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In our home office we have an Epson all in one printer, copier and fax machine. I always buy the branded Epson ink cartridges for use with this as I have heard that the replica cartridges can cause problems and I don't want to take the risk.
The fax facility is very rarely used but the both the printer and photocopier get used on most days for our company work and also for the work that I do as treasurer of our local lifeboat guild. As I say it does get used on most days but it isn't a high use - I tend to print invoices, copy receipts, print RNLI forms etc.
The cartridges that we need to use are the Epson ones with the cheetah on the pack. I must admit I do like the idea of putting a different animal on the packaging of each of the different types of cartridges - it makes it so much easier to find what I want either in store or on line. It also means that there is no chance of me making a mistake and buying the wrong ones.
The cartridges come in four colours - black, magenta, cyan and yellow - and are available either individually or in a pack of four. Currently a pack of four is available in Staples for £36 or, if you buy two at the same time, they are £32.40 each. They are also available from plenty of other places such as Viking for £31.19 or Amazon for £31.39. Tesco also stock Epson cartridges so it is worth keeping your eye open for special offers there. Basically I would say do your homework and shop around. The cheapest site today may not be the cheapest one next month.
The four cartridges come side by side on a strong white plastic (recycleable) pack with a picture of the head of a cheetah on the lid complete with a list of the contents and the compatibility reference numbers so that customers can be sure that they will work with the machine for which they are being purchased.
When the ink is getting low on our printer a warning comes up on the display. Apart from checking that I have the relevant colour in stock I ignore this as there is always plenty of ink left for more copies. I only change the cartridge when the printer actually stops working and tells me to change it - now!
To get the cartridges out of the packaging can be quite a challenge. I usually use a pair of scissors and cut along the top edge and then pull the package open. Each individual cartridge is then shrink wrapped in clear plastic. I use the scissors again to get the cartridge out. All I then have to do is to remove the protective yellow tab which keeps the ink from escaping or drying out and then change the empty cartridge for the full one in the printer.
The quality of the colour and the printing are both excellent and I can print off official documents to a high standard. Looking on the Staples website I found the following information 'The unique pigment-based ink technology preserves the ink particles by coating them in a protective resin. This means prints are resistant to fading and moisture.'
With my regular but fairly light usage I find that the black cartridge will last for a few months although the coloured ones tend to last a little while longer as I don't need to do much in the way of colour printing. The manufacturer's information says that the black cartridge will print about 490 pages and the coloured ones will print about 245 pages each but I have never actually counted to see how true this is!
In conclusion I would recommend these cartridges. They are initially expensive but they last well, are easy to use and provide a high quality result.
We have had a couple of Epson Stylus printers and both used these ink cartridges. Obviously both printers have different levels of printing quality but as we have also tried "compatible inks" from other brands, we have a good comparison.
The pack itself is about £30 on offer in most shops such as Wilko and this is the cheapest it can usually be found, online is no cheaper. In comparison, other inks we bought for our printers could cost half this. This makes these inks incredibly expensive. This is justified if the cartridges last a long time right? Well yes, but these don't last exceptionally long. If anything I would say that the lifespan of each of these is on par with the majority of them - they do not last longer nor do they last fro any shorter amount of time as other branded ones do.
They do have an advantage though. The ink is absolutely fantastic!
It has some technology known as Ink-Lock (or something like that, I can't remember exactly) which penetrated the paper better or something. What this technology actually appears to do is make the ink waterproof! This means that if you flick the odd bit of water over the paper, the ink will not run one bit. Yes, the paper will become soggy unless you have some revolutionary waterproof paper but the text is still readable. this is nor a privileged I enjoyed with the cheaper ink cartridges for the printers and it was a real hassle when I had to re-print sheets frequently - therefore actually increasing cost.
One main circumstance where this will be most useful is when printing photos on glossy paper as a small drop of water will not ruin your print and your cherished memories will remain intact on the sheet!
An annoying thing about these cartridges is that, because of some special Epson chip on them, they cannot be refilled as explained to me my CartridgeWorld. This means that you need to keep on buying the official inks which can get very expensive - it does mean however that you always enjoy perfect prints.
After using cheap ink refills in our epson printer and seeing the loss of quality, I opted to buy the real deal and get this multipack of epson inks that are compatible with our printer. I was a little worried that I was paying too much for this multipack considering it was just under £28 but when you divide this by the amount of cartridges it works out about £7 per cartridge which isnt too bad for ink in the grand scheme of things.
I used to have to perform printer cleaning very regularly which I can only pinpoint to the poor quality ink refills that I used, but now using the genuine cartridges the difference is night and day.
You get four colours in the box - Cyan, Magenta, Black and Yellow, with the black ink having a slightly bigger capacity than the others as it gets used more often. The cartridges are so simple to install after removing them from the packaging, just dont touch the little electronic chip on the base of the cartridge when you are installing them.
The ink is durabrite ink meaning it is less likely to smudge with water, and has anti fade qualities. The print quality of photos is superb with the ink and I would recommend people buy genuine ink as it works so much better. Although ink refills are very cheap, the amount of cleaning and wasted ink probably brings the price in line with the genuine article.
A top tip that I have found is to purchase the ink from ebay ensuring it is in a sealed package. Got my latest pack on an auction for £16 :-)
Printers are marvellous things when they work!We bought an Epson DX4000 a couple of years ago after problems with our HP printer. It was reduced in Tesco and as it is a photo copier and printer we thought it was a bargain but decided to check out the cost of the cartridges before buying.
