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Epson L210 All in One Review

I purchased the Epson L210 after my previous Epson TX550W All-in-One died one fine day. The Magenta nozzle got clogged on my previous Epson and I tried all methods suggested on the internet and could not get it to print magenta properly again.

When I was on the lookout for a new printer, the initial cost was not my consideration. I had L210 and L350 in mind but since page speed aka ppm was not a priority for me, I settled with the L210. I am sure L350 has a better build quality. But my prime consideration was the printing cost and photo print quality. The photo print quality is on par with good photo printers and the resolution is same. But I was worried about the construction quality / build. I intended to use it as carefully as possible (use only Original inks, use only paper gsm weight that the printer could do). I print photos a lot (family photos, greeting cards on art paper, wall hangings, pentatypchs, etc). I wanted a printer in which I intended to always use only original Epson inks. I have a long history of trying third party inks / CISS kits with my previous Epson and Canon printers. Honestly, they could not match Epson Original Inks in longevity and print vibrancy offered by the original inks. Not to mention abut the nozzle clogging problems they might cause you if you happen to not use the printer for a couple of months or so.

I was impressed by the Epson L series CISS printers as this is what I always wanted – to use original inks and a CISS engineered by the printer manufacturer itself. When I looked at the CISS inside the printer and compared it with the third party CISS kits I known earlier, the Epson CISS is well engineered, compact and rugged. It has thick plastic linings throughout the printing area where the hoses travel and uses premium quality ink hoses. And when you open up the printer, you cant even see where the ink cartridge is (a term you might not use again if you have a L series printer) .

Though I miss the wireless networking feature I had on my earlier printer, connecting a wire is not hard either. It also misses a multiple copy feature. It can either copy one by one or can copy in batches of 20. Requires long pressing the copy button. I bought this for INR 9600 at an Epson dealer.

I followed the quick start guide and was able to fill the inks, prime the lines and ready for printing in 45 minutes. The first print is on a premium glossy photo paper and it really amazed me. The print was vibrant, detailed. i tried doing a couple of black and white prints on matte paper and it too was great! The printer specification said it could accept upto 265 gsm papers. I tried loading a 240 gsm matte art paper and the printer’s feed roller could not pull this paper in. So those of you planning to buy this, stick to maximum 220 gsm and the printer behaves fine. I printed and printed and printed and finished a 50 pack of A4 matte sheets but bingo – only 10 percent drop in the ink levels. I print from a mac and I use “Quality” setting under the printer driver. I could print at least 200 more A4 matte sheets before the printer hits low ink levels and the complete ink set (Epson original 4 color set 70 ml each) costs only less that INR 2000. That’s the icing on the cake. A handy choke valve on the ink tank allows locking the ink system during transport to minimize leaks which is a nifty well thought out feature, but be sure to open it up before you start printing.

Epson L210 Choke Valve Position

One more thing to note is that the Epson L210 or any L series Epson printer except the L800 cannot do borderless printing which is a feature I sorely miss.

I am not worried about the ink pad’s life as I am sure the ink pads could take at least some more cycles before replacement than the usual cycles the manufacturer tells you. I simply do a reset ink pad 2-3 times before I throw the printer away. I highly recommend this Epson L210 printer and Epson L350 printer to anyone who wants to print to their heart’s desire of course using original Epson inks and avoiding a headache.

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Due to questions from many readers, I have summarized the differences between Epson L210 and L220: (a) Epson L220 is slightly faster (7 vs 6 images per minute in ISO 24734, A4 test). This means slightly faster prints in Normal mode (remember not the fast draft mode in which both have same speed) (b) They fixed another thing: In L210, you can either make copies one by one or in batches of 20 where as in L220, you can make copies based on the button pressing frequency (c) L220 has slightly lesser power consumption during printing (12W vs 13W) (d) On dimensions L220 is slightly longer (220 mm vs 210 mm). Breadth ad width are same. Other than this they are same. Epson L220 can be considered a minor revision over L210.


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90 Responses

  1. RAVI PETER says:

    hi Deepak,
    Great Review! I was planning on buying the same printer. How has your initial ownership experience been? If you getsome time Please drop me a line on my e-mail address.
    Ravi

    • DeepakJulien says:

      Thanks Ravi Peter. My ownership experience has been so far good. I printed a lot more photo cards and I am still on the original ink. Other than the gripes I mentioned in the post, the printer is a gem.

