With working from home and Harrison being at school, a printer is a necessity. Using our existing one can be a bit of a pain – plugging it in, connecting it to my laptop, and sorting out the inevitable paper jam, not to mention changing the ink cartridges which never seem to last very long. Printing out anything is a real chore, so I end up saving it all up to do in one go. When Epson got in touch and asked me if I wanted to review an Epson EcoTank ET-4500 printers, I crossed my fingers that it would be the answer to my printing problems.
Features of the Epson EcoTank Et-4500 Printer
- It’s a 4-in-1 machine – printer, scanner, copier and fax.
- It can be connected to your computer by USB cable, can be used via WI-FI, and you can print directly from your smartphone using the iPrint app, as well as email it items to be printed.
- LCD Screen
- No need for traditional ink cartridges – uses a refillable ink tank
- Up to 70% off the cost of printing with a traditional printer
- Comes with approximately two years worth of ink – 4000 black pages/6500 colour pages
What did we think?
When the box came, my first thought was ‘Where the heck am I going to put this? It’s huge!’. However, when I opened the box it was a lot more compact that it looked.
It was relatively simple to set up, even for a technophobe like me. First of all, we had to install the software on my laptop, which was straightforward enough. We then had to fill up the ink tanks. The bottles of ink were included – black, magenta, yellow and cyan – and even when the ink tanks were full, there was still some left. It was easy to fill the tanks, but very messy. I definitely recommend wearing gloves to do it.
The printer then needs to spend some time charging the ink so it is ready to use – this took about twenty minutes. The time and date needed setting (simple enough with the large, clear LCD screen) and off you go.
The sheets we printed out seemed crisp and clear enough, and it printed at a good speed (another bugbear with my old one!). As well as being cheaper to use than other printers, I love the fact I can send things to print from wherever I am sitting, without the need to plug it into my laptop. I also think being able to send something directly from my phone to the printer is going to be very useful. I haven’t used the fax function yet (I’ve never actually needed to send one!) but judging by the simplicity of the other functions, I don’t think it would be too difficult to do.
The Epson EcoTank ET-4500 printer currently retails at £299.
*We were sent this printer for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.