Epson 2021 EcoTank printers: Are they worth the money?
Epson's new EcoTank printers promise to be good for your wallet and the environment – here's what you need to know.
If you're looking to upgrade your home printer, you need to know about the new models from Epson. The brand has just launched two new heat-free EcoTank multi-function printers specifically designed for high-productivity home offices.
As with previous models in the EcoTank range, they dispense with traditional ink cartridges. Instead, they come with extra-large ink tanks that provide up to two years' worth of printing (or approximately 5,200 colour pages) before you need to replace the tank.
Replacement ink bottles are also reasonably priced, with an RRP of $24.99. This compares favourably to traditional colour ink cartridges which can cost between $25 and $50 a pop, depending on the model.
Here are a few of the key features and benefits you need to know about:
- Heat-free technology means you're using less power than a standard laser printer.
- Cartridge free printing with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks.
- Cost of replacement ink works out to less than two cents per page.
- Easy wireless printing from smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi Direct.
- Two-year warranty with product registration.
Here's how the two models compare:
Is Epson's EcoTank range worth the money?
If you run a home office and regularly print documents, the EcoTank range is certainly a worthy investment. The previous model in the series took out first place in our best printers guide for cheap ink.
Bear in mind that these new models are chiefly aimed at high-productivity home offices. If you're just looking for a cost-effective printer for everyday use, consider the Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2750 instead. (It's currently selling for $487 on Amazon.)
Where to buy
You can shop both the EcoTank Pro ET-5150 (RRP $639) and the EcoTank Pro ET-5170 (RRP $649) at Epson and other leading stockists including The Good Guys and Bing Lee. If you're looking to nab a red-hot deal, you can keep an eye on our Epson printers sales page.
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