I'd love to give this printer a 4.5 — It is a really really solid multi-use printer, but it is by no means 5-star perfect. I can't, so I will be rounding up to 5 stars anyway.
Coming out of the package, it is a beautiful machine. It was easily set up and connected to both the computer and the wifi, but the update that happened after that took just over half an hour at my house. The packaging was significant enough to keep the printer safe, but not overwhelming. Inside was the actual printer, the necessary cables, four bottles of ink, a cd of drivers and a book of instructions.
The biggest difference I found between the EcoTank and the Epson printer I already owned, was the tank that it's named for. Instead of the standard cartridges that I was replacing frequently, this comes with bottles of ink with nozzles that are “keyed” to only fit/dispense into the correct tank. This initially made me very nervous since it requires actually turning the bottles of ink completely upside down, but I was pleasantly surprised that the did not leak at all (either initially or when removing them from the printer once they had dispensed the ink). Another great feature is that the tanks do not overfill, and the ink will stop flowing into the printer when it is full, leaving the remainder in the sealed bottle for future use.
The other key difference was that while I was still able to print over wifi, I am also able to print truly remotely. The printer has a dedicated email address and whatever you email to it will print and be waiting for you when you get there. I LOVE that it sends me an email response to let me know when the printer receives the message and another when the print job has been successfully completed.
As far as things that could be done better go; they are few and far between. I would have appreciated an app that was just better. I was unable to successfully print through the app once remotely — not a huge deal, as I have the emailing option, but I would like it to work since it exists. My second minor note is that there is not automatic paper feed for scanning. It doesn't come up often for me, as I rarely need to scan more than a couple pages, but I could see it being a problem if that was something that was done often. Otherwise, my biggest complaint is the lcd menu screen. It is TINY - like, put-on-my-glasses tiny. There is a lot of information accessible through there and built-in troubleshooting, but it is difficult to navigate given its minute size. I think this is most annoying to me because the space that it is on offers plenty of space for a bigger screen.
Overall, a really really nice printer. The print quality is gorgeous, as I have come to expect from Epson products and it boasts that each set of ink contains more than a year's worth of printing, and I'm very much looking forward to not needing to run out to get ink as frequently.
This is a review for the Epson EcoTank ET-4700 Supertank Printer that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.