      • raghavendra smp says:

        Hi sir need printer for photoshop and xerox which is batter (epson 210 or 220

        • DeepakJulien says:

          Epson L210 and L220 are both are almost same except very few differences. L220 is the latest, so go for it. They will serve your needs for photo prints and occasional photocopying, but you cannot use them as a dedicated photocopier as they lack features to be dedicated photocopier.

  2. aks says:

    hi deepak, i have to buy epson L series.. can u plz share .. why not buy L300 or L350 ?
    feature wise comparison..?

    • DeepakJulien says:

      Hi Aks, Definitely buy an L350 if you can afford to. In addition to coming with 2 additional black inks out of the box, it has a slightly higher print speed – pages per minute (33 vs 27). Other than that, the additional money you pay goes to higher build quality of L350. In terms of prints produced, the quality will be same as L210.

  3. ryan says:

    just asking how can i make a multiple copies in epson l210 copier and how many maximum copies will it print

  4. ryan says:

    just asking how can i make a multiple copies in epson l210 copier and how many maximum copies will it print.

  5. Gm says:

    This printer cannot print borderless print or print & how many time Make to print 4*6

  6. ema says:

    Thanks, great review!!!

  7. Divakar says:

    Plase Guide Me To Uses Gsm Photo Papar In Epson l210 Printer ?

  8. chhamesh verma says:

    My Epsion L210 printer are not
    print in photo paper.
    But they print in copier paper.
    The print not insert Photo paper
    may be copier paper is thicker than photo paper.

  9. abinash says:

    i bought l355. Is there any way to copy as much i want to.

  10. Akshay says:

    If I don’t use the printer for 15-20 days will the ink in the bottle dry? I have also read that while using the copy/xerox function, the printed copy come very light, is it true? How is the print quality compared to a HP Laser Printer of the same price.

    Thanks

    • DeepakJulien says:

      If you don’t use the printer for 15-20 days, noting will happen, but for longer periods ensure that the choke valve in the Epson L210 is closed and cover the printet with a cloth to ensure dust des not enter the printer.

  11. Akshay says:

    Thanks a lot for the reply Deepak.Great help.You did not reply regarding the copy function. When the printer is used to take xerox do the copies come out light or normal.

  12. teacher says:

    i want to copy only 10-15 copy..how can L210 do that ? i dont want press the button many time… pls help.

  13. Sai says:

    Hi, we can use this printer for printing wedding invitations, right? I initially planned on using 200 gms pper, but thank you for pointing out that it can only handle upto 180 gms.

    • DeepakJulien says:

      Yes. We can use this for printing wedding / greeting cards on cards upto 180 GSM. I have printed lot of cards on matte as well as glossy finish paper and all turned out to be fine. But, please remember it cannot do borderless printing.

  14. mark says:

    hi sir great review 🙂 i am planning to put up a photo booth business and i was planning to use the same printer, do you think picture quality would be the same as canon selphy cp series?or should i consider epson L800 rather than L210? Please send me an email for your reply

    thanks

  15. hathif says:

    Hi Great Review,

    But I saw in some reviews they say the printed photos get washed out quite soon, qaulity degration, is it true, have you experience any washed out photos after a few days from printed

    • DeepakJulien says:

      I never experienced this. In fact, all the prints I made re hanging on walls with no glass on frame exposed to daylight but non of them show fading. I am using Epson original inks on the tank and Kodak premium photo papers.

  16. vishal mathur says:

    Hi, In your review you mentioned that you used 220gsm photo paper. I am buying the Epson L355 and was planning to oder the 220gsmmatte paper. Would.you recommend it or should i get the 180gsm paper.?

    • DeepakJulien says:

      Hi Vishal,
      220 GSM is the maximum the L210 can pull in. L210 has a single feed roller. I believe L355 should have double feed rollers, please check. I have noted that L210 sometimes has trouble pulling 220 GSM in a single try and I have to feed multiple times. The feed roller is really the Achilles heel for this printer. I suggest you stick to 200 GSM for a trouble free experience.

      • Luki says:

        not printing when use 220gsm? yea… I’m facing this issue too, it’s almost wouldn’t pull 220gsm paper.
        I need to help this printer by push the paper while the printer is pulling it.
        It’s not always solve this problem, since that I need to do this for many times.

        • DeepakJulien says:

          220 GSM is the maximum the printer can accept. I have tried using Kodak and Epson papers. What Brand paper are you using. Epson L210 has only single feed roller and pushing the paper may not work all the time.

          • Luki says:

            I’ve tried using standard concorde paper, A4 220gsm and its manufactured by local manufacturer.
            I usually use this paper for printing certificate. Since I have this printer, its hard to print even one certificate. Any idea?

