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Epson ET2803 EcoTank printer review: should you get an ink tank printer?

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Erin L

Erin L

Epson eco tank ET 2803 printer reviewIn the past, you wouldn’t think twice about having a printer in your home. Since most people are chained to their jobs, it was a way for them to be productive at other times of the day —like when they got home from work or school. But with the advancement of technology and cloud computing, many people now prefer to do everything digitally, including storing and transferring documents, and even displaying their favorite photos. So, do we still have a use for home printers like the newly released ET2803?

Epson ET2803

Summary

This is a decent printer for a home office with lower volume print needs. It’s easy to set up and use, the print speed is fast, and it also has the ability to scan and copy also. The ink tanks seem to be long lasting, and I really appreciated the absence design, and how the tanks are filled so that everything is mess free.

Pros

  • Great print quality
  • Prints fast
  • Prints, copies, scans
  • Ink tank is good option
  • Ink tanks are easy to refill
  • Works with Windows & Mac

Cons

  • Could use a document feeder
  • Bigger footprint

Do I Still Need a Printer?

As a result of the cloud computing boom, printers are no longer as commonplace today as it was a few years ago. However, printer technology has adapted to this change. One welcome development is that home printer ink has evolved to do more than just print, while keeping the print quality on par or even better than printers of old.
You can now print whatever you want including personal photos, recipes, and even doodles. You can also print on different types of paper including photo paper and cardstock, both of which are thicker than regular paper. This makes it possible to use your printer for more than just printing documents but also for creating unique art pieces as well.
Furthermore, studies show that reading comprehension and retention are still much better if the material is printed on paper rather than on a screen. This means that printing schoolwork and documents can be good if there are students in the house as well as adults who want to keep their minds sharp, or who simply lean differently.
So, while printers have indeed become somewhat of a niche product these days, it’s still a useful tool that can make life a little easier for those of us that still need physical documents for work, students who want to take advantage of the benefits of paper-based reading and those of us who enjoy undertaking creative projects.

Why get an ink tank printer? Is an ink tank printer better?

Inkjets are one of the most popular home-use printers around. They’re easy to use, can print in color, and are fairly cheap to buy.
However, they have some disadvantages. The biggest one is that inkjet printers need expensive ink cartridges. And if you plan on printing colored photos in high-quality mode, you’re going to have to replace those cartridges more often.
Epson eco tank ET 2803 printer reviewFortunately, ink tank technology has been developed to address this problem. Ink tank printers are inkjets that have a built-in tank of ink that can be refilled when it runs out. This means that you don’t have to buy new cartridges every time you run out of ink – just refill the tank from a bottle of liquid ink.
Epson’s iteration of the ink tank system has culminated in the Epson EcoTank printers – a line of printers that use a built-in and refillable ink tank that’ll soften the blow on your printing budget. If you’re considering an inkjet printer for your home or small office, Epson EcoTank printers, such as the ET2803 are definitely worth looking into.
The best part is that the print quality doesn’t change. You can refill your ink tank printer as many times as you want and still get the same quality of print as when it was new.

What can Epson ET2803 printer do?

Epson released the ET2803 in 2023, one of its latest printers intended for home use. It’s an all-in-one ink tank printer that can print, scan and copy documents.
It’s a larger size printer and will take up a good amount of space on a desk, so if space is a concern, you might want to seek out something like a portable printer (like the HP Office Jet 250 which I reviewed) or a compact option, like the HP DeskJet 3755 which I also got hands-on with.

Set up

Getting this printer set up was actually pretty easy. I have not reviewed many Epson products at all; perhaps one printer years and years ago, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. After plugging in the printer and following, the initiation steps on the screen. I was able to get it connected to my homes Wi-Fi network. From there I was able to, add it to my MacBook Pro’s list of printers and see it using my Apple iPhone.
You will also need to fill the ink tanks before your first use. Epson walks you through this clearly, and I’m very happy to say the ink bottles are made in such away. They seem to be quite leak and drip proof, so there was no spillage when I was getting everything filled.

