Our Printer Ink Problem
This was a big issue with our last printer, which wouldn't let us print with black ink unless all of the colour cartridges were working. That printer was designed so that ink was being used up even when we weren't printing things, to keep the nozzle clear and wet. We went through so many colour cartridges each year, that we finally decided it would just be cheaper to get a new printer!
It was at this point that Ken's parents told him about their new printer with Epson's new "Eco Tank" technology. These Eco Tank printers are designed to work without cartridges! When Ken told me about it, we knew this was the ink solution we had been searching for- NO MORE CARTRIDGES! The printer has refillable tanks on the side of it that you simply top up any time they get low.
Enough Ink for 2 Years
The printer we got was the Epson ET-3600 and it has everything we need in a printer. It comes with two sets of ink bottles (one to fill your printer with, and one to refill it with later). The ink that comes in the box is enough for up to 2 years of printing (up to 8500 pages). To put this in perspective, that's equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets!!
We were also excited that you can print wirelessly from your phone, tablet, or computer. You can even email a file to your printer! It has a great print dialogue box with many adjustable settings like quality, speed, noise reduction (for those late night printings while the kids are sleeping nearby), double sided printing and a tracker for the approximate number of pages that can be printed for each colour. All of the Eco Tank printers come with flat bed scanners. We love this because we do a fair bit of scanning (it can scan up to 1200 DPI)! This printer doesn't have a USB port to plugh a flash drive into, but with the wifi connection capability, I haven't ever wished it was there.
I know you're probably wondering about the price. It is so much cheaper to get refills for this printer (you'll save up to 80% on ink) that while the price of the Eco Tank printers is higher than many home printers out there, the convenience of not having to worry about changing cartridges, the length of time each refill lasts, and the savings in ink easily make up for that (even just with the ink that comes with it).
Refilling The Ink
You can watch our little video below to see how easy it is to refill the printer. We do a fair bit of printing around here and I'm surprised at how little the ink levels have dropped! It seems like refilling won't need to be done very often.
We were so excited when we found these printers because they took away all of our stress associated with printer ink! I knew I needed to share this discovery because I'm certain we're not the only ones who have been frustrated with the challenges of ink cartridges!
We've already done a couple of fun projects with the printer and some special craft paper that Epson makes. It's so nice not to have to worry about how much printing we're doing- even in colour. I'm excited to share one of our projects with you soon!
Disclosure: I received products from Epson in order to facilitate this post. All opinions shared are, as always, my own.