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Epson EcoTank ET-4800 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Apr 05, 2022 at 12:19 pm
Epson EcoTank ET-4800 Picture
7.6
Family
7.4
Small/Home Office
8.4
Student
7.5
Black & White
7.3
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Epson EcoTank ET-4800 is an all-in-one supertank printer designed for home offices. It's part of the updated EcoTank series, replacing the Epson EcoTank ET-4700. Like many supertank models, it prints thousands of pages before its ink tanks need refilling. Its high page yields paired with its inexpensive ink bottles gives it a very low cost-per-print, meaning you'll save more money in the long run with supertanks than with traditional inkjets. Unfortunately, it's prone to printhead clogging and misalignment, so some ink gets wasted since you need to run maintenance tasks to solve the issues. Also, it can't automatically print double-sided, so you need to manually flip over your sheets when you want to print the second side.

Our Verdict

7.6 Family

The Epson ET-4800 is good for family use. Its four ink tanks yield thousands of pages before they run out of ink, so you don't have to buy new ink bottles often. The fairly cheap price of the bottles helps keep the cost-per-print very low. Its photos look pretty good, and its color accuracy is okay enough for casual use, like stickers, homemade cards, or recipe photos. Unfortunately, it can't automatically print on both sides of your sheets, so you need to manually flip over the stack.

Pros
  • Incredibly low cost-per-print.
  • Can print thousands of pages before needing refills.
  • Good photo quality.
  • Okay color accuracy.
Cons
  • Can't print double-sided automatically.
  • ADF can't automatically duplex scan.
  • Prone to printhead clogging and misalignment.
7.4 Small/Home Office

The Epson ET-4800 is decent for small or home offices. You can print thousands of pages before the black and color tanks start running empty, meaning you don't have to worry about buying new ink bottles too often, even if you print a hundred pages a week. It has a flatbed scanner, an automatic document feeder, and built-in fax, so you should be set for most office tasks. Unfortunately, it can't scan or print double-sided sheets automatically, so you have to flip the sheets over yourself when the printer prompts you. Also, it prints slowly, so you'll be waiting a while for your document to print, especially if your office has multiple people using the printer.

Pros
  • Incredibly low cost-per-print.
  • Can print thousands of pages before needing refills.
  • Many wireless printing options.
Cons
  • Can't print double-sided automatically.
  • ADF can't automatically duplex scan.
  • Prone to printhead clogging and misalignment.
8.4 Student

The Epson ET-4800 is great for students, especially if you print long assignments frequently. It yields thousands of black and color pages before the ink tanks start running low, so you won't have to worry about refilling the tanks often. Even when it's time to buy new ink bottles, the price is fairly inexpensive, so you won't have to budget too much for it. It has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder if you need to copy textbook pages or digitize your notes, and there's a wide range of wireless connectivity options. Unfortunately, it prints slowly, which isn't great if you have a multi-page report to print out right before class. However, its MSRP is $300, which might be a bit too expensive if you're on a budget.

Pros
  • Incredibly low cost-per-print.
  • Can print thousands of pages before needing refills.
  • Many wireless printing options.
Cons
  • Can't print double-sided automatically.
  • Prone to printhead clogging and misalignment.
7.5 Black & White

The Epson ET-4800 is good for high-volume black and white printing. It prints over 3000 pages before the ink starts running low, meaning you won't have to spend money on refills often, even if you print many multi-page documents weekly. Since it's an inkjet printer, you need to print regularly to prevent the printheads from clogging; it isn't a good choice if you only print once or twice every month. Unfortunately, it prints slowly, so it can take several minutes to print out long documents. Also, it can't automatically print double-sided sheets, so you need to flip over the sheets yourself when the printer prompts you.

Pros
  • Incredibly low cost-per-print.
  • Can print thousands of pages before needing refills.
  • Many wireless printing options.
Cons
  • Can't print double-sided automatically.
  • Prone to printhead clogging and misalignment.
7.3 Photo

The Epson ET-4800 is decent for photos. Pictures look good and have nice detail, but colors look a bit off from their originals. It's fine for casual photo prints for art projects or home decor, but you'll be a bit disappointed if you like your printed photos to look almost identical to what you see on your screen. Unfortunately, the printer kept getting printhead clogging and misalignment issues, which caused banding all over the images.

