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Clog & Hog?

August 12 2017 at 3:06 PM
Greg in CA  (Login Whiterabbit72)
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Response to Anything running Epson Durabrite Ultra inks

This ink technology is very interesting, but customer reviews of the CX printers has cast a pall over my initial enthusiasm.

The majority of reviews say the CX series constantly clog up and use a lot of ink in the cleaning cycle. Clogging seems to be a common problem with infrequent use.

Another common complaint is very high ink consumption in general. And the software prevents you from printing to the last drop - i.e. when the software thinks the cartridge is empty, you are DONE.

I have both an ALPS and an HP inkjet photo printer. The ALPS produces the best decals hands down, but it is a royal pain in the *** preparing the artwork, test printing, high reject rate - blah, blah, blah. Oh, yeah - and the drivers only work on XP, another problem I have to solve since my last PC croaked. I have to be REALLY motivated to use the ALPS.

I use the HP for everyday printing, photo printing (great!) and simple decals. It has a lot of limitations for the latter (no white, lack of opacity, water soluble ink...) but there are workarounds for many situations.

My current HP is on its last legs and I'm looking for a replacement. If I could find a replacement that uses "pigment based, resin encased color particle" ink AND was just as reliable and economical for every day use as my HP, I'd jump on it.

Are there printers other than the CX series that use these inks? Does any other company use this ink technology?

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