This printer is the only one that ticks all the boxes I'm looking for - 6 ink tanks, network + wifi, A3+ capable, scanning, etc etc. Surprisingly it's around the same size as the Canon MG8250 it replaces even though it takes double the paper size. A3 is from the rear feeder and pass-through port only, but the printer also has 2 cassettes for A4 and smaller photo papers, and will print CDs/DVDs, whatever they might be! When all the doors are closed up it's a nice sleek design, not an eyesore. Filling ink tanks is a breeze - Epson has designed a no-spill system for filling that works really well, and so far it has hardly used any ink (apart from the initial amount needed to prime the system). The variable-angle touchscreen is surprisingly useful and software works fine, although downloading drivers for the Mac was a bit convoluted - Epson Software Updater had to be downloaded first, which then downloaded an updated version of itself, which then came up with a list of the various drivers and software package options to install. Print quality seems very good - it might not be the absolute pinnacle for exhibition-quality photos but for my purposes it's more than adequate. All in all very pleased with it, and if it lasts as long as its predecessor the high price will be well worth it.
Epson EcoTank ET-8550 A3 3-in-1 Photo Printer
- New Or Secondhand: New
Product code: 144793 (8715946676739 )
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- A3+ max print size
- A4 max scan size (@ 1200 dpi optical resolution)
- Wi-Fi b/g/n/a/ac and Wi-Fi Direct
- 6 ink system (Claria ET Premium Ink)
- Pigment Black + photo dyes (CMYK + Grey)
- Grey ink for superior B&W photo printing
- 10.9cm touchscreen
- 2x front cassette (A4 and photo)
- 1x rear feed
- 1x A3+ straight pass feed (thick media up to 1.3mm)
- CD/DVD print
- A4 auto duplex
- SD card slot
- Front USB stick printing
- Motorised output tray
- Epson Smart Panel app compatible
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Maintenance box (now double the capacity)
- Size: 523 x 379 x 169mm
New Epson Claria ET Premium Ink
The New 6-colour ink set produces superb, high-quality photos. Photos last up to 300 years when stored in an album. Photo black and new photo grey ink for stunning B&W photos. And the pigment black ink for sharp text documents on plain paper.
Why no Light Cyan and Light Magenta inks?
Traditional 6-colour models don’t use the smallest Cyan/Magenta droplet sizes to print the lightest shades. Instead, the printer uses large droplets of the lighter inks. This enhances quality without causing the printer to become annoyingly slow when printing areas of light colours.
The new ET-8500 and ET-8550 have a faster print head
(fast enough to use the smallest Cyan/Magenta droplet sizes for printing large areas of light colour), and combined with blending the new Photo Grey ink, means the lighter inks are no longer necessary.
By removing the Light Cyan & Light Magenta inks we can now include:
- Pigment Black: for office-quality A4 text printing on plain paper
- Photo Grey: for greatly enhanced B&W photo printing
Wide Colour Gamut
The wide colour gamut of Epson Claria ET Premium Ink delivers:
- Better colour reproduction
- Especially in the red, magenta and purple ranges
- The new photo grey ink helps create more neutral colours
- Smoother gradations
New Photo Grey ink for amazing B&W Photos
- Print exquisitely detailed, high-contrast black & white photos with the new Photo Grey ink
- Combined with the Photo Black ink, you’ll get dramatic images with beautiful toning
- No colour casts
Five paper feeds for unleashing your creativity
Whether storing A4 and photo paper at the same, printing onto special craft papers, or feeding thick card up to 2 metres long with the new
Straight Pass – the ET-8500 & ET-8550 have the media handling for all your creative projects.
Two front cassettes
Store plain and photo paper at the same time and out of sight.
- Tray 1 up to A4 size
- Tray 2 up to 13x18cm size
CD & DVD Printing
Print directly onto suitable CD/DVDs with the included software.
Ideal for craft papers and other creative media.
- ET-8550: up to A3+ size
- Holds up to 100 sheets
Rear Straight Pass
For media up to 1.3mm thick (800g/m2) and a maximum length of 200cm!
- ET-8550: up to A3+ width
Large 10.9cm Touchscreen
- Replaces the previous 6.8cm LCD and its manual buttons
- Offset - does not obstruct the paper path
- Means tilt stays the same whether printing or not
- Easy to read the localised text and help guides
Epson Smart Panel app
Smart Panel consolidates all Epson consumer apps into a single smart app.
The new design makes it even easier to:
print photos, make copies, scan, be creative with a selection of artistic templates, set-up your printer, troubleshoot, watch instruction videos, perform maintenance, and lots more.
- Apple and Android
- Single app including all features from current consumer apps
- Contemporary new design
- Easier to use e.g. entering Wi-Fi passwords, making copies, etc
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