Epson ET 5150

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Epson ET 5170

Specifications Epson ET 5150 Epson ET 5170

Print format

A4

A4

Print format (with bypass)

A4

A4

ADF Scan Size

none

none

Printing speed (color)

9.5 ppm

9.5 ppm

Duplex printing speed

7.5 ppm

7.5 ppm

Duplex printing speed color

5 ppm

5 ppm

Resolution

4,800 dpi

4,800 dpi

Cartridges

4

4

Ink Tank

Yes

Yes

Duplex Printing

Support

Support

Monthly duty cycle

33,000 pages

33,000 pages

Features

for Epson ET 5150

  • One Input tray
  • One Output tray
  • Supports Envelope printing
  • Flatbed scanner and Auto Document Feeder
  • Scan speed of 6 pages per minute (black) and 5 pages per minute (color)
  • A 35-sheet ADF capacity 

For Epson ET 5170:

  • Supports all-in-one features
  • Inkjet printing technology
  • Pigment-based ink type
  • Supports duplex printing
  • A 250-sheet input tray
  • The printing speed of 6 pages per minute and 5 pages per minute for black and color prints, respectively
  • A 35-sheet ADF capacity

Review

Epson came up with a new series of printers in the EcoTank range. These EcoTank printers ensure that it brings a heat-free and cartridge-free environment to play a lesser role in the environmental impact.

The new printers are mainly to enhance creativity among photographers. The entry-level printers are for home office use and they are the Epson ET 5150 and Epson ET 5170 printers. Both ET 5150 and ET 5170 printers are common in terms of features.

While one of the EcoTank printers features Epson's Micro Piezo Heat Free Technology, the other EcoTank printer has the PrecisionCore Heat-Free technology that helps to reduce the heat generated while printing. Epson printers claim that the technology makes it more environmentally friendly compared to the other EcoTank printers since they need lesser energy to work on.

The Environmental campaign was to ensure that Epson plays a part in the world's take on global warming. With the campaign called Turn Down the Heat, Epson tackles global warming on a larger scale by encouraging people to take up energy-saving printers for their home offices and how it will help to reduce it. According to Epson, both the EcoTank printers offer cartridge-free printing with the help of user-friendly ink bottles. The biggest benefit is that there is less fuzz about the cartridge changing and they can easily produce more pages with a single set of ink bottles.

Both Epson ET 5150 and Epson ET 5170 printers can print 2,300 photos or close to 7,000 prints in black and white with one set of ink bottles. One major thing you will notice when you compare both printers is that the Epson ET 5170 printer supports faxing while the Epson ET 5150 printer does not support it.

Pros

Epson ET 5150

  • Very low running cost
  • Easy mobile connectivity options
  • Two years of unlimited ink

Epson ET 5170

  • Supports all-in-one features
  • Compact size
  • PrecisionCore Print head
  • Refillable Ink tank
Cons

Epson ET 5150

  • It does not support faxing

Epson ET 5170

  • High Startup Cost

01. Installation of Epson ET 5150

Epson ET 5150 Printer

CONTENTS:

  • Epson ET EcoTank Pro 5150 printer
  • Ink Bottles
  • Power Cord
  • User Guide and Installation CD

HARDWARE SETUP:

  • Remove the protective tapes surrounding the Epson ET 5150 printer.
  • Lift up the printer cover and then remove the packaging material from the inside.
  • Close the printer cover.
  • Open the ink tank cover present on the right side of the printer.
  • Open each of the bottles, and place the nozzle of the bottle into its respective color slots.
  • Make sure the ink level reaches the top, and then remove the bottle from the slot.
  • Repeat the previous step to fill the other ink tanks and finally close the ink tank cover.
  • Unpack the power cord; connect the power cord to the back of the Epson ET 5150 printer and to the main power source.
  • Press the Power button on your Epson printer control panel.
  • Press and hold the Help button once you read the Start Here message on the display (the printer will charge the ink).
  • Select the language, date and time settings, and country.
  • Pull out the paper cassette from the bottom of the Epson ET 5150 printer.
  • Move the paper guides to either side of the tray.
  • Now, place a stack of paper inside and move the guides to the edges of the paper to hold them firm.
  • Choose the paper settings from the control panel of the printer.

SOFTWARE SETUP:

  • Place the printer installation CD into the CD drive of the computer.
  • Run the setup.
  • Follow the commands on the screen and wait for the connection screen to open.
  • Select the method of connection you want for the printer.
  • Follow the prompts and complete the software setup.

02. Installation of Epson ET 5170

Epson ET 5170 Printer

Contents:

  • The Epson EcoTank ET 5170 printer
  • Ink Bottles
  • Installation CD (for Windows)
  • Power Cord

HARDWARE SETUP:

  • Unpack the Epson printer from the carton and place it on a flat surface.
  • Peel off the protective tapes and discard them once and for all.
  • Open the printer cover and ensure that it clicks itself in place.
  • Remove the packaging material that is present inside the printer and discard them immediately.
  • Close the printer cover.
  • Open the ink tank cover present on the right side of the printer body.
  • Open the ink tank cap for the color you want to fill.
  • Remove each of the ink bottles from the sealed or protective packaging.
  • Take the black ink bottle in hand and remove the nozzle carefully.
  • Hold the ink bottle in an upright position and fill the ink tank.
  • Once done, remove the ink bottle from the place (repeat the last 2 steps to fill the other ink tanks for the Epson ET 5170 printer).
  • Close the ink tank cover.
  • Unpack the power cord from the sealed packaging.
  • Connect the power cord to the main power source and to the back end of the Epson printer.
  • Press the Power button on the Epson Ecotank printer control panel.
  • Choose the language, country, date, and time settings accordingly.
  • When the Start Here message appears, press and hold the Help button for 5 seconds and wait for the printer to charge the ink.
  • From the front of the printer, open the paper cassette cover.
  • Pull out the paper cassette until it's completely out.
  • Slide the paper guides all the way to the corners inside the paper cassette.
  • Insert a paper stack with the printable side facing down on the paper cassette.
  • Ensure that the paper guides are moved to the edges of the paper.
  • Push the cassette back into the printer and close the cassette cover.

SOFTWARE SETUP:

Steps to download driver:

  • Open the default browser on your computer.
  • Click the address bar and enter the URL for official Epson support.
  • Search for Epson ET 5170.
  • Once the printer support page opens, click the Downloads tab.
  • Click the Operating System drop-down list; select the operating system you are using. 
  • Click the GO button.
  • On the next page, select the Recommended For You link.
  • Click the Download button for Drivers and Utilities Combo Package Installer.
  • The Epson printer driver will be downloaded to your computer.

Steps to install the driver:

  • Run the downloaded driver on your computer.
  • Ensure not to connect the printer to the computer yet.
  • Once the installer opens, follow the commands on the screen.
  • When the connection screen opens, select the method of connection you want for the Epson ET 5170 printer.
  • Follow the on-screen commands and complete the entire setup procedure.

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