What’s the issue with owning a printer? Yes, those cartridges run out of ink so fast that they have to be replaced every now and then. Epson has introduced a cartridge-free printer which makes use of a refillable ink tank. This printer is the first of its kind in Britain and as compared to purchasing cartridges, the cost of ink filling is just a fraction. What’s the catch? The printer costs high.
Epson, however, reassures that in the long run the whole package will come out to be cheaper. In fact, according to the calculations that have been made, the savings shall be higher than £100/year. Up till now, the printers were sold at a lower price while the cost of inkjet cartridges is what made the companies profitable. About 50 million printers are bought on a yearly basis in UK and they come with 3ml of ink. A traditional printer requires about 4 cartridges and this increases the cost of refilling them up to £45.
So what made Epson design this variant of the printer? Over the course of years, people tend to share pictures online instead of printing them, so the firms are not making as much profit as they used to since a very little number of cartridges is being bought. Epson says that the EcoTank printer will require a refill every two years if printing is limited to 200 pages per month and its cost of refill will be £32. The tank increases the printer’s size and makes it more expensive.
The EcoTank L355 will cost you £249 and the advanced version L555 shall cost you £329. Mark Reynolds from Epson has, however, claimed that this product will ultimately help the users save a lot more. He said, “We estimate up to 65 per cent savings versus the average across the top ten printers in Western Europe.” The printers shall come equipped with a Wi-Fi connection, scanner and copier. Check out the youtube video below for more details.