<![CDATA[If you are a dad and have a school going kid, you would empathize with me. The numerous homework assignments to finish, and trips to the stationery shop for picking up the picture charts and getting some printouts for the school project. Actually, I don't have complaints, I enjoy it. It gives me time to bond with the children and also answer many of the questions and doubts they have in the process. But life is all about making it easier right, so here I will mention the Epson L4160 multi function printer which made our life a bit easier. It also made things more convenient for me, since I also have a home office to take care of with numerous printing needs. Not to forget, a creative wife who has her own set of printing needs for her designing explorations. Now, that is quite a lot at play right?
What is Epson L4160?
Epson L4160 is a multi function printer for home users who don’t necessarily need the fastest print speeds or the business-oriented features. It’s ideal for those who typically worry about printing costs whenever they print, be it family photos, recipes, or the kids’ homework – it can print, copy and scan. It can print, copy and scanat just 12 paise for Black and 20 paise for colour prints and as I figured out for a small office like mine with limited printing needs, this works well. The printer is duplex enabled meaning it can take automatic two-sided printing up to A4 size and also has copy functions supporting up to 99 copies. You can also print photos on max quality on a glossy photo sheet. It uses ink tank refill instead of snap-in cartridges. It also sports a 100-sheet paper input tray (or 20 sheets of photo paper) and supports both duplex and borderless printing. USB, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity are all onboard, and you can also print directly from the built-in SD card slot.
Epson L4160 Specifications:
Epson L4160 Design:
The L4160 is a compact all-in-one compact printer. You will immediately feel and find (later during your use) it is well built. The paper intake is at the back and when it not use, it can be closed which also prevents dust from entering the system. The left side has a USB port to connect to your computer and a little to the back there is the power cable port. The front has an SD card slot, in case you want to print directly from your memory card. The top portion can be easily lifted to take a peek at inside as well as for refilling. Everything is quite easy to use with no loose ends.
The front panel has the power on/off button and a home button. There is a 1.4″ color display panel but it is not touch enabled.
The control panel can be tilted towards up, in case you choose to stand and do the printing job. The buttons on the panel are easily accessible and have a nice click to them which is nice and reassuring. With the buttons, you can navigate through the settings on the panel. Except for typing the alphabets and numbers during the setting up the WiFi which was a bit daunting scroll through of the letters and numbers, navigation otherwise is easy to do for your daily functions.
The top panel can be lifted giving you a glimpse of the internals.
This is the ink tank and it is easy to access it. You can open the individual tank nozzle point and refill them with the ink bottle is a piece of cake. Just open, pour and shut case.
The front side has a level indicator for the colors.
The flatbed scanner is on top and has no ADF for copying and scanning but the flatbed serves the home use purposes where we don’t do volumes.
Advantages of Epson L4160
Epson L4160 is a compact inkjet printer. It is easy to set up, I had no difficulties connecting to my system. Moreover, it also has cloud printing support and can connect to your WiFi network for remote operations. Of course, the easiest way is to connect via the USB port and the cable you get along with the box, which is a no-nonsense affair. There is no need to even install any drivers, though you get a CD along with the box.
The convenient part is to connect the printer to your WiFi and all the devices connected to the network will be able to use the printer. Trust me, it is more useful and your family members won’t be bothering you to get the print done.
The L4160 also supports WiFi Direct connectivity which ensures that the printer is only available to the devices you manfully set it up with. Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint are also supported. So the L4160 offers a whole lot of connectivity option for printing at your convenience.
One of the key advantages of the L4160 is it’s an Ink tank printer. It’s convenient for refilling as well as economical. You get 4 refill bottles and it can easily be poured in for a refill in their respective color tanks. The refill bottles are also comparatively cheaper and you can get the color bottle for around Rs 300 each or less if you buy together all the BK, Y, M, C colors together. the nozzle of each ink bottles is unique and will only fit its own color ink tank. The ink only flows when the correct bottle is inserted into the correct ink tank – so no spills!
The cost advantage of Epson L4160
Cost per page for black print is 12 paisa and for the color, it is 20 paisa. One Black bottle will give you up to 7,500 prints and the Color bottles (all 3 combined) will give you up to 6,000 prints. The price might be little higher if you print photos on photo sheets, still, it would work out to be cheaper than the traditional printers.
And the Epson Creative Print App for the new generation
The printer comes with an Epson Creative Print app, which lets you customize and share photos with personal messages. Creative Print can also access and print Facebook photos, create collages with photos from Instagram and mobile devices, as well as create custom greeting cards.
Should you consider Epson L4160 printer?
Absolutely yes. Do note the initial purchase cost of the printer is a bit higher and there are cheaper options available including from Epson. So why should you buy this? The long-term running cost of the printer would be cheaper. If your printing needs are decently good and you want to invest in one good printer for a long run for your home or small office, this should be an ideal choice. Plus, with a multitude of connectivity options, it is super convenient for our fast lifestyle. You also don’t have to worry about the inks getting dried up in a short duration even for few weeks you might not be using it.
The Epson L4160 is available for around Rs 17,000 in the Indian market.]]>