We have used various makes of cartridges over the years for previous printers but had been having problems and always having to clean to get good printing so we were wasting ink.
We got sample size cartridges with the printer but bought a Multipack so we were ready when a replacement was needed. The Multipack has 4 cartridges, 1 of each black, yellow, magenta and cyan. The box is blue with a picture of a Cheetah and is in the Cheetah range, there are other ranges like Monkey. Hummingbird and Seahorse makinh it easy to spot the one you want to buy. On the front is a list of models it is suitsble for too. The colour cartridges have 5.5mls and the black is slightly larger with 7.4mls.
Each cartridge is vacuumed packed inside the plastic box to keep it fresh and has a shelf life on the box, my latest one was for November 2010. Once opened - not an easy task! The cartridge should be shaken 4 or 5 times before removing the yellow tape and inserting following the instructions for your printer. Care should be taken not to touch the green strip on the cartridge as this contains the chip. I have never got ink on my fingers inserting these cartridges so think they deserve apoint compared to the cheaper ones we tried.
Epson recommend that you only use their products but I have used Tesco's compatible cartridges with good results but after problems using refills before I really like to stick with Epson or Tesco now.
I make cards for a hobby and print a lot of sheets for decoupage on Photo paper plus photographs for Scrapbooking which is another hobby, our printer is in use nearly everyday and whether I use ordinary paper, card or photo paper the results have always been excellent.
Quote from the Epson website "Epson DURABrite Ultra ink gives simply perfect prints, whatever you're printing. Each ink particle is coated in resin, making it water-, smudge- and fade-resistant."
I have to agree that newly printed photos have never smudged and so far nothing has faded. I am very pleased with the result and we get a lot of pages printed before replacing, unfortunately I can't say how many as it varies with what I'm printing.
On the Epson web site the Multipack costs £33.57 and free postage but Tesco sell it at £29.97 plus my Tesco points! Singles cost £9.79 at Epson so it is worth buying the Multipack. Sadly Tesco do not stock the single Epson cartridges now but have their own make if you need an extra black rather than stock piling colours if you use more black than colours. It is worth checking on the internet for bargain prices too.
My printer is getting busy printing things for making Christmas cards, I never have to perform maintenance cleaning as we did with the other printers and cheaper cartridges so although these are more expensive they last longer and give great results. First class.
We just recently bought a new Epson stylus DX7400 printer as our old one stopped printing for some reason. Our new printer takes the T series Epson ink. To make everything a bit easier we just bought a T0715 multi pack ink package which comes with four ink cartridges. The T0715 can also be used with other Epson stylus models including the DX4450, DX4000, DX9400F, DX4050 etc.
The Epson T0715 will come with four colour ink cartridges. This includes the T0711 which is the black ink, T0712 which is the cyan colour, T0713 which is the magenta colour and T0714 which is the yellow colour.
The Epson T0715 multi pack is rather expensive as we bought it for £29.99 in PC world, I guess its not that expensive if you divide that by four, as it will work out to be around £7.50 per cartridge, which I think is not too bad considering the quality of these cartridges but I have seen the individual cartridges being sold for less.
The inks will come packaged in a thick plastic container which is rather hard to open by hand, therefore you have to use something sharp like a scissors to open. Using a scissors actually makes it easy to open the container.
The cartridges are vacuum packed, suggesting that the air in each plastic package for each individual cartridge is sucked up to help maintain the quality of the cartridge. To open the individual package you will also need a scissors are the plastic is rather thick. The cartridges are very light and thin and are made of plastic. Each cartridge is colour coded, which I find helpful in reminding me which cartridge is which (results in less confusion).
Fitting the ink into the printer is rather easy all you have to do is remove the yellow portion of the tape and insert the cartridge. Before you insert the cartridge, it always beneficial to shake the cartridge a couple of times before you insert it into the printer.
I must say that the ink prints really well without any smudges and does not fade quickly it also has water resistance, this may be because the ink is DuraBrite ultra ink which is the new technology in the world of ink. The water resistance feature makes these inks good for pictures. I have actually print a picture using the cartridges, and the picture quality looked great and all the colours came out nicely, even though the printer was quick in printing the pictures.
I would recommend this multi package because they are of good quality and the ink is DuraBrite ultra ink which improves the quality of printing and I must say if you see it cheaper than £30 buy as many as you can because that will be a bargain. The ink does last long, we bought ours about two months ago and we have not changed any of the cartridges yet. I guess it all depends how much you print, but these cartridges do last a long time comparing to my other printer cartridges which we've owned in the past years.
The ink cartridges comes with a manual with more than ten languages. The manual is rather helpful as it tells you the does and don'ts, these could be handy if you are a first time user.
---If any of the ink cartridges run out you can always buy them individually.
---You can also buy this Epson Stylus T0715 from other electrical shops that sells printers such as Comet, Currys, Tesco, Argos etc (the price may vary so its always good to do some research before you buy if you want to save some pennies).
---You shouldn't touch the green part of the cartridge as it will affect the cartridge's quality.
---To check if your printer is compatibe just click on Epson.com
---The black ink is 7.4ml which is more than the other cartridges as they are 5.5ml. This is because the black ink is more likely to be used a lot.