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June 14, 2021

Vibrant Grace, Awesome Power With The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 Printer

 Hi Folks,

   One of the most stressful events in our every-day “technology lives” is anything to do with printer ink cartridges, whether it is making sure you get replacements before your current ones run out, making sure you get the right number cartridges or ones that are compatible with your printer, and of course, the massive expenses that come with buying new cartridges. With that being said, I might have just tested out a printer that rids that stress from your life. I am quite serious! 

   Let me step back here first, and let you know that I have had the pleasure of testing out and reviewing the new Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 Wireless Color All-in-One Supertank Printer, and the key words to focus on here are "EcoTank" and "Supertank". I will explain why first, and then we will get into what I found during my stress-testing and review of this new All-in-One Printer from Epson, and at the end, I will include all the detailed technical specifications (the "specs"). 

What Is A "Supertank"? 

   What is an EcoTank or a Supertank? Basically, it is a large basin, or "tank" that is built into the printer that you fill up with ink before printing. In the case of the Epson EcoTank ET-8500 (or "ET-8500", as I will refer to it), there are multiple smaller tanks to accommodate the different colors of ink. I look at the word "Eco" in EcoTank and I can attribute that to just how "Eco"nomical a Supertank printer is by saving you a substantial amount of money and aggravation, from never having to deal with the hassles of ink cartridges ever again, but also, to how environmentally friendly (Eco-friendly) this is by reducing the amount of waste (zero cartridge waste)! 

   With that said, I now introduce you to the Epson EcoTank ET-8500, a sleek, cutting edge, All-in-One Printer. From the moment you unbox the ET-8500, everything about it screams "power". This is not a lightweight, flimsy unit. This is a big, bold printer that can help you simplify so much in your life, whether it is for business, personal, or both. 

Setting Up The Epson ET-8500: 

   The first step after unboxing the well-packaged and well-secured ET-8500 is to remove all the protective tape and materials from the unit, and there is a lot of it (do not forget to lift the scanner lid up, as well, since there are materials to remove there, too). Once I removed everything that I needed to, I plugged in the unit to an electrical outlet, pressed the power button, and on the nice big, colorful LCD screen, I selected "English", and followed the directions. I think it is important here to state just how sharp this LCD screen is on the unit, with a size of 4.3", with vibrant colors and crisp letters and numbers! It is intuitive, in other words, the steps make sense and are easy to follow, even if you do not have a technical background. 

   Since I was already on the Control Panel/LCD Screen, I figured it would be best to get the unit set up on my Wireless network (my Wi-Fi), and it was honestly quite easy. From the home screen, I tapped the little network symbol, then I selected Wi-Fi (Recommended), and then selected the Set-up wizard, which located my Wi-Fi network. From there, it was as easy as entering my Wi-Fi password, and tapping the screen one last time and like magic, the Epson ET-8500 was now configured and on my Wi-Fi network! The unit comes with a USB cable, as well, which you can use to connect and configure it via your laptop, and additionally, the Epson SmartPanel App allows you to connect to the printer remotely using your iPhone, Android, etc. I will get into my experience doing this during my review a little later. For now, we still need to add the ink and load the paper!

   OK, now it was time to really get hands on with the "tank", which entailed filling up the tanks with ink! The first step here is to remove the cap very gently on the black ink. I found this out the hard way and squeezed the bottle a little tight and realized you must do it with a little bit of finesse. Fill each of the tanks one-by-one, then close the cover for the ink tank, and make sure that you secure the cap on the ink bottles to save what is left in each bottle (as in my case, there definitely was some ink left after the tanks were filled up). Epson claims that there is enough ink for over 6,000 printed color pages, and although that might be hard to believe, this is such a cutting-edge technology that it most probably will hit or exceed that target!

   What I found interesting was a "Gray" ink, when I am normally used to Black ink cartridges and Color cartridges. I will elaborate on the impact of this ink a little later. 

   After the ink has "charged up", which, from what I can gather by watching the unit, is that ink flows from the tank to the actual apparatus that will do the printing (which logically seems like a time-saver when it comes time to print), I loaded up the paper. There are a few things to remember here, such as the type of paper matters; In other words, when you open the front cover, you can load up standard paper (A4/Letter Size, for example) in Cassette 2, but for Cassette 1, you can load up, for example, smaller paper (i.e., Photo Size). There is also a very convenient rear paper slot and feeder, which are great for other types of paper, for example, thicker stock (i.e., poster board) or other types of paper that may not feed via the front cassettes. 

   At this point, I had followed all the steps, and had in front of me the Epson ET-8500 locked and loaded, and ready for the next step, which was getting the software installed so I can start testing this baby! 

