Epson WorkForce ET-3750 & ET-4750 Review

Good: Easy to fill ink tanks with enough ink to last two years, networking and wireless connectivity, cloud printing and scanning.
Bad: PCL and PostScript printing languages not supported; supports mobile printing but not mobile scanning.
Bottom Line: Affordable devices with unique ink tanks that helps small businesses save printing costs in the long run.
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Epson
WF ET-3750 / ET-4750
$400-$500
Small businesses
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Up to 15ppm (ISO)
Up to 8ppm (ISO)
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Product Overview

The WorkForce ET-3750 and ET-4750 all-in-one printers are two of the seven devices recently introduced in Epson’s portfolio of EcoTank Supertank all-in-ones. The EcoTank printers has a unique feature of providing cartridge-free, easy-to-use ink tanks that has enough ink to last for two years. The printers are shipped with two black ink tanks and two of each of the three color ink tanks with a maximum print yield of 14,000 pages (black) and 11,200 pages (color). That’s very remarkable and goes a long way to helping small businesses save on print costs.

Epson has improved on its EcoTank system, making it easy for the user to refill ink rather than replace cartridges. The ink tanks on each printer is located on the front. Each ink bottle includes an auto-stop feature that indicates to the user that the tank is full, which prevents inaccurate ink fillings.

The WorkForce ET-3750 ($400) and WorkForce ET-4750 ($500) includes standard printing, copying and scanning features. Both printers include an ISO speed of up to 15ppm in black and up to 8ppm in color. They’re powered by Epson’s PrecisionCore technology. PrecsionCore uses a high-density print chip that can generate up to 40 million precise dots per second.

The ET-3750 and ET-4750 share many similar features, however, there are a few differences. First, while each device includes a 2.4″ color LCD display, the ET-4750’s display has a touchscreen interface. Also, both devices has different paper input capacities: the ET-3750’s capacity is 150 sheets and the ET-4750’s capacity is 250 sheets. Finally, the ET-4750 includes standard faxing functionality.

Both devices are available in retailers, such as Amazon, Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot. They’re also available directly on Epson’s site.

More details on each device is in our Features section below.

The Workforce ET-3750 and Workforce ET-4750 are affordable buys for small businesses that only need basic but strong multifunctional features. The extra ink tanks shipped with the printer goes a long way in helping businesses save on printing expenses.

Features

Both the WorkForce ET-3750 and WorkForce ET-4750 include host-based printing (Epson’s proprietary printing language). USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity are standard. Mobile printing is supported via Epson Connect, Epson Email Print, Epson iPrint Mobile App, Epson Remote Print, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Mopria Print Service.

As mentioned above, the paper input capacity is 150 sheets on the ET-3750 and 250 sheets on the ET-4750. The output capacity is only 30 sheets. There is also a 30-sheet automatic document feeder.

Paper size ranges from 3.5″  x 5″ up to 8.5″ x 47.2.” There is a 5,000-sheet monthly duty cycle, but Epson recommends a monthly volume of 800 pages.

Copying speed is up to 11cpm ISO in black and 5.5cpm ISO in color. Standard copying features include duplexing, ID copy and adjustable copy density.

The scanning function uses the color flatbed CIS scanner. It supports scan-to-PC (via Document Capture Pro), scan-to-Cloud and scan-to-PDF.

The faxing function (on the ET-4750) includes a 33.6kbps modem. Standard memory is up to 100 pages. PC faxing is supported.

Both devices are Windows and Mac compatible. There is a two-year limited warranty.

As mentioned above, the printers shipped with two black ink tanks and two of each of the three color ink tanks with a maximum print yield of 14,000 pages (black) and 11,200 pages (color). The yields for the replacement bottles are 7,500 in black and 6,000 in each color. Based on our calculations, the cost per page in both black and color is roughly a penny. Businesses will not only save money by using the initial ink tanks but also on the replacement ones.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

Both devices doesn’t include PCL and PostScript printing support. Also, they don’t support scanning to mobile devices, however, cloud scanning is supported.

About

Epson America is a division of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of imaging products, semiconductors, liquid crystal displays, and watches. The company has been an innovative designer of ink jet printers and sells an extensive product line. Most of these are geared to home and school use, but Epson continues to extend its line further into the office environment.

Epson has been making a more aggressive play for the document scanner market, although the company’s been in the multipurpose office scanner business for years. The models and other additions to its model line seem to be part of an effort to further extend its current scanner technology. As part of this effort, Epson makes these scanners available in consumer electronics stores such as Best Buy, along with Epson dealers and on its website.

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Does not work with 5G or mesh networks

on 2018-07-13 16:22:19

As per the printer manual, it will only communicate on 2.5G WiFi networks. Remember those slow networks? As a result the printer is useless for those of us who are now using 5G or mesh network technology.
Regrettably Epson has chosen not to financially reimburse those of us who embrace up to date technology.
I predict the printer will be in landfill for sooner than one needs to replace ink.



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