Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
I am a busy mum of 3 running a business as well as studying for a master’s degree part time. I use my printers I have so much and seem to be buying printer ink frequently at a considerable cost to. I was therefore over the moon to be offered an Epson ET-2710 EcoTank printer to review. It arrived really quickly well packaged in perfect condition. I was surprised at how lightweight the printer was to carry. It looks so smart yet is practical too by way of how versatile it is function wise. The box contained:
- Power lead
- Instruction booklet
- CD for printer set up
- Bottles of ink
I tend to find setting up tech products daunting so I was a bit apprehensive that I may not be able to get the printer working, I needn’t have worried. One my first tasks was to fill up the ink tank. The lid covering the ink tanks was simple to open and close. I then had to unclip each tank’s lid before filling the ink tanks. This was a simple case of unscrewing the lid from each ink bottle in turn, turning the bottle upside down until that colour tank was full. I even had some ink left over in each bottle afterwards. Once all the ink tanks were full up, I then made sure that all of the tops were clicked down securely in place.
I then set the printer up using the CD included in the box. This was a quick and simple process. Because I prefer printing from the Epson iPrint app I am focusing more on this process during my review. I find it much easier to print using the Epson iPrint app on my phone. I already had this app on my phone because of a previous Epson printer my mum owns. I decided to use the wifi direct printer functionality to use the printer. This involved the following steps:
- First of all, I had to check that the printer had both a wifi button and network status button. It did have.
- I then had to press the wifi button and network status button simultaneously until both flashed alternately.
- I then had to wait for a short time until set up was completed. I knew when the printer was ready for the next step as the wifi lamp was flashing. I then knew that the printer was ready for wifi direct connection.
- The next step was to insert paper into the printer and then hold the network status button down for at least 10 seconds.
- This enabled me to print out a network status sheet.
- I then had to locate the SSID and password from the sheet of paper just printed.
- I opened up the wifi settings on my iPhone, found the printer with that SSID and clicked on it to select it. Then I entered the password printed on the piece of paper.
- I then went back to the Epson iPrint app and it searched for the printer. The printer ET-2710 series then came up.
I love the Epson iPrint app. It makes using the printer so easy.
First of all, I decided to scan a document. I just had to select the scan icon on the app, place the document I wanted to scan face down on the printer and then click scan. Once the document was scanned I could either choose to email it to a recipient, save the file or print it. You can even click the cog symbol at the top right hand side of the scanning page of the app and change the scanning size, image type, resolution or gamma. The completed scan was excellent quality, really clear.
This is the option on the app which I think I will use the most. I love printing out pictures of my 3 children at home. All I had to do was click on the print photos icon within the app. I then selected the images I wanted to print, clicking next and the + sign until I had selected all the photos I wished to print. I then loaded 6 x 4 inch photo paper into the tray at the back of the printer with the glossy side up and adjusted the plastic guide to the size of the photo paper. The photos printed in no time and print quality was excellent, so much so in fact that I put both photos into a frame which I now keep on my mantelpiece.
Print documents/Print from cloud
I have not yet used these options but the app makes the process so straightforward for even a tech novice.
Whilst I love the idea of this function, I have not yet tried it out. I think it would be handy for scanning in receipts or something like that.
This function is so handy. I simply laid a document face down on the glass of the scanner part of the printer and selected the copy icon on the app. I then followed the intuitive options on screen to copy the document.
The print and scan quality of this printer is phenomenal. The printer itself has impressed me so much due to being so easy to use for someone like me who tends to struggle with tech products. I love the fact that the printer will print approx. 4,500 black and white pages or 7,500 colour pages before I will need to buy more ink. I love the mess free process for filling up the ink tanks.
I think that this printer would be fantastic for any home or small business. It is lightweight and therefore easy to carry. It is robust and seems to be standing up well to regular use. Whilst it is not the cheapest printer out there, its functions and print quality make the cost worthwhile as does the EcoTank system. I will save an absolute fortune compared to what I was previously spending on ink. This printer would make a lovely addition to a home office or a wonderful Christmas Gift for a tech lover in your life.
A well-deserved 5 stars.
For more information or to buy, visit www.epson.co.uk.