   There are a couple of ways that you can load up the Epson software to connect to and use the ET-8500; you can use the included CD if your laptop or desktop has a CD drive, or even easier, you can just point your browser to the provided Epson website link to download the required Epson drivers and Utilities. I selected this second option, as I found it much easier, but that is just a matter of preference. 

   The steps for installing the software with the Epson Drivers and Utilities is just as intuitive as the steps that I performed on the printer control panel/LCD Screen. Every step makes complete sense, and it is a breeze to install. The software is called Epson ScanSmart, which goes through the installation, and at the end, it will connect to your printer. If you recall earlier, I had already set up the printer on my wireless network, so I selected "Wireless Connection" at this step, but I could also have selected a Direct USB connection had I been configuring the printer to connect directly (physically) to my printer. So, you have a few options on how to get this set up.

   With the Epson ET-8500 loaded with ink, filled with paper, connected to the network, and with the software installed on my laptop, the fun time of testing and reviewing the ET-8500 was about to begin! 

Let's Get Testing!: 

   Since there would be virtually endless combinations and permutations of both paper size, paper stock (thickness), all multiplied by Black-ink Printing and multiplied by Color Printing, I decided to select the most common uses that I have from both a business use and from a personal perspective. For both business and personal, I do a lot of black ink printing (text & images) on letter size paper, as well as color printing on letter size paper, thick-stock paper, and I also print some of my photos on 4" x 6" photo stock. With that being said, I tested each of these types of printing, and will summarize my results, which I hope will prove helpful for you in my review of the Epson ET-8500!

   I collated a few things for my tests; an all-black ink text contract file with very few images, a color document file that we recently designed for a seminar, a few photo images that I took outdoors, as well as a hard copy of both the aforementioned contract and the color document advertisement (hard copies for testing the physical scanning feature shortly).

   My first test was printing out my black-ink contract file to Letter Size paper, which printed out at a decent speed (Epson states the speed at about 16 ISO ppm, or 16 pages per minute of black ink print speed). This was a 22-page contract, and it took about 95 seconds, so that seems just about right. The print was clear, crisp, and there was no smudging or smearing, and I was extremely satisfied with the print job. 

   The next test I ran was printing out a color advertisement, which I did on a thick stock paper, and for this test, I valued a sharp output more so than the speed itself, in other words, I valued the quality of the printed output more than the speed. This two-page output took a total of 14 seconds from the exact second that the paper started to physically enter the printer, which was fantastic, but, as mentioned, what was even more important to me was that this was a bold, vibrant, and gorgeous printed advertisement, and I firmly believe that it came out better than the folks we contracted with to print these out in bulk for an upcoming seminar! Crisp characters, sharp images, strong colors, with great transition between colors. Amazing!

   For the next test, I loaded up photo paper in the front cassette, and then printed out 2 photos that I recently took by the water, so there were a lot of blues and greens and some reds/oranges from the sunrise. These colors were all represented just as perfectly as on my previous color print job, and once again, at or above professional print quality. Each photo took about 17-19 seconds, which was perfectly fine, but as before, the end quality was more important to me, and it was really off-the-charts! 

   Earlier, I had mentioned the gray ink and the impact it had, and in the photos that I printed there were some trees off to the left side which were shaded before the sun hit them, and the shaded area in the photos was so full of life, with the shadows that were present that day perfectly represented using the gray ink. Stunning!

Multiple Great Features: 

   One of the other features in the "All-in-One" Epson ET-8500 is the Scanning feature, as well as the Copy feature. The unit has an ultra-convenient flatbed scanner on top, and to test how it scans/copies, I used two hard copies that I prepared, which was a page from my black-ink contract, as well as one of our colorful ads that I had printed recently. When you place the document on the flatbed, and select the option to start the scan, it is quite fast from that moment until you have a scanned image as your output. In both cases, the scanned image was impeccable. There was nothing that looked off from the original, and I felt that magnifying the image or using a magnifying glass to check for imperfections would be overkill. It all looked fantastic, whether it was the black ink scanned image or the color scanned image (In both cases, I wanted to mention, that I scanned these hard copies as images, and then printed the images, to compare the scanned output, and to take a closer look at the hard copy output).

   Everything that I tested to this point has been from my laptop, but I also wanted to talk about being able to do the same thing from my phone (My phone is an Android, but you can also do this from an Apple device). Installing the "Epson Smart Panel" app was as simple as downloading and installing it from the Google Play Store, and then following the steps to make sure that you can connect to the Printer (on the same wireless network as you). The App lets you do virtually everything you can do from your laptop right from your phone. Just to verify, I sent a print job through, and it was a seamless process!

The Wrap-Up: 

   In summary, the Epson ET-8500 is a fully featured, powerful, robust All-in-One Printer that allows you to accomplish the printing, scanning, and copying that you need to do for the purpose of both business and personal necessity. I found the features on the ET-8500 very well integrated, and I believe that it is the perfect addition to any home or office! 

