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Epson Ecotank ET-3850 Review

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The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is excellent for small offices with its huge page yield, minimal running costs, and high-quality prints and scans. However, it isn’t ideal for quality color printing because of the poor color accuracy.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is an all-in-one SuperTank inkjet launched in 2021. It scans, prints, and copies but lacks fax functionality. It can print on A4, A5, A6, legal, and letter-sized sheets and matte and glossy paper types. Vying to compete with the best printers, it has automatic duplex printing and an automatic document feeder.

The printer weighs 14.8 lbs, has a 2.4” color display (non-touchscreen), and a 250-page input tray capacity. As seen on the best all-in-one printers, connectivity options include Ethernet, WiFi, WiFi Direct, Mopria, and Apple AirPrint, and it supports voice commands through Siri or Alexa.

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  • Cheap Ink

  • Epson

Consensus

our Verdict

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is a mid-range SuperTank for home offices and small offices. Its colossal page yield (7885 mono and 4681 colors) and low printing costs of 0.3 cents per page make it economical for vast printing requirements. The 15.45 PPM monochrome printing speed is above average and adequate for most (ranking in the mid-third of our certified, tested list). However, the 5.5 PPM color printing speed is average and not ideal for fast-paced work environments.

Its 4800 x 1200 DPI print resolution is high, delivering clear details, and the 1200 x 2400 DPI scan resolution is especially sharp with text. However, the color accuracy in prints is poor (10.4 dE), producing most colors inaccurately. Automatic duplex printing adds to the convenience, and connectivity includes Ethernet, WiFi, and AirPrint, but no external storage support exists.

Reason to Buy

  • High print quality
    • The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 will meet the needs of most small and home offices with its impressive page yield of 7885 mono and 4681 color pages.

    • Its 4800 x 1200 DPI print resolution is high, and small details are precise, with text and photos appearing sharp.

  • Great scan quality
    • The 1200 x 2400 DPI scan resolution is sharp and accurately captures text and images with barely any loss in color accuracy.

  • Minimal running costs
    • The running cost of 0.3 cents per page is impressively low and ranks the best among our verified, tested printers.

  • Adequate monochrome printing speeds
    • The 15.45 PPM monochrome printing speed is above average and adequate for most users (ranking in the mid-third of our certified, tested list).

Reason to Avoid

  • Average color printing speeds
    • The color printing speed of 5.5 PPM is average, ranking in the mid-third of our verified, tested printers, and unsuitable for busy work spaces.

  • Poor color accuracy
    • The ET-3850’s color accuracy is poor, so most colors aren’t accurate in color prints. It ranks the worst out of our certified, tested printers.

Epson Ecotank ET-3850 Specs

Automatic Document FeederAutomatic Document FeederYes
Automatic Two-Sided PrintingAutomatic Two-Sided PrintingYes
Copier Resolution (B&W)Copier Resolution (B&W)
Copier Resolution (Color)Copier Resolution (Color)
DepthDepth19.8"
Duplex Scan FunctionDuplex Scan FunctionYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HeightHeight9.1"
Integrated FaxIntegrated FaxYes
Max Number of CopiesMax Number of Copies
Max Paper WidthMax Paper Width
Mobile PrintingMobile PrintingYes
Number of Ink Cartridges RequiredNumber of Ink Cartridges Required4
Paper FeederPaper FeederTop loader
Print Speed (B&W)Print Speed (B&W)15.5 ppm
Print Speed (Color)Print Speed (Color)8.5 ppm
Printer Resolution (B&W)Printer Resolution (B&W)
Printer Resolution (Color)Printer Resolution (Color)Up to 4800 x 1200
Printer TypePrinter TypeAll In One, Copier, Printer
Scanner ResolutionScanner Resolution
Scanner TypeScanner Type
Tray CapacityTray Capacity250
WidthWidth14.8"
WirelessWirelessYes

All Specs

Test Results

B&W Print Speed (ppm)15.45
Color Print Speed (ppm)5.5
B&W Printing Costs (¢ per page)0.87
Color Printing Costs (¢ per page)3.37
Color Accuracy (dE)10.4

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Market Context

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is an all-in-one SuperTank inkjet launched in 2021. It scans, prints, and copies but lacks fax functionality. It can print on…

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is an all-in-one SuperTank inkjet launched in 2021. It scans, prints, and copies but lacks fax functionality. It can print on A4, A5, A6, legal, and letter-sized sheets and matte and glossy paper types. Vying to compete with the best printers, it has automatic duplex printing and an automatic document feeder.

The printer weighs 14.8 lbs, has a 2.4” color display (non-touchscreen), and a 250-page input tray capacity. As seen on the best all-in-one printers, connectivity options include Ethernet, WiFi, WiFi Direct, Mopria, and Apple AirPrint, and it supports voice commands through Siri or Alexa.

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 and the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 are all-in-one inkjets for small offices, home offices, and families. Although they have similar running costs,…

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 and the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 are all-in-one inkjets for small offices, home offices, and families. Although they have similar running costs, the ET-3850 is better at meeting vast printing requirements with its higher yield, and its slightly faster print speeds are suitable for busy work environments. But if scanning is a priority, the ET-15000 offers a larger ADF capacity, swifter scanning speed, and fax functionality. To learn more, read our Epson EcoTank ET-15000 review.

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850’s higher page yield and lower printing cost make it a more economical option than the Epson EcoTank ET-8550 for offices and…

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850’s higher page yield and lower printing cost make it a more economical option than the Epson EcoTank ET-8550 for offices and families. However, the ET-8550 is much better for detailed color prints thanks to its higher print resolution, color accuracy, and color printing speed. For more information, check out this Epson EcoTank ET-8550 review.

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is less suitable for fast-paced work environments than the Brother MFC-L8905CDW because of its slower printing speeds. But if low-cost printing…

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is less suitable for fast-paced work environments than the Brother MFC-L8905CDW because of its slower printing speeds. But if low-cost printing is a necessity, the ET-3850 is far more suitable with its minimal running costs.

The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 replaces the Epson EcoTank ET-3760, offering a higher page yield (mono and color), input tray capacity, and slightly faster print speeds.

Automatic Document Feeder

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic Two-Sided Printing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Copier Resolution (B&W)

1200 x 600 dpi

Copier Resolution (Color)

Depth

19.8"

14"

29.8"

20.7"

Duplex Scan Function

Yes

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Height

9.1"

9.6"

16.9"

21.6"

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Score Card

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Expert Score

83

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Customer Score

85

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

84

Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    92.6

    Category Trust Score

    81
    The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is an all-in-one supertank inkjet printer compatible with Epson’s T502 ink…. read more

    By:

    Said-Mansour Maqsoudi
  • Trusted Reviews
    71.87

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is a superb printer for offices, with low running costs, multiple… read more

    By:

    Simon Handby
  • Which?
    60.66

    Category Trust Score

    NR

    By:

    Unknown
  • Techradar
    82.71

    Category Trust Score

    90
    Epson’s 3-in-1 lacks some basic features, but it prints well and slashes the cost of… read more

    By:

    Jim Hill
  • Consumer Reports
    90.86

    Category Trust Score

    NR

    By:

    Unknown
  • IT Pro
    61.4

    Category Trust Score

    80
    A capable MFP with a good balance of features for the home read more

    By:

    Simon Handby

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