Everything You Wanted to Know About Epson Supertank Printers [ But Didn’t Know What to Ask ]

EpsonJune 15, 2021

Perhaps you’ve heard about Supertank printers but weren’t really sure what the buzz was all about. Well, you undoubtedly will be hearing lots more about this fast-growing segment of the business printer market, so here’s some background on the latest breakthrough in inkjet printing technology.

Epson pioneered the Supertank format and was first to market in North America, introducing its first model in 2015. Unlike traditional inkjets, Supertank printers draw ink from high-capacity, refillable tanks rather than cartridges. The innovative design offers several advantages. For starters, Epson Supertank printers come with a ridiculous amount of ink right out of the box, so you can typically print thousands of pages[i] before having to even think about getting more ink.

Lots of pages, fewer ink replacements

For example, the Epson WorkForce ST-4000 Supertank color printer comes with enough ink to print up to 14,000 pages black/11,200 color.[ii] And then there are big savings when it’s time to refill the tanks.[iii] With the WorkForce ST-2000 Supertank, an ideal solution for small offices, you can save up to 90 percent with low-cost replacement ink bottles vs. ink cartridges[iv], equivalent to about 90 individual ink cartridges.[v] The big savings on replacement ink and time-saving convenience for busy workplaces mean that Supertank is bound to become the new standard for business printing.

Versatility and options for almost any profession…

With a broad portfolio of Supertank models, Epson gives you plenty of options. From education, healthcare, government, and law offices, to lodging, retail point-of-sale, architecture, and construction or financial services, almost any organization in any business sector can find a printer to fit their needs.

You can choose a printer or a multi-function model (print, copy, scan, and fax), monochrome or color devices, and printers that accommodate standard paper sizes all the way up to 13” x 19” printouts. There are also high-powered models with built-in IT tools for networking, as well as those with a smaller footprint that fit neatly into smaller quarters. Regardless, with the WorkForce Pro WF-M5799 Supertank, you can get up to 30,000 pages of ink right from the start.[vi]

…and almost any business need

Need only black ink for legal documents, contracts, invoices, and letters? Monochrome models offer affordable, blazing-fast page-per-minute output. Want attention-getting images? Get sharp color output for classroom handouts, real estate flyers, poster-size in-store signage, church bulletins, restaurant menus, and more. Need to connect workgroups and integrate enterprise apps? Choose a Supertank model with IT tools to support secure wired and wireless networking in managed IT environments.

Top-quality, worry-free printing by design

Epson’s simple design with PrecisionCore Heat-Free TechnologyTM delivers major benefits. Traditional laser and thermal inkjet printers use heat to prepare the toner or ink for output onto paper. With Epson Supertank Printers, there’s practically no warm-up time, so businesses spend less time waiting for their print jobs. Fast first-page-out can result in greater office productivity. Heat-free printing also means fewer maintenance parts, so there may be less need for service and interventions.

Low energy consumption

In addition to providing ultra-sharp text and remarkable image detail, Epson’s innovative, heat-free printing design also helps reduce energy consumption and costs, especially when compared to comparable laser printers. The ENERGY STAR® qualified WorkForce® ST-C8000 Supertank printer delivers the lowest energy consumption in its class,[vii] while the WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 Supertank uses up to 75 percent less power than color laser printers.[viii]

The smart choice for keeping red ink off the bottom line

The bottom line? A ridiculous amount of ink in the box plus the need for fewer refills can save you up to 90 percent on replacement ink bottles versus cartridges. And with the WorkForce Pro WF-C5790, for example, you can save up to 40 percent on low-cost replacement ink packs versus color laser toner.[ix]

What’s more: the ability to go a long time between refills is a real time-saver that can boost business productivity with fewer interruptions to workflows; smart design means maximum uptime and high-quality printing; and a big choice of models means you only have to buy what you need and get exactly what’s required to get the job done. And it’s all backed up by a Hardware 2-Year Limited Warranty and 2 Years of Ink Guarantee for all Epson business inkjet Supertank printers.[x]

Delivering exceptional value and convenience, Supertank is the future of business printing.



[i] Included and replacement ink bottle yields based on the ISO/IEC 24712 pattern with Epson’s methodology. Actual ink yields will vary considerably for reasons including images printed, print settings, temperature, and humidity. Yields may be lower when printing infrequently or predominantly with one ink color. All ink colors are used for printing and printer maintenance, and all colors must be available for printing. For more information, visit www.epson.com/inkinfo.

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] Actual savings and costs will vary considerably based on print tasks, print volumes, and usage conditions. Savings and cost per ISO page are based on the cost of replacement ink bottles and the cost of enough standard cartridges to achieve the total page yields of the bottles using the MSRP (USD) and yields for Epson standard-capacity ink cartridges for similarly featured Epson consumer inkjet printers as of October 2020.

[iv] ibid.

[v] Individual cartridges estimate based on print yields of a replacement set of black and color ink bottles as compared to Epson standard-capacity ink cartridges for similarly featured printers as of October 2020.

[vi] Replacement ink pack yields are based on the ISO/IEC 24711 standard using the ISO/IEC 19752 pattern in default mode printing continuously. Ink pack yields vary considerably for reasons including images printed, print settings, temperature, humidity, and frequency of use. Yields may be lower when printing infrequently. Ink is used for printing and printer maintenance. For print quality, part of the ink from the included ink packs is used for printer startup and a variable amount of ink remains in the ink pack after the “replace ink pack” signal. For details, see www.epson.com/inkinfo

[vii] Actual energy savings will vary based on print task and use conditions. Compared with best-selling, A3 color laser printers priced at $1,499 (USD) or less and 40 ppm or less, as of December 2020. Competitive data gathered from manufacturer websites and third-party industry sources.

[viii] Compared to similarly featured color laser printers priced at $999 or less and 40 ppm or less based on industry available data as of July 2019.  Actual power savings will vary by product model and usage.

[ix] Actual savings will vary based on print tasks, print volumes, and usage conditions. Savings comparison based on the purchase cost of replacement ink packs and the cost of enough color toner cartridges to achieve the total page yields of the ink packs using the manufacturers’ online prices and yields for the highest-capacity toner cartridges for the best-selling similarly featured color laser printers priced at $999 (USD) with speeds of 40 ppm or less per industry-available data as of July 2019.

[x] Promo valid for ST-2000, ST-3000, ST-4000, ST-M1000, ST-M3000, ST-C8000, ST-C8090, WF-C5790 Supertank (C11CG02201-LB), and WF-M5799 Supertank (C11CG02201-LB) printers through authorized Epson resellers only from 10/1/19 to 03/3/22. Product must be registered before 04/30/22. Limit 8 additional bottles of 502 inks, 542 inks or 902 packs per printer. Max 8 claims per printer. Each claim cannot contain multiple bottles of the same color. Limit 2 additional bottles of 532 inks or M02XL120 packs per printer. Limit one bottle per claim. Based on average monthly document print volumes of about 150 pages (ST-2000), 300 pages (ST-3000/ST-4000/ ST-M1000/ ST-M3000/ST-C8000/ST-C8090), 500 pages (WF-C5790 Supertank) and 750 pages (WF-M5799). Promo applies to ink only. Printer covered by Epson 2-year ltd warranty. For promo participation, you must register your product.