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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Best Color Printer for Teachers!

The Teacher's Toolbox
Okay, so I just have to share this with you. Early last summer, when I'd had enough of buying ink cartridges and being interrupted in the middle of printing jobs with those "replace magenta" messages, I started researching printers. 

Now, this is not my favorite thing to do. I like shopping, but I really don't like shopping for tech-related items. It's always such a scary thing for me - such a commitment. What if I make the wrong choice? Then I'm stuck with it. Despite this, I put my big-girl pants on and did my homework. 

One option I found is to subscribe to an ink replacement service but I really did NOT like the idea of a monthly payment and still being limited to how many pages I can print, rollovers, etc... I didn't want the printing police standing over my shoulder every time I hit 'print'. 

Then I found this: the Epson EcoTank Color Printer. A year later, the angels are still singing its praises! I love this printer! 

The Teacher's Toolbox

Let me just put this out there right away: It is not cheap. $399. There. I said it. But let me tell you why this is the best investment I've ever made: No cartridges. No monthly fees. No guesstimating how many pages you'll print. That's right! This printer comes with ink tanks that last two years, or 4,000 black and 6,500 color pages. This is for the ET-4500 model that I have. You can get even more pages from the 4550

But let me translate this into real life. I'm a teacher in a special-ed classroom. I make A LOT of adapted materials for my classroom. This requires A LOT of color printing. I'm also a seller & buyer on Teachers Pay Teachers and you know what that means - lots of printing. I was a little pessimistic as to just how long my ink would last. But you know what? I just now replaced the black ink - a year later!! And the color ink tanks are still half-full. That's amazing! Did I mention I print A LOT?
And it gets better... the ink bottles are only about $12 a bottle! You can get them here on Amazon, or at your local office supply store. I'll show you how easy this was. 
Here's a side view of my printer and those are the ink tanks. Black is all the way to the right and is nearly empty. 
Open your ink bottle. 
Fill the tank with ink. 

No mess if you're careful. One tiny spot on my hand. 

Reset the ink levels and ta-da! I'm good to go! Looks like I'll be replacing Yellow next summer. 

By the way, this printer also has all the other techie-good-stuff: All-in-one, wireless, wi-fi, scanner, copier, fax...

So, if you're in the market for a new printer, I recommend this one. This was just the right printer for me. Full disclosure, I use Amazon affiliate links, but I'm not trying to get people to buy this printer. I just want to share my discovery with other teachers so you, too, can be ink-saver free! Do your own homework, of course. Some of the reviews are negative (which I don't get), but if you're just using this printer at home and not running an Office Depot, you should be very happy with it. You can get it on Amazon with free shipping if you're a Prime member. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Comment below if you have any questions and certainly let me know if you decide to buy one! Happy printing! 


  1. Thank you Dania for the recommendation. I also am a teacher looking for a good printer. This looks like a good choice.

    1. It's been almost 3 years, Kim, and my printer is still working fabulously! I can't remember the last time I filled the ink. I still think it's a great choice. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is fantastic, I am a teacher as well, and am tired of going through $30 of ink every other day because of my printing and TPT love/addiction. Thank you!

  3. One uses the different publishing software for creating the original files. They do not have to be typeset nor the requirement of plates is needed especially, one is using a good digital printer. cheap color copies


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