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Epson EcoTank ET-2720 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Jan 28, 2021 at 10:02 am
Epson EcoTank ET-2720 Picture
7.6
Family
6.2
Small/Home Office
8.7
Student
7.3
Black & White
7.0
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is a supertank inkjet printer that's suitable for a wide range of uses. It has four refillable ink tanks that yield a lot of pages before needing a refill. This leads to an exceptionally low cost-per-print, whether printing in black only or with colors. Unfortunately, its printing speed is bad, and even a simple black text document takes quite some time to fully print. Also, the flatbed scanner is only passable as it lacks an automatic document feeder and duplex scanning. That said, this printer has a fairly compact and lightweight design, and you can easily connect it to your router or use your mobile device to print.

Our Verdict

7.6 Family

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is a good family printer. Even though its photo printing quality is only decent, its cost-per-print is exceptionally low, making it an economical option for most households. Its flatbed scanner has fantastic resolution and allows you to easily digitize family documents, though it lacks additional features like duplex scanning, which means you have to manually flip the pages when scanning double-sided documents. On the plus side, you can easily connect the printer to your router or your mobile device.

Pros
  • Exceptionally low cost-per-print.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • High black and color page yield.
Cons
  • Very slow black, color, and photo printing speed.
  • Only has a flatbed scanner.
6.2 Small/Home Office

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is mediocre for home office use. Unfortunately, it's slow to print black text documents, and some may find that only having a flatbed scanner is limiting. On the plus side, this compact printer has a supertank system that yields a lot of pages before the tank needs to be refilled, and it also has an exceptional cost-per-print for both black and color ink.

Pros
  • Exceptionally low cost-per-print.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • High black and color page yield.
Cons
  • Very slow black, color, and photo printing speed.
  • Only has a flatbed scanner.
  • Paper jams are hard to get to.
8.7 Student

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is excellent for student use. Its cost-per-print is exceptional, and you're able to get a lot of black text or color documents out of this printer before you need to refill the ink tanks. The printer is also fairly compact, and you can connect it via Wi-Fi to your router or use your mobile device to print things. On the downside, it takes a while to print documents, which isn't so good when you're in a rush.

Pros
  • Exceptionally low cost-per-print.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • High black and color page yield.
Cons
  • Very slow black, color, and photo printing speed.
  • No Bluetooth or external storage support.
7.3 Black & White

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is only decent for black and white use. Thanks to its outstanding supertank system, it yields an exceptional number of black pages before needing a refill, so the cost-per-print is incredibly low. However, the printing speed for text documents is bad, though the first page doesnโ€™t take too long to print. The design is also mediocre as the output tray feels flimsy, and paper jams are hard to get to.

Pros
  • Exceptionally low cost-per-print.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • High black and color page yield.
Cons
  • Very slow black, color, and photo printing speed.
7.0 Casual Photo

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is a decent choice to print casual photos. It allows you to print pictures without borders, which is great, but there's some banding in the grayscale, and color accuracy is disappointing. On the plus side, the cost-per-print is exceptionally low, but take note that it takes almost a full minute and a half to print off a single 4โ€™โ€™ by 6โ€™โ€™ photo.

Pros
  • Exceptionally low cost-per-print.
  • Small, lightweight design.
  • High black and color page yield.
Cons
  • Very slow black, color, and photo printing speed.
  • Disappointing color accuracy.
  • 7.6 Family
  • 6.2 Small/Home Office
  • 8.7 Student
  • 7.3 Black & White
  • 7.0 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Jan 28, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Dec 03, 2020: Updated Text File (TXT) support to 'Yes'.
  3. Updated Jul 07, 2020: We've retested this printer's duplex printing capabilities.
  4. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Test Results

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Design
6.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 has a mediocre design. It's easy to access the ink tanks and load paper. However, the output tray is flimsy, and if you have a paper jam, there isn't any rear access. There's a door underneath the display screen, but it can be difficult to get at paper jams from there if you have larger hands. Additionally, it's hard to scan bulkier items like books as the scanner lid can't extend to accommodate them. Also take note that after initializing and not using our unit for a month, we needed to conduct four head cleanings before we were able to start printing.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.9" (17.5 cm)
Width 14.7" (37.3 cm)
Depth 13.6" (34.5 cm)
Weight
12.6 lbs (5.7 kg)

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is a compact and lightweight printer. Although the supertank slightly juts out, the footprint should be small enough for most home offices or student dorms.

6.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.5" (3.7 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 has a passable screen. The display console swivels to allow you to see the screen better, and it has good visibility whether you're seated or standing. While there isn't a touch screen, push buttons surround the screen, though you may need to press them several times to get to the command you're looking for.

