So far, Epson has designed its successful EcoTank printer series with permanently installed ink tanks, which can be refilled very cheaply with original ink from the bottle, for home use: expensive but still affordable devices with lean features. The ET-5800 A4 models, on the other hand, are well equipped for professional use. We tested the cheapest model ET-5800, the purchase price of which is just three digits at 950 euros.
But you also get plenty of equipment: The EcoTank ET-5800 has two paper cassettes for 250 sheets each and an easy-to-open multifunctional feeder for envelopes, photo paper or another 50 sheets of normal paper. The tray automatically extends before the first printout and retracts when it is switched off. The document feeder on the flatbed scanner automatically turns printed documents on both sides after digitizing the front and then also scans the back. The tiltable control panel does not have a mini display, but a large and bright 10.9 cm touchscreen that can be operated not only with the finger but also with any pen.
The interface equipment of the ET-5800 also looks good: Apart from the obligatory USB 2.0 port, there is an Ethernet connection, compared to other printers halfway up-to-date WLAN with Wi-Fi 5, sockets for fax and telephone and a USB host -Port on the front for a memory stick. Images saved in JPEG and TIFF formats are printed out directly by the Epson device, but PDFs are not. The USB memory also serves as a scan target; PDF can also be selected here as a file format.
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