Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer

Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer

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Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer Jugs of ink and extensive ink tanks significantly bring down the expense of printing. Ships with enough ink to print 11,000 monochrome pages or 8,500 shading pages. Prints, faxes, sweeps, and duplicates. Programmed archive feeder. Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct. 

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Paper limit is suitable for individual or light-obligation shared utilize just. 

Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer
Main concern 
The Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer costs a considerable measure for an individual multifunction printer (MFP), yet it accompanies all the ink most clients will ever require. 

Concocting a straightforward portrayal for the Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer ($499.99) is a test. From one perspective, it's a genuinely run of the mill office-driven multifunction printer (MFP), and a solid match for either individual utilize or light-obligation shared use in a small scale office. On the other, it's costly for that kind of printer. Be that as it may, as a feature of the EcoTank family, it's Epson's response to any individual who has ever whined about the advertising show that gives away the razors (read: printers) to offer the cutting edges (read: ink). With the ET-4550, you pay full cargo for the printer, and spare loads of cash on ink. 

As per Epson, the ET-4550 is basically indistinguishable to the , aside from that it includes an Ethernet connector and—significantly more vital—it doesn't utilize ink cartridges. Rather, it includes ink tanks the side of the printer, and boats with jugs of ink, which you fill the tanks. (More on that underneath.) 

Alongside the about indistinguishable components, the two models offer comparative execution. There's a major contrast in cost, with the ET-4550 costing around four times as much. However, unless you barely print by any stretch of the imagination, it will be significantly less costly over the long haul. The ET-4500 accompanies enough ink for 11,000 monochrome pages (in the event that you utilize it as a substitution for a monochrome laser), or 8,500 shading pages, with both yields taking into account ISO/IEC standard test pages. To print the same number of pages with the Epson WF-2650, you'd need to purchase more than $1,600 worth of ink cartridges. What's more, that is excluding the expense of the printer. (For more points of interest, see Never Buy a Printer Ink Cartridge Again.) 

Nuts and bolts 

Notwithstanding Ethernet and USB, the ET-4550 offers Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct as association decisions. Center MFP components incorporate the capacity to print and fax from, and also sweep to, a PC, in addition to standalone copier and fax machine ability. The key office-driven element other than faxing is the 30-sheet programmed report feeder (ADF), which supplements the letter-size flatbed and can deal with up to lawful size pages. 

Paper taking care of is constrained to a 150-sheet limit, which is the thing that makes the printer most suitable for individual utilize or light-obligation use as a common printer. Be that as it may, it likewise incorporates duplexing (two-sided printing) as an appreciated additional. 

The ET-4550 has support for versatile printing and examining. On the off chance that you introduce it on a system, you can print and look over the cloud, utilizing the Epson Connect administration, to chose sites—including Box, Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive—expecting, obviously, that the system is associated with the Internet. You can likewise join with the printer by method for an entrance point to print from or sweep to an iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire telephone or tablet. 

In the event that you join the ET-4550 to a solitary PC by means of USB link instead of to a system, you'll renounce the capacity to print through or sweep to the cloud. Then again, regardless you'll have the capacity to utilize Wi-Fi Direct to join specifically to the printer from your cell phone to print and output. 


Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer

Setup 

Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer

At 16 pounds 5 ounces, the ET-4550 is sufficiently light for one individual to move into spot effectively. It's additionally sufficiently little, at 9.5 by 20.3 by 22 inches (HWD), to effectively share a work area with. Setup is standard—aside from the ink, obviously. 

The ink comes in eight jugs, with two for every shading. Both dark ink containers hold 140 milliliters (ml) of ink. Each of the other ink hues comes in one 70ml container named Initial and one 40ml jug marked Bonus. The appraised yield of 11,000 monochrome or 8,500 shading pages depends on utilizing each of the eight jugs. 

The left half of the printer incorporates a variety of ink tanks, with a spread on top and translucent sides that let you perceive the amount of ink is left in every tank. To fill every one, you first set up the proper ink bottle by uprooting the top, peeling off a seal, supplanting the top, and severing the tip from the neck of the container. You then open the hood, expel an elastic spread from the tank, and painstakingly embed the highest point of the bottle's neck into the opening on the tank. 

