Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5170 Wireless All-in-One Supertank Printer

A more affordable but less impressive spin on the EcoTank Pro formula


Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5170 Wireless All-in-One Supertank Printer Review at PCMag

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5170 Wireless All-in-One Supertank Printer Review at PCMag

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5170 all-in-one prints well and at low cost, making it a solid but not outstanding value for small businesses and workgroups.

MSRP $549.99

PROS

    • Very low running costs
    • Excellent-quality PrecisionCore printhead
    • Thousands of pages’ worth of ink in the box
    • Two-year warranty with registration
    • Fine mobile connectivity options
    • EcoFit ink bottles uniquely keyed for easy filling of each reservoir with correct color

CONS

    • High (but not unreasonable) purchase price
    • ADF is not auto-duplexing
    • Slightly sluggish print speed

Epson’s $549.99 EcoTank Pro ET-5170 Wireless All-in-One Supertank Printer is an entry-level to midrange multifunction (print, copy, scan, and fax) machine designed for use in home-based and small to midsize offices. Another addition to the company’s extensive line of bulk-ink or supertank printers, the device skips ink cartridges in favor of reservoirs that you fill from bottles. Models in the EcoTank Pro series, like the more robust and about $300 more expensive Editors’ Choice winner the EcoTank Pro ET-5850, have the capacities and feature sets that high-volume business environments demand. The ET-5170 is slightly scaled down for smaller firms’ printing, copying, and scanning needs, while delivering fair print speeds and great output quality from Epson’s time-tested PrecisionCore Heat-Free printhead technology. Best of all, its per-page ink costs are exceptionally low, making the ET-5170 a tempting value for environments that print and copy several hundred to one or two thousand pages each month.


EPSON ECOTANK PRO ET-5170 WIRELESS ALL-IN-ONE SUPERTANK PRINTER SPECS
Type All-in-one
Color or Monochrome Color
Connection Type Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct
Maximum Standard Paper Size Legal
Number of Ink Colors 4
Number of Ink Cartridges/Tanks 4
Direct Printing From Media Cards No
Direct Printing From USB Thumb Drives No
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Color) 9.5 ppm
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono) 17 ppm
Monthly Duty Cycle (Maximum) 33,000 pages per month
LCD Preview Screen Yes
Printer Input Capacity 250
Cost Per Page (Monochrome) 2 cents
Cost Per Page (Color) 2 cents
Print Duplexing Yes
Automatic Document Feeder Yes
Scanner Type Flatbed with ADF (Standard or Optional)

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