   As mentioned earlier, the Technical Specifications ("specs") for the Epson ET-8500 are listed below. 

Thank you!

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
Rent to Own Homes and Real Estate Blog for HomeRun Homes: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Websites: http://www.lease2buy.com and http://www.homerunhomes.com

TAGS: #Epson #EcoTank #ET-8500 #Wireless #AllInOne #Color #Printer #SuperTank



Printing Technology 6-color (BK, PB, C, M, Y, Gy)

Printer Language(s) ESC/P-R

Maximum Print Resolution 5760 x 1440 dpi

Print Speed Black 16.0 ISO ppm / Color 12.0 ISO ppm

2-sided Print Speed Black 6.0 ISO ppm / Color 5.0 ISO ppm

Borderless 4" x 6" Photo Print Speed 15 seconds (Draft

Mode, Premium Glossy Photo Paper)

Mobile and Voice-activated Printing:

Epson Connect™ Solutions Email Print, Remote Print,

Scan to Cloud

Applications Epson Smart Panel app, Epson Print Layout

app (iOS), Epson Creative Print app

Other Apple® AirPrint®, Android printing, Mopria® Print Service

Voice Activation Siri®, Google Assistant™, Epson Connect,

Amazon™ Alexa


Copy Speed Flatbed Black 15.0 ipm / Color 8.0 ipm

Copy Quality (Number of Colors)

256 gradations/16.7 mil colors

Maximum Copies 99 pages

Copy Resolution 300 x 600, 600 x 600 dpi (flatbed input)

Maximum Copy Size Letter (A4)

Copy Features Copy Resolution (Print): 360 x 360 dpi,

720 x 720 dpi, Automatic 1-sided to 2-sided copy

Reduction/Enlargement: 25 to 400%


Photoelectric Device CIS

Scanner Type Flatbed color image scanner

Maximum Hardware Resolution 1200 x 4800 dpi

Scan Size, Maximum (flatbed) 8.5" x 11.7" (216 x 297mm)

Maximum Resolution 9600 dpi interpolated

Scanner Bit Depth (color) 48-bit color input / 24-bit color output

Scan Compatibility TWAIN, WIA, ICA, TWAIN Reading

Resolution: 75~9600 dpi (1 dpi step), TWAIN Output Format: PDF,

JPEG, PNG, TIFF, Multi-TIFF, BMP (Windows), PICT (Mac®), Scan to

Computer Epson ScanSmart, Scan to Memory Device

Standard Connectivity:

Hi-Speed USB

Wireless Wi-Fi® 512, 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac

Wired Ethernet Ethernet (10/100)

Wi-Fi Direct® Yes

Memory Card Slots SD Card, USB

Operating Systems Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8.1

(32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit,

64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows XP SP3 or

later (32-bit), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2 or later,

Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later, 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2,

2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019, Mac OS® X 10.6.8 thru 10.15.x

Paper Handling:

Paper Sizes Legal, Letter, A4, Executive, 8" x 10", 5" x 7",

4" x 6", 3.5" x 5", A6, Half Letter, #10 Envelope, User Defined

(2.2" x 3.4" to 8.5" x 78.7")

Max. Paper Size 8.5" x 14" (Legal)

Max. Paper Weight Plain: 64-90 g/m, PPPG: 102-300 g/m

Max. Paper Thickness 1.3mm (Rear Straight Pass)

Borderless Printing Legal, Letter, A4, 8” x 10”, 5” x 7”, 4” x

6”, 3.5” x 5”

Paper Types Plain Paper, Bright White Paper, Photo Paper Glossy,

Premium Photo Paper Glossy, Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy,

Premium Semigloss Photo Paper, Ultra Premium Photo Paper

Luster, Presentation Paper Matte, Premium Presentation Paper

Matte, Velvet Fine Art Paper, Thin Paper, Card Stock

Envelope Types No. 10

Input Paper Capacity Front Tray 1: 20 sheets 5" x 7",

Front Tray 2: 100 sheets Letter/A4, Rear: 50 sheets Letter/A4,

Rear Straight Pass: 1 sheet

Output Tray Paper Capacity 50 sheets (plain paper, Letter),

20 sheets (PPPG)

Direct CD Printing Yes

2-sided (Duplex) Printing Automatic

Weight and Dimensions:

Printing (W x D x H) 15.9" x 24.1" x 13.7" (403 x 612 x 347mm)

Storage (W x D x H) 15.9" x 14.5" x 6.4" (403 x 369 x 162mm)

Weight 18.5 lb (8.4kg) printer only

Packaging Weight and Dimensions (W x D x H)

Dimensions: 20.7" x 17.3" x 10.1" (527 x 440 x 256 mm)

Weight: 25.1 lb (11.38 kg) box

What's in the Box:

