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Printer Primer, Epson Expression ET-2500 EcoTank AIO
January 12, 2016
Announced back in August 2015 along with several other new printers, the Epson Expression ET-2500 EcoTank™ printer provides users 3-in-1 functionality in a reasonably compact color inkjet model. With the ability to print, scan, and copy, it is ideal for homes and home offices. The print speeds on the device top out at around 9.0 ISO ppm for monochrome only pages and 4.5 ISO ppm for full-color output. It is the entry-level model matched to Epson’s new ink strategy where you in essence pay for two years of ink up front, thus the higher initial cost of the unit. The ET-2500 measures a maximum of 19.3" x 20.7" 11.6" (W x D x H) when printing and weighs just about 10 lbs.
While it does lack an LCD preview screen, it offers plenty of methods for users to connect and print. Given its reasonably small stature, it could certainly be placed on a desk and connected to a PC/laptop with a USB cable to serve as a standalone machine if desired. However, there are several other options to connect and allow multiple users to access and print items they need. On a standard home network, it can be shared quickly and easily via its built-in Wi-Fi capability. Keeping in mind that many of today’s users desire to print from their various mobile devices, the ET-2500 is compatible with both Mopria and Kindle OS. Additionally it works with the native Epson Connect suite of mobile offerings which includes Email Print, iPrint Mobile, and Remote Print.
As a more home-centric device, the ET-2500 offers users about what one should expect with paper handling. Standard plain paper input capacity is rated at about 100 sheets, and alternatively users could opt to use up to 10 regular envelopes or up to 20 sheets of photo paper. Unfortunately the device also lacks built-in support for automatic two-sided printing which is becoming almost ubiquitous these days.
As we noted above, this is one of the newest Epson models to use their EcoTank™ ink system. There are four individual tanks located on the right side of the device where the ink is stored. Unlike most inkjet printers, users are responsible for re-filling these ink tanks from Epson-supplied squeeze bottles of ink. The ink that comes in the box with the device is rated to provide up to 4,000 black pages and up to 6,500 color pages, which should be fairly sufficient for the intended audience of this device. Other EcoTank models, like the ET-4550, provide higher page counts, but are also more expensive and are part of the WorkForce family of devices.
The Epson Expression ET-2500 EcoTank is currently available from the company for$379.99 as well as Amazon via the link on the top left. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the Epson website.