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What’s in this stuff: Ink Chemical Composition?

Ink cartridges contain some of the most expensive liquid on the planet, but what is ink actually made of?

Impact

The ink itself, after being sold in cartridges at brand name retail prices, can reach upwards of $3 per milliliter which is around $235 per cup or $11,350 per gallon. No doubt, that is expensive any way you look at it and some even compare modern printer ink prices to fine caviars and gold. A lot of printer inks now cost even more to replace then the printer originally cost, begging the consumer to ask, why not just purchase a new printer instead of replacing the ink?

To answer the latter question, printer manufacturers do not advertise the amount of printouts that are possible with the cartridges found inside the box when buying a new printer. This is because they are starter ink cartridges and are intended for consumers to get an idea of what the printer output is like or capable of and not necessarily how much ink will be in a replacement cartridge.  Thus, replacement ink cartridges will always yield more printouts then the included cartridges when purchasing a new printer.

The Mixture

Most ink compositions are a fairly basic mixture of fine pigment particles dispersed in a solvent which is generally a liquid or aqueous solution, although the solvent can be organic. Some formulations will also have colorants when the pigmented materials do not apply to the desired color. And with advanced formulas of inks such as the ChromaLife 100+, DURAbrite, UltraChrome, and other specially named inks, further ingredients are added to improve the overall chemical composition.

The additional ingredients found in these specialty cartridges have a specific purpose from reducing foaming action to controlling surface properties. The addition of pH modifiers will help to control the acidity levels of the mixture so the composition does not corrode the metal printheads inside the machine. Humectants can be added to keep the mixture from prematurely dying a substrate or surface while surfactants act as wetting agents, helping to control surface properties. Defoaming or antifoaming agents can also be added to regulate foam formation, as foam creates air pockets and uneven ink flow. Thickeners or rheology modifiers can also be added to provide needed viscosity to the jetted out liquid ink. Perhaps the most common addition to ink compositions is the polymeric resins or polymers which give pigments or colorants a glass-like coating that protects, reflects light, and keeps particles from binding or clumping together. And to prevent fungal and bacterial growth that can spoil chemical ink compositions, biocides are also added.

Metal Colorants

Black ink cartridges still use carbon to achieve the black tonal output as past attempts at substituting carbon for other metals failed due to toxicity or financial reasons. Most white ink formulations have titanium dioxide, being rutile or anatase crystals in tetragonal form. Both anatase and rutile are just different forms of titanium dioxide known for their rich color and luster. Moreover, specific metallic pigments such as copper-zinc alloy powder and aluminum powder have been used in novelty gold and silver inks which are very rare. Some other miscellaneous inorganic pigmented metals have also been used in various photographic inks to provide luminescent and pearlescent effects.

Colorants

Cyan ink cartridges get their bright blue hue from Direct Blue 199 dye which is made of copper phthalocyanine and sulfur. This substance is a direct dye, being able to directly contact and bond to fibrous substrates like paper and cloth without needing a binding confounder or fixative.

The Magenta vibrancy comes from Reactive Red dye 23 which is a dark red powder that has a high pH level and high lightfastness (resistance to fading in light). Many formulations containing Reactive Red Dye 23, will need both a pH modifiers and a confounder to help hold the mixture to a substrate before the dye reacts and adheres to cellulose like material.

The Yellow coloration comes from Acid Yellow dye 23, which is also known by chefs and food fanatics because it’s a common coloring agent used in foods. And although Acidic Yellow Dye 23 is found in foods, this dye has been known to trigger allergic reactions such as asthma attacks, hives, and contact dermatitis so do not try to ingest this yellow ink as it may be hazardous unlike its more natural cousin, yellow food coloring.

Miscellaneous Materials

Cyclahexanone is an organic solvent or colorless oil that helps ink adhere to polymers, making this chemical ideal for outdoor use and application on smooth surfaces. Cyclahexanone is also a precursor to creating nylon when oxidized with nitric acid. This substance is also commonly found with reactive dyes as it will hold the pigments in place until they naturally react to cellulose like material.

Ethoxylated acetylenic diols is the most common surfactant that is responsible for the viscosity or reduction of surface tension in most ink formulations. This substance is a low foaming wetting agent that also improves freeze-thaw stability of acrylic systems.  Ethoxylated acetylenic diols is also an excellent, oil in water, emulsifier.

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, more commonly known to be abbreviated as EDTA, is a colorless water-soluble solid used to dissolve limescale and keep the printheads clean and bacteria free. EDTA acts by creating covalent bonds on the printheads, effectively trapping contaminents from ruining or clogging printheads.

Furthermore, Ethylene glycol is also used frequently in ink cartridges to slow evaporation and to help prevent print nozzles from clogging.

