Like most of us, I use a computer. This is how I write all my columns and edit my photos. I also use a printer – a lot! For example, the best way I have found to proofread my work is to print it out and then read it from the printed page. I don’t know why, but I miss things when I try to proofread on my computer screen. I need my printer to print, copy and scan reliably and quickly.
It has been years since I got a new printer. It is a big beast of a heavy machine. Unfortunately, he has acted lately. Nothing lasts forever, and this is especially true when it comes to computer hardware. I often had to restart it to get it to print. Almost every time I added paper to the paper tray, the first page I tried to print got stuck, forcing me to open the printer and remove the mutilated piece of accordion paper.
Then there is the issue of ink. I spend a lot of money on ink and have to replace ink cartridges every few months.
For several years, I have heard about Epson EcoTank printers. Instead of expensive small ink cartridges that need to be replaced, Epson’s EcoTank printers use refillable ink tanks. In the case of the new EcoTank ET-4850 printer that they sent me for review, Epson says people can “save up to 90% with replacement ink bottles compared to ink cartridges, enough to print up to 7,500 black / 6,000 color pages, equivalent to approximately 90 individual ink cartridges “and that it” includes up to 2 years of ink in the box – and with each set of ‘replacement ink. “Also, there are no small ink cartridges that frequently need to be disposed of, with the implications for our landfills. I have a bag full of them.
Admit I was skeptical of trying an EcoTank printer, but with all of the issues I had with my old printer, I was ready for a new and hopefully better one. If I can save the money on the ink, so much the better.
It took me about an hour to set up my new Epson EcoTank ET-4850. The first thing I noticed was that it is much lighter and smaller than my old printer, which I could barely lift! All of a sudden I have a lot of extra space on my computer workstation. I like this.
The installation was really easy and hassle free. The well-written instructions gave me two options: either use these printed instructions, or be guided through the installation process by installing and using the “Epson Smart Panel” application from the App Store, which I can do. ‘have done. When I finished I was able to print wirelessly from my Mac the very first time I tried.
I then connected my USB and Ethernet cables from my iMac, went to Epson’s website, and downloaded their “Combined Driver and Utility Package Installer”. This includes, among other things, what is needed to digitize – which I then did, again without a problem. The software even allows me to attach the scan to an email and place it in a folder of my choice on my computer.
The print quality is excellent. What surprised me is that the reproduction quality of the copies is also excellent. I had gotten used to the copies from my old printer looking very washed out compared to the originals. This is not the case with the Epsons. I hardly see the difference. Another thing I didn’t like about my old printer was that it took forever to make even one copy. The Epson ET-4850 makes copies quickly.
To learn more about Epson EcoTank printers, including voice-activated hands-free printing using Amazon Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant, visit Epson.com and click the “Buy Now” button under “Printers EcoTank for home and office ”.
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