The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is the one of the latest ecotank offerings from Epson. It is one of the most durable and inexpensive to operate inkjet printer’s I’ve reviewed. I’ve worked on many an office inkjet printer and have to say this is an impressive printer. The ecotank lives up to its name and will save time and money. Lower operating costs will make up the initial cost all day.
Fully loaded with copy, print, scan, and fax it is also capable of printing on 13 x 19 in paper. I see more business turning to inkjet printers since printers capable of printing on 11 x 17 are scarce. The EcoTank ET-15000 is less expensive than most A3 Black & White printers. It also does full bleed up to 13 x 19 on a variety of stock.
Minimal packing tape. Add some ink. Which is very easy. I don’t think I’ve ever worked on an inkjet without getting ink on me or my tools. But adding ink to the EcoTank ET-15000 isn’t any harder than plugging in a plug. Waiting for it to prime itself took the longest. Then it is ready to copy.
Print setup is as easy as plugging in a USB cable (not included). The OS will setup the printer. Wireless is done via a setup utility. Install the setup utility and follow the instructions. The setup utility even has a fallback plan if the automatic methods are unable to connect. It walks you through manually adding it to the network. This walkthrough type setup utility is fairly standard with all the brands. I only mention it since Epson did such a good job with it. The automatic and manual methods are thorough. Mac instructions are also included.
Finally is the scanning setup. I always recommend using the web interface of the printer for this setup. If you can use your keyboard and nice monitor, why mess with a small control panel? A config or test sheet will give you the IP address or host name of the printer. Type that in your browser and setup is easy. Ignore your browsers non-HTTPS warning. HTTPS isn’t enabled from the factory but can be enabled in the security menu. All the menus are expandable and easy to navigate. Computers and smart phones have practically automated setting up email. Printers still live in the dark ages and require manually inputting SMTP info. Epson does include a handy connection test to verify the information. Which may be a small thing but is an example of how thorough a job the developers did.
The EcoTank ET-15000 comes with a 2.7 in color touch screen. Which is intuitive and easily to travel through even if it is a bit small. Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa are compatible with the EcoTank ET-15000. I work with a lot of brands and some control panels are easier to navigate than others. Striking the balance between too much or not enough information is hard to find. It’s usually better to have less info on the screen yet easy access to more advanced menus. The Ecotank ET-15000 definitely finds that balance. The customers I have talked to have always said good things about their Epson inkjet printers, even the ones that aren’t ecotanks.
The main tray accepts 250 sheets and the rear tray up to 20 sheets. It also prints on #10 envelopes, glossy photo paper, velvet fine art paper, and premium presentation paper to name a few. While 2-sided printing is automatic, the original document feeder is single sided only. Being an inkjet printer overall it’s quiet and has no warmup time.
A fax setup utility runs the first time you use the fax option from your computer. Setting up common fax features is part of the utility. Fax forwarding, cover sheets, phone book and fax driver are done with the utility, Epson did a good job with their setup utilities. It also installs the fax driver.
If you’re just simply sending a fax the small screen will do. Otherwise I would do as much as possible through a computer.
Fill it up on Monday and print all year. No more cartridges, only a few bottles of ink. As far as ecotanks go the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is the lowest operating cost color printer that I know of.
One of the main selling points of this printer is its operating costs. The savings over time will definitely be noticed with this printer. Color printing runs a penny a page. Though that’s based on mild coverage. Heavier coverage could see that increase. Even 4 cents a page for color is remarkable. On top of that the color is great. Epson printers have proprietary print heads which are very reliable and have high quality output. The photo quality is better than the laser printers I’ve seen. I’ve seen better quality from high end inkjets but this is more than adequate for any business needs. The EcoTank ET-15000 is also compatible with sublimation ink in case your projects require it.
The EcoTank ET-15000 works with Airprint and Mopria. Setup is automatic for iPhones, Macs, Chromebooks, Android or Fire devices. Just point and print. These drivers are great for ease of use. Still there are times when you may need to make adjustments. That’s when a more robust driver is needed. For a proprietary driver Epson did an outstanding job with their print driver. Adjustments for Barcode mode (UPS labels), two levels of text enhancements, watermarking, and some basic color management. If the shipping label doesn’t look right, check the Bar code box and try again. Text enhancement are not seen often enough on inkjet print drivers. Epson did an excellent job with the available adjustments for text and lines. I take note when a manufacturer does a good job with their print drivers. Point and print is nice but I’m a big fan of the Epson print driver.
Epson’s solution to Google Cloud print being discontinued is Remote printing. Use the remote print software to setup and register an email address for the EcoTank ET-15000. Then send an email to that address with an attachment which will get printed. Voice activated printing also takes advantage of this feature.
The Epson iPrint Mobile app is a basic app for printing or scanning with mobile devices. Every brand has their own app and Epson is no different. One notable feature was is reduction, enlarging, and cropping. Pinch or pull to resize. Drag the image around to crop it.
The Ecotank ET-15000 is by far the lowest cost way to make A3 size color prints. If you need color prints on large paper this is the way to go. Or if you’re tired of installing ink or toner cartridges regularly, this is the way to go. Ecotanks are to inkjet printers what high speed internet was to dial up. After using one it’s almost painful to go back to the other. If you want to know the advantages of an EcoTank this is the printer for you. All things considered this is an excellent printer for it’s price tag.
The Copier Guy, aka Dave. I’ve worked on scanners, printers, copiers, and faxes over 23 years. When I’m not fixing them I’m writing about them. Although, I’m probably better at fixing them. I’ve worked with every major brand. As well as several types of processes. If it uses paper I’ve probably worked on one.