This Epson L4160 printer review will show you that with the right blend of quality, speed and economy, it is one of the most suitable printers for all your office and home needs. It offers you the ease of use with its compact design and great value with its high quality water-resistant and smudge-free printing. You can enjoy all the freedom a printer can possibly give you with its wireless connectivity options including Wi-Fi, special applications and third-party options. And with the ink-tank design and duplex printing, it makes your printing highly economical. Various printing configurations and varieties such as borderless printing and glossy photo printing are also possible with Epson Ecotank L4160 printer.
Epson L4160 Specifications
|Features|| EPSON L4160|
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 & WiFi|
|Page Yield||7500 Prints (B/W)|
6000 Prints (Colour)
|Ink Cost||~2000 Rs|
|Cost Per Print||12p (B/W)|
|Ideal User||Home, Small and medium businesses|
|OS Support||Windows 7 or higher|
|Maximum Print Resolution||5760 x 1440 dpi|
|Duty Cycle||Up to 1,500 Prints|
|Paper Tray Capacity||100 Sheets|
|Paper supported||Up to 180 GSM|
|SD Card Reader||Yes|
Print, Copy and Scan Features
Besides the print function, Epson L4160 offers the scan and copy functions too. Hence, it serves as a multifunction or ‘all-in-one’ device.
With the on-demand piezoelectric inkjet technology, Epson L4160 gives you extra sharp prints of 5760 x 1440 dpi resolution. With full ink capacity, it provides a page yield of 8000 colour pages and 6000 B&W pages. You get all this at a cost as little as 10 paise for black and white (per regular print) and 21 paise if it is colour. The print speed is approximately 10 ipm for black prints, which means 10 impressions or images per minute. It will be around 5.0 ipm only if you want colour printouts. Another major highlight is the automatic duplex feature.
You don’t even need to turn the page to print on the other side; two-sided printing is done fully automatically by the printer. And, the paper tray can hold 100 sheets of 75 GSM sheets. The maximum paper thickness supported in this printer is 180 GSM. For best output, the recommended duty cycle is 800 prints per month.
The flatbed colour scanner incorporated into the device gives you an optical resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi, which is very common compared to similar scanners. The colour depths for input and output are 48 bit and 24 bit respectively. The printer housing a CIS sensor module only takes 11 seconds per 200 dpi for black scans or 28 seconds for colour and is ideal for all your A4 size scan needs. However, there is no ADF facility.
As a combination of the print and scan facilities, the Epson L4160 flatbed feature also helps you make direct simplex copies of commendable quality. The copying speed ranges are 7.7 ipm and 3.8 ipm for black and colour copies respectively.
Ink Tank Features
The compact design of the ink-tank and its clever integration contributes significantly to reducing the overall size of the printer. And the ink-refilling is a breeze. The ink bottle that comes with this printer contains unique nozzles that will only fit into the right tanks. This special design forms a closed passage making a spill-free refilling. The high tank capacity saves time by avoiding frequent refilling, unlike cartridge replacement. Moreover, there is huge saving as you get tens of times printouts with the ink tank compared to the cartridge set. Make sure you purchase the original ink from the manufacturer for the best results.
Wireless Connectivity Features
Epson L4160 comes with a plethora of wireless features, direct as well as third-party.
- Wi-Fi connectivity: Allows convenient shared printing, including mobile devices.
- Wi-Fi Direct: Allows you to connect up to four devices at the same time.
- Epson Connect iPrint: Print or scan from a smart device or cloud from anywhere.
- Epson Connect Email Print: Directly print from a terminal using email access.
- Google Cloud Print: Print from your Google account or Android phone.
- Epson Connect Remote Print: Print from anywhere using the internet from a terminal with Remote Print driver.
- Mopria: Use the service to print from android devices with OS version 4.4 or later.
UI Features and OS Support
The front panel has a minimalistic design with a 1.4” LCD screen in the middle and a small number of buttons on either side with explanatory icons so that anyone can use them easily. Using the LCD screen, you can view the functions and notifications, and make necessary settings. You don’t need to connect to a PC for any setting. You can connect to the printer via the USB 2.0 port.
It supports the commonly used operating systems such as Windows XP and higher, and Mac OS 10.6.8 and above versions. That’s not all. It even supports the Linux operating system. This is good news for many Linux users as they may not easily find many printers that support Linux.
Pros and Cons
With its quality in design and function, a host of wireless connectivity options and money-saving features, Epson L4160 is, no doubt, one of the best printers you can proudly own. With commendable support and a warranty of 1 year or 30,000 prints, you can use it without a hassle. Priced in the mid-high range for all the useful features, it is one of the most economical automatic duplex printers available in the market today.