All-in-one printer suitable for office: Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650

Epson Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650 large format AIO prints with good quality and low price, and has two years of unlimited free ink, which is of extraordinary value for small businesses and workgroups.

As the flagship product of the new EcoTank Pro brand of inkjet printers for small businesses and workgroups, Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650 is a feature-rich wide format all-in-one (AIO) that can print pages of ultra tabloid size (13 × 19 inches) , And scan and copy the standard tabloid size (11 x 17 inches). As one of the company’s large-capacity ink EcoTank AIOs, it prints color pages at a very low cost per page.

Epson Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650

Like the competing wide-format brother MFC-J6945DW ink and HP PageWide Pro 750dw (Editor’s Choice Model), the ET-16650 prints well and edits reasonably. Epson will also provide you with all-you-can-eat ink for the first two years you own this (or another EcoTank Pro) machine. This incredible value, its relatively high capacity and rating, and its powerful feature set are enough to prove that this is an excellent product for medium-sized and wide-format AIOs for small and medium-sized offices and workgroups.

Feature set with small footprint and high efficiency

As mentioned earlier, ET-16650 is the top model in Epson’s latest EcoTank Pro series of business machines. The brand currently includes two wide-format AIOs (this one and ET-16600), and three letter-sized machines, and their functions and capacities are gradually increasing.

At the same time, the ET-16650 measures 13.8 × 20.3 × 19.7 inches (when the pallet is closed) and weighs about 46.1 pounds. Among its wide competitors, it is both light and compact, especially considering their large size. Most do not support the page size of super tabloids. For example, Brother’s powerful MFC-J6945DW (printing, scanning, copying and faxing page size 11 × 17 inches) is slightly taller and longer. There is another Epson wide-format favorite, WorkForce Pro WF-C8690 A3 color MFP and PCL/PostScript. It also supports ultra-tabloid-sized media and extends to all directions, a few inches more than today’s EcoTank model. Its weight is more than twice as much.

What makes the printer an all-in-one machine is of course its scanner. In this case, it is a 50-page automatic duplex (automatically scans both sides of a double-sided page) automatic document feeder (ADF). It can scan, copy and fax single-sided and double-sided multi-page documents without user intervention.

The machines mentioned here so far, MFC-J6945DW and WF-C8690 also have automatic duplex 50 meter ADFs. On the other hand, the HP 750dw is a single-function (print only) device without a scanner and ADF. (I mention it here and throughout the article just for comparison.)

Like most business-oriented AIOs and single-function printers today, you can do many things from the control panel of this model: configure AIO, monitor consumables, generate usage and other reports, and perform walking tasks. These tasks include making copies, printing or scanning from the cloud to the cloud, setting up and monitoring security features.

This spacious and easy-to-use control device consists of several task-specific buttons, such as working status and paper settings, and a numeric keypad-all of which are supported by a 4.3-inch color touch screen. Of course, you can also get an onboard web portal (just like the current business-oriented AIO does) that can access all operation and configuration tasks from almost any PC or mobile device web browser.

The ET-16650 has a paper capacity of 550 sheets, which is divided into two 250-sheet cassettes and a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray, which are pulled up from the back of the machine and taken out slightly. In contrast, Brother’s MFC-J6945DW can obtain 600 sheets of paper from three separate sources, while Epson WF-C8690 supports 330 sheets of paper from two sources, which can be expanded to 1830 sheets of paper from four sources.

The maximum monthly duty cycle of ET-16650 is 66,000 pages, and the recommended monthly printing volume is 3,300 pages. This is more than half of the brother’s maximum print count. The recommended print count is 1300 pages less, while the duty cycle of the WF-C8690 and the recommended print count are 9000 and 1700 pages longer, respectively.

Rich connections

In view of the long list of ET-16650 interfaces, I wonder if there are many devices that cannot be connected to it in one way or another, whether it is a desktop computer, a laptop or a handheld device. The hardware interface is Ethernet (up to 100Mbps), which connects to a single PC via USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth BLE (Bluetooth Light Edition). The latter two provide a point-to-point connection, allowing you to connect your smartphone and tablet to the printer, but the printer and smartphone do not belong to the same network.

Other mobile connection options include Apple AirPrint, Mopria, and a series of options, such as email printing, scan to cloud, remote printer driver, and other options for connecting via Epson. You can also get the Epson iPrint mobile app for printing and scanning directly to your iOS or Android handheld device.

