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Epson ET-2710 review
Posted on 12-Apr-2019 17:25 | Filed under: Reviews

Epson ET-2710 review

For the last few years we have used a laser printer at home. Over those years I have tested a few inkjet printers but couldn't really say I was ever happy enough with results to change devices. I was also unhappy with photo printing results on older printers. This changed when I tried the Epson ET-2710.


The first impression I had when unpacking the Epson ET-2710 was "Whoa, this printer is really light". This despite the printer being loaded with features. We are talking a photo-quality inkjet printer with a flatbed scanner/copier built-in.


Seeing I don't have an optical drive on my laptops or desktop I decided to download the software from the Epson website and this was very easy - many times you can't find updated drivers for even recent printers but that was not the case. Once downloaded, installation was very easy and the software guided me through the whole process.


This starts by filling the four EcoTanks, a special feature from Epson that basically replaces ink cartridges with fixed containers. You refill these containers with inks that come in bottle. This makes the whole process easier, cheaper and the EcoTanks can hold enough ink that can last up to a couple of years depending on your usage. The printer ships with four bottles (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) which can print up to 3,600 pages (BW) or 6,500 pages in colour - based on our usage reported by the laser printer this would be a good two years for us at home.


Once you fill the EcoTanks and wait a few minutes for the ink to flow internally, the setup continues with connecting the printer.


My previous printer was connected via ethernet but I decided to test the Epson ET-2710 using WiFi, so that I could be free to move it around if the need arised. The printer supports 802.11 b/g/n - or you can connect via USB. It also supports WiFi Direct in case of printing from mobile devices.

The whole setup was completed in a couple of minutes from this point. Once connected to the network the printer exposes a webserver which you can visit to check status, network configuration, manually update firmware and setup Epson Connect Services or Google Cloud Print Services. You can also switch to Advanced Settings mode and have access to all different settings. Think simple stuff from WiFi settings (static, dynamic IP, proxies, etc) to more complex settings such as generating a CSR so that you can load a SSL certificate and make the whole printer more secure. You can also set the printer to sleep after a certain number of minutes (1 - 240 minutes) or power itself off (anything from 30 to 720 minutes). We currently have the printer set to sleep in ten minutes and power off in 30 minutes.


I do recommend using this webserver to check on the printer's status as the Epson ET-2710 does not have a display on the printer itself. A few LEDs give you status but the website gives you a better experience.


Out of the box there was a firmware update available and I applied that. Over the last month a new firmware became available and the desktop software issued a notification - in this case I did the firmware update automatically from the Epson software instead of manually downloading the firmware file. In both cases the update was easy and quick.


When installing the package you also get the option to install the Epson Scan software. With this application you can scan documents and photos. The flat glass scanner suppors documents up to A4 size and source images can be set to colour, black and white or grey scale. The software gives the option to sacve the documents as JPEG, TIFF, PNG or PDF files and you can set the scanner resolution from 75 DPI to 1200 DPI. I had great results with old colour photographs being scanned at 1200 DPI.


On the front plate you will find COPY buttons with colour or black and white options. This works well and the specifications rate the copy speed at 7.7 pages per minute (PPM) in black and white, or 3.8 PPM in colour.


I didn't test the Epson Connect software (not too keen on having the printer receiving print jobs via email) but did setup the Google Cloud Print service so that I could print from my mobile devices. This worked pretty well and fast.


Print jobs are fast - not laser printer fast but fast enough so that even printing a 10 x 6 photo doesn't feel like it's taking too long. Printing on standard A4 paper is good and by the time the page is finished the ink is pretty much dry so you can take the documents straight away. The default printing is reverse mode, so if you print a series of pages these will be in the right order when the job is finished.


It is easier to print photos using the Epson Easy Photo Print application provided. You basically browse the folders, select one or more photos and print. You can create presets and reuse those - the manual print job asks you for paper size, paper type, number of copies and if you want borderless prints. You can also automatically fix red eyes and manually position the photo before sending the job to the printer. Creating presets save a lot of the time doing these small tasks.


You get best results when you use glossy photo paper (in my case we received a box with Epson glossy photo paper in the standard 10x6 size). As I mentioned before, the results are incredible. I was really happy with the prints I got from the Epson ET-2710.




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