If you are one of the few who are still printing pictures, you know that one of the most annoying things about actually printing is dealing with ink. I don’t just mean the outrageous ink prices, it also has to do with how you can’t print when one of the color cartridges ends. If you did not stock up with a spare cartridge of that specific color, it’s a trip to inkland.
Epson wants to change all that and to help you print more, by removing the biggest obstacle home printers have: INK. Their new EcoTank series is promised to go for 2 years on a single dose of ink. And when that runs out, a new set of ink bottles will set you back a mere $59.
The secret to this is stopping the use or ink cartridges all together and using ink tank instead. Now heavy Epson users may remember that they had to hack a printer to make this happen, but now you would get this ability off the shelf.
Epson’s EcoTank printers have these 4 small compartments – each per color + black – specifically designed to hold plenty of ink. Compared to similar Epson all-in-ones, each of the new EcoTank models are capable of storing the equivalent of up to 20 previous-generation ink cartridges.
And considering the slightly elevated price of an Expression ET-2500 ($379) or an Expression ET-2550 ($399), if you are a heavy photo printer, the ink costs will make it a break even pretty fast.
It seems that Epson are doing a test on their office and low end markets and I would love to see this technology arriving at the more high-end product line like the 8-heads Epson Stylus line or 6-headed Artisan line.
P.S. Let’s hope they solved that little head-clogging thing.
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