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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A true workhorse for the small or home business

    Posted
    Minagera

    The Epson Workforce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Printer will certainly meet the needs for most high-print demand small home office or business users if they can get over the ridiculously long name and come to terms with the hefty price tag.. Let’s touch on the price to start with, $999.99, is what you will find most places. This comes with an extremely capable printer\fax\copier\scanner, with two years of ink supplies included in the box. Epson defines two years as up to 16,000 pages black/11,000 pages color according to an ISO standard, which will probably stretch for most home users to three years depending on volume. The warranty covers a year or 150,000 sheets (whichever comes first) and you can double this by registering the printer with Epson, so two years or 150,000 pages. Pretty stout in my opinion. Now the setup of the printer for the most part was simple. You do have to pull off about a mile of tape holding all the various doors, tanks, trays, and covers in place, but the packaging more than sufficient to keep the printer unmarked through shipping. The ink packs were honestly the best improvement over the previous models of Eco-Tanks, because there is no more mess in trying to fill the tanks and subsequently spilling the ink all over the printer, desk, carpet, and then getting kick out of the house by your wife to live as a bump on the street with your printer. There are four trays (black, cyan, magenta and yellow), and the pouches have keyed mounts and slide perfectly into the tray. You get a nice lock engagement knowing the trays are seated putting one’s mind at easy about spilling ink. Once a new ink pack is installed the charging (it sounds like Iron Man’s Repulsors) is about 5 minutes. On to the question on everyone’s mind, “How is the printing?” Well let’s just say it is faster than most any other liquid based printers I have tested. On average it was about 20-22 pages of B&W text per minute single sided and 14-16 pages duplexed. The color\photo printing was obviously slower, 18 pages a minute or so single sided, and I didn’t duplex the photos. Also, I loaded some 5x7 glossy in the rear tray, which turned out just Okay. The colors ran a little more than I would have liked, not as crisp as expected. Speaking of the rear tray it can hold up to 80 sheets of regular paper, slightly lower for the premium stock, card stock, and gloss. Also, it will accommodate other media including photo paper, envelopes, card stock, etc. Personally, I found this feature of keeping an alternate set of stock loaded in the printer always, for me it is the 5x7 glossy, rather than having to remove/adjust/reload the main feed tray. Let’s move to the one or two things I honestly didn’t like or had problems with. The packaging was pretty excessive, like miles of tape holding everything in place. This might have been necessary, but that was the longest part of the unpackaging. The next problem is how the ink is packaged. You have a box and in the box, you have a bag and a warning pamphlet. In the bag, you have another bag. In THAT bag you have the ink pouch and an instruction pamphlet. This is for EACH color so 14 times the waste. Finally, the biggest problem was setting up the Google Cloud Print. You have an option on the touchscreen to register, however when you set that it gives you an error... So, you try and set it up with the software (which is awful) loaded on your Windows PC, however it still gives you an error. You must go to the Web Interface of the printer to register the Google Cloud Print. However, once it is registered I have had no problems using it. Overall, I find this printer to be a true workhorse of a printer, with all these glorious features that for the most part just work without any prompting or setup. In my defense I did not test the faxing capabilities since I do not have a landline anymore. I would give this a 4 out of 5 due to a few little hiccups, but would recommend this to a friend or business needing a printer of this quality and capacity. Please be aware: This is a review for the Epson ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Printer that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A little overwhelmed at first

    Posted
    colemanjord
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    When I first received and unpacked the Epson ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Printer, I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of packaging. There was cardboard, plastic and little strips of blue tape everywhere and the box itself was about half the size of a refrigerator box. But after all of the unpacking, unwrapping and cleanup of a small mountain of packaging-trash, setting up the printer was rather simple. I just plugged it in, turned it on and installed the ink cartridges (or bags) into each of the ink trays. Connecting to my Wi-Fi was simple with the on-screen menu and registering the Epson ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Printer with Google's Cloud Print Service was easy with the included instructions. After tossing in a stack of two different sizes of paper, I was quickly printing emails, websites and photos from my Chromebook and even from my phone with very little effort or setup required. I haven't even begun to explore all of the functions that this "All-in-One Printer" offers. I'm just a cell phone user and don't have a home phone line so I skipped over the fax functions completely but it looked sufficient for any small (or medium) business office environment. The scanner and copy functions are just like having your own little Xerox machine and I was really impressed with the speed at which it cranks out color copies. I am also impressed with the size and flexibility of the bypass try as it looks like you can cram virtually any size paper in there. I threw some photo paper in and was able to print some pretty nice 4X6 photos right from my phone. All-in-all it seems to be a pretty solid all-in-one printer for any home or small business environment and I'm looking forward to using it more over the next several weeks. Oh and by the way, this is a review for the Epson ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Printer that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Epson Small to Large Office All in One -