Further Reasons for Expenses

Hp claims the reason for the lavish prices is due to the technology put into creating a cartridge that can deliver superior results. Not only does each cartridge contain multiple chemicals, each one is carefully measured out and thoroughly tested to ensure the output results can be replicated naturally. This means, you’re not really paying for the liquid so much as the labor put into designing, creating, and testing the cartridge. Some manufacturers also add other elements to cartridges such as smart chips and piezo crystals which also increase the retail price.

Photo Ink vs. Regular Ink

There are several types of inks and ink formulations when it comes to printing, but they all have the same general purpose; to deliver an image onto a piece of media passing through the printer. However, some ink cartridges will deliver superior results when printing text and others will yield better results when producing images and photographs. The differing results are caused by the variation of elements found in the ink mixtures. An ink cartridge contains a basic mixture of water, glycol (a carrying liquid), and dyes or pigments and are intended to be jetted or sprayed onto paper or media, eventually creating an image.

Differences

The main difference between photo inkjets and regular inkjets is the ability of photo ink formulations to provide lighter tones of each color, commonly being cyan, magenta, and black. A regular cartridge will dispense wider set ink droplets to give image colors a lighter look. However, this makes lighter colored printouts look grainy and even multi-colored when inspected closely. This is because regular ink mixtures can only dispatch color so lightly, being intended for brighter execution to give printouts more vibrancy.

Photograph inks, on the other hand, will produce much lighter tones, perfect for shading and coloring elements such as faces and skin tones that have light colors. Since these mixtures produce lighter color, the ink is not as widely dispersed and results in smoother printouts that can capture high levels of detail. Many photograph ink compositions also avoid pigmented colorants since they do not sit as well on coated media such as photo glossy paper.  Ink formulations vary greatly depending on the machine being used, the frequency of ink being ejected, and depending on the type of printing the machine is intended for.

Ink Types

There are three basic ink compositions, that mostly all inks can be categorized into including Dye-Based Inks, Pigment-Based Inks, and Hybrid Inks. Dye-Based inks are composed of colorants dissolved in a liquid, such as water or glycol and have the most vivid and rich finishing results. Dye-Based inks also have a wide color gamut, providing colors unreachable by other mixtures and are compatible with a wide range of photograph papers. Unfortunately these ink mixtures do not last long and fade easily with light and become runny when moisture is added. In general, a dye-based ink formulation printout will last between 5 and 25 years depending on the surrounding environment.

Pigment-Based inks on the other hand, contain insoluble powder pigments that are suspended in the ink composition and do not dissolve into the solution like dye-based inks. These pigments are coated in a resin-like mixture making them much more stable and giving them resistances to fading or light. A pigment-based printout can last anywhere from 75 years to 150 years depending on how and where the printout was stored and displayed.  However, pigment-based inks do not soak into media as readily and have a tougher time adhering to coated paper.

Hybrid inks are a mixture of dye-based inks and pigment-based inks, and are sometimes referred to as pigmented inks. Combining the longevity of pigment-based inks with vibrancy of dye-based inks, Hybrid inks can be used for a number of applications and often offer superior printing results. Hybrid inks are known as pigmented inks since they use dye-based colorants and pigmented particles together, modifying the benefits and weaknesses of each type. Pigmented inks will have a wider color gamut than pigment-based inks but will not last as long. Pigmented inks (or Hybrid inks) can last up to 75 years when kept in an archival environment, such as being behind glass in a picture frame.

Similarities

Most inkjet printers and ink cartridges also contain conductive elements to help shepherd or guide the ink to the page, usually reducing the size of the droplet in the process, for higher resolution printouts with sharper definition. Both photo and regular ink cartridges can be found with these assisting elements. The most common element that helps to shape and delivery ink is the Piezoelectric crystals. When a small electrical current passes through a Piezo crystal, the element will rapidly change shape forcing the ink out of the printer nozzles. The reaction shapes and can reduce the ink droplet size while forcing the mixture out of the cartridge and onto the paper.

Ink cartridges have differing elements depending on the type of printout being created, which will enhance a project and the overall quality when using the right selection of inks. For example, when printing text documents, a matte black ink cartridge formulation such as the Epson T054820, will yield the best results since the ink has a softer look, making the text easier to read for long periods of time. Using a photo black ink cartridge on text document printing will result in overly shiny characters or grayish texts that do not read as well. 

Refilling Ink

Is refilling ink cartridges the right choice for you? Refilling cartridges has its advantages and disadvantages depending on where and how it is done. There are several options to consider before making the decision to refill cartridges. The point is, of course, to obtain the best deal, without having to spend so much time on the project as to negate the savings through your own manual labor. That is the tricky part, but knowing what type of kit to buy and how to fill your cartridges can make all the difference.

