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Epson EcoTank ET-8550


Category: 3-in-1 A3 color ink tank
Print speed: 32 ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: Up to A3+
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Size: 523 x 379 x 169 mm
Weight: 11.1kg

The Epson EcoTank ET-8550 is an A3 photo printer featuring an impressive six refillable tanks instead of four – meaning greater clarity and quality to images (and substantially reduced running costs). .

Its design is sleek, with a small footprint roughly A3 in size, and only 16cm tall, making it much easier to accommodate than other A3 printers we’ve tested. The printer is also generously kitted out with features, including A4 auto-duplex, the ability to enlarge A4 photocopies to A3, and printing to a variety of blank media. Paper sizes up to A3+ are supported, and we found we could even print 2m banners via the rear tray. However, the ET-8550 is more home than office-focused, so it lacks ADF and fax facilities.

The printer’s speeds are fair- for us, mono A4 pages came out at 32ppm. Auto duplex and colour printing is slower. But we won’t complain about a machine putting quality ahead of speed for photo printing (and it does print quietly, at least). With an impressive 5760 x 1400 dpi print resolution and a scan resolution of 1200 x 4800 dpi, you can expect incredibly accurate printing and photocopies. In all of our tests, the Epson EcoTank ET-8550 performed well, with crisp quality prints across the board. But its real strength is in printing photos on glossy photo paper. Colors pop and photographs are vibrant.

The Epson EcoTank ET-8550 succeeds on all fronts – and beyond the high upfront cost of the unit, it’s hard to find fault here.


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