EcoTank Photo ET-8500 all-in-one, Quick Setup Guide, Power

Cable, CD-ROM (User Guide, software), 1 bottle of 552 Photo

Black (70 mL), 1 bottle of 552 Black (70 mL) and 1 bottle each

of 552 Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Gray (70 mL)

Software Included Epson printer drivers, Epson Scan 2,

Epson ScanSmart, Epson Photo+


Display 4.3" touch LCD

Temperature Operating 50 ° to 95 °F (10 ° to 35 °C)

Temperature Storage -4° to 104 °F (-20° to 40 °C)

Relative Humidity

Operating: 20% - 80% RH

Storage: 5% - 85% RH

Sound Level (ISO7779) Sound Pressure/PC Printing (Plain

Paper default) Color: 47dB(A) or less

Rated Voltage AC 100 to 120 V

Rated Frequency 50 to 60 Hz

Rated Current 0.6A

Power Consumption

Standalone Copying (ISO/IEC 24712 Pattern): 17W

Ready Mode: 7.4W

Sleep Mode: 0.8W

Power Off Mode: 0.2W

Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) 0.15kWh

Safety Approvals Safety Standards UL60950-1, CAN/

CSA-C22.2 No.60950-1, FCC Part15 Subpart B, ICES-003 Class B

Country of Origin Indonesia


Replacement Ink Bottles 552 Black ink bottle (70 mL) yield:

6700 pages; 552 Photo Black ink bottle (70 mL) yield: 7300

pages; 552 Gray ink bottle (70mL) yield: 46,600; 552 color (Cyan,

Magenta, Yellow) ink bottles (70 mL) yield: 6200 pages

Epson strongly recommends the use of genuine ink to ensure

optimal print quality and performance.

Eco Features:

ENERGY STAR® qualified

RoHS Complaint

Recyclable product

Epson America. Inc. is a SmartWay® Transport Partner

June 7, 2019

Epson Redefines Productivity With Their New EcoTank ET-M3170 All-in-One Supertank Printer

Hi Folks,

   I hope everyone is having a nice June, thus far. The heat has definitely started to pump here in the Northeast, and to me, an 80-degree day is hot, regardless of whether the calendar says April or June, so the Air Conditioner technology is getting a full-fledged workout!

   That is exactly where I will pick up on...the topic of Technology!

   In the day and age of High-Quality Color Printing, one may question why they would need a Monochrome Printer. Well, for example, what if most of your print jobs required just Black and White output? What if you could find a true work-horse that can churn out Black and White printed output at about as fast as you can bat your eyes, and can turn out high-quality scans and copies with sharp images, as well, with a lightning fast fax feature, too? If that's not what you are looking for, keep reading anyway, because you might just realize this was something that can make your life substantially easier!

   What am I talking about? The Epson EcoTank ET-M3170 Wireless Monochrome All-in-One Supertank Printer. I have reviewed this unit, and I'd like to share with you what I found in terms of its set up, speed, quality, and features that have impressed me, and will most probably impress you, as well!


   Setting the tone right from the start, this printer was wrapped very well and secure, taped well and secured between to large pieces of foam cushioning to prevent any damage from movement during shipping. It's not a very heavy device, so it is easy to maneuver. Once it was out of the box and unwrapped, etc., I got my first look at a very impressive looking unit, one that looks like it belongs in a high-tech, modern office, which is exactly what you want clients to think if they visit your office (you want them to know that you are on the cutting edge of the latest technology...at least it can't hurt!).

   When you fire up the printer, one of the features you notice right away is the vivid, bold-colored touch screen, with razor-sharp fonts, and what I came to find as very well organized (extremely intuitive/very user friendly). But first, the ink.

   When you see this bottle of ink, you might panic at first. Don't! It's revolutionary, cutting edge, and will save you a lot of headaches and a lot of money. You have easy access to where you add the ink. It is so easy to twist in the bottle, fill the ink reservoir, and you're done! There is no mess, no spill. It was literally seamless. Once it is filled up, you can visually see the ink level, which should cover you for 6000 pages. Yes, that's a heck of a lot of printing for you without having to add more ink.

   After a few minutes of the ink charging up, as directed through the instructions on the printer, you then run through a page alignment test that you just navigate through via clicking through on the menus. Then, after printing up these test pages and selecting the right numbers on the touchscreen to confirm that all is on par with how you want the pages and alignment to look, the next step is the wireless connection.

   Setting up the wireless connection was simple, from detecting the Wi-Fi and connecting to it, end to end, it could not be any easier than it was. The Color LCD screen does not have a step out of place in leading you towards complete and perfect configuration of your wireless set-up. The paper capacity of this printer is 250 pages, which should keep you humming along while printing for quite some time. At this point, after loading up the paper tray to almost full capacity, I realized that the time for testing had arrived!


