Last month I was invited to an event at the actual Disney Store on Oxford Street, to find out all about the Epson EcoTank 4500 printer and their collaboration with Disney and the new film Finding Dory. The event was hosted by the lovely Alice from More Than Toast (a blog I love), who is very passionate about her Epson printer ;)
I am not a crafty-type of mother in the slightest – I do wish I was, but I am completely useless and to be honest bloody hate it. But, I know Ava loves it and it’s important to do things like this with her sometimes to encourage her creativity and to show her that it is possible to do something better than your mother, even at four years old.
I need crafting projects to be very simple and easy to put together, and not just because my daughter is only four. Epson and Disney have created 4 crafting projects in the theme of the Finding Dory movie to show that the Epson ET-4500 printer is perfect for a busy family and uncrafty mums like me that need crafting projects to be straightforward.
The Epson EcoTank 4500
The ET-4500 comes with TWO YEARS worth of ink (the equivalent of 72 ink cartridges fit in the reservoirs!!) included in the box and is said to reduce printing costs by 70% on average! As you don’t have to worry about running out of ink, the EcoTank is perfect for printing out the crafts for your kids.
Running out of ink regularly or having it dry up is the reason I have given up on other printers in the past, so I think it’s brilliant that you don’t have to worry about that with this printer. Not having to worry about how much I print, or how many times Ava wants to do the same Finding Dory craft is great. Plus I don’t have to worry about finding a spare few minutes to change the ink when it runs out and I desperately need to print a document.
The Epson ET-4500 was pretty quick and easy to set up, if a little messy pouring the ink into the reserves – I was a bit terrified of doing such a thing when I am so damn clumsy, but it was fine apart from managing to get every colour on the exact same spot on my finger. Plus I don’t have to bother with that for another two years or so! It was straightforward to connect the printer to my wifi network, by following the instructions on my computer. I do wish the printed (ha!) instructions were better though – they weren’t very clear, mixed in with the foreign language versions and a little booklet would be so much better. Just a little niggle though.
I used to dread having to print something, but having a great, reliable and efficient printer always ready to use makes such a big difference to my life. It’s not the prettiest printer around, and is quite clunky looking and to use, but that’s not a huge deal to me, and everything I’ve printed has worked perfectly and is of really high quality. I love being able to print my photos out at home, rather than faffing about with memory cards and searching for the photos you want to print in Boots.
There’s also an app available, Epson iPrint, so you can print or scan directly from your phone as well as remotely, which is brilliant, and works perfectly.
Disney and Epson have created loads of crafts to print out at home and do with your kids – there’s origami, photobooth props, pop-up cards and loads more, and we had lots of fun creating our masterpieces at the event (well, the others did). You can find them here: Finding Dory Crafts.
The Epson ET-4500 is certainly not a cheap option for a printer, but it will really save you money in the long run, and there are a couple of cheaper options in the EcoTank range. Not having to buy and change ink cartridges regularly makes it worth the higher price tag in my opinion, and it’s a really good reliable printer. You can get it on Amazon here.
I was invited as a guest to the event and sent an Epson ET-4500 to review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.