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Epson EcoTank ET-2800 [2803] Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Updated Jan 25, 2023 at 12:58 pm
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The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 is an all-in-one supertank inkjet printer that uses Epson's T522 ink. It has a 1.5-inch display, an 8.5" x 11" flatbed scanner with no automatic feeder or fax functionality, and a 100-sheet input tray. It has Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Morpia Print Service, and is compatible with Epson's Smart Panel mobile app. The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 has a variant, the Epson EcoTank ET-2803. It's the same printer but exclusive to Walmart and Target. Our review applies to both models. 

Our Verdict

N/A 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 automatic document feeder makes digitizing multi-page documents cumbersome, as you'll have to scan each page manually.

Pros
  • Produces sharp-looking documents.
  • High page yields, low cost per print.
  • Produces very fine details in pictures.
  • Produces high-quality scans.
  • Wide color range.
Cons
  • Photos are a bit grainy.
N/A Small/Home Office

The Epson 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. 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
  • Produces sharp-looking documents.
  • High page yields, low cost per print.
  • Produces high-quality scans.
  • Fairly quick at getting short print jobs done.
Cons
  • Prints slowly.
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • No Ethernet port.
  • Doesn't support automatic duplex printing.
N/A 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
  • Produces sharp-looking documents.
  • High page yields, low cost per print.
  • Produces high-quality scans.
  • Fairly quick at getting short print jobs done.
Cons
  • Prints slowly.
N/A Black & White

The Epson 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
  • Produces sharp-looking documents.
  • High page yields, low cost per print.
  • Produces high-quality scans.
Cons
  • Prints slowly.
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • Doesn't support automatic duplex printing.
N/A 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
  • High page yields, low cost per print.
  • Produces very fine details in pictures.
  • Compatible with a wide variety of paper sizes.
  • Wide color range.
Cons
  • Photos are a bit grainy.
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A Photo
  1. Updated Jan 25, 2023: We've updated the review to improve clarity and added more information in the Scan Quality, Black and White Documents, Color Documents, and Small Details sections.
  2. Updated Jan 19, 2023: We've updated the review with more specificity regarding the tested model and its variant.
  3. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  5. 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.
  6. Updated Feb 14, 2022: Review published.
  7. Updated Feb 09, 2022: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 in white; it's also available with a black finish. There's an Epson EcoTank ET-2803 variant, which is the same printer but exclusive to Walmart and Target. Our review applies 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 a great printer overall and a good choice for households that print a lot due to its high page yields and low cost per print. However, it has slow printing speeds and lacks many features that other printers in its class have, like an automatic document feeder, Ethernet connectivity, and automatic duplex printing.

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

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-2850

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2850 are very similar supertank printers. The biggest difference is that the ET-2850 prints more black pages and can print double-sided sheets automatically. However, the ET-2800 has much better color accuracy and produces more fine details in photos. It also produces higher-quality scans.

Epson EcoTank ET-2400

The Epson EcoTank ET-2400 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are very similar all-in-one inkjet supertank printers. They're nearly identical in features; the only difference is that the ET-2800 has a better display panel, making it easier to navigate the settings menu, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. The ET-2400's scanner picks up finer details and produces higher-quality scans; however, it also boosts the contrast and saturation more, which you may or may not like, depending on whether accuracy is important to you.

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, faster printing speeds, an automatic document feeder, and Ethernet connectivity. On the other hand, the ET-2800 produces better-looking photos with more details and better color accuracy.

Epson EcoTank ET-2760

The Epson EcoTank ET-2760 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are both supertank inkjet printers. The ET-2800 produces much better-looking photos with deeper blacks and significantly better color accuracy. However, the ET-2760 yields significantly more black and color pages, supports automatic duplex printing, and can print directly from SD cards.

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 better scans and more fine details in photos.

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 more detailed and color-accurate photos.

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.

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 automatic document feeder that scans multi-page documents quickly. The Epson yields significantly more black and color pages at a much cheaper cost-per-print, produces significantly better-looking photos with deeper contrast, and produces a much wider range of colors with better accuracy.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 is better than the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 for most uses. The ET-5850 yields much more black pages, prints significantly faster, and supports automatic duplex printing to make it easier to print double-sided documents. Additionally, it has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning, an Ethernet port, and it can print directly from external USB storage. On the other hand, the ET-2800 yields much more color prints, and its replacement ink is cheaper, making it less costly to maintain over time. 

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Test Results

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Design
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Design
Build Quality
Type All in One

The Epson ET-2803's plastic body feels relatively sturdy, there aren't any creaks or squeaky noises from moving parts, and the input connections feel sturdy. However, the paper tray cover at the top rear of the printer feels thin and flimsy. Also, the design isn't particularly user-friendly, as it's difficult to access the sheet rollers to remove paper jams, and there aren't any lid dampeners for the scanning flatbed, meaning you have to guide the top cover down slowly, or it'll slam down hard.

