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Epson EcoTank ET-2800 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 14, 2022 at 10:34 am
Epson EcoTank ET-2800 Picture
7.6
Family
6.2
Small/Home Office
8.4
Student
7.3
Black & White
7.4
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 is a supertank printer that yields an incredible number of pages. This keeps running costs outstandingly low since the ink bottle refills are cheap, making it a great option for printing in bulk. Its flatbed scanner's high resolution can capture fine details, and you can scan very thick media since you can detach the entire scan lid. Additionally, it prints great-quality photos with smooth gradients and vibrant, fairly accurate colors. Unfortunately, its build quality is mediocre, with sheet rollers that are difficult to reach in case of paper jams, and it prints slowly. It also lacks an automatic document feeder, so it isn't a viable option for easily digitizing multi-page documents.

Our Verdict

7.6 Family

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 performs well for family use. Its cheap ink bottle refills and incredible page yields mean it's remarkably cheap to maintain in the long run, easing the load on your wallet. It prints great-looking, vibrant photos, and its color accuracy is fine for everyday use. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner, but the lack of an ADF makes digitizing multi-page documents cumbersome.

Pros
  • Incredibly cheap cost-per-print.
  • Prints great-looking, vibrant photos.
  • Has a high-resolution flatbed scanner.
Cons
  • Lacks an automatic document feeder.
  • Can't print directly from external storage.
6.2 Small/Home Office

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 is passable for small or home office use. Its supertank ink system gives it incredibly high page yields, meaning you don't often have to spend time refilling its ink tanks. This makes it great for print shops that want to cut down on the cost of consumables. Unfortunately, it isn't suited for busy workplaces since it prints slowly and doesn't have an ADF to easily digitize multi-page documents. Additionally, it doesn't have an Ethernet cable to ensure a stable network connection.

Pros
  • Supertank ink system yields a fantastic number of pages.
  • Fairly quick at getting short print jobs done.
Cons
  • Prints slowly.
  • Lacks an automatic document feeder.
  • Doesn't have an Ethernet port.
8.4 Student

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 is a great printer for students. Maintaining the printer is cheap thanks to its outstandingly low cost-per-print, and its incredibly high-yielding supertank ink system means you might not even run out of ink for the entire duration of your study program. You can easily digitize notes and reading materials and even convert them into searchable PDFs using its flatbed scanner and OCR software. It's a bit slow to print, though, so it's best to set aside time to let it print even short documents.

Pros
  • Incredibly cheap cost-per-print.
  • Supertank ink system yields a fantastic number of pages.
  • Has a high-resolution flatbed scanner.
Cons
  • Prints slowly.
7.3 Black & White

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 is decent if you mainly need to print in black and white. It has incredible page yields and a superb cost-per-print, but it's held back by its slow print speed and lack of an automatic document feeder. On the bright side, it gets short documents out fairly quickly, making it a reasonable choice if you mainly queue up short print jobs.

Pros
  • Incredibly cheap cost-per-print.
  • Supertank ink system yields a fantastic number of pages.
  • Has a high-resolution flatbed scanner.
Cons
  • Prints slowly.
  • Lacks an automatic document feeder.
  • Doesn't have an Ethernet port.
7.4 Photo

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 performs decently as a photo printer. It uses dye-based inks, producing great-looking photos with high contrast. While colors look vibrant, their accuracy is only alright, so printed photos likely won't look quite like the originals. There's also a noticeable amount of grain, and the contrast is sometimes too high, resulting in a loss of detail in dark and bright sections of images. Fortunately, its color gamut is wide, so it produces smooth gradients with no banding.