Pros
  • Incredibly low cost-per-print.
  • Good photo quality.
  • Okay color accuracy.
Cons
  • Prone to printhead clogging and misalignment.
  • Borderless printing is only supported for some sizes.
  • 7.6 Family
  • 7.4 Small/Home Office
  • 8.4 Student
  • 7.5 Black & White
  • 7.3 Photo
  1. Updated Apr 05, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 28, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Epson 4800 has an okay build. It feels sturdy enough overall, but the plastic feels a bit cheap, especially the input and output trays. Unlike other models, you can't fully lift the entire scanner to access the sheet rollers. While the top does raise by a little, it isn't by much, and you can only access the sheet rollers by pulling down the panel at the front. When removing paper jams, you need to be careful not to touch the tubes inside the printer, which is hard since there isn't much space to move around. On the bright side, the ink cartridges are easy to access by pulling up the cover on the right side, but you need to lift the scanner first.

Design
Dimensions
Height 9.2" (23.4 cm)
Width 14.7" (37.4 cm)
Depth 13.6" (34.6 cm)
Height When In Use
9.6" (24.3 cm)
Width When In Use
14.7" (37.4 cm)
Depth When In Use
23.3" (59.1 cm)
Weight
11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)

The weight written above includes the ink since these measurements are from after the Epson ET-4800's tanks were filled.

6.0
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

Like all inkjet printers, the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 needs maintenance to help with clogging issues. There are some built-in tasks you can run, like nozzle check, printhead cleaning, power cleaning, printhead alignment, and paper guide cleaning. Refilling the tanks is an easy process. You simply need to lift the scanner, then pull up the ink tank cover. Each bottle's nozzle is slightly different and corresponds with its ink tank; this means you don't need to worry about accidentally filling up the wrong tank. The process can be a bit messy if you're not careful, but at least you don't need to do it very often since the printer can print thousands of pages before the tanks run low. Since the printer doesn't have an ink sensor, it can't measure exactly how much ink you have left, so you need to reset the ink level counter each time you refill the tanks.

Unfortunately, the paper tray can only hold 100 pages, meaning you have to add paper often if you print many long documents. To access the sheet rollers, you need to lift the display panel, lift the scanner, and pull down the black cover. From there, you can reach the rollers to pull out paper jams, but the space is very narrow, and you need to be careful not to touch any of the tubes.

After sitting unused for almost two months, the printheads were clogged and misaligned. Running the built-in tasks for these issues solved them. This won't be something you need to worry about as long as you use your printer regularly.

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

The Epson EcoTank ET-4800 has a tiny display screen, so small text is hard to read. Otherwise, it's easy to navigate with the buttons, but sometimes the printer doesn't register a press. It has good viewing angles, and you can also tilt the display panel vertically to help you see the screen better.

10
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
T522 BK
Tested Black Page Yield
176 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
3,344 prints
Color Cartridge Model
T522 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
198 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
4,213 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No Cartridges
Ink Type
Dye
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge

The Epson ET-4800 is a supertank printer, meaning it has four refillable ink tanks instead of traditional cartridges. It yields many pages, so you don't need to refill the tanks too often. However, these printers don't have an ink level sensor, so they don't know the exact ink levels left. Instead, they monitor ink usage internally to estimate when the ink levels run low, meaning you’ll have to keep an eye on the ink levels and manually reset the printer settings when you choose to refill the tanks. Make sure you don't let the ink levels run too low, as this could introduce air bubbles into the print tubes and damage the printheads.

Unfortunately, the printer is prone to printhead clogging and misalignment, which happened every so often during the page yield test. Running a printhead cleaning and alignment helps solve the issue, but you might use a considerable amount of ink during these tasks.

6.9
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.43" (11 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
ADF Capacity
30 pages
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Software)

The Epson ET-4800 has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder. The flatbed scanner's lid's hinges can raise slightly to scan thicker items, like spiral notebooks or textbooks. In the Epson Scan 2 software, you can choose to save your scans as a searchable PDF or as a TIFF file. Saving it as a searchable PDF means you can easily search and copy the text in your scanned item.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit

The default resolution is 200DPI, which is fine for simple text documents. If you're scanning something with many small details, like photos or handwritten notes, it's better to choose a higher resolution.

