Epson EcoTank ET-2720 Review

February 13, 2022

Epson Eco tank et 2720 Printer Review

All-in-one printers with bulk ink are becoming more popular, and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 All-in-One Supertank Printer ($199) is the smallest and least priced of Epson' s bulk-ink all-in-one printers. It may not be the quickest or most aesthetically pleasing AIO on the market, but it produces high-quality prints at a cheap cost per sheet. The Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank All-in-One Printer, which is the Editors' Choice, has a print speed that is somewhat slower than this printer. However, it is still a good choice for home-based workplaces.

Lightweight and small in size

With dimensions of 7 by 14.8 by 13.7 inches and a weight of just more than 13 pounds, you'll be hard pushed to find an all-in-one printer—especially one that uses bulk ink—that takes up less room on your desk. The Epson ET-4760 and the Canon G6020 are both several inches larger in all directions and weigh a few pounds more than the Epson ET-4760 and the Canon G6020, respectively. Epson's ET-2760, on the other hand, is a printer that is quite similar to the ET-2720 in terms of size, functionality, and pricing.

 

What you give up in exchange for the $100 difference in price between the ET-2720 and the ET-2760 is a variety of SD card support options as well as voice activation capabilities via Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and other hands-free voice activation services through simple IFTTT scripts on the ET-2760. The former is in favor of neither.

 

The ET-2720's straightforward control panel is comprised of a 1.44-inch non-touch color display that may be navigated using a series of arrow keys, as well as OK, Home, Help, Back, Copy, and Cancel buttons on the right side of the device. As previously stated, since the ET-2720 lacks an automatic document feeder, the majority of the copies and scans you produce will be one-sided, one- or two-page jobs, as opposed to the multipage scans possible with the ET-3760 and ET-4760.

 

Only the Pixma G4210, the HP OfficeJet Pro Premier, and the Editors' Choice OfficeJet Pro 9015 are equipped with an automatic document feeder (ADF), which is unique among Canon's MegaTank bulk-ink machines. Aside from that, the ET-2720 only offers manual duplexing, which means that if you want to print two-sided sheets, you'll have to do the flipping for yourself.

 

The ET-2720's ink reservoirs are located on the right side of the chassis, much like the reservoirs on other EcoTank AIOs, as illustrated in the illustration below.

 

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, which connects to a single PC via USB 2.0, and Wi-Fi Direct are the modes of connectivity available. A peer-to-peer wireless network protocol, such as the one mentioned above, is intended for use with mobile devices in order to connect to the printer without requiring either the mobile device nor the printer to be linked to a local area network or a router.

 

Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Fire OS compatibility, Mopria Print Service, and Epson's iPrint software for both Android and iOS smartphones are among the other mobile connection choices. The Epson printer drivers and Epson Scan 2, a full-featured scanner interface program, are both included in the package of software. However, when compared to the extensive collection of utilities that comes with Canon's G6020 and most other Pixmas, the ET-2720's utility package is at most rudimentary.

 

For paper handling, the ET-2720 comes with a single 100-sheet paper tray that is accessible by pulling it up and out of the back of the machine.

 

Additionally, you may fill the input tray with ten No. 10 envelopes or twenty sheets of picture paper in addition to the standard 100 sheets of plain paper. When compared to comparable models, this, too, is a stingy addition to the paper supply. The G6020, for example, has a capacity of up to 350 sheets from two different sources at once. The ET-4760 from Epson, as well as the OfficeJet Pro Premier and 9015 from HP, each have a capacity of up to 250 sheets.

 

This printer has a maximum duty cycle of 3,000 prints, which is rather high for a printer of its size and price range. Canon rates its G6020 at 5,000 pages per month, whereas HP rates its Premier and 9015 machines at a staggering 22,000 pages per month, well beyond the ET-2720's 5,000 pages per month.

 

Speedy

With 10.5 monochrome pages per minute (ppm) and 5 pages per minute (ppm) for color printing, the ET-2720 and ET-2760 are considered entry-level models by Epson. To verify this, I conducted my tests using a USB 2.0 connection from our regular Intel Core i5 testbed PC running Windows 10 Professional. The results were positive. The ET-2720 produced a 12-page Microsoft Word text document at a rate of 10.2 pages per minute (ppm), which was slightly slower than Epson's 10.5 ppm.

