Earlier this year, Epson released a top-notch printer dubbed the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650. The wide-format AIO printer is designed for small to medium offices or workgroups, featuring a wide format that allows you to print super-tabloid size. Being an all-in-one printer, it delivers copy and scan functionalities with capable specs to improve your productivity.
Available at a rather expensive initial cost, the feature-rich printer is ideal for high print volume. Thanks to generous ratings for recommended monthly volume as well as input capacity that make your printing task much easier than before. Powerful performance is well-hidden behind its compact and professional design.
Well-Constructed with Small Footprint
The EcoTank Pro ET-16650 is a well-constructed Epson’s flagship that wraps ease-of-use features and capable specs in a compact design. Despite it offers wide-format printing, the machine has a small footprint that won’t consume a lot of space in your small office. Measuring 19.7 inches by 20.3 inches by 13.8 inches and weighing 46.1 pounds, this model is pretty lightweight and space-saving.
From the exterior, the heavy-duty printer looks professional with an automatic document feeder on its top. Just under the scanner, it has a control panel that allows you to tilt the cover for a better visual from any position. The control panel is where all the operation configuration can be controlled. It comes with a 4.3-inch touch screen LCD display, numerical buttons, and function buttons to manage the settings.
Just below the control panel, you will find an output tray that keeps the printed documents neat and organized as well as a front cassette where you can load the paper. But the most conspicuous exterior feature is the ink reservoirs that reminds me of the Canon PIXMA G7020. It offers easier access to monitor as well as refill the consumables.
Heavy-Duty Printer with Multiple Functions
The supertank printer supports multiple purposes including printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. Each function is well-delivered, thanks to capable specifications that enable the printer to deliver high-quality output.
Promising excellent print results, this model features all-pigment 4-in-1 printing technology. It supports maximum print resolution up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi, ensuring amazing detail and vibrant color for documents and photo printings.
Equipped with an automatic document feeder, the ET-16650 lets you print 2-sided documents without flipping the sheet manually. Additionally, it also supports borderless printing up to 11 inches by 17 inches.
Inside the machine, there is a capable copier with excellent specifications. It lets you print up to 99 pages at one time with an impressive copy quality of 256 gradations and 16.7 million colors. The copier can handle up to 11 inches by 17 inches of copy size with a variety of features such as reduction and enlargement, 2-sided copy, ID card copy, and color balance.
The ET-16650 has a color flatbed scanner. Supporting optical resolution up to 1200 dpi, it delivers highly legible scanned documents to store in your computer. The scanner is able to handle up to A3 ledger or standard tabloid size. It comes with a number of features such as Scan to Cloud, Scan to Email, and Scan to Memory Device.
Having a faxing functionality makes the ET-16650 a full-featured printer to be your new partner. The faxing machine supports up to 550 pages or memory with monochrome and color fax ability.
Dependable Capacity with Double Inputs
Designed for small to medium business and workgroups, the ET-16650 is expected to handle high print volume. To meet this expectation, Epson equips this model with double input trays for efficient printing. It has two front cassettes, each holds up to 250 sheets. It also features rear feed that handles up to 50 sheets. That means the total capacity offered by this machine is 550 sheets.
Don’t forget the automatic document feeder! The ADF comes with 50-sheet paper capacity, which means it offers 600 sheets of total paper handling. With such a capacity rating, you don’t need to worry about running out of paper while printing. Not to mention it supports efficient work.
Canon’s ET-16650 is rated at 3,300 pages of recommended monthly volume with 66,000 pages or monthly duty cycle. This print capacity is more than sufficient for small to medium businesses with high print volume per month.
Not only does the printer offer high input capacity and print volume, but it also supports a variety of paper types and sizes. The wide-format printer holds up to A3+ or super-tabloid size, besides common paper sizes such as legal, letter, A1, A6, and user-defined. The supported paper types include plain paper, photo paper, card stock, and envelope.
Acceptable Speed Rating
The PIXMA ET-16650 is rated at 25 pages per minute for both mono and color simplex. The speed slightly decreases to 21 pages per minute for mono and color duplex. I should say this print speed is quite impressive, especially when compared with Canon’s inkjet printers.
