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Interesting article on printer inks

Stridey
Posted 15/10/2016 - 18:07 Link
Simonmac wrote:
Thank you Bill.
wvbarnes wrote:
I use a Canon MG6250 and get all my cartridges from More Inks on Amazon. Generally around 1 a cartridge and fully chipped and lit. (I tend to buy the three set pack of six colours) The Canon Creative Park software also recognises them as 'original' for Premium Content download if you like such stuff

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Is it possible to get generic inks for Canon printers that have that LED on the cartridges?

Cheers

Simon



I've used goinks.co.uk several times for inks for my Canon MG5550 - no issues and really pleased with the colours - I use Canon Photo Plus Glossy II if that helps !
Simonmac
Posted 16/10/2016 - 02:05 Link
Cheers Nigel.
Stridey wrote:
Simonmac wrote:
Thank you Bill.
Quote:
I use a Canon MG6250 and get all my cartridges from More Inks on Amazon. Generally around 1 a cartridge and fully chipped and lit. (I tend to buy the three set pack of six colours) The Canon Creative Park software also recognises them as 'original' for Premium Content download if you like such stuff

Simonmac wrote:
Is it possible to get generic inks for Canon printers that have that LED on the cartridges?

Cheers

Simon



I've used goinks.co.uk several times for inks for my Canon MG5550 - no issues and really pleased with the colours - I use Canon Photo Plus Glossy II if that helps !

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Posted 16/12/2016 - 22:42 Link
Is anyone aware of an update to this issue. Or must I purchase a new printer.

Regards
OldTaffy
Posted 17/12/2016 - 19:00 Link
The latest issue of Which? magazine ("January 2017") again reviews colour printers (pages 52-54). You may be able to read it in a good public library if you are not a subscriber.

I continue to have reservations about Which? tests, surveys and recommendations, but at least they do offer some guidance.

As some members have already said, the laser printers tested (Samsung M2885FW & Ricoh SP213SUw) are not recommended for photo printing.

All the inkjets tested (9 in total) are given 4 stars for print quality, but if one reads the text the Canon Pixma MX475 is preferred to the HP Officejet 5740 and Epson Expression XP-640 for quality of photo prints. These three are all "best buys" but only the Epson and Canon are rated "great value". HP is rated a little lower for general "brand reliability".

The article mentions HP's Instant Ink facility, where you are automatically sent a fresh ink cartridge, but Which? thinks that the final costs are rather high unless one does a lot of printing. Similarly, the Epson eco-tank system is discussed: the advantage of very cheap per-print costs have to be balanced against a high purchase price.

The question of third-party ink compatibility is not mentioned.

Martin
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Gwyn
Posted 17/12/2016 - 20:32 Link
His Nibs's printer is an HP which was affected by this. It works fine again now with generic inks.

My HP printer, which must be 8-10 years old has packed up, the printer head doesn't move any more. I'm annoyed, as I have a load of HP inks, of a different sort to the ones the other printer uses. I shan't bother getting a new one, though it is frustrating not having my own printer.

Laser printed photos are good as transfers- you can transfer photos onto wood using a laser print for instance.
RobL
Posted 17/12/2016 - 20:42 Link
OldTaffy wrote:

The article mentions HP's Instant Ink facility, where you are automatically sent a fresh ink cartridge, but Which? thinks that the final costs are rather high unless one does a lot of printing. Similarly, the Epson eco-tank system is discussed: the advantage of very cheap per-print costs have to be balanced against a high purchase price.

Martin

I bought the HP5740 as an office printer, it's ok for 6x4" but not tried anything bigger. I was attracted to this automatic ink ordering but your choice of contracts (and monthly cost) depends on knowing how many pages you print a month. Who does? Reading the small print if you exceed your quota then an additional charge per page is made which is extortionate.
Edited by RobL: 17/12/2016 - 20:42
cardiffgareth
Posted 17/12/2016 - 20:46 Link
I have a Canon here. Used to own an Epson but got fed up with clogged printer jets etc and after reviewing the Canon and the reviews saying how good they were for reliability and not clogging up I went for one. The inks supplied ran out quite quickly (funnily enough) so after researching the genuine inks and the 45 replacements I did a quick Google for the best independent inks around. A few reviews pointed to this outfit:
https://www.stinkyinkshop.co.uk/
Took the plunge and so far so good. No leaks, no weird colours etc so I'm happy with their performance, plus they are a Google certified shop so if you're unhappy then refunds are easy.

I only print word docs off here and CD printing, my images get printed at Davis Colour in Cardiff
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Mike-P
Posted 18/12/2016 - 10:35 Link
Like Gareth I had an Epson printer and gave up on it due to it getting clogged after a couple of days non use. I bought a Canon and after 6 years its still going strong despite only having OEM ink for the first prints. Wouldn't hesitate about buying another.
cabstar
Posted 18/12/2016 - 20:12 Link
Stopped printing my own stuff years ago. I now use DSCL and Aldi photo whose prints are amazing quality.
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