing.
Of course, if you are printing high resolution graphics or photos it will take a little longer.
What really makes this printer shine in the home office, dorm or small office is the ability to do two-sided prints.
Everything we printed from the EcoTank looked great and we were particularly impressed with all of the text documents we printed.
If we had one complaint, it would be that vividly colored prints tended to be quite wet when they left the printer. If possible, wait five minutes before postponing ink-intensive prints.
A generous scanner bed allows easy scanning of standard letter size paper
This is, of course, an all-in-one printer, which means it offers a flatbed scanner as well. While we’ve moved to compact scanners for most of our document and photo scans, having a flatbed scanner on hand is useful when we need to scan books or magazine pages.
The scanner also enables the machine to be used as a fax machine and copier.
The scanner worked as expected and we could access it directly from our favorite programs like Photoshop. It has a maximum scan resolution of 9600 DPI, which is probably more than what you need for home office use.
You can easily import scans directly from programs like Photoshop
Cost vs. Savings
EcoTank printers are by no means cheap, but we’ve used them in the past and can confirm they are a good investment if you have to routinely print color images.
Filling the ink tank and clearing paper jams can be done by lifting the scanner bed
Since they use liquid ink tanks instead of a conventional cartridge, the cost of refilling an EcoTank is significantly cheaper. A single set of three EcoTank paint bottles costs about $ 40, but is the equivalent of about 80 individual traditional cartridges.
Printing a standard color print will cost you about a dime per page compared to the average 20 cents with ink cartridges – and those savings can really add up.
However, the EcoTank has one notable disadvantage – and that is what moves it. After filling, moving the EcoTank can be a bit dangerous as it must be held level to avoid spilling ink. We recommend that you fill the ink tanks in the place where you plan to use them.
A total of
At nearly $ 500, the EcoTank ET-4760 isn’t the cheapest printer you can buy, but the savings can be significant over time. In addition, it combines many office devices into a single device, so you can set up a home office in less time and with less clutter.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
- Combines printer, copier, fax and scanner in one device
- Liquid ink tanks save money and allow more prints between refills
- Unique bottles allow a clean refilling
- High acquisition costs compared to cartridge printers
- Full color pages will stay wet and smear if treated too early
Where to buy: You can use an EcoTank ET-4760. pick up from the Epson website for $ 499.99, or those who have Amazon Prime can snag one from Amazon for $ 499.99 with free two-day shipping.