Review: Epson EcoTank ET-4500 Printer

Long gone are the days when you had to walk to a print shop to get your printing done. These days most, if not all of us, have printers at home and use them to our hearts desire. Getting a cheap printer is easy… what isn’t easy though, is how to find a solution which will allow you to keep printing costs down… and just when you thought there wasn’t an answer along comes the Epson EcoTank ET-4500…

Review - Epson EcoTank ET-4500 Multifunction PrinterThe Epson EcoTank ET-4500 Multifunction Printer which can print, copy, scan and fax is one of Epson’s new EcoTanks printers designed to keep printing cost at bay. It uses an integrated ultra-high-capacity ink tank system, which means much more printing before it requires a refill and best of all no need for cartridges. Full tanks will allow you to print up to 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour – that is one heck of a lot of printing!

For the last 6 weeks I have had the pleasure of testing an ET-4500 and I am finally ready to share my verdict with you.

Pluses:

Easy to set up and use. Not everyone is a techno wizard but with the EcoTank ET-4500 you really don’t have to be. The enclosed disk goes through the process on your computer screen step by step with clear pictures and even the LCD screen on the printer chips in from time to time to give helpful prompts. Both set up and usability is very user friendly and straight forward… almost fool-proof.

Nice compact size and a pleasing finish. Sometimes useful things aren’t as pretty as we might hope for but the EcoTank ET-4500 is actually really nice looking. It’s not too big and it comes in a nice matt finish which as a whole looks rather good 🙂

Good print quality. After using a laser printer for the last 4 or 5 years I was a little uneasy with going “back” to an inkjet again but I was very positively surprised. The print quality is excellent both in black & white and colour.

Wifi enable. This is a huge plus. No more moving documents between devices or mess cables… now I can print hassle free from any phone, tablet, laptop or PC in the house… this must be my favourite function to be honest! It allows me to save so much time and messing about and I just love it!

Huge amount of ink. The Eco tanks hold a huge amount of ink allowing you to significantly reduce printing costs whilst at the same time giving you piece of mind. So many times before I find I get caught out with a cartridge running dry or my toner becoming empty just when I needed to print something time sensitive. I really like the fact that I no longer have to constantly worry about my printer. I’ve put a reminder in my calendar to check ink levels monthly… just to be on the safe side and when I do eventually have to top up the ink reservoirs I am only buying the ink which makes for sizable savings over other inkjet systems.

Copy/scan function. Until we plugged in the EcoTank ET-4500 we also had a scanner but now it is no longer needed. I like the multifunctional capabilities of this printer and the fact that I can have more space on and around my desk. When it comes to the fax… well to be honest I have had no need or opportunity for testing this feature so far but I am sure it works as intended, after all who still sends faxes outside of a corporate office environment.

Minuses:

Too much packaging! I know this isn’t a big deal for most but I really dislike over packaging. I know they wanted the printer to be safe in transit and it is a high tech high spec electronic device but it took a while to unwrap it and find all the hidden little protection.

Long set up. The set up although simple and well guided did take over an hour as the jets needed some 20 minutes to initialize themselves and just when you think you’re ready to do some test printing it spent another 20 minutes downloading patches and firmware updates. It is only a once off thing and now it springs to life very quickly, but for the initial set up I strongly suggest you make a large coffee and make sure you have some spare time.

Lack of duplex, which means that if you require double sided printing you need to turn pages around manually. However, this feature is available on ET-4550 model.

Verdict:

In general I am very happy with my EcoTank ET-4500. I have a fab looking fully functional printer / copier / scanner / fax with super low maintenance costs. I can enjoy hassle free printing from any device or place in the house and I don’t have to worry about levels of my ink as I know it will last much, much longer than a standard ink cartridge would.

I think the EcoTank ET-4500 is a great choice for anyone who prints a lot and is looking for a super economical printing option with no compromise on quality or speed of the print.

Thank you Epson!

Blog Business Cards – Must Have for Bloggers on The Go

Blog Business Cards – Must Have for Bloggers on The GoBlog Business Cards - Must Have for Bloggers on The GoWell this small card can go a long way and for me and it is the number one must have thing for blogging.

Lately bloggers are gaining more and more respect as a media outlet, more and more companies are starting to work with us and value our opinions, and more and more money is being poured into supporting bloggers.

However like with every other business, first impressions count the most… you talk to someone who sells or offers something of interest to you, you would like to approach them to work with you… what better way of making that first impression than by passing over your blog business card?

