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The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 ($849.99) can be an all-in-one printer made to turn out 3,000 to 4,000 pages monthly in the current busy small and midsize offices and workgroups. A letter- and legal-size version of the wide-format Editors’ Choice EcoTank Pro ET-16650, the ET-5850’s high input capacity, relatively high volume ratings, excellent print quality, low running costs, and a solid lineup of productivity and convenience features make it a shoo-in as our current favorite midrange color AIO printer. And an incredible bonus? In the event that you buy it by March 31, 2021, it includes unlimited reimbursement for just two years’ free ink.
EcoTank Pro: Power- and Productivity-Packed
Currently, Epson has four EcoTank Pro offerings, such as the ET-16650 mentioned previously and a slightly lesser-endowed (in conditions of color print and copy speeds) wide-format model, the ET-16600. The letter- and legal-size models will be the ET-5850 tested here and the ET-5880, which adds HP Printer Command Language (PCL) and Adobe PostScript page description language (PDL) support.
PCL and PostScript are, of course, the page description languages found in many typesetting, printing, publishing, and graphic design environments, and PostScript can be the native language of Adobe’s state-of-the-art graphic design software, Illustrator, along with the code Adobe Acrobat uses to “draw” or define PDF pages.
In other words, if you intend to use your in-house printer for making prepress proofs, or simply even short runs of brochures and other marketing material, spending the excess $50 roughly for PCL and PostScript emulation is obviously advisable. Besides, while writing this, I came across the ET-5880 on sale at Epson’s web store and elsewhere for $50 significantly less than the ET-5850.
Regardless, given its slender build of 16.7 by 19.7 by 18.1 inches (HWD) and tidy 39.2 pounds, the EcoTank Pro ET-5850 packs a whole lot of wallop right into a relatively small footprint in comparison to competing inkjet and midrange color laser AIOs. It’s close in proportions, for instance, to Brother’s MFC-J5945DW, a rival midrange color inkjet AIO, and about 21 pounds lighter than Lexmark’s MC2535adwe, a medium-volume color laser AIO that’s another PCMag top pick.
If smaller and lighter is the thing you need, though, you might want to step right down to a leaner all-in-one such as for example, say, HP’s OfficeJet Pro 9015, just one more PCMag Editors’ Choice. Meanwhile, let’s go back to the ET-5850 and its own robust feature set-starting using its 50-page, single-pass auto-duplexing computerized document feeder (ADF) for sending two-sided multipage documents to the scanner. “Single-pass” signifies that the ADF deploys two sensors, one for each and every page side, rendering it with the capacity of capturing both sides simultaneously.
Most competing models, including those mentioned here up to now, include auto-duplexing ADFs. Some, including the OfficeJet Pro 9015 using its 35-sheet feeder, hold fewer originals, while some, like the Lexmark I simply mentioned, include reverse-duplexing ADFs (with just one single sensor, therefore the device processes one side, then reverses and flips the paper to process the other).
Reverse-duplexing isn’t as fast or efficient as single-pass, however in the long term they both complete the job. Regardless, setup, making copies, scanning to network and cloud storage, configuring security options, creating and printing use reports, and more are handled from the ET-5850’s spacious 4.3-inch color touchscreen control panel.
As you can plainly see above, the display comprises the complete panel. Additionally you get, as you do with any business-oriented AIO nowadays, an onboard web portal that delivers usage of all operational and configuration tasks from almost any desktop, laptop, or handheld browser.
Just like the other EcoTank Pro AIOs, the ET-5850’s paper capacity is 550 sheets from three separate sources-two 250-sheet cassettes and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray that pulls up and right out of the back of the device, as displayed in the image below.
The HP 9015 holds just 250 sheets in one input source, as does the Lexmark MC2535adwe, although latter also offers a one-sheet override tray and will be expanded to a complete of just one 1,451 sheets. The Brother MFC-J5945DW holds 600 sheets from three sources, and the Epson WF-C5790 supports 330 sheets (expandable to 830) from two input trays.
