This is the cheapest printer to run right now – and it prints in color

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Ink, they say, is often more expensive than the most costly perfumes. But when a well-known, award winning printer manufacturer decided to launch a printer range with optional “unlimited” printing, it got us thinking.

That vendor is Epson and its Ecotank ET-2710 (opens in new tab) color printer is available directly from Epson in the UK for £119.99 (after a £50 cashback) with a three-year warranty. In the US, a slightly different model is the Expression ET-2700 (opens in new tab) ($220 at Walmart), but the device carries roughly the same features.

With the Ecotank ET-2710, you get a printer with built-in ink reservoirs that are pre-filled and can hold the equivalent of 88 ink cartridges (according to Epson), capable of printing up to 4,500 pages in black-and-white and 7,500 pages in color, saving 90% off the cost of ink.

If (somehow) you manage to use all this ink, you can buy an Ecotank unlimited printing card (opens in new tab) for £40 (or $38 at Amazon.com (opens in new tab)). With that, you will be able to print as many pages as you want for up to two years with no strings attached (at least that is what the small print says (opens in new tab)).

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.