The Epson EcoTank ET-14000 is part of Epson’s EcoTank range of printers. It offers ultra low-cost printing, thanks to the high-capacity refillable ink tank system. A3+ printing is one of the main selling points of the ET-14000, however the ability to print A3-sized documents means that the printer is over 700mm wide. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but is definitely something to consider if you’re looking to print documents of this size and don’t have too much space to spare in your office.
Whereas your traditional desktop printer will require two ink cartridges (black & colour), the ET-14000 relies on Magenta, Yellow, Cyan & Black ink in its continuous high-capacity ink delivery system (situated on the right hand side of the printer). The installation of the ink is incredibly simple, and hassle-free. Simply unhook the ink tank and place it on its side. All you then need to do is pour the ink in to the matching compartment. Each individual ink compartment is then sealed shut using a rubber stopper.
The ET-14000 arrives with five 70ml bottles of ink (2x black ink, 1x cyan, 1x magenta & 1x yellow).
According to Epson, this amount of ink is capable of printing up to 7100 pages in monochrome & up to 5700 pages in colour. This is technically enough ink to last up to two years (for the average user). We unfortunately don’t have enough time to test this claim though…
In terms of the available features, there aren’t a great deal. So if you’re after a printer with a touch screen display, access to Epson’s built-in printer apps & wireless printing, then perhaps the 4-in-1 ET-4550 from Epson’s EcoTank range would be a better option. You would, however, lose the ability to print A3-sized documents if you opted for the ET-4550.
The lack of an external power supply is one feature we approve of. With the inclusion of a built-in power supply there’s no bulky power supply taking up space on your desk with the ET-14000.
Basically, what you see is what you get with ET-14000. There’s no fancy displays, with a maze of menus to navigate through; just high-quality low-cost printing.
The ET-14000 is one of the more expensive printers within the EcoTank range, with an RRP of £500. So, how much is A3 printing worth to you? And can you justify the cost? We can’t answer these questions for you, unfortunately, but with the ET-14000’s large ink capacity your overall printing costs should be considerably lower than that of a standard desktop printer.