Epson Expands EcoTank Cartridge-Free Supertank Portfolio with New Six-Color Photo Printer Series and Expansion of Pro Printers for SMBs

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – May 4, 2021 – Epson America, Inc., pioneer and global leader of the Supertank printer category, with over 50 million sold,1 is expanding the EcoTank® line of cartridge-free printing solutions to include models designed for creative professionals and high-productivity home offices. The EcoTank Photo ET-8500 and EcoTank Photo ET-8550 provide cartridge-free printing for creatives, scrapbookers, crafters, graphic designers, and those looking for a high-volume solution to printing lab-quality photos and professional graphics. In addition, Epson is launching the EcoTank Pro ET-5150 and EcoTank Pro ET-5170 with an entry-level price point of $499.99 to provide home offices and small businesses with a more affordable EcoTank Pro option for high-speed, high-volume cartridge-free printing.

“The way we live and work has truly changed, and not just in the short-term. As people adapt to this new reality, it’s important to have technology tools that not only ease the transition, but enable productivity, efficiency and help generate revenue,” said Haol Yao, product manager, Consumer Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “We’re excited to add EcoTank printers designed for creative and photography-minded consumers, as well as more affordable models for the EcoTank Pro line up, to ensure creative, business professionals and hobbyists can take full advantage of the benefits cartridge-free printers provide.”

EcoTank Photo ET-8500 and ET-8550

Designed for creatives, the EcoTank Photo ET-8500 and EcoTank Photo ET-8550 tout a six-color Claria® ETPremium ink system coupled with Epson’s high-accuracy printhead technology to deliver 4” x 6” borderless prints in as fast as 15 seconds.2 Leveraging Gray and Photo Black ink, the EcoTank Photo printers deliver stunning color and black & white prints. Featuring low-cost replacement ink bottles in lieu of traditional cartridges, the EcoTank Photo printers can print 4″ x 6″ photos for about 4 cents each, compared to 40 cents with cartridges,3 and as an added convenience each set of bottles provides up to two years of ink.4

The EcoTank Photo ET-8500 and EcoTank Photo ET-8550 deliver vibrant colors, sharp text, fast speeds, and smooth gradations, and are Epson’s only consumer photo printers that support Epson’s Signature Worthy media line, as well as cardstock and other specialty media up to 1.3 mm thick. Both EcoTank Photo models are also compatible with the Epson Print Layout Software, a downloadable application built to streamline and simplify the photo printing process. Additional features include easy-access front loading media trays, a high resolution flatbed scanner, a 4.3-inch color touch screen display panel and easy wireless printing options. In addition, the EcoTank Photo ET-8550 creates stunning wide-format, borderless prints up to 13” x 19” for greater creative project and output sizes.

EcoTank Pro ET-5150 and ET-5170

The new EcoTank Pro ET-5150 and EcoTank Pro ET-5170 augment the existing line of EcoTank Pro models, providing a compact, entry-level, affordable solution to users that require high-volume printing. Productivity features include no warmup time, first page first printing, auto two-sided printing, and a 2.4-inch color touchscreen for easy navigation. Along with the security of a full suite of embedded features to help protect data of businesses, the EcoTank Pro ET-5150 and EcoTank Pro ET-5170 offer connectivity with the Epson Smart Panel™ app5 for easy printer control all from a mobile device.6

The EcoTank Pro Series allows businesses to save up to 80 percent with low-cost replacement ink bottles vs. standard capacity color laser toner cartridges,7 equivalent to about two cents per color ISO page versus 14 cents with standard-capacity color laser toner catrridges.7 Both new models are included in the EcoTank Pro Series’Unlimited Ink for Two Years Program8 where all printers in this family are eligible to receive reimbursement for replacement ink bottles for up to 2 years.8  This program is available for a limited time. 8

Additional EcoTank Photo & Pro Printer Features

Features EcoTank Photo
ET-8500
EcoTank Photo

ET-8550

EcoTank Pro
ET-5150
EcoTank Pro

ET-5170

Powered by Heat-Free Technology  

MicroPiezo®

 

MicroPiezo®

PrecisionCore®  

PrecisionCore®

 

Pigment Ink

Technology

 

Claria®

 

Claria®

DURABrite® DURABrite®
Replacement Ink Yields (documents) Up to 6,700 pages black/ 6,200 color9 Up to 6,700 pages black/ 6,200 color9 Up to 7,500 pages black /6,000 color10 Up to 7,500 pages black /6,000 color10
Paper Capacity 170-sheets total

Rear Straight Pass 1 sheet

170-sheets total

Rear Straight Pass 1 sheet

 

250-sheets total

250-sheets total
Pages per Minute (PPM) 16 black/12 color ISO ppm 16 black/12 color ISO ppm 17 black/9.5 color ISO ppm 17 black/9.5 color ISO ppm
Control Panel 4.3″ color touchscreen 4.3″ color touchscreen 2.4″ color touchscreen 2.4″ color touchscreen
Capabilities Wireless, Print, Copy, Scan, Ethernet Wireless, Wide-format, Print, Copy, Scan, Ethernet Wireless, Print, Copy, Scan, Ethernet Wireless, Print, Copy, Scan, Fax, Ethernet
Print Size Up to 8.5” x 11” Up to 13” x 19” Up to 8.5” x 11” Up to 8.5” x 11”
Specialty Media Up to 1.3 mm thick media Up to 1.3 mm thick media N/A N/A
Hands-free, voice-activated printing11 Ö Ö Ö Ö
Wireless /Wi-Fi DirectÒ12/Tablet6/ Smartphone6/
Smart Panel App5
Ö Ö Ö Ö
Auto 2-Sided Print, Copy & Scan Ö Ö Ö Ö
Unlimited Ink for Two Years Program Eligibility N/A NA Ö Ö

Pricing, Availability and Support

The EcoTank Photo ET-8500 ($599.99 MSRP), EcoTank Pro ET-5150 ($499.99 MSRP) and EcoTank Pro ET-5170 ($549.99 MSRP) are now available through major computer, office and electronic retailers, and on the Epson store (www.epsonstore.com). The EcoTank Photo ET-8550 ($699.99 MSRP) is currently available at Office Depot and Amazon and will be available online on the Epson store and other major retailers in early August. For more information regarding eligibility for the Epson Unlimited Ink for Two Years Program with the EcoTank Pro Series,8visit www.epson.com/ecotank-pro-ink-tank-printers.

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