      • vishal mathur says:

        Hi, i just called the Epson service center. The guy ssid that these printer support naximun of 130gsm. I told that i will be using matte finish paper for that he said that it shoukd support upto 150gsm.
        220 gsm would work initially coz it’s a new printer but may cause problem in the future.

  17. Vishal Mathur says:

    Ok, So the Epson L355 was delivered by Amazon today as well as the 220gsm Gocolor dual side matte paper.
    The printer took the paper without any hesitation. Just had to set the guide right and the paper option in the printer settings to Epson matte paper. And the print of the Tiger was phenominal. I wish i could have posted the pic of the print that i took.
    Thanks for the review.

  18. Victor says:

    thanks for your great reviews. I am choosing between this and canon 7270. As we know, epson L series come with 3pl droplets, will it smear or not ? how is the quality of printing documents ? Do the words and fonts appear smooth edge ? thank you .

  19. ashik says:

    how is epson L220??

  20. satya.bsk7 says:

    hi deepak sir im planing to buy epson L210… pls give ur valuable suggestions for me……actually im buying for home need …daily i may not use this
    i have some doubts pls clarify me sir
    1 if not use for a 15 days ….what hapens …..can i face …ink blacking or ink change or head blocking problems
    2 if one colour is empty in tank….remaing 3 colours are full ……then can i take prints or i have to change all ink tanks …….plz give suggestions sir

    • DeepakJulien says:

      If you don’t use for 15 days or a month there is no ink clogging issue in L210. Infact I left it for 2 months and came back and printed, it printed perfectly.

      For printing, all color tanks should have ink. Even if one colour is empty, it will not print.

  21. satya.bsk7 says:

    im planing to buy epson L210 …..pls give suggestions sir……im buyying for home need i use less frequently ……is it suits for home

  22. satya.bsk7 says:

    which model is best among Epson L220 and Epson L210

  23. HD says:

    Epson L210 or L800?
    which is best???

  24. Allen says:

    how much is the maximum pages of print that L210 can do?.. because my printer says ===>>>>”A printer’s ink pad is at the end of its service life.
    Please contact Epson Support.”

    PLEASE ANSWER..THANKS IN ADVANCE

  25. Rohan Mehta says:

    Hi Sir, Great article about epson L210.
    Sir, I have set up a small business of which printer would be needed for daily purposes! I would like to know that
    1)How much max image print can I print with epson lx210 (black ink) and color ink(separately)?
    2)Will it be suitable for small business? or can u recommend me some other printer that offers low cost ink catridge with maximum image printing.

    • DeepakJulien says:

      I suggest Epson L350 which has a slightly better build quality and would be suited more for your business use. Not sure on the print numbers. I have printed more than 200 4×6 and 10 A4 color prints on photo glossy paper in Quality mode and my tank is still half full.

  26. Vinayak says:

    Hi Deepak,

    1) What is the difference between Epson L210 and L220 models ?

    2) If I dont use it for 1 month period, will the inks dry off and create problems ?

    3) Can I just fill 1 colour in the ink tank whenever it gets over or should I replace all ?

    Thanks,
    Vinayak

    • DeepakJulien says:

      1. Differences between Epson L210 and L220: (a) Epson L220 is slightly faster (7 vs 6 images per minute in ISO 24734, A4 test). This means slightly faster prints in Normal mode (remember not the fast draft mode in which both have same speed) (b) They fixed another thing: In L210, you can either make copies one by one or in batches of 20 where as in L220, you can make copies based on the button pressing frequency (c) L220 has slightly lesser power consumption during printing (12W vs 13W) (d) On dimensions L220 is slightly longer (220 mm vs 210 mm). Breadth ad width are same. Other than this they are same. L220 can be considered a minor revision over L210.
      2. If you don’t use your printer for one month, inks won’t dry off. I have left it unused for 2 months. After I came back, I did a head cleaning and things were fine.
      3. You should replace all inks even if one tank dries up.

  27. tunxhaj says:

    what is the max gsm a4 glossy paper for epson l110 and for epson l800 thank you

  28. Harshana Ranatunga says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for your great review.
    I want to buy a printer for small businesses. I’m planning to buy L555 model. My basic needs are DVD covers and some bills.
    I went L555 over L210 because it’s newer and have some other good features.
    But I want to know can it provide good images like your L210?
    And what are the differences between them?

    Thank you.

