With so many Australians now working from home and the smart use of household funds more important than ever, the Epson EcoTank ET-2750 offers a great value proposition in the family office.
With a RRP of $499, I can feel your scepticism rising. After all, a colour multifunction printer can be purchased for as little as $80. However, there are good reasons why the ET-2750 has just received the Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab (BLI) Pick, Outstanding Personal Colour Inkjet All-in-One award.
First and foremost, the higher purchase cost is well-and-truly offset by the miniscule ongoing printing costs. Key to this is Epson’s cartridge-free ink tank system and the large quantity of ink that ships with the printer – good for up to two years worth of printing.
When you do eventually run out of ink (after about 6500 black and white or 5200 colour pages), replacement is both cheap and easy, thanks to Epson’s clever bottle refill design. As someone who is used to forking out over $100 per cartridge for my current MFP laser printer (with an estimated yeild of 3000 pages), I can tell you that $15 per colour refill bottle ($30 for black) is extremely attractive.
Remember that $80 Multi-function colour printer I mentioned earlier? It comes with “starter” ink cartridges, which have a lower yield than standard cartridges. While the replacement cost of $35.95 initially doesn’t seem much more than the Epson EcoTank ET-2750’s, it is significantly more expensive when you take into account a yield of just 400 pages. Colour printing is even more expensive, with a $43 tri-colour cartridge good for about 300 pages. This is compounded by the single cartridge design, which means that when one colour runs out, all need to be replaced. With a device like a printer, prudent shoppers must consider the total running cost over the lifetime of the device if they truly seek good value. When looked at in this light, the lifetime running costs of the Epson EcoTank ET2750 are very impressive.
Of course, cost isn’t everything and there are other factors to consider when setting up the home office. Reliability, usability and print quality are just as vital in a home multi-function printer.
Kaitlin Shaw, Senior Editor of Printer/MFP Analysis at Keypoint Intelligence praised the ET-2750 for it’s usability and reliability in her assessment –
“The devices use Epson’s cartridge-free ink tank system and ship with up to two years of ink included in the box. This, combined with low-cost refill bottles, translates to an extraordinarily low cost per page—even compared to other in-class inkjet models. For a significantly lower than average total cost of ownership, users get an easy-to-use, highly reliable device they can count on to keep downtime to the absolute minimum.”
For those in need of a little more grunt in their home-office printer, the ET-2750’s big brother – the Epson EcoTank ET-4750 took out the award for the Outstanding SOHO Colour Inkjet All-in-One category.