Epson EcoTank ET-8550 A3 Print/Scan/Copy Wi-Fi Photo Ink Tank Printer, With Up To 2 Years Worth Of Ink Included
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However, other colours weren’t as vibrant, and I found subtler colours were slightly oversaturated in some of my test prints. The promise of the supertank printers has largely been relegated to standard document printing, but with the EcoTank Photo ET-8500 and ET-8550, the ink-cost equation has been changed for the better.
And those prints will cost significantly less than those of the dedicated photo printers I’ve been reviewing for the past 30 years. During the initial printer setup, a certain amount of ink is used to fill the print head’s nozzles, therefore the yield of the initial bundled set can be lower. You can refine this by switching to higher-quality settings, but standard settings ought to be good enough for a crisp letter.If you don’t want to connect with Wi-Fi, there’s an Ethernet port, or you can hook it straight up to a PC via USB. It’s a vast improvement over the results achieved by Epson’s four-colour A4 EcoTank ET-2750, but both the A3 Canon Pixma PRO-200 and the Canon Pixma G650 produced more balanced results. It’s actually quite a neat solution because this rear tray provides a much flatter paper path which means your A3 photos won’t curl up. With this software you can scan images in color, grayscale, or black and white and obtain professional quality results. Normal is quite speedy, and the text and graphics are smoother, and with finer detail than Economy; for most of the time, this setting provides the best balance of quality and speed.
You can also print from SD cards and USB flash drives, and it's compatible with Apple Air Print (iOS) and Mopria (Android). You can use your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to easily print via Airprint without the need to install drivers or configure the printer queue.EPSON SMART PANEL APP - This app enables you to control your printer from your smart device, Print photos, copy documents, set up and troubleshoot your printer, and let your creativity flow with a wide range of artistic templates.
The EcoTank Photo printers have easy-to-read ink level indicators, letting you know exactly how much ink you have left in each tank.Professional-grade photo printers, such as Epson’s SureColor P700 (and a few other SureColor models) and Canon’s imagePrograf and Pixma Pro machines, use 10 or more.
Even with those approximate calculations, however, the lower ink costs will save considerable money (and waste) in the long run. Cons: None significant for its target audience; some small interface issues; setting up straight paper path is confusing at first.Importantly, you don't sacrifice much by way of print quality relative to Epson's professional printers. As noted in the print quality section, Epson is clearly using gray to carry a lot of the heavy lifting in the print engine, but the fact that I was barely to the halfway level for the other inks was startling. If I had one complaint, it would be that you can’t set the option for thick papers from the print driver, only from the touchscreen, and when you change that setting, it is reset once you power down the printer. It prints high-quality black and color documents at a decent pace and supports automatic double-sided printing. I was intrigued last year with Epson’s announcement of the EcoTank Photo ET-8500 and ET-8550, the latest iteration of their “supertank,” high-capacity inkjet printers.