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13th September 2022

Large Size Prints Without a Large Price

Some call me “old school” but I’m not a big fan of showing pictures on the tiny screen of my cellphone.

Quite often I print some of my favorite shots onto photo paper. With my Epson ET-3750 Printer I’ve made hundreds of 4″x6″ prints and dozens of larger 8-1/2″x11″ enlargements. In the two years that I’ve had the ET-3750 printer I have never had to change an ink cartridge. The printer’s large EcoTanks are refillable making the cost of the prints very affordable.

Every so often I’ll take a picture that I’d like to show off – meaning print a bigger enlargement. Earlier this year I found out about the Epson ET-8550 EcoTank that handles paper up to 13″x19″ at an affordable $600 price.

Here’s a few short steps for setting up the printer for use.


The shipping carton is about 30″ x 20″ x 10″ and weighs about 20 lbs.
The bright blue tape secures the parts during shipment is easily removed.

The printer uses four inks: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The shipment includes a second bottle of black ink.
Each ink bottle fills the respective reservoir. The bottles are “coded” to prevent inadvertent filling mistakes.

You can visually view the level of each ink reservoir. The ink supply will yield about 2400 4″x6″ prints for about 4 cents each.
The bottom tray holds smaller paper (e.g. 4″x6″) and larger (8-1/2″x11″). The rear paper feeder holds larger paper up to 13″x19″.

Here is a completed 13″x19″ print. You can see the rear paper feeder.
You can compare the print size next to the 12″ ruler. This print was on standard ink print paper.


This timelapse is just an example of it’s operation making a 13″x19″ print.The printer doesn’t actually work this quickly.

As you can see I’ve been able to make a bunch of big enlargements – at a reasonable price.

The ET-8550 has other features other than its large print capability.

    Wireless connection to your Mac or Windows PC
    Two-sided printing
    High resolution document scanning and copying up to 8-1/2″ x 14″
    Handles variety of papers including glossy, matte, texture, cardstock

For those of you who like to print big – this is an affordable and capable printer.



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