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-4800 supports most standard paper sizes. You can also set custom sizes where the width can be between 2.13” and 8.5”, and the length can be between 3.39” and 47.24”.

Design
In The Box

  • Start here guide
  • Power cable
  • Setup CD-ROM
  • Epson T522 bottles
    • 1x cyan
    • 1x magenta
    • 1x yellow
    • 1x black

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$/print
Color Printing
0.010 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.026 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Epson EcoTank ET-4800 has a very low cost-per-print, thanks to its high page yields and inexpensive ink bottle cost. While its initial cost is a bit pricey, you'll save a lot of money on ink costs in the long run since you won't have to buy them too often. You'll likely need to buy ink bottles sooner if you run the maintenance tasks often.

4.9
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
8 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
93.4 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
13.8 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

Like many other Epson EcoTank printers, the Epson ET-4800's print speed is slow. Unfortunately, it can't automatically print double-sided sheets. It prints all the even pages first; then, a pop-up message prompts you to reinsert the stack back in the input tray.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
Yes
Photo
7.5
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Epson EcoTank ET-4800's photos look really good. They mostly look detailed and sharp, and there's almost no grain. However, there's a bit of banding in areas with small details or color changes, like walls or skies. Also, there are some flaws when looking at specific details. For example, the yellow leaves on the trees are a bit blurry, and the front leaves aren't very distinct from the back leaves, meaning there isn't as much of a sense of depth. In the sunset photo, there's a bit of a halo around the sun that shouldn't be as apparent. This means your nature photos won't look as good as on screen. While borderless printing is supported, it's available for 3.5" x 5" and 4" x 6" sizes only.

After printing five photos, the printheads got clogged and misaligned, causing lots of banding on the images. Running the maintenance tasks helped solve the issues, but this unit seems prone to clogging and misalignment every couple of pages.

The scanned images provided above are for reference only, and they look much lighter than the actual physical photos due to the scanning and uploading process. In reality, blacks and other dark colors look much deeper. The score is based on the actual physical photos.

6.6
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
7.01

The Epson ET-2850 has okay color accuracy. It isn't an issue when adding color to a report or assignment. The colors aren't off enough to make your photos look bad. However, if you're a photo enthusiast, you'll likely be better off with a different option.

7.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The Epson EcoTank ET-4800 produces a good range of colors. The zig-zag line is visible throughout the photo, but it's less distinct in the yellow-to-red area. It means that the printer struggles with printing highly-saturated colors in this hue. The white and black areas transition into the colors well, though it could be smoother. The white extends a bit too low into the cyan, but the printer otherwise achieves light colors well.

Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
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)

Using the Epson Smart Panel app, you can print, scan, and copy, and you can also check ink levels and start a printhead cleaning. It also has some extra features, like Access to Class, which lets you print assignments and documents from Google Classroom. Also, there's the Creative Print and Epson Gallery website for artistic prints or printing on different media formats. Guest Connection creates a QR code that lets your friends easily connect to your printer. Unfortunately, some file types don't work on Apple devices. The formatting messes up when you print through the app, but you can still use Apple AirPrint without issue.

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

You need to manually install drivers to print with Epson ET-4800 on Windows. While there's no printing software, there's a Maintenance tab in the Printing Preferences that lets you access printhead cleanings, alignments, and other maintenance tasks. You don't need to install any drivers on macOS and Chrome OS.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Epson 4800 printer is only available in white. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Epson EcoTank ET-4800 is very similar to other EcoTanks released recently, and it replaces the Epson EcoTank ET-4700. The Epson ET-4800 yields thousands of pages before you need to refill the tanks, though it doesn't print as many pages as some other models, like the Epson EcoTank ET-3850. Unfortunately, like the Epson EcoTank ET-2800, the ET-4800 can't print double-sided sheets automatically, so you need to manually flip over the stack of pages to print the other side.

See our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best printers with cheap ink.

