This is what real people are saying about the new Epson L-series ink tank printers
You can read all about new gadgets, but what do everyday people say about these gadgets when they use them? Five of our lucky readers tried out the new Epson L-series ink tank printers, and they reveal what it’s like to use one.
We’ve gone in-depth with the new Epson L4150, L4160, L6160, L6170 and L6190 ink tank printers before. But if you’re not familiar with ink tank printers, here’s the gist of it.
Epson L-series ink tank printers can offer high page yield with low running costs. Whereas cartridge printers print up to a few hundred pages, ink tank printers can print up to several thousand pages.
Instead of ink cartridges that you replace, ink tank printers have large tanks that you refill with affordable ink bottles. The black ink bottle costs only S$14.90, while the cyan, magenta and yellow ink bottles cost S$9.90 each. Epson’s new L-series printers offer an integrated ink tank design, a redesigned refilling process, and faster speeds. Here's a video of the new series and unboxing the top-end L6190 model:-
But don’t just take our word for it, read what our readers have to say about these new printers.
(Some of the testimonials have been edited for brevity.)
Refilling is easy and spill-free
If you’re worried that refilling the ink tank might be a messy hassle, put your mind at ease. The ink filling system has been re-designed to reduce the chance of spills. The nozzle of a color’s ink bottle will only fit its own ink tank, so you won’t refill an ink tank with the wrong ink.
The new refilling system promised (and delivered) no spills. You can turn the bottle upside down and the ink won’t come out until you fit it into the correct nozzle. I tried fitting the yellow ink bottle into the magenta nozzle and it wouldn’t fit. While refilling, you can leave the bottle attached and it’ll stop when the ink tank is full, so the tank won’t overflow. There was still ink left in the bottle, handy for last minute refills. — Adeel AJ, on the Epson L6190
Save costs with cheaper prints
Reader Neaw Kang Hai set up the Epson L6170 in an office, next to an existing monochrome laser printer. He did the math and discovered that the Epson L6170 might help them save costs over the long run.
Our current printer prints around 1,500 pages per cartridge. The Epson L6170’s specification is 7,500 pages for monochrome prints (which we are unable to verify yet). Based on the current cartridge and L6170 ink refill prices, the Epson’s price per print is cheaper. Even if the L6170 only prints up to 4,000 pages, the price per print is still cheaper. — Neaw Kang Hai
Impressed with print quality
The Epson L-series ink tank printers impressed our readers with their print quality. Unlike laser printers, inkjet printers can print on a wide variety of materials. It means the Epson L-series prints can print photographs and brochures, as well as text documents.
Graphics printed on plain paper are detailed and saturated, with smooth transitions in photographs. — Richard Neo, on the Epson L6160
I was impressed with the quality of the digital pictures that I printed. It’s a low-cost way of getting your digital photos printed at home. — Melvin Lim, on the Epson L4150
Easy to set up and use
With built-in Wi-Fi, the new Epson L-series printers are a breeze to set-up and use, as our readers experienced.
Wi-Fi setup is a breeze. It’s convenient as opposed to the current printer which connects via a LAN cable. It’s easier to find a place for the Epson printer as it doesn’t need to be near a LAN port. — Neaw Kang Hai, on the Epson L6170
The printer connects using the standard USB and Ethernet to wireless. During my trial, I printed my travel itinerary and boarding pass from my mobile phone to the printer. — Richard Neo, on the Epson L6160
The main feature I liked from the L4160 was the wireless connectivity with portable smart devices. Once the devices are set up, everything is good to go. No extra steps needed to print, unlike my previous printer. — James Quek, on the Epson L4160
Would they recommend it?
After having tried the new Epson L-series ink tank printers for themselves, would our readers recommend them? Here’s what they say.
I’m glad that Epson made the ink tank printer a reality. People want cheap printing, and printer manufacturers kept sticking with expensive cartridges. Epson answered the call, now on the new generation of improved models, with the L6190 on the top. […] There are several features worth your money … but it’s best that you get one for yourself to believe ;) — Adeel AJ
In summary, Epson L4160 scores well in terms of print quality and speed of printing. — James Quek
For basic printing needs, I would say that the Epson L4150 is a good buy for anyone who seeks a low-fuss printer with the ability to print photos and documents wirelessly. — Melvin Lim
The L6160 printer is designed for the office but is also well suited to home use, offering pro-level features that are easy to setup and use. It’s arguably one of the best SOHO printers around. — Richard Neo
To find out more about the Epson L-series ink tank printers, go to www.epson.com.sg/inktankprinter