This is not the fastest ink jet around and I dislike the display and navigation. However, it performs well at every task. You put out a little more money upfront, but if you print a lot, the ink savings are more than worthwhile. It not only saves on trips to the store, but it can change the way you use an ink jet printer. With the ET-4550 you have the freedom to print anything you like in full color without thinking about how much the ink will cost. After years of printing in draft mode, changing the settings to print in only black, and using a black laser printer for large print jobs, this is a very freeing feeling.
Epson says that they have been selling these Eco-Tank printers in Asia for several years with good results. Only time will tell just how durable it is, but given Epson’s good reputation and the included two-year warranty, it looks like a very viable money-and-frustration saving option.