Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel
Epson has been around in the inkjet world for a while now. They were first to release the first professional printer back in 1997 and since then they have continued to develop and produce printers that offer a lot of functionality and versatility. They are currently the largest printer manufacturer in the world, producing more printers than any other company.
Today we are looking at their latest printer, the Epson EcoTank ET-7700. Epson describes this printer as a ‘professional’ home inkjet printer and this seems to be the most apt description. It is certainly not a ‘budget’ printer, but it does not have the features and functionality of a pro-level printer either.
It has an impressive feature set and is built with high-quality components.
Epson EcoTank ET-7700: Features
Epson’s EcoTank ET-7750 is a 3-in-1 multifunction device, so it can print, scan, and photocopy, but it cannot fax. Do people still use fax machines? In addition to offering key features such as duplex printing, it is a premium model. However, the EcoTank system is most notable because it replaces sealed cartridges with compartments you fill with ink from a bottle.
There are five bottles of ink included in the box, which Epson estimates you can use for up to two years, or 2,300 photographs, or 9,300 black-and-white pages. The additional 140ml color ink bottle costs $13.99 (£11.99/AU$22.99).
Each input tray accepts 100 sheets of plain paper, envelopes, photo paper, and a tray that allows you to print directly onto printable compact discs.
Due to its ability to handle A3 or tabloid-sized paper, the ET-7750 falls into a very useful category. It’s important to note that while it can print color documents at that size, it cannot print photos on glossy A3 paper, and the scanner bed is smaller than A3.
Documents as large as A4 can be scanned at 1,200 x 2,400 dpi. While it’s a reasonable resolution for most purposes, it’s half the price of the more affordable Epson XP-960.
We recorded print speeds on par with Epson’s claimed 28ppm for monochrome basic printing, and while photo printing is slow, it is still impressive. In spite of the lack of NFC for one-touch communications with mobile devices, the printer was able to connect easily using the office Wi-Fi network and via Wi-Fi Direct.
Epson’s Windows software is included in the box, and Epson iConnect is available as a free download for Apple/Android devices. The app isn’t particularly advanced and doesn’t automatically connect your printer to your Wi-Fi network at the installation stage.
In addition to the launch, Epson has created a number of new drivers to ensure your scanning and printing experience is as smooth as possible.
Epson EcoTank ET-7700: Design
EcoTank printers are a bit larger than their cartridge-based counterparts, especially when compared to Epson’s lozenge-shaped XP-960, which can also handle A3 paper. Unlike earlier models, the ink tanks bulge from the front panel whereas they used to appear at the rear, and it’s satisfying to be able to see how much ink you have left.
If you wait for a cartridge to tell you that it needs replacing, you will probably end up spending more than you need to. Fueling is easy with bottles that correspond to the correct color tanks, so you cannot pour the wrong one, and an automatic shut-off valve prevents you from overfilling the tanks.
Even with all the flaps and trays pushed in, the ET-7750 is compact enough, but the various extending trays feel flimsy and you wonder how long the numerous moving plastic parts will last.
On its tilting flap, the 2.7-inch display (6.8cm) is smaller than the XP-90 and does not have a touchscreen, but is still easy to read. To print anything, you have to raise the flap and extend the front delivery tray, which increases the footprint of this printer.
There’s an SD card slot next to the front USB port, and a square USB input at the back alongside the Ethernet port, although the package doesn’t include a USB data cable.
Epson EcoTank ET-7750 full specifications:
- Type: Multifunction color inkjet printer
- Functions: Print, copy, scan
- Ink: Five tanks (C, M, Y, PB, BK) 10 bottles included
- Paper size: Up to A3
- Connectivity: Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, USB
- Data storage slots: USB port, SD Card
- Print speed: 13ppm (10ppm in colour), Max 28ppm
- Main paper tray capacity: 100 sheets (20 x photo paper)
- Print quality: 5,760 x 1,440 dpi
- Duplex: Yes (plain A4 paper)
- Scan quality: 1,200 x 2,400 dpi
- Apple AirPrint: Yes
- Google Cloud Print: Yes
- App support: iOS/Android
- Consumables included: 10 x ink refill bottles
- Size/Weight: 168 x 526 x 415mm (HxWxD)/10.5kg
Epson EcoTank ET-7700: Setup and operation
In this case, the user manual is merely a leaflet, which is always a good sign. With the Epson EcoTank ET-7750, all you need is the mobile app to begin the set-up process and calibrate it. As you know, four test sheets are churned out for your approval, so it’s a good thing you have so much ink. Unfortunately, the app does not register the printer with your Wi-Fi network, so you must type in your password via the cramped LCD and the buttons next to it. This adds considerable time to the setup process.
