Epson WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank Review

Epson WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank

Epson WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank (Image source: Epson)

If you are looking for an all-in-one print/fax/scan device with wireless, the Epson WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank may fit the bill.  Designed for busy homes and small offices, Epson have provided a device that can help cut printing costs through the use of integrated high capacity ink tanks. These tanks provide a continuous supply of ink to the printer with no consumable ink cartridges to replace. Instead, you simply fill the ink tanks as required with Epson ink bottles.

On the topic of ink bottles, a brand new ET-4500 comes with enough ink to last up to 2 years. Epson base this on printing approximately 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour. When talking inkjet printers, that’s a really long time between ink replacements and provides for considerable cost savings.

An extremely easy process to keep the Epson WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank ink tanks full

An extremely easy process to keep the Epson WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank ink tanks full (Image source: Epson)

WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank specifications include:
Printing MethodOn-demand Inkjet (piezoelectric)
Nozzle Configuration180 nozzles Black, 59 nozzles each colour (Cyan, Yellow, Magenta)
Minimum Ink Droplet Volume3 Picolitres
Print Resolution5760 x 1440 optimised dpi with (with Variable Sized Droplet Technology)
Print SpeedBlack Text A4: 9.2ipm (ISO24734)
Colour Text A4: 4.5ipm (ISO24734)
Paper Feed MethodFriction feed with paper feeder and automatic document feeder
Paper SizesA4, A5, A6, B5, 10x15cm(4x6in), 13x18cm(5x7in), 9x13cm(3.5x5in), Letter(8 1/2x11in), Legal(8 1/2x14in), Half Letter(5 1/2x8 1/2in), 13x20cm(5x8in), 20x25cm(8x10in), 16:9 wide size, 100x148mm, Envelopes: #10(4 1/8x9 1/2in), DL(110x220mm), C6(114x162mm)
Paper Capacity100 sheets, A4 Plain paper (75g/m 2 )
Scanner TypeA4 Flatbed colour image scanner
Document SizeUp to A4
Scanning Resolution1200 x 2400 dpi
Mono Scan SpeedA4 1200dpi 8.8msec/line
Colour Scan SpeedA4 1200dpi 25.4msec/line
Copy SpeedBlack Text A4: 7.7ipm (ISO29183)
Colour Text A4: 3.3ipm (ISO29183)
Automatic Document Feeder Maximum Document Size: A4
Paper Types Supported: Plain paper 64~95g/m2
Paper Capacity: 30pages (Xerox-P 64g/m2) or 3 mm (Letter, A4) / 10 sheets (Legal)
Printer DriversWindows® XP/XP Professional x64 Edition/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Windows® Server 2003/2003 x64 Edition/2003 R2/2003 R2 x64 Edition/2008/2008 R2/2012/2012 R2
*Under Windows® Server OS, only printing and scanning are supported.
Mac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x, 10.10.x
Noise Level5.8B (ISO7779 Pattern)
45db
ConnectivityHigh Speed USB — Compatible with the USB 2.0 Specification.
Mobile PrintingEpson Connect (Epson Email Print + Epson iPrint)
Apple AirPrint
Google Cloud Print
Networking802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Direct ®
Lcd Screen2.2" mono LCD
Ink BottlesInk Bottles: T664 (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black)
Ink Bottles Bundled With Printer Yields: 4,000 Pages Blk / 6,500 Pages Clr
Replacement Ink Bottles Yields: 4,000 Pages Blk / 6,500 Pages Clr
Dimensions490(W) x 377(D) x 229(H)mm
Weight6.3kg

Configuration

You can do most of the configuration directly on the printer using the on-board monochrome display. Similarly, you can use a compatible web browser to configure some of the options. You get the choice of using a simple or advanced mode with simple covering most of the things we wanted to configure including AirPrint.

Printing

To test printing, the ET-4500 was connected to the network via Ethernet. Clients used for printing was OSX El Captain and iOS 9.3 (beta). The printer was detected on OSX without issue and I was able to print immediately without any further configuration.

Using OSX, printing documents was extremely fast and the quality was crisp and clear. For colour printing I grabbed one of my macro photos and printed a A4 page in full colour. The print time took approximately 1 minute.

This image printed is just under a minute on the ET-4500. Click to see the full size.

This image printed is just under a minute on the ET-4500. Click to see the full size.

Printing from iOS was just as easy. Using the iPhone 6 camera I took a bunch of random photos and selected print. The print time for a A4 sized colour image was under 30 seconds.

Printing from iOS took under 30 seconds

Printing from iOS took under 30 seconds

Final Thoughts

The Epson WorkForce ET-4500 not only looks great but is extremely easy to setup and use. Epson have moved away from the traditional printer sales model which relies on profitable consumables and brings us a printer that is more affordable to run.

It’s great to see a large manufacture embrace modern ideas and think beyond the bottom line in providing consumers with what they want – a supported method of running refillable cartridges. Whilst the initial outlay for the printer may be higher, the advantages of not having to use some 3rd party hack to create a refillable solution and cheaper ink costs make it a worthwhile investment.

That said, if your usage is low and not enough to recover the higher price over the life of the printer, you are better off looking at something like its little sibling, the Epson WF-2650 which is significantly cheaper to buy. However, if you are a heavy user and find yourself buying print cartridges often, the return on investment on the Epson ET-4500 EcoTank is quite good.

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