Epson has included business printers in their catalogue for many a year now, having successfully penetrated the market for small to medium-size enterprises and their printing requirements. With the efficiency of the eco line of L-series printers, Epson continues to update their range year on year, offering new functionality as requested by the market.
The EcoTank L565 Wireless Inkjet Printer is one of Epson’s business printers that offers multifunction options at a low premium for businesses. The unit is based on last year’s L555, which too included a host of functionality, but had a few obvious omissions for modern business requirements, something Epson seeks to rectify with the L565.
Build and Design
Designing a modern printer may seem trivial to many, but still remains an important aspect of user satisfaction and overall usability. The L565 is a compact unit, which is a great achievement given all the functionality it has to offer (discussed below). The unit measures 484x226x377mm (WHD) and weighs 6.2KG. The L565 has a mix of matte and glossy black finishes for its rounded body. Branded as a printer solution for home offices and small offices, the L565 holds 100 sheets of paper in its top feeding tray and includes both flatbed and Automatic Document Feeder (30 sheets) scanning and faxing.
Included on the main functional panel, the unit includes a 2.2” monochrome LCD display, which is operated by means of a few fairly large-sized buttons. While most of the unit is made up of a black plastic finish, and white labelling, there are three buttons in orange (cancel), grey (black print), and blue (colour print) that break the minimalist colour palette. Overall, then, while the unit doesn’t showcase anything spectacular, the build and design quality are pleasing.
Performance and Functionality
The Epson EcoTank L565 is branded as the top of the range multifunction printer in the range also including the L130, L220, L310, L365 and L455. There’s no doubting, then, that the unit comes standard with a host of options, including printing, scanning, faxing, and connectivity. Due to its diminutive size, the unit doesn’t offer automatic duplexing, which may be a slight annoyance when trying to keep print costs down for a small business saving on paper. Still, this isn’t a train smash. With its ADF scan and fax options, it improves efficiency a great deal. Using the flatbed option provides better overall scan quality, while offering accurate preview options, and irregular shaped and sized page scanning. Printing speeds vary, with Epson specifying speeds as follows:
- Black Text: 33ppm/15ppm (Black/Colour)
- A4 Simplex: Approx. 9.2ipm/4.5ipm (Black/Colour)
- Max Photo Draft: 10x15cm – Approx. 27 sec per photo
- Photo Default: 10x15cm – Approx. 69 sec per photo
Greyscale scanning takes about 16 seconds to complete with colour at 34 seconds, both with a default setting of 300dpi. Real world tests don’t differ much from the factory specifications in this sense, but I used a higher DPI setting more often than not. For standard documents and images, the scanning functionalities are more than adequate. If, however, you’re inclined to use it for more artistic means, the detail is still great, but the clarity a little less suitable.
The L565 offers a few methods of connectivity apart for the more standard USB, wired option. These methods include wireless options, which allows users to print by means of connecting the unit to the Wi-Fi network in the office, or simply Wi-Fi direct from your device, including your smartphone or tablet. The wireless connectivity also means users have the option of scanning directly to the cloud storage if required.
Setting up the L565 doesn’t require any special tools or know-how, and is fairly straightforward. Users can print and scan from their PCs and laptops by installing the drivers provided on the disk or downloaded from the Epson support website. For those looking to print via the mobile option, you can do so by means of the follows apps: Epson iPrint, Epson Email Print, Remote Print Driver, Scan to Cloud, Apple® AirPrint™, Google Cloud Print™, and Mopria™ Print Service. The only tricky part of setup is filling the Ink Tank System, which requires users to get their hands a little dirty. But other than opening the tank compartments and pouring the ink, there isn’t anything technical about it.
As with many of the other printers in the L-series range, purchasing the Epson L565 requires a small initial investment, with prices around the R4,500 mark. Thanks to Epson’s patented ITS, however, printing costs are the lowest in the business (when using the manufacturers products), with a (moderate) usage average of two years of printing before needing to replace any ink, which equates to 4,000 pages in black and white, and 6,500 combined pages from its colour inks.
Given the above, The EcoTank L565 Wireless Inkjet Printer is a very good printer and especially useful for small businesses where printing a regular daily occurrence. While it isn’t the fastest in pages per minute, nor the highest quality in terms of scanning, it does the job required from most users.