Epson WorkForce Pro ET-8700 Review

Good: Device ships with two years worth of ink out of the box, compact design, 830-sheet maximum paper capacity.
Bad: PCL and PostScript printing languages not supported; supports mobile printing but not mobile scanning.
Bottom Line: Compact all-in-one device with cartridge-free ink tanks that helps small businesses save printing costs in the long run.
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WF Pro ET-8700
$999.99
Small, Medium
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Up to 24 ppm (ISO)
Up to 24 ppm (ISO)
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Product Overview

The WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank all-in-one is the newest device in the Epson’s EcoTank lineup. The device includes a Replaceable Ink Pack System that provides cartridge-free, easy-to-use ink tanks that has enough ink to last for two years. The WorkForce Pro ET-8700 is shipped with two black ink tanks and three color ink tanks with a maximum print yield of 16,000 pages (black) and 11,000 pages (color). That’s very remarkable and goes a long way to helping small businesses save on print costs.

The WorkForce Pro ET-8700 ($999.99) supports standard printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions. It prints at up to 24 ppm (ISO) in both black and color. This is in thanks to Epson’s inkjet technology, PrecisionCore. PrecsionCore uses a high-density print chip that can generate up to 40 million precise dots per second. This technology was originally found in Epson’s large-format printers and is now used in all of its printers and MFPs.

The ET-8700 includes a 4.3″ color touchscreen and supports 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.

More details on the ET-8700 is in our Features section below.

The WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank is available on Epson’s site as well as from retailers such as Best Buy, Staples or Office Depot. With its compact design, robust features and low printing costs, it’s a good buy for small and home offices that need a multifunctional device.

Features

Standard paper handling starts with a 250-sheet tray and a 80-sheet rear feed. Epson offers an optional 500-sheet tray that contributes to a maximum paper capacity of 830 sheets. There’s a 50-sheet automatic document feeder. Duplexing is supported.

The monthly duty cycle is 30,000 pages, but Epson recommends a monthly page volume of up to 1,500 pages.

Copy speed is up to 22 cpm (ISO) in black and color. Some copy features include multi-page copying, reduction and enlargement, ID copy and adjustable copy density.

Users can scan documents either via the flatbed CIS scanner or the automatic document feeder. Color scanning is supported, as well as scan-to-PC and scan-to-cloud.

The faxing function uses the 33.6kbps modem and up to 180 pages of memory. Color faxing and PC faxing are both supported.

As mentioned above, the device ships with two black ink tanks and three color ink tanks with a maximum print yield of 16,000 pages (black) and 11,00 pages (color). The yields for the replacement bottles are 10,000 (high-capacity) in black and 5,000 (standard-capacity) in each color.

Based on our calculations, the cost per page in black is roughly a penny and approximately 2.4 cents in color. Businesses will not only save money by using the initial ink tanks but also on the replacement ones.

Finally, there’s a two-year limited warranty.

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

Shortcomings

The WorkForce Pro ET-8700 EcoTank doesn’t include PCL and PostScript printing support. Also, it doesn’t support scanning to mobile devices, however, it can scan to the cloud.

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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