Epson EcoTank printer does away with ink cartridges, opts for DIY refills
Epson EcoTank printer does away with ink cartridges, opts for DIY refills
2:13

Epson EcoTank printer does away with ink cartridges, opts for DIY refills

Printers
[MUSIC] This might look like your standard ink jet printer, but it's hiding a big secret that could save you tons of cash. I'm Justin with cnet, and this is a first look at the Epson EcoTank ET 2550. When you lift up the lid on this side, you won't find the traditional ink jet cartridges that most printers use. Instead the ecotank series comes with a set of ink and bottles that you empty yourself into a large refillable reservoir. Now you are probably wondering about the benefits of this new ink delivery system. And here's the thing. Each bottle that comes with this printer has enough ink to print about 4000 pages of black ink and 6500 of color. And that equates to about the same as a two years supply The catch though is that Epson wants you to pay a much more for the printer itself. The ET2550 is the cheapest in the eco tank line and it costs $399 And [UNKNOWN]. So basically Epson is asking you to commit yourself to this printer for as long as it takes to offset the high retail price. But if you can stick with that the benefit is that after two years you can pick up a new set of ink bottles for super cheap. It's only 13 bucks for each bottle. That's about $52 for the set. Let's compare that to a non-eco tank Epson printer that costs 50 bucks retail. But the cartridges only last 175 pages, and refills cost 40 bucks for a full set. Aside from the eco tank the rest of the unit is pretty typical of a $100 printer. It has print, scan, and copy functionalities and even though there's no touch screen. You can walk up to it and plug in an sd card from your digital camera for direct photo prints. Better still it can connect to a wi-fi network to pull print jobs from the cloud. Not to mention Epson's own mobile app for outputting stuff off your smartphone. So, who is this printer really good for? Well, you can save a lot of money, potentially, on ink cartridges or refills here, but you'll have to wait until you exceed the cost of the retail price first, which will probably take a few years, and if you don't need a lot of extra features, and don't mind keeping this printer around for awhile, it really could be worth your dollar. You can check out more details and my full review on CNET, but that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin, you just took a first look at the Epson Eco tank ET2550 ink jet printer. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

Up Next

A pair of affordable laser printers that won't drive you crazy
03-brother-hl-3170cdw-digital-color-printer

Up Next

A pair of affordable laser printers that won't drive you crazy

Watch Lifeprint mobile prints come to life through your iPhone
fllifeprint.jpg

Watch Lifeprint mobile prints come to life through your iPhone

Printer Buying Guide: What to look for when printer shopping
bg2016printers.jpg

Printer Buying Guide: What to look for when printer shopping

Canon laser printer gets greedy with toner refills
canon-imageclass-lbp151dw-01.jpg

Canon laser printer gets greedy with toner refills

The 'world's smallest all-in-one printer' costs $70
flhpdeskjet3755.jpg

The 'world's smallest all-in-one printer' costs $70

Take back your work space with the compact Epson XP-430 all-in-one printer
epsonxp430.jpg

Take back your work space with the compact Epson XP-430 all-in-one printer

Stymied by slow print speeds, this Brother printer can't keep up with the competition
brothermfcj885dw.jpg

Stymied by slow print speeds, this Brother printer can't keep up with the competition

A capable multifunctional printer for under $150
flhpenvy4520.jpg

A capable multifunctional printer for under $150

The Brother MFC-470DW is a sub-$100 all-in-one printer that plays nicely with your smartphone
flbrothermfcj470dw.jpg

The Brother MFC-470DW is a sub-$100 all-in-one printer that plays nicely with your smartphone

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Apple HomePod 2 Gives Great Sound, but Is It Too Expensive?
homepod-review-00-04-41-23-still113

Apple HomePod 2 Gives Great Sound, but Is It Too Expensive?

Meet the Recyclable, 3D-Printed Home
biohome-2

Meet the Recyclable, 3D-Printed Home

The Most Exciting Phones I Want to See in 2023
screenshot-2023-01-27-at-15-42-00.png

The Most Exciting Phones I Want to See in 2023

What We Expect From Samsung Unpacked 2023
galaxy1

What We Expect From Samsung Unpacked 2023

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR
cnetstillvr

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network
hive-cms-image

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network

Most Popular All most popular

Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills and Save Money
yt-reduce-your-utility-bills-v3

Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills and Save Money

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

How See-Through Solar Panels Could Bring Renewable Energy to Your Windows
trans-solar-panels-seq-00-06-11-19-still001

How See-Through Solar Panels Could Bring Renewable Energy to Your Windows

How to Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home
yt-money-rent-buy-v1-1

How to Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home

New Solar Shingles You May Not Even Notice
solar-shingles-2

New Solar Shingles You May Not Even Notice

Meet the Recyclable, 3D-Printed Home
biohome-2

Meet the Recyclable, 3D-Printed Home

Latest Products All latest products

Testing Apple's New M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini
macbook-pro-and-mac-mini

Testing Apple's New M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini

Hands On: Google Android Auto in Volvo's New EX90
google-booth-seq-00-08-05-25-still002

Hands On: Google Android Auto in Volvo's New EX90

Hands On: Acer's 3D Stereoscopic Screen
c0270-mp4-02-36-54-21-still001

Hands On: Acer's 3D Stereoscopic Screen

'Hey Disney' Comes to Amazon Echo Devices
ces-disneyalexa-00-01-11-14-still001

'Hey Disney' Comes to Amazon Echo Devices

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away
ces-dolby-00-00-55-13-still001

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away

LG Display Shows Sweet Racing Setup with 45-Inch Curved Screen
lgdisplays-3

LG Display Shows Sweet Racing Setup with 45-Inch Curved Screen

Latest How To All how to videos

Connect a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset to a PC
pc-vr-5

Connect a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset to a PC

Cast Your Meta Quest Headset to a TV, Phone or Browser
cast-2

Cast Your Meta Quest Headset to a TV, Phone or Browser

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam
1203246975312353-pnmdl8bwygpxcjffhlcf-height640.png

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account