Epson announces two new 6-colour premium EcoTank printers for photography and creative enthusiasts

.• Multi-Function printers featuring 6 colour Claria ET Premium Ink • Wide range of wireless connectivity and media options • Low running costs and cartridge free conveniences make them accessible for the whole family

Epson announces two new 6-colour premium EcoTank printers for photography and creative enthusiasts

21st April 2021 - Epson has introduced two new cartridge free premium EcoTank models for creative enthusiasts. Perfect for keen amateur photographers, the wireless, multi-function EcoTank ET-8500 and ET-8550, which use 6 colour Epson Claria ET Premium inks, print stunning photos and documents at incredibly low running costs. They include a range of modern connectivity features the whole family will enjoy.

Both new printers come with the new 6 colour Epson Claria ET Premium ink set to produce high-quality, long-lasting, borderless photos of up to A4 size with the ET-8500 and to A3+ with the ET-8550. The photo black and new photo grey ink makes it easy to achieve detailed, high-contrast black and white photos with beautiful toning, while the pigment black ink ensures sharp text when printing double-sided documents on plain paper. This makes these printers a fantastic choice for every task in your home.

Amateur photographers and creative hobbyists will appreciate the highly flexible media handling capabilities of the two new printers. With five paper feeds there is no end to the  creative projects these printers can deliver. Not only can you print directly onto suitable CDs and DVDs, you can also store photo size and A4 paper in the two front trays ensuring your printer is always loaded and ready to go.  The rear tray allows you to print on media such as craft papers and card, even up to A3+ size with the ET-8550. Finally, the rear straight pass paper feed means you can print on media up to 1.3mm thick and 2 metres long and up to A4 in width for the ET-8500 or up to A3+ in width with the ET-8550.

These new premium EcoTank printers join Epson’s award-winning line up of cartridge-free refillable ink tank printers which this year saw global sales reach 50 million units. They deliver ultra-low cost per page thanks to the EcoTank's innovative cartridge-free filling system with easy-to-use, mess-free bottles. The ET-8500 and ET-8550 allow you to print up to 2,300 high-quality photos with one set of ink bottles1. These can last up to 300 years when stored in an album2. Featuring Micro Piezo Heat-Free Technology, you can enjoy consistent high-speed printing, with greatly reduced energy consumption and less need for replacement parts, helping to save time, money and the planet too!

Wi-Fi set up and the freedom to print or scan from anywhere has never been easier as these printers are amongst the first EcoTanks to feature Epson Smart Panel. The Epson Smart Panel app3 transforms your iOS® or Android™ mobile device4 into a controller for the printer making it easy for the whole family to set up, monitor, print, scan and more from your hand-held device. The ET-8500 and ET-8550 also enable printing from SD cards and USB flash drives through the large 10.9cm colour touchscreen. With full Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and Ethernet connectivity, integrating either of these printers with your existing home set-up is simple and straightforward.

Julian Maddock, product manager at Epson Europe said: “This printer is great news for photographers and creative enthusiasts. It’s our first multi-function, EcoTank printer to feature 6 colour Claria ET Premium Ink for delivering high quality photos, arts and crafts on a wide range of media. The low running costs and flexible convenience of cartridge free printing make it ideal for everyday document printing the whole family can enjoy.”

The EcoTank ET-8500 and ET-8550 are available immediately with an RRP of £649.99 and £779.99 respectively

Key Features ET-8500ET-8550
FunctionsA4 Print, A4 Copy, A4 ScanA3+ Print, A4 Copy, A4 Scans
Scanner Resolution1200 dpi1200 dpi
Printer ColourWhiteBlack
Size (W x D x H mm)403 x 369 x 162523 x 379 x 169
New 6-colour ink set featuring Photo dye black, grey, and CMY. Plus pigment black for plain paper and artwork mediaEpson Claria ET Premium Ink 1 set included = 2,300 photosEpson Claria ET Premium Ink 1 set included = 2,300 photos
10.9cm colour touch screenYesYes
Two front paper traysA4 and photo sizeA4 and photo size
Rear tray for thicker mediaUp to A4 sizeUp to A3+ size
Rear straight pass for 1.3mm thick media up to 2 metres longUp to A4 widthUp to A3+ width
Motorised output trayYesYes
LED Downlighter for easy print quality inspectionYesYes
Mobile PrintingEpson Smart Panel app and Apple AirPrint and MopriaEpson Smart Panel app and Apple AirPrint and Mopria
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet and USB connectivity, SD card slot & front USB stick connectionYesYes
Easy access user replaceable maintenance boxYesYes
Photo print speed (10x15cm)25 seconds25 seconds
A4 ISO print speed (black/colour)16/12 ppm*16/12 ppm*
1 Quoted yields are extrapolated based on the ISO/IEC 29103 pattern with Epson’s methodology printing 10x15cm photos, and NOT based on ISO/IEC 29102. Quoted yields may vary depending on the images that you are printing, paper type that you are using, frequency of your prints and environmental conditions such as temperature. During the initial printer setup, a certain amount of ink is used to fill the print head’s nozzles, therefore the yield of the initial bundled set can be lower.

2 Print permanence ratings are based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media stored in archival sleeves in album storage. Actual print stability will vary according to the media, printed image, display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints.

3 Epson Smart Panel and Epson Creative Print require a wireless connection and the Epson printing apps. Epson Email Print, Epson Scan-to-Cloud and Epson Remote Print Driver require an internet connection. For more information, supported languages and devices, visit the Epson website.

4 Compatible mobile device operating systems — for iOS: 11.0 or later; for iPadOS®: OS 11.0 or later; for Android: 5.0 or later

* Determined in accordance with ISO/IEC 24734 showing the average of ESAT from the office Category Test for default simplex. For more information visit www.epson.eu/testing