Pros
  • Prints great-looking, vibrant photos.
  • Compatible with a wide variety of paper sizes.
Cons
  • Photos are a bit grainy.
  • Color accuracy isn't good enough for professional use.
  • 7.6 Family
  • 6.2 Small/Home Office
  • 8.4 Student
  • 7.3 Black & White
  • 7.4 Photo
  1. Updated Apr 04, 2022: While you can't select A5 in the print settings, you can set custom sizes, which would let you print on A5-sized paper. We updated the Printing Size box to say "Yes" for A5.
  2. Updated Feb 14, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 09, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Epson ET-2800's build quality is mediocre. The plastic doesn't feel cheap, there aren't any creaks or squeaky noises from the moving parts, and the input connections feel sturdy. However, the paper tray cover at the top rear of the printer feels thin and flimsy, and there aren't any proper lid dampeners for the scanning flatbed, as you can see here. This means you have to guide the top cover down slowly, or it'll slam down hard if you let go. Additionally, it's difficult to access the sheet rollers in case there's a paper jam.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.0" (17.7 cm)
Width 14.7" (37.4 cm)
Depth 13.7" (34.8 cm)
Height When In Use
9.6" (24.5 cm)
Width When In Use
14.7" (37.4 cm)
Depth When In Use
23.2" (59.0 cm)
Weight
9.6 lbs (4.4 kg)
6.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 has typical inkjet maintenance procedures. Like all inkjets, there's always the risk of the printheads clogging, which could severely lower the quality of prints. To combat this, the printer has lots of useful, built-in maintenance tasks, including printhead nozzle checks, regular and power printhead cleaning, and printhead alignment. There's paper guide cleaning to remove dirt or loose ink, helping to prevent prints from getting smeared as they're guided by the paper feeders. Additionally, thanks to the printer's incredibly high page yields, you'll rarely need to spend the time refilling the ink tanks, even if you print frequently. It's almost impossible to put the wrong ink into the tanks since the nozzle of each bottle is designed to fit with only its corresponding ink tank.

Unfortunately, the ET-2800's input tray only holds 100 sheets of plain paper or 20 sheets of photo paper, meaning you have to refill it often. In addition, it's difficult to access the sheet rollers, as you have to first raise the control panel, pull down the front inner cover, then lift the scanning bed until it clicks into place. The access clearance is narrow, and you also have to be careful not to touch the printing tubes.

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

The Epson ET-2800 has a passable display screen. It's very small, so you have to lean in close to see what it says. There isn't a numeric keypad, only directional keys, so setting up the printer and connecting it to your network is very cumbersome. The screen doesn't have good viewing angles, meaning you'll have to look at it straight on, but fortunately, you can tilt the entire panel housing the screen and controls upwards a full 90 degrees.

10
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
T522 BK
Tested Black Page Yield
210 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
3,990 prints
Color Cartridge Model
T522 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
187 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
3,979 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No Cartridges
Ink Type
Dye
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 has an incredible cartridge system. As it's a supertank printer, you use bottles of loose ink to refill the printer's reserves rather than replacing any cartridges. The printer yields at least a few thousand pages for black and color prints, so it's more than enough even for people who intend to frequently print large volumes or mass-produce colorful flyers. While you can technically fill the supertanks with any third-party ink, we didn't try it and don't recommend doing so. Low-quality ink could damage the print heads, and unlike standard inkjet printers, you can't simply remove the ink if there's a problem. Using third-party supplies could also void your warranty.

The ET-2800 yields significantly more cyan pages than either magenta or yellow. While it isn't clear exactly why this is the case, it's good news for people who intend to print blues often, like graphic designers working with a specific color palette or casual photographers who specialize in landscape photos with lots of sky or ocean. Additionally, it doesn't have an ink level sensor but instead monitors ink usage internally to estimate when the ink levels run low. This requires you to fill the ink tanks properly and reset the ink levels manually in the printer settings. It's best not to allow the ink tanks to run too low, as this could introduce air bubbles into the print tubes that could damage the printheads.

4.7
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.00" (0 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
No
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Software)

The Epson ET-2800 has a poor array of scanner features. There's only a flatbed scanner, so it isn't a viable choice for people who frequently digitize multi-page documents like reports.

