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Epson Ecotank ET-8500 Review

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The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 offers excellent value to families and small offices with its high-quality color and mono prints, massive page yield, and low running cost. Although the print speeds are average, the missing ADF could be the dealbreaker.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 is a mid-range all-in-one SuperTank inkjet launched in 2021. It has scanning, printing, and copying functionality and supports automatic duplex printing. The printer weighs 18.5 lbs, has a 4.3” touchscreen display, and prints on legal, letter, half-letter, and A4-sized sheets. Similar to the top printers, it can print on glossy and matte paper types.

It has an input tray capacity of 170 pages but is missing an automatic document feeder. As seen on the best all-in-one printers, connectivity options include WiFi, WiFi Direct, Ethernet, USB-A, SD Card, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria, and there’s smart integration with the Epson Smart Panel mobile app (iOS and Android)

Rankings (recommended in)

Best For

  • Cheap Ink

Consensus

our Verdict

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 is a sturdy, mid-range SuperTank apt for small offices, home offices, and families with high printing requirements. Its printing costs are superbly low at 0.3 cents per page, and the 5760 x 1440 DPI print resolution ensures excellent quality prints with precise details. Scan resolution is impressive at  1200 x 4800 DPI, capturing detailed, sharp-looking text.

The ET-8500’s printing speeds are adequate but average at 13.4 PPM (mono) and 7.35 PPM (color), and so is the 6.48 dE color accuracy, all of which rank in the middle of our certified, tested list. The printer is compatible with the Epson Smart Panel app (iOS and Android) and has automatic duplex printing, but the lack of an automatic document feeder (ADF) makes it a poor option if you have intensive scan requirements.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Superior print quality
    • This all-in-one SuperTank is suitable for families and small offices with vast printing needs. Its 5760 x 1440 DPI print resolution is exceptional for retaining precise details in printouts.

  • Excellent scan quality
    • The 1200 x 4800 DPI scan resolution is excellent, with small details and text looking clear and sharp.

  • Minimal running cost
    • Running costs are exceptionally low at 0.3 cents per page, ranking the best among our verified, tested printers.

Reason to Avoid

  • Average printing speeds (mono)
    • The black-only printing speed of 13.4 PPM and color printing speed of 7.35 PPM are average but adequate for slow and moderate-paced work environments. These printing speeds rank in the middle of our certified, tested list.

  • No ADF
    • The missing automatic document feeder (ADF) makes the printer ill-equipped to handle large scanning requirements.

Epson Ecotank ET-8500 Specs

Automatic Document FeederAutomatic Document FeederNo
Automatic Two-Sided PrintingAutomatic Two-Sided PrintingYes
Copier Resolution (B&W)Copier Resolution (B&W)
Copier Resolution (Color)Copier Resolution (Color)
DepthDepth24.1"
Duplex Scan FunctionDuplex Scan Functionna
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HeightHeight6.4"
Integrated FaxIntegrated Fax
Max Number of CopiesMax Number of Copies
Max Paper WidthMax Paper Width
Mobile PrintingMobile PrintingYes
Number of Ink Cartridges RequiredNumber of Ink Cartridges Required6
Paper FeederPaper FeederTray loader
Print Speed (B&W)Print Speed (B&W)16 ppm
Print Speed (Color)Print Speed (Color)12 ppm
Printer Resolution (B&W)Printer Resolution (B&W)Up to 4800 x 1200
Printer Resolution (Color)Printer Resolution (Color)Up to 4800 x 1200
Printer TypePrinter TypeAll In One
Scanner ResolutionScanner Resolution
Scanner TypeScanner Type
Tray CapacityTray Capacity100
WidthWidth15.9"
WirelessWirelessYes

All Specs

Test Results

B&W Print Speed (ppm)13.4
Color Print Speed (ppm)7.35
B&W Printing Costs (¢ per page)0.3
Color Printing Costs (¢ per page)2.55
Color Accuracy (dE)0

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Product Comparison

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Market Context

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 is a mid-range all-in-one SuperTank inkjet launched in 2021. It has scanning, printing, and copying functionality and supports automatic duplex printing….

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 is a mid-range all-in-one SuperTank inkjet launched in 2021. It has scanning, printing, and copying functionality and supports automatic duplex printing. The printer weighs 18.5 lbs, has a 4.3” touchscreen display, and prints on legal, letter, half-letter, and A4-sized sheets. Similar to the top printers, it can print on glossy and matte paper types.

It has an input tray capacity of 170 pages but is missing an automatic document feeder. As seen on the best all-in-one printers, connectivity options include WiFi, WiFi Direct, Ethernet, USB-A, SD Card, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria, and there’s smart integration with the Epson Smart Panel mobile app (iOS and Android)

Thanks to their minimal running costs, the Epson EcoTank ET-8500 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2840 are excellent for small offices and families with substantial printing…

Thanks to their minimal running costs, the Epson EcoTank ET-8500 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2840 are excellent for small offices and families with substantial printing requirements. The ET-8500, however, is more suitable for moderate-paced work environments because of its slightly faster print speeds. For more information, read our Epson EcoTank ET-2840 review.

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 and the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 have low running costs, making them perfect for extensive printing needs. But with a higher print…

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 and the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 have low running costs, making them perfect for extensive printing needs. But with a higher print resolution, the ET-8500 delivers more detailed mono and color prints than the ET-3850h. The ET-8500 is also better for scanning thanks to its higher scan resolution retaining details sharply.

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 has a massive page yield and low running costs compared to the HP OfficeJet 250, making it a more cost-effective printer…

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 has a massive page yield and low running costs compared to the HP OfficeJet 250, making it a more cost-effective printer for intensive printing needs. Additionally, the ET-8500 has faster printing speeds than the OfficeJet 250, but it’s more expensive than the latter. To learn more, check out this HP OfficeJet 250 review. And if you’re new to printers, we’ve also covered the difference between EcoTank vs cartridges.

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 replaces the Epson EcoTank ET-7700 and packs some handy upgrades. The ET-8500 has a larger 4.3” touchscreen display than the ET-7700’s…

The Epson EcoTank ET-8500 replaces the Epson EcoTank ET-7700 and packs some handy upgrades. The ET-8500 has a larger 4.3” touchscreen display than the ET-7700’s 2.7” color LCD (non-touch), is rated to print mono and color documents faster, and has a higher estimated page yield (4978 monochrome prints and 3319 color prints). WiFi connectivity is faster as well, and there’s support for connecting SD Cards.

Automatic Document Feeder

No

Yes

Yes

Automatic Two-Sided Printing

Yes

Yes

No

Copier Resolution (B&W)

Up to 600 dpi

Copier Resolution (Color)

Up to 600 dpi

Depth

24.1"

19.8"

7.8"

Duplex Scan Function

na

Yes

na

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

6.4"

9.1"

3.6

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Score Card

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Expert Score

81

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • PC Mag
    86.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 Wireless Color All-in-One Supertank Printer churns out terrific-looking photos and… Read More

    By:

    William Harrel
  • Which?
    60.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR

    By:

    Unknown
  • Digital Trends
    47.88

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The best inkjet printers are known for handling photos well, but a printer designed specifically… Read More

    By:

    Alan Truly
  • Consumer Reports
    90.86

    Category Trust Rating

    NR

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    Unknown
  • The Gadgeteer
    38.16

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The EcoTank Photo ET-8500 All-in-One Supertank Printer is a nice looking lightweight printer with a… Read More

    By:

    Kathleen Chapman
  • Choice
    46.9

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