I remember a blogger meet-up I attended a few months back when I already had Bark Time on a self-hosted domain but I still carried with me my old .worldpress business cards… every time I passed one over I had to explain… “Well, I have moved to a self-hosted site but the old domain will re-direct”… it occurred to me that this really wasn’t ideal. It was the time to get some new cards made.

Luckily StressFreePrint.co.uk once again agreed to create and print some business cards for Bark Time. After my first encounter with them in the summer of last year I was totally over the moon with their service (you can read my previous review here) and I really wanted to know if their outstanding service would be the same the second time around… well… it wasn’t… it was tenfold better!

The first time, I wanted some business cards but I knew in my heart that they aren’t forever… I knew that a domain change would be coming in the near future and that would demand a new card at some point in the future. Now this future is here and this time I knew that whatever we created would stay with me for a long time.

Blog Business Cards from StressFreePrint.co.ukStressFreePrint.co.uk works with you. You give them the outline brief and they create a design based on it. Well, I gave them the brief but once the first draft came back to me I hated it, despite being done exactly to my specification. I worked with Nilesh from their Artwork Team for days; we made countless changes until the card was perfect (in my opinion of course). There were moments when I was ready to quit and simply accept what we already had but I wasn’t letting myself off the hook until I was 100% satisfy with my new business card.

My New Blog Business Cards from StressFreePrint.co.ukThey arrived securely packed in hard plastic boxes, once I took one into my hand my senses were met with a smooth velvet like paper… pure pleasure to touch and hold. At this moment I knew that my cards were spot on, I really couldn’t ask for anymore; I had something which would help me with those ever so important first impressions.

If you need new business cards for your blog or any other business come to that, then StressFreePrint.co.uk is the way to go. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Do you have a blog business card?

Stress Free Printing – does it really exist?

my business cards from StressFreePrint.co.uk

Lately in line with my #StressLess campaign I am on the lookout for any new ways to reduce my stress and anxiety in everyday life.

Imagine my surprise when StressFreePrint.co.uk asked me to try their services… perfect I thought to myself… but then immediately I started to worry… what is this? Is it just the name of the company and it has nothing to do with a stress free printing… oh hey, as I needed some new business cards for my blog I decided to give it a go.

Have you ever tried to design your own business cards online?

I did… a few times actually but I never managed to finish the process… never. Always it ends up with something going wrong; leaving me in a hysteric state that the whole project will be lost… and in the end it is as I just close the window giving up on the idea. This has happened to me very recently when I received some free business cards as a Klout perk… after spending over an hour on the design of my choosing I gave up… I was beaten by the program and unable to finish the task.

So is StressFreePrint.co.uk any different?

Oh yes!

They are actually very different and totally stress free. They offer to design them for you to your specifications! How cool is that! I was asked to pick the basics… paper type and finish, any graphics I might want and all the information I want to include on my cards. I had pretty good idea what I wanted as I imagined my cards over and over, but I didn’t know they might look so good! StressFreePrint.co.uk did a great job. Not only did my business cards match my stated specification, they also look so much better that I envisioned they would.

Final draft... approved and ready for the print
Final draft… approved and ready for the print

Once the design was done I received an email asking me to either confirm it or suggest changes. I had one change to my first draft… I wanted a full url of the blog on both sides… few hours later my second corrected design was ready… it was accepted and it went to print.

Few days after this at 8am a lovely courier delivered my business cards… all 500 of them. They come in plastics boxes split to bundles of 100. Every 100 of my brand new shiny business cards sits comfortable in its own plastic tab. They are dry and safe from any dust. I really like it… so thoughtful.

Blog Business Cards from StressFreePrint.co.uk

As for the business card itself… they are stunning. The quality of the paper and print is fantastic. They feel very luxurious and I totally love them!

Business card anyone?

So you see sometimes the name is not just a name.

StressFreePrint.co.uk really is offering stress free printing service.
I love it and next time I need something designed and printed I am going back to them; there is no question about it.

As an overall service StressFreePrint.co.uk deserves 5/5 stars. They offer a fast and reliable service. They also reply to your queries in a quickly in a friendly and polite manner. They are understanding and efficient. I know that I am not the easiest customer out there… I like having things done my way and a lot of salesmen’s quickly get fed up with me but StressFreePrint.co.uk staff treated me with respect and I really felt that they do actually care.

Thank you StressFreePrint.co.uk for a fantastic service and great product; and thank you Meredith for packing my cards with care.

Business Cards from StressFreePrint.co.uk!

* Product (500 business cards) was provided free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own .