“The technology is proven and has been highly successful in other markets and now its Australia’s turn. These EcoTank models are ideal for all your day to day printing needs such as recipes, homework, e-mails and photos and with two years’ worth of ink included, users know exactly where they stand from a cost point of view.”

The big model, the ET-4550.

The big model, the ET-4550.

It does need to be noted that Epson’s long-term ink technology is a little expensive, especially in comparison to the $50-100 printers you still find at office supply stores, with the EcoTank series starting at $499 for the ET-2500, and costing all the way up to $699 for the 11,000 page-capable ET-4550.

That being said, the ink supply is very different from the starter cartridges most printers arrive with, because while these normally only provide a good 50 percent of what an actual cartridge offers, Epson’s take on this is to provide more than this, packaging what is equivalent to quite a few boxes of ink in the printer box.


Again, it’s not the cheapest printer out there, but given that it means you won’t have to scramble for a tank when you need one next, this is close to game-changing, not necessarily from a technological angle, but at the very least from a consumer convenience one.

For now, you’ll find Epson’s EcoTank range at JB HiFi, Bing Lee, and The Good Guys stores across Australia, with the products starting from $499, and replacement inks if you need them starting from $16.99, and yes, those replacement ink will offer the same two year life, also.