Also just like the other three EcoTank Pros, the ET-5850’s maximum monthly duty cycle is 66,000 pages, with a recommended monthly print level of 3,300 prints-one of the best among the other midrange color AIOs discussed here. The Lexmark, at 85,000 maximum and 8,500 recommended, may be the highest, and the OfficeJet Pro 9015, with a 25,000-print duty cycle and 2,500-page recommended volume, may be the lowest.
With regards to connecting computing devices and cloud sites, Epson left little to chance. The hardware interfaces are Ethernet (up to 100Mbps), connecting to an individual PC via USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and Bluetooth BLE (Bluetooth Lite Edition). Those last two provide peer-to-peer connections that let you hook up your smartphones and tablets to the printer without either it or them being the main same network.
Additionally you get Apple AirPrint, Mopria, and a slew of options, such as for example Email Print, Scan to Cloud, Remote Printer Driver, and many others via Epson Connect, in addition to the Epson iPrint Mobile App for printing from and scanning right to your iOS or Android handheld.
Epson rates the ET-5850 at a moderate but enough 25 pages each and every minute (ppm). To regulate how well it measured against the other midrange color AIOs we’ve reviewed lately, I linked the EcoTank Pro via Ethernet to your standard Intel Core i5 testbed running Windows 10 Pro and clocked it since it printed our assortment of test documents. (Observe how we test printers.)
The first round of tests entailed printing a 12-page Microsoft Word text document many times and averaging the results. Here, the ET-5850 exceeded its rating with the average score of 28.7ppm. That’s 8.7ppm faster than Brother’s MFC-J5945DW, 6.7ppm faster than HP’s OfficeJet Pro 9015, 2.3ppm quicker compared to the Epson WF-C5790, and 11.9ppm behind the Lexmark MC2535adwe.
Next, I timed the ET-5850 since it cranked out our suite of color and complex business documents comprising Adobe Acrobat PDFs, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, charts, and graphs, and many full-page PowerPoint handouts made up of both simple and intricate graphics and multiple fonts varying in type, size, and colors.
I combined these scores with those from printing the 12-page text document to create typically 18.3ppm for printing our entire assortment of test documents. This score came within a few tenths of a ppm of the results attained by the Lexmark and Epson WorkForce AIOs; the HP 9015 fell behind by about 3ppm and the Brother by about 7ppm.
Finally, I timed and averaged the ET-5850’s results since it printed our colorful, detailed 4-by-6-inch test snapshots. It took 10 seconds apiece, about average among the printers mentioned here (and many more), although the MC2535adwe took four times for as long.
PrecisionCore Heat-Free Ink Chips
Like Epson’s WorkForce Pro printers, EcoTank Pro machines feature the business’s PrecisionCore 4S Heat-Free printhead that utilizes two ink chips with tiny, densely clustered nozzles. Precision Core 4S (also to a somewhat lesser degree 2S) printheads produce impressive detail and brilliant, accurate colors.
The ET-5850’s text is near typesetter quality right down to the tiniest font legible without magnification (in my own case about 10 points), which is a lot more than acceptable for some business-document output. Also, the full-page graphics and handout pages I printed arrived without readily noticeable ink-distribution flaws. Colors were a lot more than accurate enough in order to avoid unsightly color shifts, and details such as for example hairlines thinner than 1 point were unbroken from end to get rid of.
Photos looked good, too, and the ET-5850 supports borderless output on prints up to legal-size (8.5 by 14 inches). Many documents (especially photos) undertake an appearance of higher professionalism when borderless output is employed creatively (and, well, properly). The ET-5850 should make your business correspondence look good.
Color Pages for 2 Cents
Currently, and for some time into the future, the business is offering 2 yrs of unlimited free ink with the purchase of an EcoTank Pro AIO. Giving you all-you-can-eat ink for the first 2 yrs you possess the printer, Epson hasn’t only one-upped your competition, but greatly increased the units’ value. You start with the 3rd year, the ET-5850’s running costs turn out to about 2 cents per page for both monochrome and color pages, which isn’t too shabby, either. As I said about the ET-16650, the ET-5850’s black page cost isn’t an earth-shaker; it’s competitive with most entry-level to midrange color laser plus some inkjet AIOs. But that 2 cents per color page easily offsets the monochrome running costs.