Epson EcoTank ET-3850

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are very similar supertank printers, with a few differences. The ET-3850 has a larger display screen, much higher page yields, and faster printing speeds. Also, the ET-3850 can print double-sided automatically, whereas you need to flip over the sheets manually with the ET-4800. On the other hand, the ET-4800 has built-in fax, better photo quality, and prints more accurate colors.

Epson EcoTank ET-2800

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-2850 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both supertank printers in the same price range, but they have different strengths. The ET-2850 is a better choice if you print in black a lot since it can print thousands more pages. Also, it prints double-sided automatically, while on the ET-4800, you need to flip over the sheets yourself. The ET-4800 has an Ethernet port, an automatic document feeder, and built-in fax, meaning it's a better choice if you need these features for your office work.

Canon PIXMA G7020

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both supertank printers, but the Canon is better overall. It prints significantly more pages and a lower cost-per-print (meaning you'll save more money in the long run). Also, it can duplex print automatically, and it prints much nicer-looking photos.

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both supertank printers. The ET-5850 is better suited for a small office. It's bulkier since it holds almost five times the number of pages thanks to its two input trays. It yields significantly more black ink pages, so you won't have to refill the tank as often if you print many monochrome sheets, but its cost-per-print is more expensive since its ink bottles cost more. On the other hand, the ET-4800 is a better option for your home office if you don't scan or print double-sided sheets often since it can't do either automatically. It also yields more color pages, so it's a better option for photos or colorful stickers.

Epson EcoTank ET-2760

The Epson EcoTank ET-2760 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both supertank printers that perform similarly. The ET-4800 has an automatic document feeder, an Ethernet port, and built-in fax. On the other hand, the ET-2760 yields significantly more pages, and it can print double-sided automatically, so you won't have to worry about flipping over your sheets to scan the other side.

Epson EcoTank ET-4760

The Epson EcoTank ET-4760 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are similar supertank printers, but the ET-4760 is better for home office use overall. The ET-4760 has a larger display screen with no keypad, and it prints more pages before its tank starts running low. It scans and prints faster, and it can print double-sided sheets automatically. On the other hand, the ET-4800 is a better choice if you print a lot of photos for crafts or home decor since its photo printing quality and color accuracy are much better.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760

The Epson EcoTank ET-3760 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are similar supertank printers. The ET-3760 has a larger display screen with no Numpad, and its ADF scans faster. Also, it prints documents faster than the ET-4800, and it can also print double-sided pages automatically. Its black page yield is much higher, so it's a better choice if you print many monochrome pages. On the other hand, the ET-4800 can fax, and it has better photo printing quality with more accurate colors.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both supertank printers. The ET-4800 has an automatic document feeder, meaning it's a better choice if you scan often since you don't have to scan each sheet individually. Also, it can fax, and it supports heavier paper. While neither model can duplex print, the ET-4800 prompts you to turn over the sheets, while the ET-2760 doesn't.

Canon MAXIFY GX6020

The Canon MAXIFY GX6020 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both supertank models. The Canon has a larger touchscreen display screen, a faster printing speed, and automatic duplex printing. It also yields more pages, and it comes with three black ink bottles, so it'll be a while before you need to buy new ones yourself. However, the Canon was discontinued. The Epson was released more recently, so it's easier to find in stock.

Epson EcoTank ET-4700

The Epson EcoTank ET-4800 is the updated version of the Epson EcoTank ET-4700. They look and perform nearly identical, but the ET-4800 has higher page yields and prints nicer-looking photos. Neither can print double-sided sheets automatically.

HP Smart Tank Plus 551

The HP Smart Tank Plus 551 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both supertank printers, but the Epson has more features that are helpful for home offices. The Epson has an ADF, built-in fax, and an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the HP yields significantly more pages, but it's an older model that might be hard to find in stock.

Canon PIXMA G3260

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both inkjets with supertanks, but the Epson has more features that may be useful for your work. The Epson has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, and an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the Canon is a better choice if you only need a flatbed scanner to scan. Additionally, it can print many more pages than the Epson, and its color cost-per-print for color documents is cheaper. Unfortunately, neither printer can print double-sided sheets automatically, so you need to flip over the sheets yourself when prompted.

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