   There is no other way to say it; this is one truly fast printer! It zips along at 20 Pages Per Minute (PPM), but at times, it felt as if it was even faster, so I think that is more like an average speed. In one test, I sent 3 consecutive 8-page jobs, and by the time I went to hit send on the next job, the previous job was done! As it's churning along, it has normal operating sounds, which can be almost completely silenced by selecting the Quiet Mode option.

   In testing the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), which is incredibly easy to use, I tested the speed of duplex printing (2-sided printing), and I found the speed of that feature quite impressive, as well. Even better, you do not have to feed the paper back for the second side; this is all done automatically for you! Overall, an ultra-fast printer, for standard duty and 2-sided copy, as well. Next, let's take a look at the quality of the printed output, scans, etc.


   When you need to print out sensitive information, critical data, or whatever is important to you enough to render it as printed output, speed is important, but quality, for many, will rank higher between both.

   My experience for many years has been on high-end laser printers, and their sharp and crisp printed output, but in reviewing several batches of print jobs I sent through on the ET-M3170, I was very surprised to find that the quality was equal to or even superior to the laser printers I have used for many years, most of which have been on the high-end of the printers offered on the market, in my office and in the offices of various of our clients.

   Even just moments after printing, there was no smudging, the characters appeared super sharp on the pages, and the ink on the top of the page and the bottom of the page was uniform, with no alignment issues or differences in shades of the printed black ink. There are an incredible amount of settings that I could have tweaked in order to get my printed output to this point...these options are all included in the LCD Screen menus...but the default output via printing and also copying both exceeded my experienced expectations!

   This same pattern goes for the Scanning. Scanning with the unit is very easy to use (very intuitive), and the results were obviously high-resolution scans, with sharp, completely crisp images, that far surpassed that which I have seen from laser-quality Scanners.

   Another important feature of this All-in-One Printer is Faxing, which I tested both inbound and outbound. What I found was that after connecting the physical line to send and receive faxes (I tested between a fax machine I have on a different phone number), and found High-Speed faxing results that went out and were received, both of very high quality, with sharp images and text!

   Overall, these high-quality results tell me that this Supertank Printer is a high-quality All-in-One Printer that is built for high volume copy, blazing fast speed, and incredibly sharp output! However, there are even more features that I have tested and also found to be incredible components of an overall workhorse!


   The key benefits that most folks are looking for when purchasing a Printer, or really any new technology, are those features that make your life easier, and save you money. I found both of these benefits in testing and reviewing the ET-M3170.

   Making your life easier really boils down into both saving time and accomplishing your tasks more efficiently. During the time I spent testing and reviewing the bonus features of the ET-M3170, I noticed a trend towards both of these components of a life with fewer hassles:

   * I like the huge storage capacity of 250 sheets, saving me the hassles of constantly re-loading the paper tray in the middle of 100 other things I am doing.

   * I like being able to use my voice to send print jobs.

   * I love the mobile printing feature, because it allows me to send a print job from anywhere vs. needing to be right near the printer physically connected to it.

   * I love seeing the ink level on the printer...it is way cool!

   Additionally, the benefits affecting your financial bottom line are also evident with the ET-M3170, such as:

   * How efficient the printer is with ink usage, with hardly any movement in the level marker after several large ink-hungry print jobs of pages filled with text, top to bottom.

   * How I can see an end to the hundreds of dollars of ink each year by using this 6000-page capacity productivity beast of an ink tank!

   * How it makes financial sense to have an All-in-One Printer with a 2-year warranty with your registration, to show you the confidence that Epson has in their product, giving you true peace of mind!


   In closing, if you did not already get that impression from me, I was extremely pleased with the ET-M3170, due in part to its blazing print speed, sharp quality output, it's All-in-One features including Scanning and Faxing, and all of the other "quality of life" features that this printer offers.

   Whether you are looking for a printer for your home, office, or home office, the ET-M3170 exceeds every single level of service and every class of features that you could possibly desire in an All-in-One Printer. Great work, Epson!!



Exclusive EcoFit bottle design — uniquely keyed for easy filling of each color
Ultimate wireless — easily print from iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and smartphones;
includes Wi-Fi Direct plus Ethernet; voice-activated printing
Save energy — lower power consumption vs. laser
Compact, space-saving design — fits into any office environment
Eco Features
Save energy with lower power consumption vs. laser
Save up to 50 percent of your paper supply with automatic, 2-sided printing
ENERGY STAR qualified
RoHS compliant
Recyclable product
Epson America, Inc. is a SmartWay Transport Partner

Better Products for a Better Future
For more information on Epson's environmental programs, go to www.epson.com/environment

What's In The Box:
EcoTank ET-M3170 monochrome printer
CD-ROM for product setup
Power cord
1 bottle 532 Black (120 mL)

