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Epson EcoTank ET-3850


Category: 3-in-1 color A4 ink tank
Print speed: 15 ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: Up to A4
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Size: 375 x 347 x 131 mm
Weight: 6.7kg

Epson has a range of refillable A3 photo printers that deliver sharp detailing and vibrancy to colors. We’ve picked the more modestly priced model here as it offers a great balance between quality and cost.

For more Epson photo printers, with more ink tanks, the Epson EcoTank ET-7750, the Epson EcoTank ET-18100, and the ET-8550 all received strong reviews from us.

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is a 3-in-1 that lacks a few basic features, but it prints well and lowers  long-term running costs by employing a refillable ink tank system. True, the printer lacks a touchscreen and no dual-scan mode. Although it does boast an ADF, and we were seriously impressed with the amount of ink in the box – enough to print 14,000 mono pages, or 5,200 color pages. Those four built-in EcoTanks are large, and that does mean we found the printer had a bigger footprint than its rivals. However, the extra bulk is well-hidden in its cuboidal shape, the ADF and tilting control panel effortlessly tucked away flush.

In our tests, printing speeds weren’t dramatically fast – 15ppm single-sided mono printing, color at just 8ppm, and 6ppm in auto duplex mode. It’s quiet and smooth, though, with excellent quality prints. We found black text satisfyingly bold and dark, while colors were full and bright, with no banding or blocking on the page.

This is a pitch-perfect home office printer that’s relatively compact, given its high ink capacity, with most of the features a business needs. We would’ve liked to see dual-scanning, a USB Host port, and touchscreen (although the Epson app is an excellent alternative). But it’s a fair-trade for running costs as low as this.


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