Epson Precisioncore Technology

It is equipped with Epson’s Precisioncore technology which means it has precise, multi-size droplet control capabilities and perfectly formed silicon nozzles that allow for higher-quality prints at 1.5~33 picolitres at 50,000 times per second. This means it can produce prints with excellent detail, sharpness, and resolution at an impressive rate – 15 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 8 ppm in color to be exact.
It has a maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi, which is more than enough even for the photography enthusiast’s discerning eye.

Compatibility

Epson eco tank ET 2803 printer reviewIt also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity so you can print from anywhere in your home using an app or your smartphone or tablet. The ET2803 is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems.
Or if you don’t want to use it wirelessly, you can also use USB-A to connect your device directly to the printer.

Scanning & copying

When it comes to scanning, the ET2803 is pretty standard, scanning documents on its flatscreen (an 8.5 x 11 document) in about  11 seconds for non-color prints and 28 seconds for colored photos at the maximum resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi.
Scanning multiple pages on this printer is not ideal, because you have to place the Pages one at a time on the flatbed, and then use the cloud interface to send it to your computer or phone. This can be extremely tedious on longer documents, so if you typically have reports or multi page, briefs that require scanning, in my opinion, you’d be better off with a printer that includes a document feeder. As it is, this printer is good for scanning a page or two in a pinch, and that’s about it. Even so the quality is just fine and true to the original. Perhaps, worth pointing out is that you can upgrade to a more robust Epson model, and get a document feeder for an additional cost.
Similarly, making copies also involves placing your original on the flatbed and creating a duplicate. Easy enough for a couple of pages, but again not ideal for longer documents.

Paper Handling

This printer can take a wide range of paper sizes and formats that range from A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, C6, 100 x 148 mm, 10 x 15 cm, 13 x 18 cm, and 9 x 13 cm formats. It can also handle various paper types such as both Epson’s matte and glossy photo papers, plain paper, postcards, and even light cardstock and envelopes.

Ink Colors and Print Speed & Capacity

It uses four ink cartridges. While your first four bottles are included in the boc, refills are sold separately by Epson – black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. The black ink has a 6,600-page capacity while the rest has a 5900-page capacity.
The printer can print 15 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 8 ppm in color.
This means you can print a 10-page report in less than a minute or a 20-page presentation in about two minutes.

Print quality

I found this printer to be very useful, and the print quality was very good. I used it mainly for printing documents and found even with the ink tank style of printing, there was never any ghosting, blurring, or smearing of ink.

Epson Ink cost

Many of us have probably purchased a really inexpensive printer only to find out we’d later be paying through the nose for the cost of ink and cartridges for the rest of our lives. Inc. cost is a real factor in your choice of printer, as is compatibility of aftermarket ink cartridges with certain printers. HP has gone so far as to insert proprietary chips into their ink cartridges and blocked third-party manufacturers cartridges from working inside their printers. This has the effect of essentially enslaving you to HP only cartridges for life. And they can be expensive. With ink tanks, there’s no special magic, chips, or barcodes, so you can feel free to refill your printer with just about any reputable ink, particularly if it costs less. If you’re going to buy the recommended Epson ink bottle so you can expect to pay about $12 per bottle for refills.

Overall review: Epson ET2803 EcoTank printer

In short, this is a decent printer for a home office with lower volume print needs. It’s easy to set up and use, the print speed is fast, and it also has the ability to scan and copy also. The ink tanks seem to be long lasting, and I really appreciated the absence design, and how the tanks are filled so that everything is mess free.
When it comes to the downsides, this printer has a larger footprint than some so you’ll need to have dedicated space for it, and I do feel it could use an automatic document feeder. While these are nice features to have, they aren’t necessarily deal breakers for a lot of us, so, despite those cons, I can still hardly recommend the Epson Eco-tank ET 2830 printer to you.
This printer costs about $279US and is frequently on sale for less. Ink replacements cost about $12 each.

Erin L

Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.

1 Comment

  1. Jonny on August 14, 2023 at 6:26 am

    Why do you keep saying for lower volume? You can print high volume at home with this. Thats what the ink tanks are made for.

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