    • DeepakJulien says:

      L555 is definitely a good option for small businesses that need the added functionality of fax and wireless printing. Costing at 18k compared to the 9.5 k of L210, L555 also has a better build quality and faster ppm. But finally a choice between these 2 boils down to the requirements of every individual.

  29. satish says:

    Hi ieant to purchase printer L 210 Or L220 please suggest thanks

  30. Rahul Dass says:

    hi wanted to check if L210 has wifi, as some sites mention it. Which would be better L210 or L220 for home use?

    Kindly advise

  31. Muzamil Hussain says:

    I purchased Epson L210, But I have a problem (Borderless Print).

  32. Kalpesh Patel says:

    I wanna to know only difference between Epson L210 & L220 Model.

  33. Tony says:

    Epson L210.

    1. For a particular project, I have to print right to the edged of the paper. Can you suggest a solution?

    2. How do I calibrate the printer so that it starts printing from a particular position

    3. Can dye inks be used in the printer?

    I am looking forward to the answer to these qusestions

    • DeepakJulien says:

      1. You cannot print right unto the edge of paper using L210 because the feed rollers use the margin to hold and push paper. Only the L800 in L series can do borderless printing. 2. I cannot understand this question. Pls elaborate your requirement. 3. L series inks are dye based inks. Do not use anything other than original on this printer as the heads are costly to replace when worn out.

  34. bharath says:

    hi im bharath i have l210 printer for that which paper is best for printer how much gsm

  35. Daniel says:

    Thank you for your review.

    I went ahead and bought L220.
    I am told waste ink pad counter will come to stop printing.
    Do you have a key for this printer?

    I am getting the software but there is no key to reset the printer.

    Kindly advice.

    Thanks.

    • KK POTHAL says:

      I do not found any choke valve in the inktank of L220 printer. So is this a demerit of this printer against L210? Is this L220 printer not safe for transportation for this reason as there is no way to stop the ink flow like L210 model?

      • You are right. Epson L220 lacks a choke valve. Though not sure about Epson’s reason for removing the choke valve, I believe it is a nifty feature I use. For example I moved my printer for my daughters birthday party to print photos at the venue and it came in handy.

  36. Sunil Kadu says:

    Sir which printer is best for home use brother Dcp j125 or Epson l220

    • DeepakJulien says:

      Hi Sunil they are very different printers. Epson L series has the biggest advantage of company built CISS ink tank system and the ink refills cost are very economical. The brother dcp j125 is an All in one just like the l220 but has no ink tank. Cartridge replacement might not be as economical and convenient as the large ink tanks and refills of the Epson.

  37. deep raj says:

    what this problum epson L220 not sappoted potoes paper

  38. tsosheju says:

    I’m using Epson l220 that in art paper printing is not good why?

  39. vincent says:

    great artical… i bought an epson l210 and i have never regreated my choice. only that i cant print borderles.

  40. Ratan Singhdeo says:

    Thanks for excellent review.I purchased Epson L455 .Specifications say Glossy premium paper can be printed without mentioning GSM..I tried with 200 gsm gloss paper.As described due to single roller it was pulling,but at the end there is trailing effect of colours.Otherwise it’s a fantastic printer. Even photo print quality is excellent.. But one of friend printed from his L350 printer,it was almost lab quality.I do not know why there is difference..But I asked Epson support team for GSM etc they told these printers can handle only upto 140 GSM. I do not know why they write Glossy premium paper in specifications, since glossy premium papers are never below 150 GSM. But as you told it can handle upro 180 GSM, that’s right.

  41. Jayesh says:

    I m looking for inktank printer for home use. To print family photographs and school projects.

  42. Freddie says:

    epson l210 is pulling paper and bushes out without printing and show paper jam
    kindly help.

  43. soumo says:

    In l220 can I use 220gsm paper?
    And in l220 what will be color glossy photo printing cost ?

  44. P S Anan says:

    Nice article Deepak. I purchased a L110 in Aug. 2014 and a L210 in Aug. 2015 and have printed about 30,000 prints between them. Both the printers are running in top condition because I have always used original inks only and after about 7,000 to 8,000 prints the ink pads need to be changed (and a consequent trip to the service centre). My only issue with these printers have been that on weights over 170 gsm. of glossy sheets I get frequent paper jam errors. For me the optimal paper is glossy 150 gsm. or excel bond 120 gsm. for colored prints and 80 gsm. bond for b/w prints. What are your views on the L360…I plan to phase out my L110.

  45. Jitender says:

    Hi,
    1. What would be the life of ink pad of L220 printers Or in numbers of printouts.
    2. How soon the ink can dry if not in use and can it be fixed

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