Epson 2021 EcoTank printers: Are they worth the money?

Posted: 25 May 2021 2:30 pm
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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.

The EcoTank Pro ET-5150 and EcoTank Pro ET-5170 are available from today, and they're looking like the perfect replacement for messy, expensive and heat-producing laser printers.

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:

EcoTank Pro ET-5150

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Specs

Dimensions
375mm (W) x 347mm (D) x 346mm (H)
Max Print Speed Black And White
12.0 ISO ipm1
Max Print Speed Colour
6.0 ISO ipm1
Paper Size
A4
Print Resolution
1200 x 2400
Scan Resolution
1200 x 2400 dpi
Type
On-demand Inkjet
Weight
7.3

Features

Airprint
Yes
Automatic Double Sided Printing
Yes
Auto Document Feeder
Yes
Copy
Yes
Paper Capacity
250
Scan
Yes

EcoTank Pro ET-5170

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Specs

Dimensions
375mm (W) x 347mm (D) x 346mm (H)
Max Print Speed Black And White
17.5 ISO ppm1
Max Print Speed Colour
9.5 ISO ppm1
Paper Size
A4
Print Resolution
1200 x 2400
Scan Resolution
1200 x 2400 dpi
Type
On-demand Inkjet
Weight
7.3

Features

Airprint
Yes
Automatic Double Sided Printing
Yes
Auto Document Feeder
Yes
Copy
Yes
Fax
Yes
Paper Capacity
250
Scan
Yes
Wireless
802.11b/g/n

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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