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My review of the Canon Pixma G4210 MegaTank Wireless All-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent running costs. Great print quality, especially photos. Prints Instagram’s 5-by-5-inch images. Ethernet networking. Strong mobile device support.

  • CONS

    No Wi-Fi Direct or auto-duplexing. Slow document printing.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Canon Pixma G4210 is a small-office bulk-ink AIO printer that produces quality output at a super-low price.

The Canon Pixma G4210 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One ($399.99) is designed for home-based and small offices and workgroups. Like its predecessor, the Pixma G4200, it sits at the top of the company’s MegaTank brand bulk-ink printers. Except for a few new features, such as Ethernet connectivity and a slew of updated utilities, this new Pixma is a lot like the old one. This all-in-one doesn’t have the speed or wealth of features that the Editors’ Choice Pixma TS9120 offers, but its exceptional output and low running costs make it a strong contender for offices where quality and cost is key.

Read the entire review at PCMag



My review of the Epson WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent output quality. Very low running costs after initial investment. Strong mobile connectivity. Ultra-high-yield ink bags. Support for USB memory sticks.

  • CONS

    High price. No SD card support. Recommended monthly page limit is low, considering cost, paper handling, and ink capacity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    With long-lasting ink bags, Epson’s snappy, high-capacity WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One inkjet can churn thousands of pages at a fraction of the running costs of most competitors.

Save for the earlier WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank, it’s difficult to find a proper head-to-head competitor for the WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer ($999.99). This big inkjet is different from most other Epson EcoTank printers in that it uses large ink bags, rather than reservoirs you refill from bottles. It’s a higher-end, higher-volume all-in-one (AIO) designed for midsize to large offices and workgroups. It’s a snappy-enough printer for an office inkjet, the output quality is quite good, and you can’t beat its ultra-low running costs, making it a top-notch machine within its class. It comes up just short on the oomph, in terms of speed and rated monthly volume, though, needed to nudge it into an Editors’ Choice slot as a midsize business AIO.

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  • Review of the Epson Expression ET-3700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer at PCMagPROS

    Excellent print quality. Very low running costs after initial investment. Light and compact. Supports Wi-Fi Direct mobile connectivity. Drip-proof ink bottles.

  • CONS

    No ADF. No memory device support (USB or SD card).

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson Expression ET-3700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer prints well at rock-bottom running costs, but it’s overshadowed by more feature-packed competition.

[amazon_link asins=’B074V4MQ3M’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5c8e347c-ed1c-11e7-a5e0-b1c98375d557′] Epson has been touting its EcoTank technology as a revolutionary new way to buy ink for your printer—in bottles that you empty into reservoirs inside of the machine itself, rather than standard ink cartridges. Like all EcoTank models I’ve seen, the Epson Expression ET-3700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer ($379.99) [amazon_link asins=’B074V4MQ3M’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7b43af94-ed1c-11e7-a7f6-0d04fb196d04′] prints good-looking documents and photos at highly reasonable per-page ink costs. However, most of what you pay for this printer covers the eight bottles of ink in the box, and the ET-3700 is still (like its predecessor, the ET-3600) short on speed and capacity—for a near-$400 all-in-one (AIO) printer, anyway. But, if you need to print inexpensive documents and photographs, only another EcoTank (or Canon MegaTank) AIO can print them as inexpensively as the ET-3700.Read the entire article at PCMag



 

  • Review of the Epson Expression ET-2700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer at PCMagPROS

    Excellent print quality. Very low running costs after initial investment. Mess-free ink bottles. Supports Wi-Fi Direct mobile connectivity. Light and compact.

  • CONS

    No ADF. Does not support automatic two-sided printing. Can’t print borderless photos or documents larger than 4-by-6-inch snapshots. Ink level windows are inconveniently located. Lacks memory drive support.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson Expression ET-2700 All-in-One Supertank Printer may lack a few features for the price, but it prints well and with low running costs.

