I’ve been on the hunt for a new printer for a while now after our old one met its demise in the house move, so when we were offered the Epson EcoTank ET-3600 printer to review I couldn’t wait to put it to the test!
After reading about the EcoTank, I was intrigued. Epson claim that the EcoTank ET-3600:
“…reduces printing costs by 74% on average…”
And it sounded like such a fantastic family printer.
I’m looking forward to sharing this review with you.
Nick set the printer up for me as I had quite a lot to do that evening, and quickly needed it working… and regular readers may remember that I’m not the most patient person when it comes to instructions! However, it was incredibly easy to set up, and very simple to get onto the wifi network – I was printing photos for Busby’s class mascot book within the half an hour.
No need for ink cartridges. The EcoTank has an integrated ultra-high-capacity ink tank system, which completely does away with the ink cartridge system. The printer itself comes with two lots of ink to keep you going, and filling up the tank is incredibly easy!
Economic. Not only does the EcoTank not require cartridges, the first packs of ink that you receive with the printer are said to keep you going for two years – or 11000 pages. The printer can also print double-sided, which again reduces costs. It would have been so useful for our wedding – as we printed all of the Order of Services ourselves!
Great family/home office printer. With the integrated scanner and copier, the printer has become invaluable for my working from home, and also Busby’s preschool ‘work’. I no longer having to use my in-laws printer when we visit, and can quickly return signed contracts – which has been so useful.
Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections. The EcoTank can be linked to the computer either by ethernet connection or WiFi. As the printer is quite large, it won’t fit under my current working space, so it’s been extremely useful being able to use it over the WiFi.
Print quality. The EcoTank is ideal for day-to-day printing. However, we’ve tried printing a few photos and the quality isn’t the best, with a slight red tinge to the images.
Easy to change WiFi networks. Not only was it easy to set up on the home wifi network initially (as I said above), but it was also incredibly simple to change wifi networks when we got a new router. Nick had it sorted in less than 5 minutes!
The EcoTank ET-3600 retails at £399.99, which at first sounds like a lot of money. However, when you take into account that you have enough ink to keep you going for two years, it definitely works out to be an economic choice.
The ink costs around £10 per colour to buy separately, which I think is really reasonable, considering how long it lasts for.
You can find out more about the Epson EcoTank ET-3600 on the Epson website.