Printing Technology:
PrecisionCore (TFP1S-mono printhead)
Minimum Ink Droplet Size:
2.8 picoliters
Maximum Print Resolution:
1200 x 2400 dpi
ISO Print Speed:
Black: 20 ISO ppm
2-Sided ISO Print Speed:
Black: 9.0 ISO ppm

Ink Type:
EcoTank Ink Bottle
Ink Palette:
Ink Configuration:
1 ink bottle (Black)
Replacement Ink:
532 Black ink bottle (120 mL)
Epson strongly recommends the use of genuine ink to ensure optimal print quality and performance.
Ink Yield Information:
6,000 pages

Operating Systems:
Windows 10
Windows 8, 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 – macOS 10.13.x10
Server Systems:
Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later, Windows Server 2016
Operating: 50 to 95 F (10 to 35 C)
Storage: -4 to 104 F (-20 to 40 C)
Operating: 20 – 80% RH
Storage: 5 – 85% RH (no condensation)
Sound Level:
Power: 6.9 B(A)
Pressure: 56 dB(A)
Printing: 14.8" x 13.7" x 13.6"
Storage: 14.8" x 13.7" x 13.6"
16.1 lb
Safety Approvals:
UL60950-1-CAN/CSA-22.2 No. 60950, EMC FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CAN/CSA-CEI/IEC CISPR 22 class B
Country of Origin:
2-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada, second year requires product registration

Copy Speed:
Flatbed: 17 ipm
ADF: 14 black ipm (simplex), 9.0 ipm (duplex)
Copy Quality:
Copy Resolution: 600 x 600 (input from ADF and flatbed), 1200 x 1200 (print)
Input Resolution, ADF: 300 x 400, 600 x 600
Input Resolution, Flatbed: 300 x 600, 600 x 600
Copy Quantity:
Up to 99 pages from standalone
Maximum Copy Size:
Legal 8.5" x 14" via ADF
Copy Features:
Automatic reduction and enlargement (25 – 400%)
1-to-1 Copy and 1-to-2 Copy (user must flip the scan manually)
256 gradations (1 color)

Specifications Scanner:
Scanner Type:
Color flatbed / ADF
Photoelectric Device:
Color CIS line sensor
Hardware Resolution:
Max.: 1200 x 2400
Maximum Resolution:
9600 dpi interpolated
Color Bit Depth:
48-bit color input / 24-bit color output
Scan Bed Size:
8.5" x 11.7"
Scanner Features:
Scan to Computer Event Manager
Scan to Computer
Scan to Cloud
Not Supported: Scan to Memory Device

Scan Features:
Compatibility TWAIN, WIA, ICA
TWAIN Reading Resolution 75 – 9600 dpi (1 dpi step)
TWAIN Output Format PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, Multi-TIFF, BMP (Windows), PICT (Mac)

Automatic Document Feeder:
35 sheets Letter
10 Legal (25 lb at 95 g/m2) max.
(Note: Auto 2-sided scan not supported, but the printer will auto 2-side copy
once the user flips the scan page manually)
ADF (ISO 24735 Annex D) (ipm)
ADF: 7.0 ipm Black, 7.0 ipm Color
Document Table: 12 ipm Black, 27 ipm Color
Document Sizes:
Max. Legal
Paper Weight:
Plain Paper: 17 – 25 lb, 64 – 95 g/m2

Fax Settings:
Transmit Size Letter/A4 (flatbed and ADF)
Receive Size Letter/A4/Legal
Fax Speed:
Up to 33.6 Kbps, transmit ~3 sec/page
Up to 180 pages, 2MB receive memory
Speed Dials:
Up to 100 speed dial numbers, up to 99 group dial
PC Fax:
Contact List: Address Book
Transmit reservation
Broadcast fax (mono)
Up to 99 group dial
Polling reception
Fax preview

Standard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Wired Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Wi-Fi Direct

Mobile Printing Solutions:
Epson Connect:
Epson E-mail Print, Epson iPrint App (iOS, Android), Epson Remote Print
Google Cloud Print 2.0, AirPrint 1.8

Paper Handling:
PC-Free Paper Support:
Plain (Letter, 8.5" x 14", A4)
Photo (4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Letter, A4)
Paper Sizes:
4" x 6", 5" x 7", A6, Half Letter, Letter, A4, Executive, Legal, User definable (from 2.2" x 3.4" to 8.5" x 47.2")
Maximum Paper Size:
8.5 x 47.2 inch
Paper Types:
Multipurpose Plus Paper
Bright White Premium Paper
Premium Presentation Paper - Matte
Front Tray:
Multipurpose Plus Paper
Bright White Premium Paper
Premium Presentation Paper – Matte
Premium Presentation Double-Sided Matte Paper
Envelope Types:
No. 10
Input Paper Capacity:
Cassette 1 – 250 sheets (80 g/m2)
Output Paper Tray Capacity:
100 sheets Letter plain paper (Standard Print Mode)
Rear Feed:
1 sheet