 

In comparison, the Epson ET-2760 prints at 1.3ppm quicker while the Epson ET-3760 prints at 6.3ppm slower than the ET-2760. The Canon G6020 was 2.5ppm quicker than the ET-2720, while the HP OfficeJet Pro Premier and 9015 were 11.5ppm faster than the ET-2720.

 

Further testing of the ET-2720 was carried out by time-stamped reproductions of a variety of colorful and complex Adobe Acrobat documents, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with charts and graphs, and PowerPoint handouts that contained a variety of business graphics as well as several fonts in a variety of sizes and colors.

 

Using these results, I merged them with the results from printing the 12-page text document in the preceding test to arrive at a total print speed of 4.5ppm for printing our whole suite of test papers. That result was very identical to the 4.3ppm achieved by the Pixma G6020 and the 5ppm achieved by the ET-2760. It lagged behind the ET-3760 and ET-4760 by around 3ppm, as well as the OfficeJet Pro Premier and 9015 by 6.1ppm and 10ppm, respectively, in terms of print speed.

 

Finally, I completed my testing by printing our detailed and highly colored 4-by-6-inch test photos numerous times and discovered that it took an average of 30 seconds to produce each one. In comparison to the other bulk-ink AIOs reviewed here, this is roughly half the speed of the two OfficeJets discussed here, which is reasonable.

 

Inkjet Print Quality from Epson

The ET-2720 is no exception to the rule, as most inkjet printers these days are capable of producing high-quality output. This program duplicated the text in our test documents legibly and with well-shaped characters, correct and beautiful spacing, and kerning down to around 6 points, which is more than enough for most home-based workplace and family papers, as well as student assignment projects.

 

I saw some mild streaking in some of the more elaborate gradient and darker background and fill designs on the PowerPoint presentations and in the Excel charts, graphs, and other graphics, but this was a minor issue in a printer that otherwise performed well. The majority of these ink dispersion difficulties, on the other hand, were, once again, not very obvious, and were only seen when I really sought for them.

 

Photo results were very accurate and wonderfully colored, with a high level of detailed reproduction. The ET-2720's photographs were not quite up to the same quality as those produced by top-of-the-line Canon and Epson five- and six-ink photo-centric AIOs and single-function printers, but the majority of them looked to be enough for printing family photos that would be kept for a lifetime.

 

For Pennies, You Can Print

It will cost you 0.3 cents each black page and 0.9 cents every color page to print with the ET-2720, which is an AIO from the Epson EcoTank brand. Additionally, the ink in the box is sufficient to print about 7,500 monochrome pages and/or 6,000 color pages.

 

In comparison, Canon's MegaTank brand machines, which come with three bottles of black ink in the box, which is enough to print up to 18,000 black pages and enough color ink to produce around 7,700 color prints, have three bottles of black ink in the box.

 

Only EcoTank and MegaTank printers are capable of delivering such low printing costs. The lowest cost per page, for example, is around 2.9 cents with HP's Instant Ink service, according to HP. A complimentary one-year membership to the company's $9.99 per month, 300-pages-per-month product is also included with the purchase of the HP OfficeJet Pro Premier, which adds an additional $120 to the printer's total worth.

 

All-in-One Solution

Granted, the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 is lacking in features, but it is capable of printing and making single-page copies at a low cost, which is all that many family and home-based workplaces need. If your company relies on high-volume printing, though, it's worth it to spend a little more money on the Editors' Choice Canon Pixma G6020, which has a larger paper capacity and a more robust feature set. The ET-2720, on the other hand, is a good choice for basic, seldom print tasks at home.

 

Summary

The Epson EcoTank ET-2720 All-in-One Supertank Printer is the smallest and least priced of Epson's AIOs. It may not be the fastest or most aesthetically pleasing AIO, but it produces high-quality prints at a cheap cost per sheet. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, which connects to a single PC via USB 2.0, and Wi-Fi Direct are the modes of connectivity. This printer has a maximum duty cycle of 3,000 prints, which is rather high for a printer of its size and price range. The ET-2720 produced a 12-page Microsoft Word document at a rate of 10.2 pages per minute (ppm), slightly slower than Epson's 10.5 ppm.

 

It lagged behind the ET-3760 and ET-4760 by around 3ppm, as well as the other bulk-ink AIOs reviewed here. Photo results are very accurate and wonderfully colored, with a high level of detailed reproduction. The ET-2720's photographs were not quite up to the same quality as those produced by top-of-the-line Canon and Epson AIOs. It is capable of printing and making single-page copies at a low cost.





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