The ink tanks are fun to fill when prompted. Because the tops of the bottles are different, you can’t pour the cyan into the magenta tank for example. The result would probably be a headache. Additionally, they automatically stop dispensing ink when the tank is full, so you can invert the bottle without worrying that it will spill. For this job, we laid down newspapers, but didn’t spill a drop and didn’t need to wear rubber gloves.
With Epson iConnect, the Epson is intuitive and easy to use, and it prints relatively quietly at 37dB when using photo paper.
OUR PRINTER TESTING PROCESS
All printers we test are measured on our test bench, and their results are compared to all the others we have reviewed. Instead of relying on the manufacturer’s stated speeds, we timed the first page out and printed it in single-sheet and duplex modes using a ten-page document and a stopwatch app. On every machine, we print out the same set of test documents to compare print quality. Each of the twelve test pages includes a variety of text sizes and colors, mixed image and text pages, a set of photos, and a series of patterns designed to assess sharpness, color fidelity, contrast, and greyscale.
Moreover, we examine a product’s functionality, design, and build quality, as well as its running costs. A product’s final score takes into account all of these parameters and its overall value.
Epson EcoTank ET-7700: Performance
Even though it occasionally printed two pieces of photo paper at the same time, the Epson EcoTank ET-7750 passed all of our tests with flying colors.
Small text was clearly readable, while larger letters appeared well defined and consistent. The laser printers tend to print finer lines, but I did not observe any smearing or overinking.
Documents up to A3 size can be produced in moments using the four dyes applied evenly and quickly. When printing photos onto glossy photo paper at their highest quality, the Epson EcoTank ET-7750 is most impressive. There is a remarkable amount of detail on display, and the use of a separate photo of black pigment in addition to the black dye is evident.
Furthermore, it prints fairly fast, up to Epson’s quoted 5.5ppm for mono duplex printing, or perhaps 28ppm when it’s flat out. As an inkjet printer, it isn’t as fast as a laser printer, and with its 100-sheet paper tray, it can’t compete with a Xerox machine for efficiency. However, it performed well in the test and did not run out of ink.
Epson EcoTank ET-7700 Pros and Cons
|Five-color ink system works well with photos||No ADF, NFC, or fax|
|Includes enough ink for 3,400 photos||Expensive initial cost|
|Can handle A3/tabloid size media||Limited paper tray capacity|
With Epson’s latest EcoTank system, its potential savings easily outweigh the initial cost. By any measure, it is cheaper than cartridges, and the five-color system works particularly well with photos on photo paper.
Duplex mono printing is relatively fast and reliable on A4 paper, but don’t forget that you can also print in color on A3 documents, as well as CD labels and envelopes.
It is true that at a recommended retail price of $649.99 (£699.99/AU$999.00), this is an expensive printer, and it would have been nice to have the option to purchase a bundle with only one set of refills. Due to the high price and the large capacity of the ink tanks, it only makes sense if you plan to do a lot of printing. With the high price, it’s a pity there’s no NFC connectivity, a higher scanning resolution, A3 photo printing, or even a USB data cable.
Epson’s EcoTank system has improved dramatically since its clunky ET-4500 model, and the range-topping ET-7750 feels and prints like a premium inkjet printer. The fifth photo black pigment enhances photos on glossy photo paper.
This ink system actually works out much more cost-effectively than any cartridge-based system, once you get past the initial prohibitive cost. This multifunction model has both duplex and A3 printing capabilities, making it something of an all-rounder. Despite the high cost, however, and the large capacity of the ink tanks, it makes more sense for offices that print in color frequently.