Moderate but sufficient printing speed

Epson’s evaluation of ET-16650 is 25 letters per minute (8.5 × 11 inches), or ppm, which is a medium size for medium AIO. I tested it on an Intel Core i5 standard test platform running Windows 10 Pro via Ethernet. (See how we test the printer.) In the first round of testing, I printed a 12-page Microsoft Word text document several times and averaged the results. The result showed that the ET-16650 reached 27.5ppm, which is better than the Epson test. The speed is 2.5ppm faster. This is 9.2ppm faster than Brother’s MFC-J6945DW, 0.8ppm slower than Epson WF-C8690, and 8ppm slower than HP’s 750dw.

During the next round of testing, ET-16650 was chewing on the complex color business documents we collected, and I calculated its time. They include a batch of Adobe Acrobat documents, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (with charts and graphs), and PowerPoint handouts. These handouts are composed of complex graphics and fonts, with different fonts, sizes, and colors.

Then, I combined these results with the results of printing a 12-page text file to get an average concentration of 17.9 ppm. At this point, ET-16650 surpassed all similar products except WorkForce Pro WF-C8690, which beat it by 0.8ppm, or close to a tie.

Finally, when the ET-16650 printed our 4 x 6-inch color test snapshot, I timed the results and averaged them. It produced a score of 11 seconds, which is about average among the printers mentioned here (and many others).

PrecisionCore 4 s output

Like the company’s WorkForce Pro series printers, EcoTank Pro models are equipped with Epson precision nuclear 4S print heads. A set of two precision nuclear thermal-free chips is composed of small, dense, and dense nozzles that can produce excellent details and Color accuracy. It is true that almost all inkjet printers can print good-looking output, but very few, especially when carefully checking the granularity and details, can perform so well.

The text of ET-16650 can easily match the laser output. The smallest font we tested is 4 points, which is acceptable for commercial document output. In addition, the full-page diagrams and handout pages I printed had no obvious defects. I did not see unsightly color changes, and the details including the hairline that was thinner than 1 point were intact from beginning to end. It wasn’t until I checked the output carefully to look for specific types of ink distribution defects that I found small bands in some black fills and gradients. I emphasize the minor key.

The photos also look good, and, unlike Epson WF-C8690 and HP 750dw, ET-16650 supports borderless (called “bleeding” in the document design field) photos and documents up to the tabloid size, allowing you to use yours The printer creates high-quality, professional-looking marketing materials. Many documents (especially photos) will show a higher level of professionalism when using “bleeding” creatively. I have no dissatisfaction with the output of ET-16650.

Color output

Once you buy a printer and use up the ink for the first two years, the operating cost of the ET-16650 will be calculated. Whether it is monochrome or color, it costs about 2 cents per page. The cost of each page of black paper is nothing fuss about; it’s about the same as what you get from an entry-level or mid-range color laser printer. But color pages at 2 cents per page cost more than the slightly more expensive monochrome printing. In fact, it will attract you to use color more.

But Epson has just begun. At present, and in the future, as long as the purchase of EcoTank Pro machines, the company will provide unlimited free ink for two years. This is correct and infinite. Go ahead and print the recommended 3300 pages per month. In the first two years of your own printer, every time you buy ink, just send the receipt to Epson for reimbursement.

What is your cost per page? In this promotion, it is impossible for me to calculate, because the number of each business is different, but it is conceivable that you can reduce your cost per page to a fraction of a penny per page .

In any case, by comparison, the operating cost of the brother MFC-J6945DW is slightly less than 1 cent for monochrome pages and slightly less than 5 cents for color, while the HP 750dw prints about 1.1 cents for black pages and 5.6 US cents. Sub-color. The operating cost of Epson WF-C8690 is 1.6 cents for monochrome and 6.7 cents for color. Also note that several other EcoTank AIOs, including the editor’s choice ET-4760, print monochrome and color pages at less than one penny per page.

However, they are not close to the capacity level, capacity and feature set of the EcoTank Pro series. In other words, although they are cheaper to use, if you need a comprehensive, full-featured AIO for small businesses, then a smaller and cheaper economy.

Brief summary

One of my consistent complaints about EcoTank (and other large-volume ink products from other manufacturers, including brother inkinvestment, Canon’s MegaTank, and HP’s Smart Tank Plus) is that the low-cost inks give up considerable functionality. However, with this new Epson’s EcoTank Pro production line is not stingy in features, capacity or volume, which makes them more attractive to small businesses with strong printing, copying and other file processing needs. There is nothing to dislike EcoTank Pro ET-16650, rendering It is an easy choice as our favorite mid-range wide AIO.

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