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



The ET-2550 is the most affordable printer in Epson’s new line of EcoTank multifunction printers. It includes two years’ worth of ink for a higher initial purchase price.

42 thoughts on “Epson EcoTank printer does away with ink cartridges, opts for DIY refills

  • November 24, 2015 at 9:12 am
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    optional attachment for old models would have being even more eco.

  • November 24, 2015 at 9:32 am
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    I bought one. Awesome, I love it. My other printers would stop working when one color ran out. And they would stop working when I had a deadline. This is what I needed for a long time.

  • November 24, 2015 at 9:44 am
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    You could have at least mentioned print quality and speed in your quick review. Does it print any good? Is it slow? Fast? At least cover these pretty important points in a quick review. Pretty poor skipping the basics.

  • November 24, 2015 at 11:05 am
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    You can also buy a non wifi model Epson l220 which would cost around 150 to 160 dollars approx 9000 inr but has same ink bottle system.

  • November 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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    What on earth are people printing that would make buying a printer a worthy investment? I myself only print something a few times a year – for that limited amount of printing, I just go to the library.

  • November 24, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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    Need more info ! How about the print quality, loudness, ease of use, does it always print when asked to go through wifi, how much paper does it hold etc …
    Come on Cnet, what a wasted review.

  • November 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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    i dunno why u guys skip on price when showing a product.

  • November 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm
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    Wtf cnet. Wrong information. The lowest price of ink tank epson printer is around 200USD. I just brought the epson eco tank l220 and it costed me around 200USD.
    And yes, eco tank printer are awesome or at least my one is.

  • November 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm
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    If you can afford the printer at the first place.

  • November 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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    i have a hp laser jet 1018 the toner lasted years based on about 8 sheets a week. need a scanner though

  • November 25, 2015 at 1:45 am
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    epson printers always breakdown after a year. Based on my experience.

  • November 25, 2015 at 2:41 am
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    I was pretty excited when I first heard of this concept by Epson, but the problem is the reviews of the actually printing is less than good, also as your video showed, it can be messy to refill. What Epson needs to do is make a good printer that everyone would like to have, second it needs to make it so you simply change out cartridges or something like that so there is no chance of making a mess. The fact that Epson hasn't done this to me that Epson hasn't really committed itself to this concept and is basically using these printers to see what happens both in sales and the financial impact this will have on the bottom line. So I will pass, until someone does a much better job with more dedication to this type of printer. Thanks for the review.

  • November 25, 2015 at 5:41 am
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    too expensive to buy one that's barely basic

  • November 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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    epson as been doing continuous ink systems in my country for years and years.

  • November 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm
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    a 50$ printer and you pay the ink upfront… what happens when it drys up ?

  • November 27, 2015 at 10:01 am
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    You can buy a regular Epson printer and buy a ink tank system on ebay is what I did works perfect

  • January 20, 2016 at 7:34 am
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    College started. This printer is awesome. No longer afraid of printing out assignments and running out of ink or buying expensive cartridges. A couple of college books is the about the same price as the printer.

  • March 9, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    How about this, EU mandates OEMs to bring these ecotank printers to EU within 2 years, refill stations for the bottles will be found in participating big IT retail chains
    > Eco-friendly, eliminates plastic bottle waste
    > Brings the customer physically to the IT retail store every 2 years or so
    > Who needs color, we needs this without fancy features except Wi-fi and in B/W version

  • March 23, 2016 at 8:46 am
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    Nahh.. I'm good. I see what they're doing, and they're screwed. For $8.99 I can fill my own InkJet printer will last me half a year. They screwed themselves when they came out with the printers they have now, and for those that are smart enough, know how to refill the printers. I'll never pay $50 or whatever for Ink cartridges again.

  • September 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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    Is this salvation, or a false prophet? I'm just printing documents and low quality pictures for school and stuff.

  • September 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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    If I use this to print pictures, will the pictures last or fade?

  • January 19, 2017 at 5:11 am
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    these have dropped down to 280 and since epson wants almost 100 for my ink cartriges its seems like a new printer is coming soon

  • March 6, 2017 at 5:50 am
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    Trick advertising, get an aftermarket tank on Ebay

  • May 29, 2017 at 9:45 pm
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    If this printer lasts more than the crappy HP models, then perhaps it will be a viable option in the long run.

  • November 17, 2017 at 9:34 am
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    Hi just wanna ask can this printer use sublimation ink?

  • February 9, 2018 at 6:49 pm
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    I’ll stick with the hp laser. $99 for the printer and $70 for the refill which lasts 5k sheets.

  • March 11, 2018 at 8:42 pm
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    you could just buy refillable cartridges on a normal printer

  • March 30, 2018 at 3:15 am
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    Who uses injet anymore??? Laser printers are the way to go

  • August 5, 2018 at 4:08 am
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    Printers used to be expensive and the ink cartridges easily refillable. Then they got greedy. They sell the printers which are pieces of junk at a loss and make all their money off the ink cartridges. These printers won't last any longer than the others. They are just making sure you pay through the nose for the ink yet again. Ink you will never have a chance to use up before the printer stops working .

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