A Quick Look at the Epson EcoTank ET-2850

Epson has created a revolution in the printing industry with a massive growth in sales of continuous ink tank printers. Now, with over 60 million EcoTank printers sold, the company is officially the number one ink tank printer vendor in the world and controls over 62% of large ink tank printer sales. 

Specifically designed for entry-level and budget-conscious homes, the EcoTank ET-2850 Home Printer is ideal for families and homeschoolers. It also provided wireless connectivity for connectivity ease.

Epson EcoTank ET-2850 specifications:
PRINTER TYPE
PRODUCT CODEC11CJ63501
PRINTING TECHNOLOGY4-Colour (CMYK), drop-on demand MicroPiezo® inkjet technology
MAXIMUM PRINT RESOLUTION5,760 x 1,440 dpi
ISO PRINT SPEEDBlack: 10.5 ISO ppm
Colour: 5 ISO ppm
AUTO 2-SIDED ISO PRINT SPEEDBlack: 6 ISO ppm
Colour: 4 ISO ppm
MINIMUM INK DROPLET SIZEAs small as 3 picoliters
INK
INK TYPEEcoTank Ink Bottles
INK PALETTECyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
INK CONFIGURATION4 individual ink bottles
BUNDLED INK502 Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
(ISO Yield, Epson Methodology - Black: 6,500, Colour: 5,200)
REPLACEMENT INK502 Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
(ISO Yield, Epson Methodology - Black: 7,500, Colour: 6,000)
GENERAL
OPERATING SYSTEMSWindows® 10
Windows® 8, 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows® 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows® Vista
Mac® OS X® 10.6.8 – Mac® OS X® 10.15.x
SERVER SYSTEMSWindows Server® 2003 – Windows Server 20194 (32-bit, 64-bit)
TEMPERATUREOperating: 10° to 35° C
Storage: -20° to 40° C
HUMIDITYOperating: 20 - 80% RH
Storage: 5 - 85% RH (no condensation)
DIMENSIONSPrinting: 375mm x 567mm x 259mm (W x D x H)
Storage: 375mm x 347mm x 187mm (W x D x H)
WEIGHT5.5kg
COPY
ISO COPY SPEEDBlack: 7.7 ISO ppm
Colour: 3.8 ISO ppm
COPY QUANTITY99 (PC-free)
MAXIMUM COPY SIZEA4
COPY FEATURESReduction & Enlargement (25 - 400%)
Borderless
SCAN
SCANNER TYPEColour flatbed
AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER (ADF) CAPACITY
PHOTOELECTRIC DEVICEColour CIS line sensor
OPTICAL RESOLUTION2,400 dpi
HARDWARE RESOLUTION1,200 x 2,400 dpi
MAXIMUM RESOLUTION9,600 dpi interpolated
COLOUR BIT DEPTH48-bit colour input / 24-bit colour output
SCAN FEATURESScan to: PC
CONNECTIVITY
STANDARD CONNECTIVITYHi-Speed USB
Wireless (802.11 b/g/n)
Wi-Fi Direct
MOBILE PRINTING SOLUTIONS
EPSON CONNECTEpson® Email Print, Epson Smart Panel, Epson iPrint™ App(iOS®, Android)
OTHERApple® AirPrint® , Mopria® Print Service
PAPER HANDLING
PAPER SIZESLegal, Letter, 8.5" x 13", A4, B5, A5, A6, B6, user definable (182mm x 257mm – 215.9mm x 297mm")
MAXIMUM PAPER SIZES215.9mm x 355.6mm
PAPER TYPESPlain Paper
Photo Quality Inkjet Paper
Epson Matte Paper
Epson Glossy Photo Paper
ENVELOPE TYPESNo. 10, C6, DL
INPUT PAPER CAPACITY100 sheets
PRINTER DETAILS
DISPLAY1.44" colour LCD
PRINTER LANGUAGEESC/P-R
SOFTWARE INCLUDEDEPSON printer driver, EPSON Scan: Internet access is required to install OS X drivers and software.
POWER
RATED VOLTAGEAC 100 – 240V Universal (Automatic)
RATED FREQUENCY50 – 60 Hz
POWER CONSUMPTIONApprox. 12 W ISO 24712 (Standalone copy printing)
Approx. 4.3 W (Ready)
Approx. 0.7 W (Sleep)
Approx. 0.2 W (Power off) ENERGY STAR® qualified

Key Features

  • Multi function: Print, Auto 2-sided print, Copy and Scan
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Apple AirPrint
  • Print speed: 10.5 pages per minute, black and white, 5 pages in colour
  • Display screen: 1.44″ Colour LCD
  • Pages with supplied ink: 6,500 Black / 5,200 Colour

Epson Smart Panel App

This app transforms selected Epson printers and scanners into intuitive control centres for iOS and Android mobile devices, thanks to its innovative interface. 

With this powerful tool, you can easily install, monitor, print, scan, and more using Epson products from your mobile device. Easy to configure, it quickly sets up your Epson product on your wireless network and detects your Epson product automatically. 

Besides offering everything you need, including easily accessed troubleshooting tips in one user-friendly app, you can customise the Smart Panel to suit your needs and preferences.

Look Ma, No Cartridges!

With Epson’s new EcoTank printing technology, you can enjoy the convenience of heat-free, cartridge-free printing without sacrificing value. The EcoTank all-in-one printers use high-capacity and easily refillable ink tanks for no ink cartridge waste. 

All new EcoTank Home printers come with thousands of pages of ink straight out of the box to keep you from having ink run out. To simplify ink replacement, EcoFit ink bottles enable hassle-free, mess-free filling on all new models.

Final Thoughts

EPSON’s EcoTank ET-2850 is backed by a one-year warranty with a bonus second year free with registration. The EcoTank cartridge-free printer not only allows consumers to print colour and maximise productivity but also helps reduce landfill waste by reducing the amount of cartridges wasted. 

Certainly, if you need to print quite a bit, the EcoTank could be a good choice. However, the EcoTank might make you end up with a lot of dried ink in your nozzles and tubs if you print little and don’t use it regularly.