By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend
IDEAL FOR anyone who likes the feel of paper in their hands or needs to submit a presentation in print rather than online, the Epson EcoTank L3150 Wi-Fi is an all-in-one ink printer that will save you a small fortune in ink.
That’s because the cartridge-free printer features an enhanced ink filling system that gives an ultra high yield of 7,500 coloured and 4,500 black-and-white pages for each set of ink.
Since the L3150 is compact with a footprint of 375x347x179mm and because it can be easily linked to your Wi-Fi router with its built-in Wi-Fi adapter, the printer and scanner are convenient to set up. It doesn’t even have to be placed near your computer but can be tucked into any corner once you’ve linked it to the Wi-Fi router. It does, however, have a USB 2.0 port for directly connecting to your computer if you feel more comfortable doing things the old-fashioned way.
I tested it by linking it to my Linksys EA8500 router and found that it connected to the router in a snap when I pressed the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button on the router and the printer.
I then downloaded and installed drivers to the Macbook Pro and the printer was ready to use and the scanner ready to scan.
The printer has good resolution of 5,760x1,440 dots per inch, using 180 nozzles for black, and 59 nozzles each for cyan, magenta and yellow colours.
The printer supports borderless photos in 4x6 inch size. It has a printing rate of 69 seconds per photo with border and 90 seconds per photo for borderless shots.
For normal A4 paper printing, the L3150 has a rate of 10 pages per minute printing for black and 5 ppm for colour printing.
During the test, I found that the printer took about six seconds for black and white printing on A4 plain paper and 20 seconds for colour printing. I clocked the printer when it started printing after it has received the print data wirelessly. The printing quality of the black page was good with sharp and clear text while the colour printing on plain paper was fine.
The L3150 is an all in-one machine because it has a built-in scanner that is used to provide a copying function as well.
The CIS scanner has optical resolution of 1200x2400 dots per inch and it can scan a maximum area of 216x297mm. The scanner has a speed of 11 seconds for monochrome scanning at the resolution of 200 dpi and 28 seconds for colour scanning also at 200dpi resolution.
The copying speed is more than adequate too, at 7.7pages per minute for a black and white page and 3.8 pages per minute for colour.
Epson EcoTank L3150 Wi-Fi all-in-one ink tank printer has a suggested retail price of Bt5,290. Each of four refill ink bottles – black, cyan, magenta and yellow – retails for Bt250.
Print Method: On-demand inkjet (piezoelectric)
Minimum Ink Droplet Volume: 3 pl
Nozzle Configuration: 180 x 1 nozzles Black, 59 x 1 nozzles per colour (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow)
Maximum Resolution: 5760 x 1440 dpi (with Variable-Sized Droplet Technology)
Scanner Type: Flatbed colour image scanner
Sensor Type: CIS
Optical Resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi
Maximum Scan Area: 216 x 297 mm (8.5 x 11.7")
Scanner Bit Depth (Colour): 48-bit input, 24-bit output
Scanner Bit Depth (Grayscale): 16-bit input, 8-bit output
Standard Paper Input Capacity: Up to 100 sheets-A4 / Letter Plain paper (80 g/m2); Up to 20 sheets-Premium Glossy Photo Paper 10 sheets-Envelope, 30 sheets-Postcard
Paper Size: Legal, Indian-Legal (215 x 345 mm), 8.5 x 13 inch, Letter, A4, 16K (195 x 270 mm), B5, A5, B6, A6, Hagaki (100 x 148 mm), 5 x 7", 4 x 6", Envelopes: #10, DL, C6
USB Interface: USB 2.0
Network: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Network Protocol: TCP/IPv4, TCP/IPv6
Network Management Protocols: SNMP, HTTP, DHCP, APIPA, PING, DDNS, mDNS, SLP, WSD, LLTD
Dimensions (W x D x H): 375 x 347 x 179 mm
Weight: 3.9 kg