Printer Details:
2.4" color touchscreen
Printer Language:
Epson ESC/P®-R
Software Included:
EPSON printer drivers

Rated Voltage:
AC 100 – 240V Universal (Automatic)
Rated Frequency:
50 – 60 Hz
Power Consumption:
Approx. 12 W ISO 24712 (Standalone copy printing)
Approx. 4.3 W (Ready Mode)
Approx. 0.7 W (Sleep Mode)
Approx. 0.2 W (Power Off Mode)
Rated Current:
0.4A – 0.2A

Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
Rent to Own Homes and Real Estate Blog for HomeRun Homes: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Websites: http://www.lease2buy.com and http://www.homerunhomes.com

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December 1, 2015

Epson Supertank Printer is the Wave of the Future

Hi Folks,

  Welcome back!

   As you might already know from my previous Blog Posts, I have tested a wide variety of Epson WorkForce printers, so I believe that my vast experience in reviewing these has now granted me the honor of reviewing the most advanced printer Epson has produced, in my opinion, the Epson ET-4550.

   The full title of the printer is the Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank, which is a 4-in-1 Supertank with Wireless & Ethernet, serving as a Color Printer, Scanner, Copier, and Fax. It is affectionately referred to as "Supertank", and you'll soon see why. I'll have to warn you in advance to watch out for any goofy references to Thanksgiving, as this review is being done the later portion of the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

   So, in order to give you an idea what angle Epson is coming from with this printer, I ask you to think back and remember what a hassle it is/was buying new ink cartridges, right? Remembering the model #, pricing it out, and ultimately, paying a fortune. Then we thought we found a shortcut with those refill kits, which were great, saved us money, and the ink was perfect. Sshhh! Epson was on to us the whole time, because the Supertank comes equipped with what's akin to fill-able cartridges in it. It starts with a large bay on the right side of the printer, where you load each bottle of ink into the corresponding "sub" bay. The ink is then automatically fed through tubes as needed. Very cool concept and very cutting edge. OK, let's get dirty. It's time for the ink!

   I opened the multiple bottles of ink provided, and I realized that this thing will be ready for battle with this amount of ink straight out of the box! I then put on the rubber gloves that were provided and began filling the tanks. This gave me sort of a "mad scientist" gleam. I felt evil for a while, but that feeling subsided fast when I realized I spilled some ink and got some on my arm. Note: No white shirts when refilling, and nothing near the carpet. So, with the tanks loaded up, I now felt confident and excited about testing out such a unique piece of technology.

   When this baby was locked and loaded with ink and paper, that's when the fun began. Faster than you can say, "Turkey leftovers" (don't say I didn't warn you!), this machine was humming along.
They claim 13 ppm for black ink, but when the clock hit 60 seconds, I had a 14th page out and a 15th page mid-stream. These were full, black single-spaced text pages (letter-sized paper) with no images, so I took this printer to task.

   Printing in Color was a snap and vibrant. I printed a Team Photo of my favorite baseball team and there was no smudging or running. It was truly at or above laser-printer quality.

Now, this Supertank comes with enough ink to print 11,000 Black ink pages or about 8500 color pages. You may wind up waiting 1-2 years to buy new ink, based on your printing capacity/requirements. That is a lot of ink capacity, thus the "Super-tank" name.

In my mad scientist mode, I skipped some important facts you should know about the setup
  * Setting up Wi-Fi direct was quite easy and was as simple as the set up on the other WorkForce printers I have tested.

  * I set up the print quality settings, which was a snap, and very easy using the screen on the printer.

  Now, we begin testing some of the most important features that are required by folks nowadays:
  *  Email Printing: Printing 101, very simple and easy to do, and very important to many folks, including myself. Intuitive and straightforward.

  * Remote Printing: From out and about I sent a Print job, and when arriving back, the print job was waiting right there for me!

  * Scan to the Cloud: Very easy to follow the instructions and scan documents to save in your online storage (Dropbox, etc). Very handy, as well.

  * Android Printing: Used my Android on Wifi and Remotely to properly and easily print a document.

  * Apple AirPrint: I'm not too Apple savvy, however, I did get this to work, with a few steps in between.

