Welcome back everyone, I have a different sort of post for you today as I will be talking all about the new EPSON ET-2650 EcoTank Printer. Before we get into the main part of this post I first want to talk to you about the launch event I was invited to in September.
The EPSON EcoTank Pop-up Shop Launch:
Now, I won’t lie to you, when I first received the email I wondered if they had sent it to the wrong person. I felt honoured and extremely pleased that EPSON had got in touch with me and invited me to their launch. Personally, I have always used their printers in the past and my family have always had one too which is why I wanted to go to the launch of their new Pop-up.
EPSON had a Pop-Up Shop throughout September and October which is where the event was held. I braved it, went on my own and ended up meeting some really amazing people.
What made it even better was that Vicki Psarias founder of Honest Mum and multi-award winning blogger, vlogger, film maker and best-selling author came and gave us a talk all about freelancing which was really insightful. I loved it and Vicki herself was absolutely lovely, despite me being a ‘newbie’ blogger and being very nervous on the day!
The EPSON ET-2650 EcoTank Printer:
Unbeknownst to me when I attended the launch, EPSON were kind enough to gift us with one of the new printers to review and potentially even one for a competition. I was so grateful for this opportunity and the printer arrived a few weeks ago!
- Print up to 4,500 pages in black and 7,500 pages in colour.
- Ultra-low-cost printing, saving 90% on ink costs on average. (After a quick search I found a new set of 4 inks on Amazon for just over £30.)
- No ink cartridges, easy-fill tank.
- Print from mobile devices.
- 3 in 1, Print, Copy and Scan.
What the printer comes with:
- Software (CD).
- Setup guide.
- Power cable.
- Main unit.
- Warranty document.
- 4 x 70ml individual ink bottles (Bk,C,Y,M).
Initial First Impressions:
The first thing which came to mind about the printer was how light it is. Unpacking the printer was easy and everything came neatly packed and organised. I loved the size of the printer, 30.4 x 44.5 x 16.9 cm, as it is a similar size to the printer I currently own, the EPSON XP-432.
The size of the printer is perfect for me as a University student as I don’t have an awful lot of space in my flat so do not want a big device taking up space.
Setting Up The Printer:
The printer came with an instruction manual which was clear and easy to read from first glance but I didn’t actually need to use it in the end. There was a link on the papers to the EPSON website which walked you through the entire set up step by step. There were three sections, Prepare Your Printer, Download and Connect and More Devices.
When I first set up my old printer I struggled on my own trying to make sense of the guide with lots of different instructions for each step. This time around I was worried at first but was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to set up.
I was able to set up the printer in just 7 steps with diagrams and easy to understand instructions throughout to guide you.
Simple for everyone, even if you aren’t extremely tech-savvy.
- Filling Ink
- Turning on the Printer
- Selecting a Language
- Charging Ink
- Loading Paper
Ink Set Up:
One thing which did concern me prior to receiving the printer was the ink. I love the idea that the printer saves on ink, thus saving the environment and you can print so much more from these ink bottles, but my concern was filling up the printer. It turns out that it wasn’t that difficult at all, although I would recommend using gloves so if you accidentally spill any you don’t have to walk round with blue fingers!
WiFi features and easy printing from multiple devices.
The fact that the printer is WiFi enabled means that there are no excess wires (other than the power cable) getting in the way. You can easily connect to the printer over the internet or through WiFi Direct which is a connection directly from your device to the printer. I have yet to try to print from my mobile but if it is successful that is a major benefit for me. Printing photographs from my phone will be so much less complicated than before.
No Ink cartridges.
This is an obvious favourite feature as it means that not only do you get more out of your ink, EPSON state that the ink bottles could last as long as 2 years. More so though because it means you are saving the environment and being more economical whilst saving money at the same time. The ink tanks are also fitted on the side of the printer so you are able to see the levels change and keep an eye on which colour is running low. What more could you want?
From the first test print to using the printer over the four-day period I was testing the printer, I noticed how quickly the printing was. My old printer can be quite slow at printing pages, especially photographs or large images, which can be a bit of a nuisance if you are in a rush and need something printed fast.
Environmental and energy-saving tips.
This is actually a favourite feature of the EPSON set-up. At the end of setting up the printer EPSON provides additional information on how you as an individual can go about saving the environment and being more economical. They mention the type of paper used and saving energy by switching off your printer between uses, amongst other tips.
Now, this wasn’t something I noticed when just printing a normal document with a handful of images featured. It was actually when I printed a large photograph, which filled the A4 page, that I noticed the colour wasn’t as bright in comparison to what I was used to with my old cartridge printer. However, I didn’t actually test the photograph printing on photo paper, only normal A4 paper, so that may have affected the quality of the colour itself. It is something I will need to test again in the future.
This may seem contradictory at first but hear me out. My only query about the ink bottles (although they are an obvious benefit in saving ink) is that they are in plastic bottles and I am unsure of how to dispose of them safely. (UPDATE: Empty EcoTank ink bottles can be put into household recycling bins, as long as local councils accept these in their normal recycling. The plastic used in the EcoTank bottles is Polypropelene and includes the recycling code #5 PP. It’s a thermoplastic polymer often found in yogurt and margarine tubs, plastic cups and baby bottles. It is often recycled into battery cables and cases, brooms, brushes, bicycle racks and ice scrapers.)
Printer Screen Size.
Although this was not an issue to me I can see it may be one for other people. The screen size of the printer is quite small so would be difficult to read for people with sight impairments. However, the screen is easy to navigate so once the individual was used to the printer they would have no issues navigating through and using the screen.
In conclusion, I am extremely happy with my new EPSON ET-2650 EcoTank printer for a number of reasons discussed in this review. Although I only reviewed and tested the printer over a four-day period I am looking forward to using it more consistently but am pleased with everything I have seen so far.
It is a great little printer which cuts down on ink costs and means the ink lasts longer than normal ink cartridges, perfect again for a student like me who can’t afford to continuously pay for new ink cartridges when they run out.
I hope you have enjoyed this review. Let me know if you have one of the EPSON EcoTank Printers or if you would consider switching to one to save on all that ink. Thanks for reading!
EPSON have kindly gifted me this printer for a review, all thoughts and opinions remain my own.