Epson ET-2750 Printer Review: Is It Worth It in 2020?
Unlike the business-oriented models in its WorkForce Line, Epson’s Expression products are largely designed for home use, and the Expression ET-2750 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer ($299.99) holds true to that model. Though it is priced greater than similarly equipped conventional all-in-one printers, it includes a big level of ink and has incredibly low running costs because of its make use of bottled ink that’s poured into tanks included in the printer. This puts it in the same class as Brother’s INKvestment printers including the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J985DW, which uses high-volume yet low-priced ink cartridges to keep running costs down, and Canon’s MegaTank models, designed to use a bottled-ink system similar to Epson’s. The ET-2750’s limited feature set helps it be best for home use, and for the reason that role it could save a household lots of money over time.
A SIMPLE Home All-in-One
The ET-2750 can print, copy, and scan, however, not fax. It measures 9.4 by 14.8 by 13.7 inches (HWD), and weighs 13.2 pounds. You can control copying and scanning, and perform setup and maintenance tasks, from leading panel’s tiny (1.8-inch) non-touch display, four-way controller, and related function buttons. Paper capacity is bound, with a rear feeder that may endure to 100 sheets of plain paper or 20 sheets of photography paper. It comes with an auto-duplexer for two-sided printing. Its scanner is a flatbed that may endure to letter-sized paper, but doesn’t include an programmed document feeder (ADF). It includes a slot for memory cards (SD)-you can print from their website with out a PC-but lacks a port for a USB thumb drive.
The Virtues of Bottled Ink
With earlier EcoTank models including the ET-2550, there is some threat of minor ink spills, onto the most notable of the printer if not the hands (although Epson does supply some gloves for your protection). After snipping off the bottle’s top, which acts as a nozzle, you’d carefully tip the bottle and squeeze the ink right into a receptacle atop the tank until empty, an activity you’d repeat for all colors. Occasionally just a little ink finished up atop the tank instead of in it. With the ET-2750, the most notable of each bottle has a sealed plastic “dock” that snugly fits in to the receptacle. After the bottle is mounted on the receptacle, the ink will flow freely without your needing to squeeze or even store the bottle. Once all of the ink pours in to the tank, you can remove and get rid of the bottle. I didn’t spill a drop in testing this printer.
Each bottle includes enough ink to fill its tank, and it ought to be quite a long time until you’re looking for a refill. Epson rates its black ink tank bottle, which it sells for $19.99, nearly as good for 7,500 printed pages, and its own three color bottles, which it sells for $13.99 each, for 6,000 pages. This means running costs of only 0.3 cents per black page and 0.8 cents per color page, effectively matching other Epson EcoTank and Canon MegaTank printers for the cheapest per-page costs we’ve seen.
Typical ink cartridges could be good for a couple of hundred printed pages, plus some manufacturers include only low-capacity “starter” cartridges with new printers, so in purchasing the ET-2750 you get a lot more ink than you’d get with most cartridge-based printers.
Connectivity for the ET-2750 includes USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a primary peer-to-peer link with a computer or mobile device via Wi-Fi Direct. As isn’t uncommon with home-based inkjets, it lacks Ethernet connectivity. The ET-2750 supports printing from the Epson iPrint software for iOS or Android, and Epson Email Print and Epson Remote Print, which both allow users to automatically print to the ET-2750 by sending it documents via email. Epson offers you the option of experiencing a contact address assigned to the printer through the setup process, that you can change to an address more to your liking. I tested the printer over a USB connection, using its driver installed on a computer running Windows 10 Professional.
In printing our text-only (Word) test document, the ET-2750 averaged 8.6 pages each and every minute (ppm), somewhat short of its 10.5ppm rated speed. I timed it on our full business suite, which include documents with graphics and photographs as well as the Word document, at 4.8ppm. These speeds are respectable for a simple inkjet all-in-one, effectively matching the Epson ET-2650 and faster compared to the Canon Pixma G3200, which we timed at 7.1ppm on the term document and 3ppm on the complete suite. The Editors’ Choice Canon Pixma TS9120 was faster in Word printing, averaging 13.2ppm, but dropped to 4.7ppm for the entire suite.
Output quality proved solid in testing, within the common range for text, graphics, and photos. Text quality ought to be fine for some business use, aside from types that want small fonts.
With graphics, some backgrounds looked slightly dull, and many exhibited mild banding (a normal pattern of faint striations), nevertheless they should still be sufficient for PowerPoint printouts and so on. For photos, there is some lack of detail in bright areas in several prints, and a monochrome image showed a tint, but prints were generally about the product quality you’ll expect from drugstore prints. Output ought to be fine for home use, provided you are not a picture enthusiast.
The Epson Expression ET-2750 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer sacrifices some features within most similarly priced all-in-ones-such as an programmed document feeder, Ethernet connectivity, and fax-in exchange for insanely low running costs and a sizable initial way to obtain ink. (If you do need those features, look at a dual-purpose-household and home office-model including the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J985DW.) The ET-2750 does include an SD-card slot, which is omitted from similar bottled-ink printers from Canon including the Pixma G3200 and G4200. However, both these Canon models have better output quality, particularly for photos.
Our Editors’ Choice home all-in-one printer, the Canon Pixma TS9120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One (which uses six ink cartridges rather than bottled ink) has exceptional output quality over the board, and adds Ethernet connectivity and a 5-inch touchscreen while to arrive at a modest price. The ET-2750, however, may save money over time because of its abundant ink supply and minuscule running costs, and is most beneficial for children that prints a whole lot and does occasional scanning and copying, and will be content with solid if unexceptional output quality.