Design
Dimensions
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Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)
Height When In Use
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Width When In Use
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Depth When In Use
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Weight
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N/A
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Locked
Drum Unit
Locked

Like all inkjets, the printheads can clog if you don't print for a long time. If you experience clogging or other print quality issues, it has many built-in maintenance functions that can help resolve them, including printhead nozzle checks, regular and power printhead cleaning, and printhead alignment. There's a paper guide cleaning to remove dirt or loose ink, helping to prevent prints from getting smeared as they go through the feeders.

As for ink maintenance, you won't have to do it often since the ink tanks yield a large number of prints. Refilling the tank is easy, as 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. The input tray, on the other hand, will need regular refilling, as it only holds 100 sheets of plain paper or 20 sheets of photo paper. Also, it's difficult to access the sheet rollers to clear paper jams, 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.

You can see the user manualhere

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N/A
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Locked
Display Screen Size
Lock" (Lock cm)
Touchscreen Locked

The Epson ET-2803 has a mediocre display. It's very small, so you have to lean in close to see properly. 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 front panel upwards a full 90 degrees.

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Design
Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
Yes
Photo Cartridge
Locked
Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
Lock
Black Cartridge Model
Locked
Tested Black Page Yield
Lock prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
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Color Cartridge Model
Locked
Tested Color Page Yield
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Estimated Color Page Yield
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Third Party Cartridge
Locked
Ink Type
Locked
High Yield Cartridge
Locked

The Epson EcoTank ET-2803 doesn't use ink cartridges. It uses an ink tank that you can refill with bottles of ink. A full set of ink yields a large number of prints, so it's a great choice for high-volume printing. 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 can damage the printheads, and unlike standard inkjet printers, you can't simply remove the ink if there's a problem.

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. To get the most accurate estimate, you need 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 can introduce air bubbles into the tubes and damage the printer.

N/A
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Locked
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
Lock PPM
Duplex Scanning
Locked
Max Flatbed Scan Size
Locked
Max ADF Scan Size
Locked
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
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Fax
Locked
Copy
Locked
OCR Included
Locked

The Epson ET-2803 only has a flatbed scanner, so it isn't ideal for people who frequently digitize multi-page documents. 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.

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Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
Lock DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
LockBit

The scan quality is great. The scanner boosts the contrast and saturation, which is good for text documents because it makes the text easier to read, but it might not be ideal if you're digitizing photos and expect the scan to look as close to the original as possible. It also loses some finer details.

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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
N/A
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
Locked

The print quality for black and white documents is great. Most text looks sharp, but smaller text on colored backgrounds looks blurry. All of the fine elements come through properly and more clearly than when printing in color. It has trouble converting the color yellow to grayscale, although that's normal for most printers.

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Document
Color Documents

The print quality for color documents is good. Again, except for some smaller text on colored backgrounds, most text looks clear. However, the colors look slightly washed out, and not all of the finer details come through properly.

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Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
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Color Cartridge Price
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Black-Only Printing Cost
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Color Printing Cost
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Photo Printing Cost
Lock US$/print
Ink Subscription
Locked

The Epson ET-2803's cost-per-print is superb, thanks to its high-yielding refillable ink tanks and cheap ink. Also, the printer comes with a set of full bottles in the box, rather than limiting you to half-filled starter cartridges that need replacing not long after you get the printer.

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Document
Printing Speed
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Photo Printing Time
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Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
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Duplex Printing
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Input Tray Capacity
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The Epson 2803 prints slowly overall. It takes a while to print out long documents, like reports or colored worksheets. It also takes a while to print a typical photo, much longer than most inkjet printers. On the bright side, it doesn't take too long to initialize and get single-page prints out. 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 Printing Sizes
Letter (8.5" x 11") Locked
Legal (8.5" x 14") Locked
Tabloid (11" x 17") Locked
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Locked
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Locked
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Locked
Max Paper Weight
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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 between 2.12" and 8.5" in width, and 3.39" and 47.24" in length. It has a plastic extender to 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.

Photo
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Color Gamut

The Epson EcoTank ET-2803 has a good color gamut. It can produce bright, saturated colors, but struggles with darker shades of green and yellow. Color transitions look a tad grainy, but thankfully, there's no banding.

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Color Accuracy
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The Epson ET-2800 produces reasonably accurate colors. Casual prints look great, with only a few noticeable differences to the original image, but it might not be accurate enough for enthusiasts or professionals.

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Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
Locked

The Epson EcoTank ET-2803 is outstanding at producing small details. The main issue is the halftones (dot effect) making edges and distant objects look less defined.

N/A
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") Locked
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") Locked
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Locked
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Locked
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") Locked
Borderless Printing
Locked
Mobile App And Connectivity
N/A
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Locked
USB Input To Computer
Locked
Bluetooth
Locked
Wireless Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Locked
Wi-Fi Direct
Locked
External Storage Support
Locked
Apple AirPrint
Locked
Mopria Print Service
Locked
N/A
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Locked
App Name Locked
iOS Locked
Android Locked
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Locked
PDF
Locked
Microsoft Office Files
Locked
Text Files (TXT)
Locked
Webpages (HTML)
Locked

The Epson Smart Panel mobile app is feature-rich. You can use it to print, scan, and copy, as well as 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; otherwise, it'll automatically convert most files into a printable format without any manual intervention.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
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The Epson ET-2803 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, you can print and scan without having to manually install any drivers or software.

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