A great all-in-one.
Epson’s new line of printers isn’t just made for everyday printing, but it was introduced as part of the new EcoTank series that offers an ultra-low-cost printing solution. The ET-7160 is basically a cartridge-free printer that supports double-sided and photo printing.
But what sets it apart from other printers is that the ET-7160 features an enhanced ink filling system that lets you refill the ink without having to purchase a cartridge (since it doesn’t use one). Epson says that there is enough ink included in the package that would last up to three years – about 1,500 photo prints.
From the outside, the ET-7160 resembles much like any other multifunction printer: it can also scan and copy aside from the usual print jobs. The majority of the controls are located at the front and includes a 6.8 cm LCD where you can preview documents and images before they get printed. This also means that the ET-7160 can print without the need of a computer. There’s Wi-Fi built-in, so connecting the ET-7160 to your network is a piece of cake.
Setting up the ET-7160 was easy – after you’ve removed most of the plastic coverings, filling up the ink was hassle-free. I was worried that it might spill, but they’ve made the filling process mess-free. It even has a special mechanism that would only let you refill ink to a specific tank so you don’t have to worry about accidentally putting the wrong ink.
Printing on the ET-7160 took about 32 ppm (pages per minute) on both monochrome and colored prints, which is similar to what Epson has claimed. The resulting prints were detailed, fonts were sharp and readable even when printed against a dark background. Photo printing is where the ET-7160 shines. Colors are brilliant and detail is spot on, whether I was printing a small postcard-sized image or a full borderless A4 print.
Ultimately the Epson ET-7160‘s main selling point would be its long-lasting ink, which would yield a cheaper expense compared to purchasing the standard cartridge.
+ Excellent print quality
+ Long lasting ink
Final Rating: 4/5