Epson WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank printer review

This EcoTank printer tries to eliminate the need to constantly replace used ink cartridges

Epson WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank printer review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s not specifically designed for photo printing, but dye-based inks on gloss media have always been a great combination and the ET-4500 delivers a snappy result. Long-term economics are the big attraction, if you aren’t chasing exhibition quality.


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    Economical for volume printers

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    Multi-function capabilities

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    Great for photobook projects


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    Average print longevity

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    A4 size is the maximum

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    Expensive initial outlay

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Epson’s EcoTank inkjet printers reverse the customary printer/ink strategy. Small and expensive cartridges are replaced by a continuous ink supply from much bigger user-filled tanks, but the initial purchase price of the printer goes up. Apart from offering a new approach, a prime objective must be to make a sizeable dent in the sale of generic inks in the form of disposable compatible cartridges, refill cartridges or continuous bulk ink systems.

The EcoTank printers’ continuous ink system is not a new concept. Bulk ink supplies linked to replacement cartridges have existed as ‘alternatives’ to genuine ink cartridges for some time. They are promoted as “continuous”, but do require reset procedures when ink levels expire. Epson’s system is truly continuous and is direct to the print head without intermediate cartridges, while anti-clogging devices prevent tube blockages and stop any air bubbles reaching the print heads.

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