Price (RRP): $699
The Epson WorkForce ET-4750 multifunction printer is just about the ideal printer for those in the workforce. Particularly the small office, home office workforce.
And particularly those who have previously been stung by the costs of new ink. That’s due to the “ET” part of the name, which stands for “EcoTank”.
EcoTank: Epson WorkForce ET-4750
This is Epson’s top-of-the-line model for the home or small office in the EcoTank range. I’ve discussed how cheap this line of printers is to run.
Epson says that you’ll get two years of use out of this printer with no additional expenditure. You get two bottles each of C, M, Y, K. The Black is 127ml each, the others 70ml.
The two-year thing has certain medium use assumptions. In my case, I would expect never to repurchase ink since I probably print fifty pages of black and white and colour a month, plus the occasional photo.
Anyway, it’s good for 14,000 black and white pages, 11,200 colour pages. Ink for another 7500/6000 costs $75. You pay more for the printer up front, but it’s so cheap to run.
Perhaps with this printer, I’d be inclined to be somewhat a more prolific printer!
Features – A4
The ET-4750 includes
- Scanning (1200 by 2400dpi) with an auto document feeder
- Faxing with 100 pages of memory and a sixty entry speed dial, black and white (11 impressions per minute) and colour (5.5ipm) copying. I don’t fax, nor have anyone to fax to or receive faxes from, so I didn’t check that side of things.
- USB or Ethernet or WiFi (2.4GHz, 802.11n). You can also print directly to the printer using WiFi Direct in the absence of a network. You can print remotely.
- 2.4 inch colour LCD touchscreen for controlling proceedings, and only four other buttons.
This new generation of EcoTank printers has made the filling process quite certain in two ways.
First, it’s impossible to put the wrong ink into the wrong tank. Each tank has slots around its filling nozzle, and only the correct ink bottle will fit.
They remain closed until properly into place, where they will sit stably without being held.
Then there’s a series of little glugs for ten or fifteen seconds as the ink pours in. Pull it out – there are no drips – and screw the lid back on. Perhaps 5 or 10ml remained in each bottle.
Next, you follow the instructions, and the printer starts a ten-minute self-setup process.
I’m not sure of all the things it does, but part of it is filling its pipes so to speak. Ink must be drawn into them so that it is at the print head end, ready to be squirted out as microscopic droplets.