The scanner lid's hinges don't raise like other printers to properly fit thicker items like textbooks for scanning. Instead, you can actually remove the scanner lid entirely. To do this, you first have to open the lid fully, then gently push forward one hinge at a time until each one releases entirely from the hinge mechanism. Keep in mind this means the lid's white background won't cover any exposed spaces that the item you're scanning doesn't cover, so any direct copies will result in those exposed regions coming out completely black. This could potentially use up lots of ink or result in unusable prints.

If you want an EcoTank printer that has an automatic document feeder, check out the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 or the Epson EcoTank ET-4800.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Design
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) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
297 g/m²

The Epson ET-2800 doesn't have a removable paper cassette, only an input feeder at the top rear of the printer. You can set custom sizes where the width can be between 2.12" and 8.5", and the length can be between 3.39" and 47.24". It has a plastic extender to properly hold sheets and a movable slider to properly align differently sized media types. However, you need to manually extend and retract the front output tray, which could be inconvenient as printed sheets could fall off without manual intervention.

Design
In The Box

  • Start Here Guide
  • Setup CD
  • Power cord
  • Epson T522 ink bottles:
    • 1x black
    • 1x cyan
    • 1x magenta
    • 1x yellow

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
10
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
13.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
41.95 US$
Black Only Printing
0.004 US$/print
Color Printing
0.011 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.028 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Epson ET-2800's cost-per-print is outstandingly low, as expected of most supertank printers. The ink bottles are cheap, while the printer's incredible page yields mean that families and people who print casually will only need to buy new ink bottles once in a blue moon. Better yet, the printer comes with a set of full bottles in the box, rather than limiting you to half-filled setup cartridges that need replacing not long after you get the printer.

5.0
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
8 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
90.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
13.0 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The Epson 2800 prints slowly overall. It takes a while to print out long documents, like reports or colored worksheets, so you have to set aside time to wait for long print jobs. Like most home-oriented printers from Epson's EcoTank lineup, it takes well over a minute to print a typical photo. On the bright side, it doesn't take too long to get single-page prints and short documents done, so it's a fair choice if you frequently queue up simple prints. When printing double-sided documents, you need to manually flip the first set of printed pages over when prompted and reinsert them into the feeder so the printer can finish printing the other side. If you want an EcoTank that automatically prints double-sided, check out the Epson EcoTank ET-2850.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
Yes
Photo
8.0
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Epson ET-2800 produces great-quality photos. The contrast is high, meaning blacks are deep and whites are bright, and colors are vibrant and well-identified. However, the contrast might be too high and result in a loss of detail in some instances, like fine details within very dark or very bright sections of an image. Additionally, photos are a bit grainy overall. That said, people looking to make casual photo prints will likely be more than happy with the results.

The scanned images provided above are for reference only, and they look a bit worse than the actual physical photos due to the scanning and uploading process. The score is based on the actual physical photos.

6.6
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
6.95

The Epson ET-2800 produces reasonably accurate colors. Casual prints look great, with only a few noticeable differences to the original image, but enthusiasts or professionals should look elsewhere for pinpoint color accuracy.

7.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The Epson ET-2800 produces a good range of colors. The vibrant zig-zag line is visible throughout the entire photo, but it's harder to make out in the magenta and orange, meaning that the printer has difficulty producing some highly saturated hues. The transitions to white and between different colors are smooth, but since transitions to black are a bit abrupt, the printer might have issues properly recreating deep shades. Additionally, the overall graininess of the photo could make some gradients appear rough.

