Tiny Review #3 : Epson ET-2650 Printer with Ink tanks instead of cartridges.

Epson ET-2650 Printer – Goodbye to ink cartridges!!

There was never a printer that I could love, until I met the Epson ET-2650. Here’s the quick review.

It was the first time in my life I found an inkjet printer that could outdo the saving cost of a laser printer. The Epson ET-2650 is a member of the Epson EcoTank printer series, it does not use tiny little cartridges for ink.

See, I grew tired of buying Magenta one day, then Yellow the next and ended up spending more for Black on the weekend. It was a never ending battle of cartridges replacement every month.

So what does the EcoTank mean? It means ink come in a bottle and you refill the big ink tank on the side of the printer whenever that color is depleted, like back in the very old days.

But that’s what printers should have been nowadays instead of those expensive cartridges. Here, buy this printer for tree fiddy, but ink will cost you two kidneys. Ever feel like being scammed?

It has been a year now since I bought the ET-2650 and I still haven’t used half of the ink supply that the printer came with. And I printed plenty.

The refill bottle costs less than $20 and buying all four colors would set you back ~$80. Imagine a single cartridge of other typical printer would have cost you $50 on average and only lasts 2-3 months top. I’m starting to believe I could go 2 years with this original ink supply before I have to order a new set of them.

So if my math done right…

– Epson Ecotank each color bottles (B,Y,C,M) is about $12. For a total of less $50, you have ink that last for up to 2 years with tens of thousands of color prints.

– Typical 4 color cartridges x $40 (average each) = $160 lasts about 6 months or less before you run out of ink. For 2 years, it would have been $160 x 4 = $640.

– Remanufactured version of those 4 color cartridges x $12 (average each) = $48. For 2 years, that’s $192.

Good job, Epson!

The perk of blogging for Custom PC Guide blog is I get to spend much time, many money to acquire the latest PC components for reviewing purposes before finally sending them away to the monthly sweepstakes on our Facebook or its Marketplace. The historic downside is, that usually leaves me a net income of -$5 before the end of the month. Yes many people block ads, even the sexy one, so no money no honey no more.

Hence whenever I wanna buy something else for myself on the side now, I have to be very careful and making sure it’s really worth it –of each and every dime leftover. Therefore, these tiny drive-through reviews is all about my random, impulse and unnecessary purchases that I have made throughout the years — to be fair some are good stuffs though. Enjoy and check back often to see more reasons why I’m always broke like a true member of Malcolm family.


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