Printing Technology: Powered by PrecisionCore™ 4-color (CMYK) drop-on-demand inkjet technology
Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 3 droplet sizes, as small as 3.3 picoliters
Maximum Print Resolution: 4800 x 1200 dpi

ISO Print Speed:
Black: 13 ISO ppm†
Color: 7.3 ISO ppm†
2-Sided ISO Print Speed:
Black: 6.5 ISO ppm†
Color: 4.5 ISO ppm†

ISO Copy Speed:
Black: 11 ISO cpm‡
Color: 5.5 ISO cpm‡
Copy Quality: Color/Black-and-White: Standard/Best
Copy Quantity: 1 – 99 (PC-free)
Maximum Copy Size: 8.5" x 14"
Copy Features:
Auto 1-sided to 2-sided
Fit to page
Automatic reduction and enlargement (25 - 400%)
ID Copy
Adjustable Copy Density

Scanner Type: Color flatbed / ADF
Photoelectric Device: Color CIS line sensor
Optical Resolution: 2400 dpi
Hardware Resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi
Maximum Resolution: 9600 dpi interpolated
Scanner Bit Depth: 48-bit color input / 24-bit color output
Features: Scan to: PC, Cloud including Email1

Fax Settings: Black & White and Color
Fax Speed: Up to 33.6 Kbps – as fast as 3 sec per page
Memory: Up to 100 pages
Speed Dials: 60 (max.)
PC Fax: Supported

Paper Handling
PC-Free Paper Support:
Plain (letter, 8.5" x 14", A4)
Photo (4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter, A4)
Paper Sizes: 3.5" x 5", 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", letter, A4, A6, half letter, executive, user definable (3.5" #8211; 47.2" in length)

Maximum Paper Size: 8.5 x 47.2 inch
Paper Types:
Plain paper
Epson Bright White Paper
Epson Presentation Paper Matte
Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte
Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-sided
Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy
Envelope Types:
No. 10
Plain paper
Bond paper
Air mail
Input Paper Capacity:

150 sheets plain paper
10 envelopes
20 sheets photo paper
Output Paper Tray Capacity: 30 sheets

Ink Type: EcoTank Ink Bottles
Ink Palette: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Ink Configuration: 4 individual ink bottles
Replacement Ink: 774 Black, 664 Color: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
(ISO Yield, Epson Methodology - Black: 6,000, Color: 6,500)

Standard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB (compatible with USB 2.0 specification)
Wireless LAN (802.11 b/g/n)2
Wired Ethernet (10/100/100 Mbps)
Wi-Fi Direct2
Mobile Printing

Epson Connect™: Epson® Email Print, Epson iPrint™ Mobile App, Epson Remote Print3
Other: Apple® AirPrint™, Google Cloud Print™, Kindle Fire™, Mopria

Operating Systems:
Windows® 10
Windows® 8, 8.1 (32 bits, 64 bits)
Windows 7 (32 bits, 64 bits)
Windows Vista® (32 bits, 64 bits)
Windows XP® SP3 (32 bits)
Windows XP Professional x64
Mac OS® X 10.6 – 10.10.x4
Server Systems:
Windows Server 20125
Windows Server 2008 R25
Windows Server 20085
Windows Server 2003 R25
Windows Server 20035

Display: 2.2" Mono graphics display

Printer Language: ESC/P-R

50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
-4° to 104° F (-20° to 40° C)
20 – 80% RH
5 – 85% RH (no condensation)

Sound Level:
Power: 6.4 B(A)
Pressure: 50 dB(A)

Rated Voltage: AC 100 – 240V Universal (Automatic)
Rated Frequency: 50 – 60 Hz
Rated Current: 0.5A – 0.3A

Power Consumption:
Approx. 11 W ISO 24712 (Standalone copy printing)
Approx. 4.4 W (Ready)
Approx. 1.5 W (Sleep)
Approx. 0.3 W (Power off) ENERGY STAR® qualified

Monthly Duty Cycle: Up to 3,000 pages (Recommended monthly page volume: up to 800 pages6)

Safety Approvals: Safety standards UL60950, CSA C22.2 No. 60950 EMI FCC Part 15 subpart B class B, CAN/CSA-CEI/IEC CISPR 22 class B

Telecom Regulations: FCC Part 68 (USA), IC/CS03 (Canada)

Printing: 20.3" x 22.0" x 9.5" (W x D x H)
Storage: 20.3" x 14.2" x 9.5" (W x D x H)
Weight: 16.3 lb

Software Included: EPSON printer driver, EPSON Scan, PC-Fax : Internet access is required to install OS X drivers and software.

Country of Origin: Indonesia

   All of the key factors that you want or are promised to you are right at you fingertips. I was very impressed by this printer, and still in awe over the foresight of Epson to ride the wave of the refillable ink world. Now that is smart technology folks. That's what you want standing in your corner if you run a business or it's what you want in your home. Something to be proud of and save money with at the same time. Kudos, Epson, nice work !!
   I'd love to hear your comments and questions!

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Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes - Rent to Own Homes, since 2002
"Located at the Corner of Technology and Real Estate"
Rent to Own Homes and Real Estate Blog for HomeRun Homes: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Websites: http://www.lease2buy.com and http://www.homerunhomes.com

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