We are often printing out kids activities, Twinkl educational resources, crochet patterns and other documents. Of course printing can cost a lot in cartridges, our previous printer needed a couple of cartridges every month or two and at £30 per cartridge this can soon add up.
Well, what would you say to a printer that doesn’t use cartridges and the initial ink it arrives with lasts for 2 years? Definitely worth looking into isn’t it? Well Epson have just that, their EcoTank ET-2500 can print up to 4000 black and white pages and 6,500 coloured pages, over two years this works out as approximately 8.9 pages per day coloured and 5.5 pages per day black and white.
The printer arrives with 4 bottles of ink which you carefully pour into the ink tanks, plug in your printer and then you are ready to turn it on and connect to the WiFi. Once connected to the internet you can use your computer to download Epson Remote Print, the Epson Iprint app or the Epson Email Print. As it’s wireless printer you can only use one of these options to print and not connect it to your laptop.
We have been mainly using the Epson Iprint app, which requires you to copy the URL of the page you want to print and pasting it into the box in the app. It can be a bit of a faff at first, but once you hit print the printer does print really quickly and with good quality images. I have had a few hiccups printing from my hotmail email account or PDF’s. The only way I can get round this is to send any emails I want printed to my Yahoo email account and print from there. This isn’t ideal, but hopefully this bug will be fixed in the near future. To get round the url for a PDF not printing you have to use the Epson Email Print.
To get Epson Email Print you need to download from here, where you will be given your printers email address. Then you can print from anywhere in the world by simply sending the email to your printer. It works well, prints quickly, however there are a few downsides. First, if you are sending an attachment to print, you will always be wasting paper, the first page to print will be a blank email and then it will print your attachment. Second, you cannot choose to print only certain pages of a document, you would need to either attach each page you want to print separately (time consuming) or print the entire document.
This model doesn’t have Airprint (where you can print with a click of the button from apple devices). However, if you pay a little more then the next model up does and it will make your life so much easier when you want to print from your IPhone or IPad!
The scanning function is the easiest I’ve used. You will need to initially download Epson Scan, then all you need to do is put the page in the scanner, hit scan and then it appears in your computer (appeared in my downloads folder). Really easy!
The most important feature of the Epson Eco-tank is that you don’t need to replace cartridges, so less wastage. I checked the cost of replacing the ink in two years and it’s only £21 for the set of 4 bottles of ink, which is cheaper than certain ink cartridges I’ve bought in the past. Of course I haven’t been using it for 2 years, but I will update this post of how long the ink lasts for when it finally runs!
Although there are a few issues, which will hopefully be fixed with a few tweaks of the app., I still believe that this is a fantastic printer and the eco-tank system is the way forward. The Epson Eco-Tank ET2500 is currently available on sale at Amazon at £199.95, previously £229.99.
Would you buy a printer with 2 years of ink?!