Epson - WorkForce ET-16500 EcoTank® Wide Format Wireless All-in-One Printer
- Model: ET-16500 ECOTANK C11CF49201
- SKU: 5512500
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- Epson - WorkForce ET-16500 EcoTank® Wide Format Wireless All-in-One Printer
- Epson WorkForce ET-16500 EcoTank® Wireless All-in-One Printer
- Power cord
- 2 bottles 774 Black (140 mL)
- 2 bottles each 664 Cyan, Magenta, Yellow (70 mL)
- Owner's manual
Ratings & Reviews
Comes with up to 2 years of ink in the box¹.
Includes enough ink to print up to 4,000 pages black/6,500 pages color².
Save up to 80% on ink with low-cost replacement bottles plus the easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks³.
To generate documents quickly.
They offer excellent print quality for photos and documents and accept a variety of paper types and sizes.
Connect this printer to your home or office network with built-in Ethernet or wireless LAN.
Epson Connect enables simple wireless printing from most smartphones, tablets and more.
For Apple iPad® and iPhone® printing.
High resolution for producing incredible quality and detail in documents and photos.
Reload less often with the 500-sheet input tray.4.3" color touchscreen displayPreview your images on the screen, and edit them before you print.
1 high-speed USB 2.0 port offers a standard connection to your PC or a simple way to plug in and print with a USB drive, camera or other device.
Automatically print 2-sided documents, scan documents to your computer or directly to e-mail, send quick faxes and more.
Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, iPad and Apple AirPrint are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
*Requires a high-speed Internet connection.
Print speeds vary with use. See manufacturer for info on print speeds.
¹ Based on average monthly print volumes of about 800 pages.
² Ink pack yields are estimated based on ISO/IEC 24711 test in Default Mode printing continuously. Ink pack yields vary considerably for reasons including printed images, print settings, temperature and humidity.
Yields may be lower when printing infrequently or predominantly with one ink color. All ink colors are used for printing and printer maintenance, and all colors have to be installed for printing.
For print quality, part of the ink from the included ink packs is used for printer startup and a variable amount of ink remains in the ink pack after the "replace ink pack" signal.
³ Total costs of printing with the ink included with the WF-R4640 printer and replacement ink compared with the costs of printing equivalent ISO pages with the best-selling similarly-featured color laser printers (per NPD April 2015).
Toner costs based on manufacturers' ISO yields and online pricing; printer costs based on NPD average selling price. Actual savings will vary based on usage conditions.
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Impressive Array of Features with Great Print QualOctober 10, 2016
As other reviewers have noted, I received this product in exchange for an honest and open review. Following is what I hope you'll find is useful and helpful information. This printer is massive. It's larger than most laser printers I've owned. However, for its size, its weight is around 60 pounds. It is easily un-boxed, despite the weight, and you can complete the set up quickly, too. This machine features a total of three paper trays. One handles regular papers and envelopes, the other handles heavyweight or special paper. The remaining tray is a manual feed tray. The two main trays hold around 300 pages or so of standard paper. The really nice thing is that both main trays will allow paper up to size 11x17 inches. Not many printers have this feature. There's even room for A3+, Other selections include 3x5, 4x6, 6x8, 8x10, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, as well as legal and tabloid size papers. The ink supplied is, for an average user, enough for about two years' worth of printing, according to Epson. Or, it is about the equivalent of what might be contained in about 55 standard inkjet cartridges. Thankfully, though, there are no cartridges to buy for this revolutionary Epson printer. Simply (and, I do mean simply) fill the ink tanks with the supplied, bottled inks, and then set the device to "charge the ink tanks" in about 20 minutes. Begin printing laser quality prints immediately thereafter. The scanner allows your choice of scans in full color or black and white. The really exceptional thing with this printer is that the scanner readily allows scans from an impressive variety of document sizes--all the way up to 11x17 inches. To really make a great all-in-one, though, in my opinion, you must have an auto document feeder. Epson must have known that, too, since the Epson Workforce Eco Tank ET-16500 has its own auto document feeder. This just makes copying, scanning and faxing multi-page documents a breeze. A full-color, touch screen LCD allows you to adjust settings quickly, and quick-access buttons alongside the touchscreen make functions like copy, scan, and fax even easier. Another useful feature is that by using the simple touchscreen, you can store contact information for up to 200 speed-dial fax recipients.. A flash media card reader makes it possible to print directly from flash media cards. USB, wired (Ethernet) and WiFi connections to your network are no problem to set-up using the printer's touchscreen and its pre-installed connection wizard software. Print speeds are fast enough, and they are up to par with my expectations. Print quality is, frankly, impressive. You can actually get laser quality prints from this all-in-one, revolutionary printer. Epson's proprietary printing technology also makes exceptionally efficient use of ink. This device takes its use of the word "Eco" to the mark by being better for the environment. The ET-16500 is certified as an Energy Star product, using less energy and less ink to deliver better, Epson quality. The only thing that is perhaps missing from this AWESOME printing solution is it's own cabinet in which to store paper or extra ink bottles. But, really, who needs a built in cabinet to store ink when you have Epson's ink tanks as your built-in storage solution? You can certainly store almost an entire ream of paper in both the main paper trays. For home office to small office solutions to your printing, copying, faxing and scanning needs, the Epson Workforce Eco Tank ET-16500 is sure to be very hard to beat.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great printer at first but developed a leakOctober 7, 2016