    Posted
    JonnyBPrinting

    Epson 8700 Eco Tank review. My first impressions of the 8700 printer is that it is clearly a large office grade printer. From packing to assembly, this printer is built very well. The Main paper drawer “A”, for example, is built better than allot of other laser printers I have installed recently for the company I work for. The only drawback in design of the paper handling would be the sheet feeder in back. It would be preferable to have the support handle a legal-size paper. Right now, it hangs over the edge of the printer. The other option would be to purchase the optional 500 sheet second tray which would be wise for a large office. Epson has done it again. I have an older model of Eco tank printer and the newly engineered ink pouches are both easier to install and do not require gloves. Once the pouches were installed, the charging time to fill the wells was half as long as earlier models. One of the first things I always check is the firmware version prior to installing any software on PCs or laptops. The WF-8700 allowed me to update the firmware from the general setting\system administration menu on the printer. The firmware update took 15 minutes and the printer re-started with no problems. Another thing I really like about this printer is the scan to network/email feature which allows users to scan to their email or to a network share. Both features worked seamlessly and to test I scanned a picture to the shared drive, loaded ultra-glossy 24-pound paper in the sheet feeder and printed the picture. Amazing quality. It worked just as well from the scan to email and then print. Besides regular printing, this is the biggest use of multi-function printers in the large office environment. Epson just plain gets it The 4.3 LCD is very user friendly. Just about anything you want to do with the printer is available through a few options one of the eight menu options. I did turn off the sound after rolling though the screens a few times. Overall, I would highly recommend this printer for the ease of setup, extremely fast, clear output and very solid design. This is a review for the Epson ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-Printer that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for our Office!

    Posted
    thegrayfox

    The first thing I noticed is how heavy this printer is and was a bit shocked. Seeing what it is capable of and how many things I can do in my small office, it is worth the extra few muscles used to move it around. In the week we have used this, we have printed about 700 pages of text documents and images, sent and received a few faxes and scanned a few documents for an OCR application. First, I want to explain the setup. It was simple. It prompted me through each step, joined our wireless network on the first try (it is only compatible with a 2.4 Ghz network) and easily let me set the IP address to what I wanted. I didn’t configure the Epson Cloud Connect or Google Cloud Print features available. The ink installation was super easy, as well. I’ve used the earlier version of the tanks of individual colors, but this is far neater and less of a chance of it “spilling” all over. It is just as easy as changing the toner on a laser printer. The text printing was faster than I expected. I set it to a quiet mode and it slowed down a little bit. For our use, the quality was great. I tossed a few envelopes in the manual feeder in the back. It is so much better than the standard manual feeder in the front of other printers. The graphics we printed looked sharp. We ended up setting the driver setting on the Mac to high quality and it was great. We were able to print from Windows workstations, Mac laptops, iPhones/iPads and a couple Android phones too. Lastly, the display on the front of the printer. Super easy to use, can be customized to have the functions you need and is bright enough in the bright office room. It is very intuitive and easy to navigate. What I don’t care for on this printer is the lack of a web interface for scanning. The scanning is great, but I’d like to have a web interface. Unlike other all-in-one printers, I’ll take the document feeder for scanning multiple pages over the web interface any day. This is a review for the Epson ET-8700 EcoTank All0In0One Printer that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great fast printer!

    Posted
    Aviva

    I was very excited to try out this printer. The concept of an all-on one with EcoTank and top quality printing is something I have been looking for in my office. Setup was no problem (although I am not a novice), works throughout out my office, on all employee computers, no network issues. Also worked well from my iPhone. My first impression was wow, this printer is so fast, it nearly spits out the paper with beautiful color results. The scanner is clear and sharp and the display is user friendly with lots of options. After printing the first few tests I received an error, the front cover was indicated as open. I tried pushing it to close, and the small lock switch was on lock. I tried again and received the same error. I was able to hold the cover closed while printing to get the printing to work. It seems that the sensor on the front cover is defective and this same error comes on and off. Other than the cover glitch, the printer is amazing; fast, sharp and beautiful color with lots of features. This is a review for the Epson ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Printer that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    GOOD BUT INK HEADS NEEDED CLEANING

    Posted
    LISA
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I LIKE THE PRINTER. HOWEVER, THE INK WAS NOT PRINTING EVENLY ON COLOR LOGOS ETC. SO I CLEANED THE PRINT HEADS AND NOW THE COLOR LOGOS LOOK GREAT!

    I would recommend this to a friend