Workforce ET-4550by Epson

  • Workforce ET-4550
  • Workforce ET-4550
  • Workforce ET-4550
  • Workforce ET-4550
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Workforce ET-4550 prints decent quality output at greatly reduced ink costs by using large refillable ink tanks.
  • It ships with enough ink to print 11,000 black and white or 8,500 color pages.
  • The printer connects with Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi Direct, and it has an automatic document feeder.

CONS

  • The small paper capacity suggests home and small office use only.
  • The printer has a lengthy setup and slow printing speed.
  • It takes up a lot of desktop space.
Epson has broken the cartridge money-making scheme that inkjet makers have followed for years. The Epson WorkForce ET-4550 network inkjet printer is essentially the much less expensive WF-2650 with the EcoTank ink system tacked on. If your main concern is keeping volume printing costs down, the Epson ET-4550 promises two years of ink right out of the box. With decent print quality and fax, copy, and scan capabilities, it’s a good basic office machine, with ink that lasts (almost) forever. You’ll need to do the math to see if the printer price justifies not buying cartridges.
NameWorkforce ET-4550Officejet Pro X 576DWMaxify MB2320Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One All-in-One PrinterEnvy 4500 All-in-One Printer
ManufacturerEpsonHPCanonEpsonHP
Techwalla Score
73%
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List Price$500$800$200$100$100
80%

...the ET-4550 is your typical entry-level printer, complete with features you'd find on a typical beginner's WorkForce AIO.

...the ET-4550 is your typical entry-level printer, complete with features you'd find on a typical beginner's WorkForce AIO.

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80%

For those who print enough for the ET-4550's low ink cost to matter, it can be a good fit for personal or light-duty shared use, with its to…

For those who print enough for the ET-4550's low ink cost to matter, it can be a good fit for personal or light-duty shared use, with its total cost of ownership making it a highly attractive choice.

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60%

If your main concern is keeping costs down, the ET-4550 might be the ideal printer for you. But if you have any other needs, you're better o…

If your main concern is keeping costs down, the ET-4550 might be the ideal printer for you. But if you have any other needs, you're better off looking elsewhere.

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Epson has figured out a way to get you to pay more than $300 for a printer again: a two-year supply of printer ink, built-in.

Epson has figured out a way to get you to pay more than $300 for a printer again: a two-year supply of printer ink, built-in.

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The printers cost significantly more than non-EcoTank models, but the inks not only last longer, they are less expensive to replace.

The printers cost significantly more than non-EcoTank models, but the inks not only last longer, they are less expensive to replace.

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