Epson EcoTank ET-3850, low consumption multifunction printer

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For those looking to save on consumption when using a printer, they probably want to analyze in detail what Epson’s catalog has to offer, as its innovative ink technology that leaves cartridges in the past is worth highlighting . On this occasion it is time to mention another of its complete options on the market: Epson EcoTank ET-3850 .

The Epson ET-3850 is a mid-range multifunction printer that ensures high-quality output at an incredibly low cost per page as it requires no cartridge replacement and provides flexible connectivity features in addition to the ADF. Logically, its copy and scan functions complete its technical features in a very good way.

Features of Epson EcoTank ET-3850


Dimensions 375‎ x 347 x 231mm
Weight 6.7kg
Colors Black
Screen colour, 6.1cm
It includes 1 ink sets (1 x 127 ml black ink; 3 x 70 ml cyan, magenta and yellow inks) + one extra black ink, Main unit, Power cable, Quick guide, Warranty certificate
Official site Epson
Number of paper trays one
Paper tray capacity 250 Standard Sheets
Output tray capacity 30 Sheets
automatic document feeder 30 pages
paper formats A4 (21.0×29.7 cm), A5 (14.8×21.0 cm), A6 (10.5×14.8 cm), B5 (17.6×25.7 cm), B6 ​​(12, 5×17.6 cm), C6 (envelope), DL (envelope), No. 10 (envelope), 9 x 13 cm, 13 x 20 cm, 20 x 25 cm, 10 x 15 cm, 13 x 18 cm
Printing method PrecisionCore print head
ink technology Black pigment color inks and coloring
Injector configuration 400 nozzles black, 128 nozzles per color
Colors Black, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta
Multifunction Print, Scan, Copy
Interfaces USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet
Wi-Fi security WEP 64 bit, WEP 128 bit, WPA PSK (TKIP), WPA2 PSK (AES)
Supported operating systems Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, Windows 10 (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit), Windows 8 (32/64 bit), Windows 8.1 (32/64 bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista (32/64-bit), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2 or later, Windows XP SP3 or later (32-bit), Windows Server 2003 R2, spectextoptionoperatingsystemswin2003ii2
print speed Black 33ppm and color 20ppm
print resolution 4800 x 1200 dpi
First page out time Monochrome 9 seconds, Color 15 seconds
scan resolution 1,200 dpi x 2,400 dpi
A4 single-sided scan speed 5 ppm color and black
scanner type Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
Scanner flatbed size 8.5″ x 11.5″
output formats BMP, JPEG, PICT, TIFF, Multi-TIFF, PDF, PNG
Energy consumption 12 watts (standalone copy, ISO/IEC 24712 standard), 0.9 watts (save mode), 5.3 watts Ready, 0.2 watts (off), TEC 0.15 kWh per week
supply voltage AC 100V – 240V, 50Hz – 60Hz
Warranty 12 months Workshop repair, 50,000 pages


Next generation performance

Epson ET-3850

Epson ET-3850 has a single 250-sheet tray

Reviewing the specifications that distinguish this model, the use of a heatless printing technology called “PrecisionCore” should be indicated, which is responsible for reducing general energy consumption levels while requiring less need for spare parts. The printhead also comes pre-installed, so initial printer setup is hassle-free.

As indicated above, Epson EcoTank ET-3850 manages to lower printing costs by up to 90% using ink tanks that are accessed on the front panel of the equipment and that completely eliminates conventional cartridges. Ink is now delivered using high-yield bottles that simplify the process and avoid making a mess in the process.

In total, it is stated that a set of ink bottles can print up to 7,500 pages in black and 6,000 in color, which is equivalent to up to 72 ink cartridges . With the acquisition of this model, a corresponding set is included to start using it without wasting time, while later they can be purchased from the official Epson website or other online stores.

Print, copy and scan capabilities

Epson ET-3850

Epson ET-3850 simplifies general use

Epson ET-3850 has no limitations in sight thanks to the use of a color LCD type screen with a size of 6.1 cm that allows quick actions, although through Wi-Fi connectivity it is also possible to control everything at the same time. remote with functions to print, copy and scan documents and photos or set up, monitor and troubleshoot from your phone or tablet through the free Epson Smart Panel app.

Additional goodies include automatic duplex printing capability and a 30-page document feeder, up to 250-page front paper tray, and print speeds of up to 33 black/white pages per minute and up to 20 color pages per minute. Compared to other models from the manufacturer, this is a larger option to suit somewhat higher volumes of work (eg Epson EcoTank ET-2856 has a tray limited to 100 pages).

Finally, the print quality reaches a resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi with a waiting time of approximately 9 seconds for the first page in monochrome and 15 seconds in colour. In the case of the scanning function, its resolution remains at 1200 dpi x 2400 dpi and it has a speed of 5 pages per minute of A4 size in both black and colour .

Other advantages present include compatibility with Wi-Fi Direct connection technology, support for Apple AirPrint mobile and cloud printing services, and the ability to sync with the home network via cable through an Ethernet input. It can also be used with computers running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later or Windows XP and higher.

Availability and price of Epson ET-3850

Epson EcoTank ET-3850 on PC Components
Epson EcoTank ET-3850 at Media Markt




  • Uses convenient cartridge-free ink technology
  • Lower than average ink and energy consumption
  • Includes automatic document feeder
  • It has Wi-Fi connectivity and management via mobile App




  • It is a fairly robust printer
  • can be somewhat expensive