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
10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Epson Smart Panel
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes (Android and iOS)
PDF
Yes (Android and iOS)
Microsoft Office Files
Yes (Android Only)
Text Files (TXT)
Yes (Android Only)
Webpages (HTML)
Yes (Android and iOS)

The Epson ET-2800 is compatible with the fantastic Epson Smart Panel mobile app. You can use it to print various document formats, as well as to copy and scan using the flatbed up to 300DPI. You can also use the app to perform maintenance tasks, like cleaning the printheads, checking the printhead nozzles, and viewing the estimated ink levels. You can also buy ink refills and update the printer's firmware. The app alerts you if some documents can't be displayed or printed properly, but it automatically converts most files into a printable format without any manual intervention.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

The Epson ET-2800 is fully compatible with the most commonly used operating systems. On Windows, you only need to install the printer's drivers if you just want to print, but you need to install the Epson Scan 2 software to use its scanning features. On macOS and Chrome OS, on the other hand, you can print and scan without having to manually install any drivers or software.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 in white; it's also available with a black finish. The ET-2803 is the same printer but appears exclusive to Walmart and Target; the test results apply to both the ET-2800 and the ET-2803. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 is an all-in-one supertank printer designed for home use. Compared to other supertanks we've tested, it prints better-detailed photos, with higher contrast between dark areas and highlights. It also produces much more accurate colors than other Epson EcoTanks, making it a better choice for everyday photo prints. However, it's one of the lowest-yielding supertanks we've tested, and also it's slower to print than most.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best home printers, the best photo printers, and the best inkjet printers.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are both inkjets with supertank ink systems, but the ET-2800 is a newer model that performs a bit better. The ET-2800 yields more black pages, prints slightly faster, and supports duplex printing, albeit you need to flip the pages over manually. Also, the ET-2800 prints much better-quality photos, with deeper blacks and much more accurate colors. On the other hand, the ET-2720 has a wider color gamut, meaning it can produce more vibrant colors. It doesn't support automatic or manual duplex printing, though, so the printer doesn't prompt you to turn over the sheets or your document at all if you want to print on both sides.

Epson EcoTank ET-2850

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2850 are similar supertank printers. The biggest difference is that the ET-2850 prints more black pages and can print double-sided sheets automatically. In contrast, on the ET-2800, you need to flip over the sheets manually when the printer prompts you. However, the ET-2800 has much better color accuracy, so the colors in your photos will look more like the originals.

Epson EcoTank ET-4800

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are very similar printers. If you scan many documents for work, the ET-4800 has an automatic document feeder, so it's more convenient since you don't need to scan each page individually. Also, it has an Ethernet port if you want to plug it directly into your router for a faster connection. Otherwise, both perform very similarly.

Epson EcoTank ET-2760

The Epson EcoTank ET-2760 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are both inkjets with supertanks, but the ET-2800 is better for family use and photos, whereas the ET-2760 is better for students. The ET-2800 produces much better-looking photos with deeper blacks and significantly better color accuracy. The ET-2760 yields significantly more black and color pages, supports automatic duplex printing, and can print directly from SD cards.

Epson EcoTank ET-3850

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 are both all-in-one supertank printers, but the ET-3850 performs better overall. The ET-3850 has higher page yields for both black and color documents, has faster print speeds, and it has an automatic document feeder and an Ethernet port for a wired network connection. On the other hand, the ET-2800 produces better-looking photos with significantly more accurate-looking colors.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Epson Ecotank ET-3760 are both color inkjets with supertank ink systems. The ET-3760 is better for small or home office use as it has an automatic document feeder, its cost-per-print is fractionally cheaper, and it prints documents much faster. Additionally, it prints much more black pages before needing a refill, supports automatic duplex printing, and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the ET-2800 is better for photo printing as it produces much better-detailed, color-accurate photos with deeper blacks.

Canon PIXMA G3260

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are both color inkjets with supertank ink systems that perform similarly. The Canon requires less maintenance as it yields much more black and color pages, and the cost-per-print for color documents and photos is much cheaper. On the other hand, the Epson produces much better-detailed photos with deeper blacks.

Epson EcoTank ET-4700

The Epson EcoTank ET-4700 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are both color inkjets with supertank ink systems. The ET-2800 is better for families and photo printing as it produces slightly more pages before needing a refill, and it produces much better-quality photos with deeper blacks. Additionally, it supports manual duplex printing, which means you have to flip the pages over yourself after the printer finishes producing the first side. On the other hand, the ET-4700 is better for small or home business use thanks to its automatic document feeder, built-in fax, and dedicated Ethernet port.

