Epson EcoTank printers dry out

Forum: PC hardware and software Epson EcoTank little printer

Hello! I have an almost ten year old Canon Pixma with me, with which I am not really satisfied. My parents bought it, and since I need it quite often, and I not only disagree with the thing, I think something should be new. What bothers me most is that there is only one color cartridge with this device, which contains all colors (except black) ... like every white, the entire cartridge must be replaced as soon as one color is empty. We once had a refill set that was reasonably okay, but after one or two refills the cartridge was discarded. And the printhead always looks like ink has been poured over it. And that is also the case with the original cartridges, even if they are not refilled! In my opinion, this also means that most of the ink is lost! This ink then dries up again, of course, and the cartridge can no longer be used despite being cleaned with the program and printhead cleaner. The costs are also much too high for me! A while ago I read about the Epson EcoTank models on the Internet, which are more than 'fascinating' to me. I think the concept is great and the price for a refill is amazing! For the same money as with the current printer, I get nine times as much ink! My question: How does such a printer behave if nothing is printed for a few days, maybe for a week or two? And, accordingly, I would also be interested in whether it is worth buying a second-hand printer like this, or whether the risk that the ink has dried up in the tubes is quite high? Thanks in advance!

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by Rufus Τ. F. (rufus) (Moderator)

Philipp S. wrote:> How does such a printer behave, depends on the ambient conditions (humidity, temperature). The warmer and drier, the faster the printer dries up. If you don't print very much (and sometimes take a few weeks / months off), a laser printer is more suitable. The principle does not dry up. As soon as you print a lot, the consumables for a color laser printer are more expensive than for an inkjet printer. Quite a few inkjet printers do not like to be disconnected from the mains, if you do so, they want to run a full cleaning (i.e. ink baller) cycle when they are switched on again. Conclusion: There is no one-size-fits-all solution that is satisfactory for all applications.

Thanks for the answer, that there is no uniform product in all cases :-) I don't print a lot now, but about every two days a few pages, sometimes more, and I would like to get into photo printing which was actually denied to me by the properties and costs of the current device in this segment. "Then more would be printed" :-)

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