Setup was straight forward, I was happy with its preformence, it is big you need a lot of desk space make sure it can handle 60 lbs! Now the bad it developed a leak from I believe the black tank ink was coming out from under the printer, I had to move it outside to protect my carpet, if I didn't go into my office when I did my carpet would have been ruined. I am sure this was a fluke so if you buy one try putting the plastic it's wrapped in under it for a few days until you are sure it's not leaking as a precaution.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
A great printer...especially for larger sizesNovember 15, 2016
This product is being tested for use in my home-based architectural office. I am a staff of one and print frequently - mostly 11x17 reductions of full size blue print drawings and PDF’s. We also occasionally print photos, maps, multipage contract documents, etc. We use the scanner/copier functions frequently to copy previous project work as0built document from already existing buildings. We have used HP OfficeJet and Photosmart and various Canon individual units and multifunction units since the late 1990’s. We've had several over the years, and they've always given many years of service, with few problems and low operating cost. We currently have and HP Officejet 7610 and Canon ip7220 as our printers. In trying to acquire a printer that uses less “consumables” then our current units, I have come across the Eco-Tank units of Epson. Specifically the ET-16500. These units use the high-yield ink bottle and tank refill system for the ink as opposed to the often replaced style of ink cartridge so commonly found in today’s inkjet printers. The 4 color system, Black/Cyan/Magenta/Yellow, uses bottles said to print up to 4,000 pages before a refill is required. Though, I have been printing my steady rate for the past 8 days plus some additional “playful test printing” I have come no where close to the 4,00 page refill point, nor I have seemed to even put a dent in the amount of ink in the tanks. At approximately $20.00 per bottle for a refill of each color, I am thinking at this stage of the game that this will be a money saver. Stay tuned. Initial set-up of this unit was a bit of a struggle as I did not have a printer cable to do a direct cable setup, nor did the unit come with the installation CD and quick setup set guide from the factory - oops. No problem, once I was able to acquire the installation software (easily acquired from the Epson website), I attempted to setup the printer wirelessly to my home network. Once the installation was complete, the printer seemingly printed nothing but “garbage”, miscellaneous computer code type text on every page that came out of the unit. Driver updates, removing and reinstalling the printer and installing it on multiple computers would not change this. It was at this point that I acquired a printer cable and reinstalled the printer to my computers via a hard wire connection and everything was fixed. The printer began, and continues, to print flawlessly as I expected. Once the hard wired installation was complete, I reconfigured the setup of the printer on each computer so as to be able to print wirelessly and that function now also works over every computer, laptop, tablet and phone throughout my office and home. The printing from this unit is very good. It is actually much better then I expected. It is very fast, both in transfer time and actual print time. The varying level of greyscale print that I use with my cad software transfers perfectly and the blacks are very blacks. I am impressed. The color is also nice. Though I have not printed more then 2 or 3 images to date, it does a much better job on images than I expected - even on plain paper - out of a multi-fiction unit. I want to get some glossy photo paper and print a few of my professionally photographed building images to test it’s limits next. I'm sure a dedicated inkjet photo printer would do better. But that said, if you aren't too picky, the prints from this Epson ET-16500 - on better paper, should be very good and I doubt most people would have much issue with the quality even for framing. Stay tuned for the tests. Side note, I have even tested printing colored “iron-on” pages for some t-shirts that I am making at home. Fantastic quality. The scanner/copier also seems fine to me. The scanning quality it better then that of my current HP Officejet 7610 and it prints whatever is on the page (no cutting off an edge). Copy quality is as good as the original. As I stated earlier, I do not scan and copy as much as a print, so this is a bonus to me when I do actually use these functions. It is nice to have the ability of good quality copies and scans when needed. The bonus of this particular unit is the fact that it has two papers trays. I have never owned a unit with multiple paper trays and the fact that I have have a tray for letter and a tray for ledger with what seems to me to be a very large capacities make me very excited. No longer having a need for two printers, each with it’s own size paper is fantastic and the fact that I don’t refill the trays what seems like every day with a blessing. They are easily accessible and easily refillable and with a few easy tweaks to each tray, changing the paper size in each tray is also very simple. While I didn't mean to write so much (I rarely remember to write reviews), but we are so happy with this Epson that I wanted to say so. I'm giving it 5 stars because I have no complaints so far with what it does. The print quality and overall functionality are excellent. I am very excited for continued use of this printer and I hope for many years of quality printing. I would highly recommend this printer to anyone with similar small business needs/requirements as myself.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excellent ProductOctober 7, 2016