Canon PIXMA G6020

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Canon PIXMA G6020 are both color inkjets that use supertank ink systems and perform similarly. The Canon yields more pages with a cheaper cost-per-print for color documents and photos, prints photos faster, and supports automatic duplex printing to make double-sided print jobs easier. The Epson prints documents faster, and it also prints better-looking photos.

HP DeskJet 3755

The HP DeskJet 3755 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are both color inkjets, but the HP is a compact printer that uses a traditional cartridge system, while the Epson uses a supertank ink system. The Epson is a much better printer overall, with far superior page yields, significantly cheaper cost-per-print, and faster printing speeds. Additionally, the Epson's flatbed has a higher scan resolution than the HP's sheetfed scanner, and the Epson produces better-detailed photos and supports borderless printing.

Epson Expression ET-2750

The Epson Expression ET-2750 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are both color inkjets with supertank ink systems that perform similarly. The ET-2750 yields significantly more black pages, and it supports automatic duplex printing, making it easier to print double-sided documents. Also, it can print directly from SD cards, which can be helpful for photographers. On the other hand, the ET-2800 produces much better-detailed photos with deep blacks, so it's a better choice for high-quality photos.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 are both color inkjets that use supertank ink systems, but the ET-5850 is designed for small business use and is better for most uses. The ET-5850 yields much more black pages, it prints significantly faster, and it supports automatic duplex printing to make it easier to print double-sided documents. Additionally, it feels much more sturdily built, and it has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning, built-in fax, and a dedicated Ethernet port, and it can print directly from external USB storage. On the other hand, the ET-2800 yields much more color pages at a much cheaper color document cost-per-print, and it produces much better-detailed, more color-accurate photos.

Brother MFC-J4335DW

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Brother MFC-J4335DW are both inkjet models, but the Epson uses a refillable supertank ink system, while the Brother uses a hybrid high-yield cartridge–tank system. The Brother performs better for home office, student use, and black and white printing, as it prints significantly faster and supports duplex printing. Additionally, it has an Ethernet port and an automatic document feeder that scans multi-page documents quickly. The ET-2800 yields significantly more black and color pages at a much cheaper cost-per-print, it produces significantly better-looking photos with deeper contrast, and it accurately produces a much wider range of colors.

HP Smart Tank Plus 551

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the HP Smart Tank Plus 551 are both color inkjets with supertank ink systems that perform about the same. The HP is better if you prefer something with less maintenance, as it yields many more color pages before needing ink refills, and the cost-per-print for color documents and photos is much cheaper as a result. Additionally, it prints photos a little more quickly. On the other hand, the Epson is better for photo printing as it produces much better-detailed pictures. Also, it prints documents a bit faster.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 are both color inkjets, but the ET-2800 uses a supertank ink system, while the WF-3820 uses a traditional cartridge system. The ET-2800 is better for photo printing and students, as it yields a far superior number of pages before the ink needs refilling. Additionally, it produces much better-detailed photos with deeper blacks. The WF-3820 is better for small or home business use as has an ADF that duplex scans, it has built-in fax, and it prints significantly faster. Also, it supports automatic duplex printing to make it easier to print double-sided documents, and it has an Ethernet port and can print directly from USB flash drives.

Brother MFC-J4535DW

The Brother MFC-J4535DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are both color inkjet models, but the Brother uses a hybrid, high-capacity cartridge–tank ink system, while the Epson uses refillable supertanks. The Brother is much better as it prints much faster, supports automatic duplex printing, can much more easily digitize multi-page documents thanks to its fast-scanning ADF, and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the Epson yields significantly more black and color pages at a much lower cost-per-print. Additionally, it's better for photo printing, producing significantly better-looking photos with deeper contrast, and its much wider color gamut allows it to accurately reproduce more colors.

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