For an A3+ printer, the Epson EcoTank ET-8550 is quite compact with its closed flaps (52.3 x 37.9 x 16.9 cm).

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Its output tray is motorized and deploys automatically. On the paper input side, there are two trays, one of which is A4 at the front, as well as an A3+ tray and an A3+ direct input at the back. It is also possible to print on CDs and DVDs, or even banners up to 2m long and 1.3mm thick from the direct paper feed.

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The ET-8550 can print in automatic duplex mode at A4 size. It also provides scanning and copying with its scanner up to Legal size (355.6 x 216 mm). A 10.9 cm diagonal tiltable colour touch screen is positioned on the front panel. It is quite responsive and its interface does not require excessive time to adapt.

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The ink tanks are visible from the front of the printer, allowing you to observe their levels. The ink bottles are equipped with coded indicators, so filling the tanks is easy. The operation is not messy, as long as you take a minimum of care.

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The ET-8550 supports wifi, Wi-Fi Direct and Ethernet printing. It is also compatible with Apple AirPrint and allows printing from an SD card slot or USB port, both positioned on the front of the printer.

In standby, the EcoTank ET-8550 consumes about 1.1W. This is an average value. We measured a power consumption of 20 W when the printer is stabilized in photo printing, which is still quite correct.

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The ET-8550 still doesn’t stand out from the average printer in terms of noise, either in a good or bad way. The ET-8550’s sound level meter, positioned 1m away from the printer, showed 45dB when printing photos, and up to 63dB when printing documents. Unfortunately, if a silent mode is proposed, it is not very effective with peaks raised to 60 dB, while the print rates soundt virtually unchanged.

As a photo printer, we were expecting the ET-8550 to be a great printer in its field. The result is there with a very good quality of printing of the clichés.

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We measured an average delta E of 6.3, which shows a fairly well-controlled color drift. So the colors are pretty faithful to the original shot, but we could have expected even better considering the positioning of this printer.

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The prints are quite fast with 45 s requested for a 10 x 15 cm photo, or 1 min 14 s for an A4 photo.