Epson EcoTank ET-14000 A3+ Printer Review

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Product Overview Print Quality Verdict

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Verdict

The Epson EcoTank ET-14000 is a great office-environment printer, with the ability to print both colour and monochrome prints at an above average speed. The inclusion of a high-capacity ink tank is one of the main selling points, as well as A3 printing. Having used the ET-14000 for just under a month, it’s nice to see that the ink levels have hardly dropped at all. I think, in terms of Epson’s 2-year ink claims, that it’s highly likely that the ET-14000 would continue to run on just one fill-up for up to the aforementioned 2-year period quite easily.

A few downsides are the lack of WiFi printing & various Epson app-related features seen on most of Epson’s all-in-one desktop printers (and even other lower-priced EcoTank printers), no included USB cable is an annoying oversight considering the high price tag & the printer takes up a considerable amount of room.

In terms of price, it’s difficult to mark the ET-14000 down. It’s definitely expensive at £500, but in terms of the money you’ll save on ink in the long run it’s a no-brainer. If you work out your normal ink cartridge costs, I imagine that over a 2-year period you’d easily spend more on ink than you would with the ET-14000.

That being said, not all of you are going to want to spend £500 on a printer that lacks some of todays most basic features. With that in mind, the ET-14000 is definitely a printer targeted more towards small office users than home users.

    Pros

  • High-quality prints
  • Print speed is above average
  • Low-cost printing, thanks to the high-capacity ink tank
  • Easy to setup
  • A3+ printing, as well as all other smaller paper formats

    Cons

  • High price tag
  • Take up a lot of room
  • A lack of some of the most basic features you’d expect to see on a £500 printer
8 Stars

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