Tired of buying replacement ink cartridges for your printer? Epson has a new line of inkjet printers that doesn’t use cartridges. Instead, Epson EcoTank printers have refillable tanks, so instead of buying replacement cartridges, you buy bottles of ink to fill up the tank.
How is that better? Because bottles will sell for $13 each and last for up to 2 years.
That means if you need to refill all four colors (black, cyan, yellow, and magenta), you’ll end up spending $52 every two years.
That’s a lot less money than you’d probably spend on ink cartridges for most printers during the same time period.
Wondering why Epson is trying to save you money? Don’t printer companies practically give away their hardware and make their money on ink?
Historically, yes. This time Epson is flipping things around: the ink is cheap, but the printer’s are not.
The cheapest model in the EcoTank family sells for $380. That means you could save a lot of money over the life span of your printer, but you’ll have to pay a pretty penny up front.
An entry-level model has a tank that can store enough ink to let you print up to 4,000 black pages or up to 6,500 color pages. Higher-priced models have additional capabilities including LCD screens, larger tanks and other features.
All of the EcoTank printers include wireless connectivity and flatbed scanners, and some also have document feeders and fax capabilities.