Save on Ink: Save 90% on average ink costs thanks to the ultra-high-capacity ink tank Low Cost Printing: Print up to 4500 pages in black and 7500 pages in colour without needing to refill ink No Ink Cartridges: The ET-4700 does away with conventional ink cartridges and uses an easy-refill ink tank system Connectivity: Print via Wi-Fi, even from mobile devices 4-In-1: Print, copy, scan and fax
From start to finish this printer is a disappointment.
First of all, there is no paper tray - you have to put the paper in the feeder at the back. This means that the paper easily gets dusty, knocked or you just run out because the feeder can only hold a few sheets. I wanted to print out a some photos - every time I did the printer told me I had the wrong size paper in the feeder - even when I changed the settings.
Once I had printed the photos, I found the when I printed on A4 there are great big streaks down the back of the paper. Great for a professional letter. It does print double sided - IF - you take the copies that are printed on one side and put them back in the feeder. Not useful when you have a 10 page document to print 8 times - you just cannot do it double sided.
The ADF - automatic document feeder never recognises that there is a document in the feeder when you select that option. If you set it to auto detect, sometimes if realises there is a document in the feeder, other times it will scan the empty flat bed. As far as double sided - yes - if you scan the document one side, then choose to 'add' to the document in the software and feed it into the feeder again. Very time consuming and not at all what I was expecting.
The print quality - one sided - is good, but not when the reverse has a lot of streaks down the back.
Overall a great disappointment - looking now for an alternative that actually has the features that this is supposed to have.
One of the easiest printers I have set up ... up and running within 30 minutes of arriving - I'm very impressed ... they're usually a days work to connect using WiFi.
I'm using it via my IPad mainly - I installed the app 'Epson iPrint' and I can pretty much control every aspect of the printing from there - I also installed it on my Sony Xperia and had no problems there either.
I only have white plain paper to test it on at the moment but am happy with the results (considering how cheap my sample paper is)
I look forward to testing it on different media types, I'm confident it will perform well.
It's worth noting if a paper jam occurs, the entire back panel can be detached by squeezing a couple of latches - this gives full access to the rollers.
First and foremost, the ink costs. I've had this 2 years now, and I've just used a single black bottle. The other 3 tanks, the colours, are still around 70% full. The ink provided will last me 4 or more years, and even when I have to re-fill, the cost of the bottles are amazing value.
My previous printer was a photo-printer , the Epson XP-750, and the print quality, even for non-photos, was excellent. However, it did get through ink, even though I printed very few pictures. The cost of genuine cartirdges was apallingly high. So I reverted to compatible cartridges. After a few months I found I had to clean my print heads as the output got stripey, and then that happened more and more until the heads were unusable. The printer had to be thrown away after a few years, I don't know how much the use of compatible cartridges influenced that, but whatever, the printer was gone.
Another hate of my old printer was that for photo quality it had 6 cartridges. It would nag me to replace a cartridge, and the next day would nag me to replace another one. Then another. The cartridges didn't seem to hold much ink, and what ink they did hold seemed to evaporate. I seemed to be continually changing cartridges, one at a time, and of course continually cleaning the heads to get decent quality.
So at least with this Epson I can use genuine cartridges, a great price, and only refill very occasionally (as I say, after 2 years I've just refilled the black tank).
Why only 4 star?
The print quality is not very good on its standard setting (the setting where they boast 6000 pages for one bottle of ink and the speed of output). It is quite faint. So you have to set the Windows print quality to "High Quality", which means it prints relatively slowly and you'll never reach the 6000 pages of print on one bottle. Usually I'm in no hurry, but it can be annoying waiting sometimes. At least with "High Quality" I get the quality print I want.
The Automated Document Feeder works as well as found on other printers I've owned -- i.e. it doesn't. If I try 2 or more sheets, it usually jams and I've tried everything to make it work reliably.
The photo prints aren't nearly as good as on my previous Epson, although to be fair, that was a photo printer. But hey, who prints photos these days? The print quality for photos is "good enough", but if I ever want a real high quality print, then I can order these on-line as and when I need them.
So all in all, a very good printer, a bit slow, photos only average, but it's removed all my frustrations on ink usage and head cleaning.
Very pleased with this printer. Easy to set up. Decent print quality for documents, probably better than my old Canon. It's not a dedicated photo printer, but they turn out OK for the kids. If you need more than that you probably know that already. Very quick printing documents single sided, quite slow double sided, very slow for photos.
The best thing is that it's been really reliable in maintaining connection with all the devices in the house. No more, printer is offline, or can't see the printer... I was getting fed up of providing tech support to the whole family who could never print to the old Canon.
Expensive, but it sips ink like a pensioner loitering in Weatherspoons on a wet Tuesday morning, so based on the amount of printing the kids do I think it should pay for itself.
This ia a fantastic printer. I aonized about whether to get it or not. I had a Kyocera colour laser printer that was too bulky but was worried that if I change to inkjet the quality might go down and that ink will be expensive. I could not have been more wrong. The printer is easy to set up and use, it is reliable and the print quality is good. the ink tank is so easy and mess free to use and you can easily see how much ink is left. I have had this printer for over 4 months now and the ink tank was still at near full. this morning I printed a 318 page document and all ink levels are still really high. The copy and scan funciton are handy to have and again work well. I highly recommend this printer.
Excited that I would not be spending vast amount of money on replacement cartridges, which suits my needs as a mature student. After a few weeks of use, I found the print quality not be be what I needed.
- The set up took a while due to the LCD screen and user error
- £40 cash back, be advised the serial number is on the bottom of the printer not on the back, so take note and pictures before for their required evidence before filling the tanks to avoid spillage.
Also get a detailed receipt to send as my many attempts to send what Amazon supplies were rejected
- Calling Epson sends you into automation abyss
- Colour printing is not the best, okay for text(use to print lecture slides)
- The ink drys quickly and does not smudge
- Printing text in black is great, not so much colour documents
- arrives with vast amount of ink
Over all a great concept, it is best to pay attention when ordering to all of the reviews and ensure that Epson printers will fulfill your requirements to avoid disappointment.
Printer is now in process of being returned.
The ET-4750 far superior to the ET-3750 which was returned, from set up to print quality. Very happy with the ET-4750 model worth the additional £.
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