dng wrote:for everyday use not high end photo printing the Brother color laser printer is very good. Go to Brother web site and make your choice. I like the one with wireless printing.
Just another update after about 1 year of running the continuous ink system.simonm wrote:As a reminder, we have an epson xp-960 multifuntion device with an after-market continuous ink system attached. This replaces our earlier epsons. The whole lot is about 3 months old now.
Very rough numbers here and based our 960 and ink sourced in the UK. Genuine Epson XL cartridges are rated at 440 pages @ 5% coverage. You need 6. Cost approx $100 for 55ml of ink if using the XL cartridges. (23c a page for ink at 5% coverage.) If you actually print photos then the pages drop to maybe 50 (never really tested it but it is very low) so about $2 ink for a letter/A4 size photo.
The endless head cleaning wastes a lot of the ink in any case. With a continuous ink system, after you have bought and installed the set-up, 600ml of genuine Epson ink costs approx $100 (6 x 100ml bottles originally destined for Epsons own "eco" range of low end printers with build in tanks ) and non-branded ink costs $50 for the same amount.
Very happy that we jumped for the continuous ink system. Economically it is cost neutral if the printer fails at about 1500 pages and there-after it is just a good and economical printer. An added bonus is not continuously dumping used cartridges into landfill and saving time by not continuously have to get up and change yet another cartridge. If anyone wants more info about it you can pm.
This is an up-date: The last time I went to get my black ink supply replace I found the Epson Model XP-410 on sale for Under $50. including the color and black ink - smaller capacity but still about 60% of the full capacity found in the standard replacement packages. The ink I was searching to replace would have cost me just $2.20 Less than the whole new XP-410 All in One Unit that also includes a wi-fi connection. This illustrate to me that the printer manufacturers made their big profit on the ink not the hardware. I check everytime I need ink for any possible changes that may save me some cost but to this date the Epson brand seems to offer more value - including ink replacement- than any other brand.Joe de V wrote:I like the Canon printers but the cost of ink replacement turned to be too much.On my last visit to the office suppies stores I found the Epson Model XP-310 that now meets all my printing needs in both black and color ink. I am also please that the replacement are much lower in cost when I order via the Epson webssite in addition to free shipping and receive them within 48 hours via Fed Ex.
The Epson XP-310 cost me under $55.00 and is also WI-FI capable. I did have to figure out how to program it for my own choices but now it is working just fine. Take a look at it.
Certainly our older Epson ink jets got "streaky" if they were not used for a while. Apparently the ink hardens in the tiny holes it comes out through. The cleaning de-clogs them somehow but sometimes it took many cycles over two days to get the previous one working again. It probably wasted more than half the total ink we bought.Andrew Fryer wrote:... Do they gum up if you don't switch them off?
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