So let me first start off by saying this printer is huge. But its actually not very heavy which was surprising. The printer is well packaged and is very easy to remove from its box. Setting up the printer is an absolute breeze just follow the directions that come with it and you will be up and running in no time. The longest part of the setup is when the unit is setting up the ink for first use. This process takes 20 minutes so please be patient with it . Also make sure to use the proper ink this printer comes with ink for 2 years of use. There are 2 bottles of each color and 2 bottles of black ink. One of each bottle is labeled initial use. Make sure to use that first. Putting the ink in the tanks is very straightforward and easy. Just make sure to follow the step by step set up guide. Now as far as paper this unit holds a lot of it so if you keep it stocked it will take quite a bit of time before needing more paper. The printing speed is incredible and the quality is excellent. I printed a photo from a wedding i was at recently just to see how it looked. I printed it on plain white paper and the photo quality was astounding. As far as the software cd for the printer its easy and straightforward just follow everything it asks you to do and you will be fine. The fax works exactly like it should with no problems at all. I use vonage for phone service and have had no issues at all. The scanner is also very impressive as i scanned a bunch of photos and all of them came out excellent in quality. The unit has a card reader in the front so you can print straight from a media card. It also has a usb port in the front to take photos from your device. All in all this unit is excellent and with 2 years of ink included its an excellent buy especially if you run any type of business that requires alot of printing. This is a review for the Epson ET-16500 EcoTank that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.
I would recommend this to a friend
I love not having to buy inkApril 7, 2017
I love the printer. I have not printed pictures or used the larger format printing option, but I have been very satisfied with the printer for everyday office use.
I would recommend this to a friend
Save time and Money with this printer!!October 15, 2016
The unboxing: The printer arrived two days ago in a bulky brown box that was wheeled in with a dolly. When I opened it, it was neatly packaged in Styrofoam that protected the top and bottom from shipping impact. After removing the Styrofoam, I found that this packaging material held the ink bottles, installation instructions and the power cord. The unit was wrapped in protective plastic that was easy to remove. There were little pieces of blue tape in several places that were easy to see and remove. The tape kept any moving parts from shifting during shipping. When I took everything apart and finally placed the printer (which required help from my husband because it is pretty heavy) in my office, the unit fit very easily and securely on top of the existing printer cabinet I had. Not as bulky as I feared it would be when the box arrived. Initial setup: I followed the instructions on the pamphlet which were numbered and easy to understand. Filling the ink was so cool! I liked how the plugs had a resting place during fill so that they didn't get dirty or misplaced during filling. I squeezed the black ink in pretty quickly so it bubbled up which made it so the whole bottle wouldn't fit the first time. I let the bubbles settle and then squeezed a little slower the second time and watching the reservoir fill up was really neat. Never again will I have to question whether I have ink or not. I learned from my initial experience and filled the other colors more slowly. All the ink from the bottles fit in the tanks and right up to the visible fill line. I then connected the power cord and waited for the magic to happen. The LCD touch screen lit up and gave me instructions that were also easy to follow. I was able to update the date and time and set my language settings. I then pressed the start button as instructed and waited for my test page. Alas, I knew everything was going too smooth. I got a paper jam error message despite not having put any paper in yet. I looked into the unit to make sure I had not missed any blue pieces of tape and then followed the un-jam instructions showing on the screen. I then moved the printer head from the starting right position over to the left and when it wouldn't slide, I noticed that there was a flat cable that had been dislodged (probably during shipping) that was blocking the way. I moved this cable over and voila, the unit was in perfect working order! I then popped the CD into my PC and was expecting all kinds of instructions on how to set my printer up to print on command. Low and behold, the CD and on-line update did EVERYTHING for me. I barely had to select two options before I was ready to print and scan and fax and do all the wonderful things this machine could do for me. I also was issued an e-mail address so that if I was across town and wanted to print something, it would be waiting for me when I got back to the office. I didn't have to be in the same building as the printer to get it to do my work for me! I can easily use any device (Android phone, Fire tablet, and PC) connected to my WiFi network to print from as well as e-mail items from other computers and networks. The use: The printing was fast and crisp. The colors did not run together and the pages were dry to the touch