Save 90 percent on the cost of ink*: Equivalent of 88 cartridges worth of ink included Ultra-low-cost printing: Print up to 14,000 pages in black and 5,200 pages in colour Next generation ink filling system: Enjoy hassle and mess-free refills with the enhanced ink bottles Wi-Fi and apps: Print from mobile devices 3-in-1 with LCD screen: Print, copy and scan including double-sided printing
Produces first class photo prints -- when you can get the thing to produce them. It is the most infuriatingly "counter-intuitive" printer that it has ever been my misfortune to encounter -- and I have been printing photos on computers for some 40 years now.
It is controlled by the computer of course. But it also has a postage-stamp size touchscreen and produce a print requires setting both of them. Logically of course, when printing from a computer (the printer will take a camera card direct) all functions should run from the computer.
But they don't. You juggle printer-control-panel-and computer-until the two come to some sort of agreement on, say the paper size. Ludicrous.The excellent print I did produce was a fluke. I haven't managed another. Epson need to look at Canon.
Epson seem far more interested in getting your name, address, date of birth, completion of an extensive questionnaire, etc., to help the production of spam than providing adequate support.
You can't even return it -- it's full of liquid ink botles and can't be transported.
I'm going back to Canon.
We got this at a very good price, must have been one of those 'flash' deals you stumble upon from time to time.
For what we use it for (mainly b&w text printing, occasional colour printing, no photos) it has been very good so far. But the display is so small it's hard to read the icons. Operation is a bit counter intuitive, e.g to copy something you place the paper to be copied on the scanner, then, instead of just hitting the relatively large 'OK' button on the touch pad you are instructed, on the minuscule display, to hit a differnt button. On the display you can hardly make out which button that is! Penny pinching stupidity at its best - why not just include a slightly larger display. If you eyesight isn't great this display will be a problem.
We had one paper jam but couldn't see how to clear it (unaware that there's a flip-down panel on the reat that gives you access to the paper path). Epson tech help didn't mention this when phoned so had to take it to an Epson repair centre where it was cleared.
Had to have a lengthy head cleaning session to get the coloured inks to flow after having the unit for a year or so, but this was down to our low usage of colour. Black has never clogged. Print quality seems good, don't know about photos though. The double side printing is great.
Best features are the large ink tanks. That ink (given our lowish usage) is going to last us for ever! And full bottles of refill ink are pretty cheap as well. If you're printing a lot you should get one of these ecotank machines. Also we got a free 3 year extended warranty, even though this isn't mentioned on the Amazon advert. You just go onto the Epson website and look for 'extended warranties' you will be directed to a page (might be a pdf download) that lists all the produts that can have the free extended warranty and follow the instructions.
All in all quite pleased with it.
Honestly I'm a little unsure about this printer. I was sick of having to change the cartridges all the time on my old printer and I found the oem compatible cartridges never offer the print quality I needed.
So first of this is pretty expensive for a printer but with the idea of the long run cost of being considerably cheaper I though I would take the plunge, unlike others I found set up pretty straight forward, loading the ink into the tanks was very easy and I appreciate how epson has made this process mess free and quick. Unfortunately after a 2 months of fairly light use (311 prints in total) the printer has bricked itself, an update was in the process of completing when the whole thing when dark, left it an hour and then attempted to switch the printer back on and received the following error “printer mode, reset jig”. Unfortunately this has happened to a number of users and the device is unfixable and will require a full replacement. Amazon has been helpful and offered to send me a new printer out next day before I return the old one to them.
The printer is great when running and future costs are expected to be low but considering the price the printer feels very cheap, rear paper feed is a pain for space and software related reliability is now a serious concern.
I was looking for a printer as I have to print a lot of assignments for my university course and work. After having gone through several printers over the years that either failed or I had to get rid of for being too expensive to run, I chose to take a chance with this one as it made sense by looking at the features and the claims made by Epson.
I was sceptical because of the up-front cost. For the same amount of money you can get a colour laser printer, however colour laser printers tend to be bulkier, noisier and the toner cartriges are not cheap.
After having this printer for about a month and having printed about 200 double sided pages (all with text, graphs and photos) the ink levels haven't moved at all. I would have gone through at least two sets of inks with my previous officejet printer for the same amount of printing.
So for the money you get a printer that has automatic 2 sided printing, that is cheap to run and relatively compact in size.
The only cons are:
-No USB cable in the box.
-No FAX function in case you are a time traveler and reading this review from the 1980s
-Only connects to 2.5GHz wifi. If your other devices are connected to a 5GHz network the printer cannot be discovered.
-Relatively small feeder and paper tray
+Cheap to run
+Automatic double sided print
+The print quantity claims seem to be true
+You get a full set of inks, NOT a starter package
+You get 2 full bottles of Black Ink
I was a bit dubious buying this printer due to the mixed reviews but considering we've had a few printers over the years and never had issues with setting them up, we thought we're tech savy and we'd be fine. Oh how wrong we were!
Unpacked the printer, read the manual and followed the instructions to the letter. Pressed our WiFi wps button and then the WiFi button on the printer. According to the manual after 3 seconds the NW2 lamp would start to flash, which would then mean the printer is connected to the network. But the NW2 lamp wouldn't flash, it wouldn't play ball at all. We've tried plugging a laptop into the printer, sticking the router right next to the printer, turning it off and back on again but nothing, not a sausage. All in all a complete waste of a Saturday afternoon. It's now boxed up and ready to be returned on Monday morning.
The problem with inkjet printers is the size of the cartridges and the limit of inks. Also, considering the plastic crisis we are currently living in, useless plastic when empty. Epson's Eco-Tank printers have visible refillable large tanks that are supposed to last 700 pages. I've printed over 100 pages in the past month and barely seen any ink loss.
Like with any inkjet, you're supposed to print occasionally to ensure the inkpads don't dry out. You're not going to be afraid of doing that with this printer. Should that happen, it is possible to get a replacement tank unit for a small price but considering how little ink I've used so far I'm not sure if that will happen.
The default is for standard paper although that can be changed. However, if you switch to glossy paper and, say, enhanced inking once you send the radio signal to print, you'll have to press the OK twice on the printer to over-ride the default. You'll also have to confirm with an OK when you turn the printer off. Rather useful if you have second thoughts. I did find that the settings need to be put in again at the computer end if you choose to print more on a different card/ink but that's something you'll have to live with.
I did try to over-ride with getting the downloads from Epson to the printer but now think that's a mistake. Send the register code from the printer and Epson will send the necessary into your computer within a couple days or less and update periodically. It has all the settings like any of Epson's. It will print without them so don't feel like you have to wait for them to come.
I'm very impressed with this printer and if you want to save plastic, when your current printer dies, its worth getting. It costs a little more but considering how much ink cartridges cost, you'll quickly get your money back.
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