The two don't interface or dock in any capacity, however there are augmentations standing out along the neck of the container. That gives you a chance to put it a tad into the tank opening to ensure you don't slip off the opening and spill any ink, while as yet keeping you from putting the jug in too far. The neck is additionally sufficiently tight that you need to press the jug to constrain the ink out, as opposed to really pour it, and you need to crush a few times to purge the container. 

This is by and large all around clarified in the setup guide, in spite of the fact that there are some odd guidelines as well, including "don't drink the ink." (Really.) There are likewise a lot of notices about not spilling ink, and directions for how to manage it on the off chance that you do, including a critical, "If ink gets on your garments or things, it may not fall off." 

To keep away from any issues, I tried situating the printer well over from the edge of the work area, so I wasn't liable to spill anything on the floor. I additionally put the printer on a paper towel sitting on top of a plastic sack, and wore latex gloves on both hands. I oversaw not to get any ink on the paper towel, however I can't say the same for the gloves. In the event that you don't have any convenient, you're very much encouraged to purchase some before you introduce the printer. 

The uplifting news, obviously, is that once you fill the tanks, you can print a large number of pages before you need to fill them again with the second arrangement of jugs print still more pages before you have to purchase more ink. Notwithstanding when you do, it won't cost a ton for the following set. The cost on Epson's site for a 140-ml jug of dark ink with a 6,000-page yield is just $19.49. The cost for 70-ml cyan, yellow, and maroon containers, with a 6,500-page yield is $12.99 per shading. 

Speed, and Output Quality 

For my tests, I joined the printer to a system by Ethernet and introduced the drivers and other programming on a framework running Windows Vista. I timed the printer on our business applications suite (utilizing QualityLogic's equipment and programming for timing), at 3.8 pages for each moment (ppm). Of course, subsequent to both are basically the same printer, that makes it tied with the Epson WF-2650, both for the general speed and—aside from a 1-second distinction on one record—for every individual archive in our tests. Notwithstanding, both are slower than the , which is our Editors' Choice reasonably estimated shading inkjet MFP went for a little or home office. The Brother printer came in at 4.9ppm. 

Yield quality for the ET-4500 is somewhat superior to anything most inkjet MFPs by and large, falling at the high end of the extent that incorporates most models for content yield, the base of the proportional—however littler—range for representation, and in the top level for photographs. 

That makes the content effortlessly sufficient for any business use, the length of you don't have an abnormal requirement for little textual styles or need the level of value you'd need for, say, a resumé. Design, comparatively, are more than sufficient for any inner business use. A great many people would likewise think of them as sufficient for PowerPoint gifts and so forth. 

Photograph quality is superior to anything most drugstore prints. On the other hand, on the off chance that you anticipate that photographs will have a polished completion, you may not care for the matte look of the Premium Presentation Paper Matte that Epson suggests for photographs. 

Conclusion 

Absolutely the most grounded contention for the ET-4550 is its low ink cost. In any case, by turning the advertising worldview of low-value printers with high ink costs on its head, Epson has likewise presented a touch of sticker stun for the printer itself. 

One approach to take a gander at the valuing is that, in view of the expense of extra ink, the starting expense works out to $415 for the printer and $85 for the included ink. Yet, that still makes the ET-4550 more than three times as costly as the Epson WF-2650. A more supportive methodology is to take a gander at the aggregate expense of proprietorship as a feature of your purchasing choice, and compute a harsh estimation of how much any given contending printer will cost over the long haul. 

You ought to have a smart thought of what number of pages you print in a run of the mill week. Duplicate that by 50 to get the quantity of pages you print in a year, then crunch the numbers to make sense of how rapidly the ink cartridges you'll be purchasing in addition to the beginning expense of the printer will add up to $500 or more. That is the equal the initial investment point. On the off chance that you commonly keep your printers for more than that before supplanting them, the ET-4550 will spare you cash. In the event that you don't print that much, it won't. It's that straightforward. 

On the off chance that you require a MFP for individual or light-obligation shared use, don't print enough for the Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One Printer to spare cash over its lifetime—or sufficiently spare to matter—consider the Epson WF-2650 or the Brother MFC-J470DW for their lower introductory cost and aggregate expense of proprietorship. You ought to additionally think of them as in the event that you require a printer that you can over and over move to and from an apartment, say, without agonizing over spilling ink. For the individuals who print enough for the ET-4550's low ink expense to matter, it can be a solid match for individual or light-obligation shared use, with its aggregate expense of possession settling on it an exception