immediately after ejection. The pages also did not come out curved like my other printer did so taping them to the walls or gluing them together is easier now. I also like how I can command it to scan to any device hooked up to the network from the on-board touch screen. I can also scan to the web or my Google account and have someone in another place access the scan. No need for faxing anymore! The top load scanner works smoothly and also does double sided scans and copies without taking an excessive amount of time to process. Since the initial set up, I have not had a single jam issue with the machine and I am almost a whole ream in. Rating: I for sure award this machine 5 stars. Not only is it a huge upgrade from what I had before (and not that big of a price difference either), it is operating completely as advertised. I am more productive now in the office which saves me time and money and will pay for itself in ink savings versus the cost of replacement toner in no time at all. One week Update: I have been using the printer almost daily for a full week now. The printer just keeps amazing me. Printers stay with us for years. I was hesitant about this printer because the price tag is a bit steep and I didn't think I needed all the options but man am I glad I have them now! I look at it as someone who drives a manual transmission and never wanted to switch to automatic... until they did! . It was only a couple hundred more than what I paid for my Samsung wireless printer and yet this one does so much more and so much faster than the other one. It's like I'm my own print shop! The ink in this machine is already lasting me longer than my toner was and the machine comes with an extra refill so I'm set for the next 2 years. And I have still not received any jams since the initial set up. If I have any negative or unexpected experiences, I will update my review but so far so good! This is a review for the Epson ET-16500 EcoTank that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.
I would recommend this to a friend
Superb Full featured PrinterOctober 13, 2016
I've had many printers over the years and this is without doubt the absolute best. It arrived well packaged with everything intact as one might expect. Setup was straightforward and in my case I chose Ethernet at first and eventually changed to wireless. I was quite happy that it retained all it's functionality and speed without the extra wire. I downloaded the latest software from Epson's site and it loaded with nary an error, at the end it asked to update the firmware and as wary of that as I am, I let it go. It was all automatic and it worked perfectly. I did then call tech support as I got a bit confused on the touch screen setup but they solved that quickly and professionally. It's nice to know that there is a team who really knows the printer - rather than someone who has to LOOK IT UP and maybe guess a bit. I was apprehensive about filling the ink and in the end it was as easy as it gets. The overall design of the ink setup makes it easy to fill, almost impossible to spill and oh so easy to look at the level. Loading paper of multiple sizes in the two supplied drawers was intuitive and easy, I like not having to remove one type and reset to do other types of printing. Add to that the fact that the drawers slide very easily and you have a good delivery system. Both the wireless and the wired Ethernet setups were as simple as it gets but now that I know the wireless is so easy and functional, I have to say that it is my recommended way. The touch screen is easily read and controlled, as is the windows software that also has a wide variety of presets or customer preference settings available. While this is a heavier printer (55 lbs.) it is steady and quiet when mounted on my cabinet The front panel inputs are a nice addition that I have already used and will use in the future. Last but far from least, the output is crisp vivid color. I actually had to lighten the color density a bit which will save ink, the quality was that good. Black and white even at fast speed is just as sharp and crisp. Output speed surprised me it is so fast. My other office printer is just over a year old and seems dead slow in comparison. I needed more functionality and figured to keep both. My new plan is to use this Epson exclusively. If this sounds like it's too good to be true - then think again because this is all true. Simply put, this is thee single best multi-function unit that I have ever come across and I am oh so happy it is here.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great all in one printerOctober 7, 2016
After getting to explore all of what the Epson ET-16500 EcoTank has to offer I was very satisfied with what it had to offer. First starting with the simple process of setting it up, it went quickly and smoothly with no misunderstandings. Whatever your profession be or hobby, I believe the Epson ET-16500 EcoTank can fit ones needs in all ways. Very fast printing speeds so you can expect your documents quickly, one of the other few features that's great. The quality of which documents and pictures were printed are awesome as well, very professional. Which to mention the ink that's provided with the unit is enough to last for a very good amount of time, 2 years worth. Now to mention one of the features I really enjoyed because it's a convenient one for a lot of people given how advanced technology is. Wireless/Mobile printing and AirPrint for Apple devices. This is my favorite one as it truly makes things so much easier and also expands what all you can do with this. So overall this is a must use printer for anyone as it so diverse and reaches out to everyone regardless of their profession and use for it. Hope you consider this when looking for an upgrade or a new machine. This is a review for the Epson ET-16500 EcoTank that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.
I would recommend this to a friend
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