Workforce ET 4550 By Epson – Decent Printing

ET-4550

The Workforce ET-4550 By Epson will be the ideal printer for you. With decent print quality and affordable price as well as two years worth of ink. The Epson WorkForce ET-4550 is a member of the new Epson EcoTank line of printers. Each of the new EcoTank units come with a compartment specifically designed to house dramatically more ink than your standard color printer.

ET-4550

Specs

  • Print resolution: 4,800 x 1,200 dpi
  • Paper capacity: 150 sheets
  • Paper sizes: Up to 8.5 x 47.2-inch
  • Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.2 x 9.5 inches (W x D x H)
  • Print speed: 13 black ipm, 5 color ipm
  • Weight: 16.3 pounds

Functioning & Specialties

To provide some context: the Canon Pixma MG7520 produces 12 black images per minute. The Canon Maxify MB5320 gets you up to 23 images per minute, and the Epson Workforce Pro WF-4630 can get you 20. The ET-4550 gets dusted by all of these devices. The speeds are pretty unforgivable, especially for a workforce printer.

You can accept 13 black images per minute if the image quality was top-notch, like the Canon Pixma MG7520. But with a top resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 dpi, the ET-4550 needs to be much, much faster than it is.

The printer works with Epson Connect print and share technology, which enables you to access the device from mobile phones and tablets. It also works with Google Cloud printing, Mopria, Kindle Fire Print and Apple AirPrint, so you will never really be left in a lurch. 11,000 black pages per bottle, Epson has come closer to this dream than any other producer to-date.

Setup

Be careful when emptying the bottles into the compartments. They leak and spill easily. Epson provides you with gloves for this dirty work, and you will need them. Unlike the Canon Pixma mentioned earlier, the ET-4550 requires a 20-minute ink calibration, which is a major anti-climatic bummer, albeit one that is common among workforce printers.

Additionally to the calibration process, you are walked through several quick steps, such as connecting to WiFi and changing your time zone, all of which are easy as cake, thanks to Epson’s intuitive setup process and button navigation.

Final Decision

Like most printers on the market, the Epson ET-4550 forces you to compromise. Nevertheless, instead of compromising quality for speed, or vice versa, you are compromising quality and speed for low print costs.