[amazon_link asins=’B074V54TWR’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a58d23ac-dd03-11e7-ad1c-0f31d0278942′]Aside from its ability to hold thousands of pages worth of inexpensive-per-page ink, at its core, the $279.99 Expression ET-2700 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer [amazon_link asins=’B074V54TWR’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’105f7b46-dd04-11e7-baba-7fae020c6dfc’] is a very basic all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printer. The ET-2700 brings a few sorely needed upgrades from its previous version, the Expression ET-2600 [amazon_link asins=’B01N0GJFUH’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’44552d77-dd04-11e7-82d3-5d6b91153b4f’] —including, for instance, the ability to print borderless snapshots. Otherwise, this new model is much like the one that came before it. If you need to print a few hundred pages each month, and don’t require a lot of frills, like, say, a color touch screen and two-sided printing, the ET-2700 churns out terrific-looking pages and photos at some of the lowest running costs you’ll find.

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Review of the Epson DS-780N Network Color Document Scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Networkable via Ethernet. Huge color touch screen control panel. 100-sheet ADF. Control panel supports up to 30 configurable users. Wide security options.

  • CONS

    Somewhat costly. No Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct for mobile connectivity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The networkable scans relatively quickly and accurately, and it has a huge customizable color touch screen, but it’s overshadowed by some less costly competition.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B0733P29Y4′ text=’Epson DS-780N ‘ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fc9bd450-d063-11e7-b8c9-9bedd3cf227f’] Similar in features to the Editors’ Choice Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W [amazon_link asins=’B01AD7I6P0′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’35092caa-d064-11e7-8cd2-c3441c74cc66′], the mid-to-high-volume Epson DS-780N Network Color Document Scanner ($1,099.99) [amazon_link asins=’B0733P29Y4′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’668d1479-d067-11e7-b24a-8dd9df1e70bc’] is designed for use in small- to medium-size offices and workgroups that need to do a fair amount of document scanning and archiving. It’s not quite as fast as the Brother model, and it doesn’t support wireless networking. It’s competitively accurate, has an intuitive, highly useful touch screen, and comes with efficient document management software, making it a strong alternative to the ADS-3600W, as well as a few other networkable document scanners we’ve reviewed recently. Its price causes it to fall just short of our Editors’ Choice nod, but otherwise the DS-780N is a fine document scanner.
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Review of the Epson WorkForce ET-4750 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent output quality. Very low running costs after initial investment. Ships with generous amount of ink. Supports Wi-Fi Direct mobile connectivity. Small and light.

  • CONS

    Slow for the price. High purchase price. Automatic document feeder (ADF) is not auto-duplexing. No NFC support.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson ET-4750 EcoTank AIO printer may be a bit slow, but it prints excellent quality documents and photos at a very low cost per print.

[amazon_link asins=’B074V4QLXF’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’219c3005-cafd-11e7-b85e-15cb68821752′]Depending on how much you use it, the Epson WorkForce ET-4750 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer ($499.99) [amazon_link asins=’B074V4QLXF’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’463ba4bb-cafd-11e7-bdae-2b6c215213aa’] is either a wise investment or a waste of money. Like the WorkForce ET-4550 [amazon_link asins=’B01122JFSM’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’566addac-cafd-11e7-ae4a-ad3172564d21′] before it, or its direct competitor, the Canon Pixma G4200 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One Printer [amazon_link asins=’B01MV1LWKY’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6fb1cff0-cafd-11e7-9bca-4de7fc227100′], the ET-4750 is a supertank, or bulk ink printer. Supertank all-in-one (AIO) printers are marketed under the pay-more-up-front-to-pay-less-for-ink-later model. Aside from the way you buy and feed it ink, though, the ET-4750 is roughly a pared-down equivalent to the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720.[amazon_link asins=’B01MT8VSLU’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’84234514-cafd-11e7-89c5-57722cccad79′] It’s slow and short on features for a $500 AIO, but it prints quite well, and the ongoing per-page price of ink is minuscule, making it an excellent choice for home-based or small offices or workgroups that need to print or copy from several hundred to a thousand or so pages each month.
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