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Epson EcoTank 522 ink bottles
    • 1x Cyan
    • 1x Magenta
    • 1x Yellow
    • 1x Black
  • Installation CD
  • Power cable

9.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
T522 BK
Tested Black Page Yield
179.53 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
3,411 prints
Color Cartridge Model
T522 Multi-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
190 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
4,042 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 has an exceptional supertank system. It uses four high-capacity ink tanks that you refill yourself and yields a lot of both black and color pages before you need to refill the tank again. There's also a pop-up message on PC to periodically check your ink levels, which is great if you aren't keeping a close eye on your ink tanks.

While it's technically possible to fill the supertank with any third-party ink, we didn't try it and don't recommend doing so as low-quality ink can damage the print heads and, unlike regular cartridges, they can't be removed if there's a problem. Using third-party ink could also void your warranty.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The Epson ET-2720 scanning features are mediocre. It only has a flatbed scanner, so documents have to be scanned page by page, and if you need to scan double-sided documents, you have to flip the pages manually, which is time-consuming. The Epson EcoTank ET-4760 is a similar printer with a sheetfed scanner and a fax.

Printing
10
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
13.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
41.95 US$
Black Only Printing
0.004 US$/print
Color Printing
0.01 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.028 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 has an exceptional cost-per-print. Black, color, and photo printing are all extremely cost-effective. If you need to refill the tanks, you can purchase a multipack ink package or each ink bottle separately. If you want a supertank printer with a lower cost-per-print for photos, check out the Canon PIXMA G2260.

3.9
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
8 PPM
Color Document
5 PPM
Photo Printing Time
87.0 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
13.0 s
Duplex Printing
No
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The Epson ET-2720 has poor printing speed. Although the first page doesn't take too long to print, additional black text pages aren't much quicker. Color pages are slow to print, and it takes almost a minute and a half to print off one 4" x 6" photo.

5.9
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.86

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 has disappointing color accuracy. While it may be okay for the occasional pop of color on an assignment or office document, it isn't ideal for work that requires accurate color reproduction. If you want better color accuracy, check out the Canon PIXMA G1220.

7.2
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 photo printing quality is decent. There's a bit of banding in the grayscale, and the yellow lacks vibrancy.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

If you want a supertank printer with better photo printing quality, check out the Canon PIXMA G6020.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) No
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 has one adjustable input feed in the back of the printer, and it supports most popular paper sizes. It doesn't print tabloid-size paper, but if that's important to you, check out the Epson EcoTank ET-15000.

Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Epson ET-2720 has decent connectivity. You can hook it up wirelessly by using your Wi-Fi via your router, or you can use Wi-Fi Direct. If you're using a mobile device, you can also use Apple AirPrint or Mopria Print Service. On the downside, you can't use an ethernet cable with it, and it lacks any external storage support. If you want a similar printer with external storage support, check out the Epson EcoTank ET-2760.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name Epson iPrint
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
Yes
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Epson iPrint app is outstanding. Accessible on Android and iOS devices, you can print, scan, and copy photos directly from the app. Take note that while it doesn't print .txt files natively, it automatically converts them to a PDF to print. You can also perform maintenance tasks.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

While we tested the white version, the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is also available in black.

Compared To Other Printers

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 sets itself apart thanks to its exceptional supertank system that yields an incredible number of both black and color pages. Accordingly, its cost-per-print is amongst the lowest we’ve tested, whether you’re printing in black only, in color, or photos. However, its printing speed is really bad and unusually slow compared to other printers we’ve tested. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best inkjet printers.

Epson Expression ET-2750

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Epson Expression ET-2750 are similar printers, but the ET-2750 is slightly better-performing overall. The ET-2750 can print black-text documents quicker, and it has duplex printing and external storage support. On the other hand, although it's still sub-par, the ET-2720 has better color accuracy and yields more color pages before needing to refill it, though the ET-2750 yields more black pages.

Epson EcoTank ET-4700

The Epson EcoTank ET-4700 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are quite similar, but the ET-4700 performs a little bit better for most uses. It has a sheetfed scanner, slightly better color accuracy, and an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the ET-2720 yields more pages before needing to refill the ink tanks, and its photo printing quality is also just a little bit better.

Epson EcoTank ET-2760

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2760 are very similar printers, and they even have almost the same features, but the ET-2760 is slightly better performing overall. The ET-2760 feels a bit better built, it can automatically print double-sided sheets, and it has external storage support. It also yields more pages and costs a bit less per print. However, if you intend to print photos often, the ET-2720 might be a better choice since it has slightly better color accuracy and photo printing quality.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760

The Epson EcoTank ET-3760 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are both good family printers, but the ET-3760 is better overall. It yields more pages at a slightly lower cost-per-print and prints significantly faster. Also, it has a much better color accuracy and it has an Ethernet port if you want to plug it directly into your router. The ET-2720 does produce somewhat nicer-looking photos, but the difference is slight.

Epson EcoTank ET-4760

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4760 are both good family printers, but the ET-4760 is better overall. The ET-4760 has a higher page yield at a slightly lower cost-per-print, a sheetfed scanner, a faster printing speed, and an Ethernet port. While its photo printing quality isn't as good as the ET-2720, the color accuracy is significantly better.

