Last Updated on November 4, 2023 by Fredrick Miller
In the series of Epson printers, to turn over a new leaf, Epson introduced a printer enough for your home office needs. This version, the Epson EcoTank ET-4800, is an all-in-one Super Tank sublimation printer. The print quality of this printer is superb.
Epson 4800 brings the world of printing to the table by providing cartridge-free printing. It is a very innovative way to use a printer with ink containers that ensures zero Cartridge Waste. The ink tanks have a high capacity and are easily refillable.
To get down to the business, I must say that you will experience stress-free printing with this Epson Ecotank 4800. It is quick in printing, more affordable than its competitors, and easy to use.
With its high-resolution flatbed scanner, you can effortlessly scan your documents. Epson printers make sure to deliver excellent quality with the auto document feeder, scanning, copying, and faxing features.
Let us get to know more about the Epson EcoTank 4800 sublimation printer.
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Epson EcoTank ET-4800 Sublimation Printer Review
The print quality of any printer is its core feature that really matters. The Epson eco tank et 4800 is an All-in-One Inkjet Printer that uses sublimation technology for printing. And the quality of prints created by ET 4800 is excellent. Not just printing, it can also Copy, scans, & Fax documents as it’s a complete package in an affordable range.
The graphics of images created from the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are excellent. There is hardly any roughness, and they generally appear crisp and realistic. However, there may be some banding in places with minute features or subtle color shifts, such as walls or skies.
The graphics and fonts are well printed on almost all kinds of media. Further print media includes:
- Plain Paper
- Premium Photo Paper
- Premium Photo Paper Glossy
- Premium Presentation Paper Matte
- Bright White Paper
- Presentation Paper Matte
- Glossy, Photo Paper Glossy
- Ultra Premium Photo Paper
Most importantly, the Epson EcoTank 4800 offers a Resolution of about 5760 x 1440 DPI in prints, which creates images with sharp and well-defined pieces of information.
During our research on the specifics of this printer, we got to know some more information about printing features. Unfortunately, I learned that ET 4800 is not a good printer for printing natural photos. Let me explain to you why it is so.
One of the reasons is that this printer creates photos with blurriness in the yellow & red areas. It implies that your nature photographs won’t look as good as they do on a computer screen.
The Epson ET-4800 is a super tank printer, which means that instead of conventional ink cartridges, it uses four refillable ink containers. You don’t need to replenish tanks frequently because it prints many pages with the available ink.
But, before adding a new wing to the library, you must also know these printers do not precisely know what ink levels are left since they lack a sensor for detecting ink levels. As a result, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the ink contents and personally change printer settings whenever you decide to replenish these ink tanks.
Alternatively, you can also take advantage of the Epson Smart Panel application that automatically tracks ink consumption to approximate when the ink contents run insufficiently. You can also use this application for cleaning the printhead of the printer. It will help you to increase printing speed; which can reduce due to clogging.
Also, make sure that ink levels aren’t too low because doing so can cause air bubbles to enter into print tubes and harm printheads.
The ink Palettes included in your package are:
Unfortunately, this printer occasionally experienced printhead blockage and misalignment throughout our page yield test. The problem can be resolved by doing a printhead cleaning and alignment, although this could consume a lot of ink.
Printer’s Running Cost
One must also consider the printer’s running cost along with the purchase price before choosing a printer. It is essential to address the running cost of printing or scanning per page.
With this Epson sublimation printer, printing a single page of text costs a meager price. The color pages may cost roughly 11-12 cents per sheet. Also, the price of printing wide-format sheets may vary.
The running cost of a printer affects the daily budget in a way that if it requires continuous refilling, it will cost high. But, ET 4800 is a great choice to consider while looking for a printer with high maintenance & low cost.
One of the benefits that most Epson printers feature is an extensive range of connectivity options. You can connect your Epson EcoTank 4800 printer via;
- Ethernet connection
- USB Input to Computer
- Wi-Fi via Router
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Apple AirPrint
- Mopria Print Service
Although it doesn’t support a Bluetooth connection, it does work well for me on windows 11. Also, check out the Epson Smart Panel application for quick maintenance. Moreover, you have to have a landline to fax. The alternative is to use a fax app to send a fax.
