Epson recently launched its all-new L380 printer in India. Part of the company’s Intak printer line-up, the Epson L380, is targeted at small and medium businesses and home office environments. Claiming to be an ultra-low-cost printing solution, the L380 is a multi-functional device that comes with a slew of connectivity features, including printing from smart devices and cloud storage services.
Weighing about 4.4kg, the Epson L380 is a bit on the heavier side. It has a matte-finished box-like structure and comes with a lid that has to be raised to scan/copy documents. It is something we have seen in almost all the multi-function printers (MFP). The input paper tray sits at the back. It comes with a separate ink box on the right-hand side, providing easier access.
The front panel houses the Epson logo, and just below it is four buttons that can be used to access all necessary functionalities. Starting with the power button, the next two buttons are used for selecting between monochrome and color copies, while the last button is used for stopping the currently-active operation. The middle two controllers can also be used to scan and save documents as PDFs on the PC. Below all of this, there’s a multi-stage retractable output paper tray.
Epson L380 lacks wireless connectivity and connects with the PC via USB 2.0. Although we would’ve wireless connectivity since the printer is likely to stay in one place, it’s not that much of a problem either.
Overall, we found the design and build quality of the L380 to be sturdy.
Overview & Full Specifications of Epson L380 Multifunction Inkjet Printer
Epson L380 Multifunction Inkjet Printer Specs
|Features:||Better Productivity, Economical and Efficient, Great Speeds, High Yield Ink Bottles, One Touch Scan and Copy, Space-saving Design, Unsurpassed Print Quality|
|Print Resolution:||5760×1440 DPI|
|Print Speed Black:||33 PPM|
|Print Speed Colour:||15 PPM|
|Paper Size:||A4, A5, A6, B5, Letter|
|Modem Speed:||0 Kbps|
|Duty Cycle:||30000 Pages per month|
|Paper Tray:||100 Sheets|
|Noise Level:||47 DB|
|Printer Type:||multifunction printer|
Pros & Cons of Epson L380 Multifunction Inkjet Printer
- ✔ Fast print time
- ✔ Good print resolution
- ✔ Easy to setup
- ✔ Easy to use
To get started with the Epson L380, you first have to install the printer’s drivers on the computer. You can get them either from Epson’s website or from the installation disc that comes with the printer. It has a maximum print resolution of 5760×1440 (optimized) dpi. The printer supports all standard paper sizes such as 3.5″x5″, 4″x 6″, 5″x7”, 8″x10″, 8.5″x11″, A4, A6 and A5, among others. It can print on paper up to a maximum of 8.5×44-inches in size.
For our testing, we printed Black & White text, colored text, and high-quality images on A4-sized paper sheets and were quite happy with the printer’s overall performance.
The printing speed with full-text B&W documents came out to be around 10-11 pages per minute. For colored text documents, it dropped to about five pages per minute.
The L380 prints one colored, high-resolution A4-sized image in about 15 seconds. This time is almost doubled (32 seconds) when the print quality is tweaked up to the maximum, resulting in a visible increase in image sharpness and quality.
Throughout our testing, we found the overall print quality of the Epson L380 to be satisfactory. The colored photo prints are almost close to the original photos. Colors are also entirely accurate, and their distribution is even.
The scanning functionality also worked quite well during our time with the printer. We scanned both documents and photos, and the process was straightforward once the drivers were installed correctly. The L380 took about 30 seconds to thoroughly inspect and print a colored image, which we think is pretty good.
Having an acceptable print quality and good printing speed, the Epson L380 is a decent option for those who want a straightforward printing/scanning solution.
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