When it comes to printers, people often buy the cheapest or the one that is pushed by the retailer and while printing technology has not changed drastically over the years, quality prints, especially in colour have now become even more affordable. Thanks to large ink tanks and better ink quality.
We have used printers, both Laserjet and Inkjet from brands such as HP, Samsung and Epson. While every brand delivers good quality printouts, it is the printhead quality and features that can sway an individual’s purchasing decision.
One such all-in-one (AIO) printer you can take a look at is the Epson L485. The L485 is an ink tank printer from Epson that unlike traditional cartridge-based printers, does not require the user to replace the cartridge but instead, refill the ink in respective compartments. The L485 is an all-black printer with a 1.44-inch LCD display on the tiltable front panel along with the physical control. The device also features direct printing from memory card, a common feature found in most AIOs. The printer also features a flatbed scanner that is capable to scan documents at a resolution of 1200×2400 dpi. The scan speed at 300dpi colour is 28 sec and monochrome is 11 sec. The device can be connected to the PC via USB or Wi-Fi and even supports Mac OS X 10.6.8+.
Setting up the printer via Wi-Fi is a breeze. We like the fact that the printer checks for the firmware update and suggests to install the same, hence, eliminating the need of a PC to update the software.
In printing test, the Epson L485 delivered excellent results. The colours were bright and natural and the black and white text was crisp. The L485 also supports Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Mopria Print Service. Thus, one can easily print documents/emails directly from the mobile phone. Besides this, the printer comes with nifty applications like Epson iPrint that lets you scan and print directly from smart devices or save the same on the cloud.
The L485 prints at a high printing resolution of 5760 dpi. The company claims a print speed of 33 ppm black and white and 15ppm in case of colour, which obviously varies depending on the document.
Epson provides one year warranty or 30,000 pages whichever is earlier. The device retails for Rs. 17,499 and is perfect for someone who is looking to print more black and white documents
and occasional colour or a SOHO/SME who prints around 100 pages per day and does want to invest in a colour laser.