Excellent print speed is also shown for photo printing. Despite the ET-16650 is not a consumer-grade photo printer, it performs nicely for snapshots especially the speed. As I tested the printer, it delivered 4 inches by 6 inches snapshots only in 11 seconds.
Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650 Output Quality
Epson relies on PrecisionCore print head to deliver high-quality output for its EcoTank Pro printers and the ET-16650 holds up this tradition. Supported by this print technology, the full-featured printer promises print shop-quality results. It is all about high precision, impressive detail, and amazingly accurate colors.
During the test, this printer showed highly legible text without noticeable banding and streaking on graphics and gradients. It worked well for the small fonts and the characters were well-shaped. The output quality is more than acceptable for business documents.
The same case with photo printing, the ET-16650 produces excellent output quality. Whether you need to make creative projects or marketing materials, this printer can help handle half of your job. Even though it is incomparable to a six-ink photo-centric printer, it is dependable to grow your business.
Featuring EcoTank for Affordable Print Cost
To ensure its print quality, this model uses DURABrite pigment ink. I could see how well the consumables worked to deliver vibrant and accurate colors. The ET-16650 comes with four individual tanks: Black, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. Thanks to supertank ink reservoirs that hold more ink capacity for more yields.
When the reservoirs are running out of inks, you can easily refill the tank. Thanks to spill-free bottle technology that ensures hassle-free ink replenishment. Epson suggests you to use EcoTank 542 as the compatible consumables. The black ink prints up to 7,500 pages while the color consumable produce up to 6,000 prints.
The best part of having a mega tank is that the ET-16650 boasts affordable print cost. This is my favorite part as I can print as many documents as I need. This model costs only 2 cents per page for mono and color page, which is pretty cheap even for high print volume.
Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650 Connectivity Option
Canon’s ET-16650 is a printer with copious connectivity options, both wired and wireless. The standard interfaces include Ethernet and USB that let you establish a robust connection with PC. For wireless connectivity, it offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct. These connectivity choices allow you to connect the printer to a wide array of devices.
In addition to connectivity options, the ET-16650 also supports mobile connectivity such as Mopria, Apple, and AirPrint. You can use Epson Connect Email Print and Epson iPrint mobile app to get different printing experiences right from your smartphone or tablet. Not to mention it supports voice-activated printing for efficient and easy operation.
Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650 Pros and Cons
As one of the top-tier models, the ET-16650 boasts convenient printing. It brings tons of features to make your business printing simpler and easier than before. Apart from that, it has few minuses that should be taken into consideration.
Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650 Pros
- Small footprint
If your office has a small space issue, this printer won’t bring additional problems. For a wide-format printer, the ET-16650 comes with a compact design so it does not take much space to any given room. Not to mention it has a professional look to enhance your mood at work.
- Print shop-quality output
Supported by PrecisionCore print head combined with capable print specs and compatible consumables, Epson’s ET-16650 produces outstanding output. The print result is comparable to print-shop quality, allowing you to rely on this printer for business documents.
- Affordable print cost
Thanks to mega ink reservoirs that hold more consumables to print more pages. It offers lower print costs, making it an efficient printer to handle a bulk of documents. Even for high print volume, this printer is budget-friendly.
- High input capacity and volume
Designed for medium to high print volume, the heavy-duty printer is supported by high input capacity and volume. It is equipped with double input cassettes and rear tray as well as an automatic document feeder that holds up to 600 sheets. Besides, its volume rating is sufficient for moderate to high volume.
Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650 Cons
- Lack of preview screen
While this printer is nearly perfect, I could find a little drawback you can take into consideration. It lacks a preview screen, a feature that displays page preview before printing.
As Epson’s flagship, the ET-16650 has a handful of features to support efficient work. Not only does it boast convenient printing with copious connectivity options and voice activation, but it also produces excellent quality output comparable to print shops.
I come to the conclusion that the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16650 is an ideal printer for small to medium businesses. It has a lot of good things to offer and little-to-no drawbacks, so you don’t need to think twice before purchasing this printer.