HP Smart Tank Plus 551

Overall, the HP Smart Tank Plus 551 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 have very similar performance. The Epson has a better display screen, it prints higher quality photos, and its replacement ink is cheaper. However, the HP yields more black and color pages per cartridge, and it has much better color accuracy.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank are both all-in-one color inkjet printers with similar photo printing quality and color accuracy. However, unlike the Brother, the Epson uses a supertank system with a significantly better cost-per-print and color document yield. It also prints black and color documents a bit faster. On the other hand, the Brother is a better small or home office printer, as it has an ADF and a marginally higher black page yield.

Canon PIXMA G6020

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Canon PIXMA G6020 are both good all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertanks, but the Canon is slightly better at a variety of tasks. The Canon feels better built, has higher page yields, a lower cost-per-print for color pages, and it prints photos more quickly and with better quality. Also, it can automatically print double-sided, and it has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the Epson prints documents more quickly, and it produces somewhat more accurate colors.

Epson EcoTank ET-15000

The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is better overall than the Epson EcoTank ET-2720. The ET-15000 is better-built, has a sheetfed scanner, and prints pages much faster. It also has an Ethernet port and can print tabloid-sized paper. However, the ET-2720 takes less time to print photos.

Canon PIXMA G3260

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are both good family printers with supertanks. However, the Canon yields more pages and offers a slightly lower cost-per-print for photos and color printing. It also has better color accuracy, slightly better photo quality, and you can print double-sided pages manually, whereas the Epson doesn't have the option at all. However, the Epson prints black-only documents much faster.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertanks, but the ET-5850 is a much better printer overall. The ET-5850 has better black page yields, prints significantly faster, and produces better-looking photos with significantly more accurate colors. It has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning, can fax, can automatically print double-sided, has an Ethernet port, and can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the ET-2720 has a much better page yield and cost-per-print for color documents and photos.

Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 EcoTank

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 EcoTank are all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertanks for superb page yields, but the ET-7750 is a better printer overall. The ET-7750 has more than double the black page yield and half the black document cost-per-print, and it prints significantly faster. It also produces much better-quality photos with much more accurate colors, can print on wide tabloid-format paper, has an Ethernet port, and can print directly from USB flash drives and SD cards. On the other hand, the ET-2720 has a larger color page yield and better color document and photo cost-per-print.

Canon PIXMA G2260

The Canon PIXMA G2260 is slightly better than the Epson EcoTank ET-2720, especially if you intend to print photos. The Canon yields more pages and costs less per print for color documents and photos, and it produces much more accurate-looking colors. It also prints photos significantly faster. However, the Epson is better if you value wireless printing and a mobile app to check ink levels, perform maintenance tasks, and print from.

Brother HL-L2390DW

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are two very different printers. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer with better build quality and quicker printing speed. However, the Epson is a color inkjet supertank that can yield more pages before needing to be refilled. The Epson's cost-per-print is more affordable and its photo printing quality is quite decent. If you print only black-text documents, the Brother is a good choice, but if you need color printing and don't mind the slower print time, go for the Epson.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Epson uses a supertank ink system for superior color page yields and a better overall cost-per-print. However, the Brother performs better in every other aspect, with better black page yields, significantly faster printing speed, and much better printed photo quality and color accuracy. It also feels much better built and has a better display, faxing capabilities, and an Ethernet port.

Canon PIXMA G1220

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is a better family printer than the Canon PIXMA G1220. The Epson features a flatbed scanner, and it supports wireless printing via Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service. It also has an incredible mobile app. However, the Canon yields more pages at a lower cost. Also, if you plan on printing a lot of photos and color documents, the Canon has better color accuracy.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the HP is a better small or home office printer. The HP has an ADF with duplex scanning, faxing capabilities, and an Ethernet port. It also prints much faster, produces photos with much better quality and more accurate colors, and can also print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Epson uses a supertank ink system with significantly better cost-per-print and page yields.

Canon PIXMA G1200

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Canon PIXMA G1200 are both supertank printers. The Epson has a flatbed scanner and a slightly faster document printing speed, and you can print to it wirelessly via Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, or Mopria Print Service. On the other hand, the Canon has a higher page yield, a lower cost-per-print for photos, and better color accuracy. However, it can only print via a USB-A to USB-B cable, which isn't in the box. While neither printer can automatically print double-sided, the Canon prompts you when to turn the page over, while the Epson doesn't at all.

HP LaserJet M209dwe

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the HP LaserJet M209dwe are both office printers but designed for different uses. The Epson is an all-in-one inkjet model with a supertank, so it's a great option if you print color and monochrome documents very often and want an outstandingly low cost-per-print. Unlike the HP, the Epson has a flatbed scanner. On the other hand, the HP is a good choice if you print monochrome documents only and don't need a scanner or color. Also, the HP has a faster printing speed, and it can automatically print double-sided documents.

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