The Epson L485 is a Wi-Fi capable multifunction inkjet printer with all the essentials packed into its frame, and even outside of it. We can also call it an all-in-one printer designed for home and small business users. Admittedly, multi-functional devices have never been in my list of favourites and it has been a very long time since I tested one. The Epson L485 came as a pleasant surprise. This is a standard 4-colour A4 printer integrated with a flatbed scanner that is capable to scan documents at a resolution of 2400 x 1200. Without being attached to a PC, it acts as a quick, independent photocopy unit.
This printer doesn’t use ink cartridges. Instead, it adds ink tanks on the side of the printer and ships with bottles of ink, which you pour into the tanks. With these massive tanks, the L485 can print around 4,500 monochrome pages or 7,500 colour pages, with both yields based on ISO/IEC standard test pages. The Epson L485 can print crisp black text documents and stunning images in standard and high quality. Paper handling is limited to a 150-sheet capacity, which is what makes the printer most appropriate for personal use or light-duty use as a shared printer. The L485 support for mobile printing and scanning. If you install it on a network, you can print and scan through the cloud, using the Epson Connect service. You can also connect to the printer by way of an access point to print from or scan to an iOS and Android. The L485 also supports Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Mopria Print Service. Thus, one can easily print documents/emails directly from the mobile phone. Besides this, the printer comes with nifty applications like Epson iPrint that lets you scan and print directly from smart devices or save the same on the cloud.
The control panel is simplistic, there is a tiny 1.44-inch LCD display on the tiltable front panel along with the physical navigation control. The device also features direct printing from memory card, a common feature found in most AIOs. Simple though it may seem, there is a lot more to the L485 than meets the eye.
In printing test, the Epson L485 delivered excellent results. The colours were bright and natural and the black and white text was crisp. The L485 prints at a high printing resolution of 5760 dpi. The company claims a print speed of 33 ppm black and white and 15ppm in case of colour, which obviously varies depending on the document.
Certainly, the strongest argument for the Epson L485 is its low ink cost. But by turning the marketing paradigm of low-price printers with high ink costs on its head, Epson has also introduced a bit of sticker shock for the printer itself. One way to look at the pricing is that, based on the cost of additional ink, the initial cost of the printer with an ink is Rs. 17499. But given their photo printing quality at a fraction of usual inkjet cost, the L485 is definitely worth buying if you print lots of photos and images.