To fulfill your home office needs, Epson printers offer large sheet capacity. With that saying, the sheet capacity of Epson ET- 4800 is as follows:
- Automatic document feeder; 30 sheets
- Maximum input paper capacity; 100 sheets
The Epson 4800 can print photos in borderless format. But it shows borderless prints only with the pages of 3.5″ x 5″ and 4″ x 6″ dimensions. So, you have to consider the dimensions of the photos before going for its borderless printouts.
Although it is not an auto-duplex printer, it does show duplexing. You can print on both sides of the pages, but you have to flip the paper manually. Of course, one can bear this flipping when one’s budget is tight.
If you are looking for printers with auto-duplex, you can consider for Epson 7720 sublimation printer.
Speed of Printing
Considering the speed of this printer, we found it somehow slow while printing color pages. However, it has a printing speed of 10 ppm for black and five ppm for color pages.
The photo printing time is about 93.4 s.
Design and build quality of ET-4800
Most printer it is made up of plastic material. With that saying, it is light in weight and trouble-free to shift to shelves or wherever you want. Still, it is durable and sturdy as an oak; plastic is less prone to damage and scratches.
It is also factual that, unlike other Epson printer models, it is unfeasible to raise the entire scanner part of the printer to approach the sheet rollers. Therefore, it may be laborious to clean the sheet roller to prevent paper jams in this printer.
Quite the contrary, you can undoubtedly access ink cartridges by pulling out the cover of the printer on the right side, for that purpose you first have to lift the scanner.
Moreover, you can only access 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 problematic since there isn’t much space to move around.
Moreover, it features a quick navigation and display bar to quickly access the system. It is a colored LCD touch screen which is about 1.44 inches.
Packaging and Delivery
The packaging and delivery of ET-4800 to most customers were quite good. There were no scratches or damage. We got to know that the printer was well packaged in cardboard boxes.
Maximum Media Size
The maximum paper size that the ET 4800 can print is 4″ x 6″ & 5″ x 7″. Further, print media includes:
- A6 paper
- User-definable paper
- Half letter
- A4 paper
- Heat transfer paper
Some of the highlighted features of the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 printer are as follows:
- All-in-one super tank printer
- It has a 1.4″ colored touchscreen for quick and easy navigation.
- Economical; low running cost
- Quick printing; easy to install and use
- The printer dimensions are 14.8″ x 22.8″ x 10″
- Zero cartridge wastage
- It is compatible with printing on t-shirts, mugs, and other materials for sublimation printing.
- Best for small printing businesses
- Features Precision Core technology, wide format printing
- It weighs about 11 lbs.
- Connects over a wide range of options
- The tank contains enough ink to print for up to two years
- Low running cost per print
- Easy to setup
- Best sublimation printer for home office
- It doesn’t need frequent refills, saving you time and money
- Zero cartridge wastage
- Although it features duplex technology, it is not an auto-duplex. It needs to flip the paper to print on both sides manually
- Clogging of printhead
How to Setup Epson Ecotank ET-4800 Quick Guide
Now that you have your Epson ET-4800 sublimation printer, it’s time to get it set up and ready to use. Here’s a quick guide on how to do just that:
That’s all there is to set up your new Epson ET-4800 sublimation printer! With just a few simple steps, you’ll be up and running and ready to start creating beautiful prints.
All in all, the Epson 4800 super tank printer is a whole package on a budget. Yes! The maintenance cost of this printer is relatively low than its competitors. Empowering zero cartridge waste; it enables the usage of inks for printing. The ink containers don’t require frequent refills.
You can print hundreds of documents before the black ink and color tanks run out, even if you print a hundred pages per week, you don’t have to worry about purchasing new ink bottles.
For small-scale or domestic businesses, the Epson ET-4800 is suitable or, I must say, the best-fit option. It can copy, print, fax, and scan documents efficiently. Although it does show clogging in the printhead, you can improve it by cleaning it.
So, it was all about the Epson eco tank 4800 review. I hope it will be helpful for you. Further, you can ask in the comment section below if you have any queries.
Fredrik Miller is the Founder of PrinterLake.com, a platform dedicated to providing information on sublimation printing. With a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Reputed University, Fredrik brings a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise to the site.
He leads a team of writers who are experts in the field and strive to deliver the best and most comprehensive information on sublimation printers, inks, and paper.