There are two main types of ink compositions from long-lasting pigmented inks like ChromaLife 100+, DURABrite Ultra pigments, Vivera Inks, and UltraChrome inks, to bolder dye-based concoctions found in most inkjet printers today. The pigmented inks are made up to tiny encapsulated particles that sit on top of a substrate instead of absorbing or sinking into the page like dye-based inks. This helps with placement and overall resistance for printouts that have finer line detail and last longer without fading. However, due to the rather complex chemical formulation, pigment based inks are not refillable (for the time being). So inevitably, ink refill kits are going to be dye-based mixtures in three colors and one shade.

Luckily most refill kits are sold specifically for certain printer models or by the number found on the original cartridge. The color refill kits contain a cyan (blue), magenta (red / pink), and yellow ink bottle each with an accompanying syringe or plunger to transport the liquid from the bottle to the cartridge. The black ink refill kits also contain a bottle or two with accompanying syringes and / or plungers to help streamline the process. When filling a cartridge at home or by yourself, make sure to watch instructional videos or thoroughly read the instructions provided with the purchased refill kit.

Each kit has some similar steps such as working over paper towels and placing or peeling back a guide sticker to direct the insertion of the syringe or plunger, but they all vary slightly. The instructions will provide helpful tips to prevent the cartridges from overflowing or being pierced in an incorrect spot which can lead to leaking. Once a cartridge has been filled, the instructions will most likely suggest letting the cartridge sit for a moment, before doing a final wipe clean and inserting the piece into your machine, to allow any excess ink to drip out.

Taking a cartridge to major store chains such as Costco, Walgreens, and Office Max to be refilled may seem like an easy alternative to refilling the cartridge yourself but beware. The employees have no formal training in office supplies or how ink cartridges work. They are simply minimum wage workers with no prior experience refilling ink or toner. And frequently, customers end up with messy components that leak after taking them to be refilled at the chain corporations.  

Before ordering a refill kit, be sure to check out the directions or steps associated with the particular kit. This will help you get an approximate understanding of how much time the entire process will take. If the steps are only going to save you a couple dollars but take an hour to complete, the refill kit may not be the way to go. However, if you have a chance to save tens of dollars and the steps do not seem cumbersome or time consuming, the Refill Kit can be the most advantageous. The Refill Kits provide enough liquid to fill the cartridges multiple times (around 4 to 8 times each) which can significantly reduce the cost to operate your printing machine.

The Final, and perhaps easiest way to obtain a refilled cartridge is to simply buy a Remanufactured ink cartridge. Remanufactured Ink Cartridges are simply refilled cartridges that have been returned or recycled to the vendor. The difference between filling an ink cartridge yourself and having the factory do it, is the testing steps. At the factory, all the cartridges have been cleaned and inspected before and after being refilled to ensure defective products do not get shipped out. They also have the volume to simply throw out or disregard any cartridges that can lead to potential issues. 

Cheap Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges – Simi Valley, CA

Simi Valley Ink

Find your Printer Ink!

Ink and Toner have become main staples of the business, office, and educational communities since the invention of the Xerography (copy) machine in 1959. Being able to quickly and cheaply create mass quantities of important documents and images for informational, advertisement, filing, and other purposes, made these Xerographic photocopying machines a must have among workgroups. The same principle of wanting to quickly and cheaply create important documents, images, and now photographs is still around today, only it has spread to domestic households and businesses alike.

There are some differences and similarities between what a home user is looking for and what an office or company is looking for. Home users, are more so concerned with being able to print all their documents, photographs, and occasional projects at home and with professional quality. On the other hand, offices, with a much higher rate of printing, are looking to produce as many printouts as possible and as quickly as possible to keep production levels ahead or at the speed of their workflow. In slew of this, offices and workgroups generally trend toward high-volume laser toner printers, while home users go for the less expensive inkjet printers. Although initial costs are far from similar due to the different volume outputs capable by these two machines, both users are still looking for an affordable price to print.

The cheapest printing options for ongoing printing, is to find affordable replacement ink cartridges or toner cartridges that aren’t going to sacrifice the output quality. The best wholesale retailers for printer supplies can be found in Simi Valley, California. Simi Valley is an ideal location for ink and toner distribution since many brand name printer manufacturers are stationed in California and the compatible cartridges made in China, ship to ports within close proximity to the valley. Because of this, distributors located in Simi Valley such as Inkgrabber.com and InkOnABudget.com can offer replacement Simi Valley ink cartridges and replacement Simi Valley toner cartridges at the lowest wholesale prices possible.

Inkgrabber is a family run business that has been in the printer and office supply industry for over 70 years and has been able to find some of the best quality replacement cartridges on the market. All their products have been ISO 9001 certified and tested to ensure the quality meets that of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges. These Simi Valley ink cartridge distributors can lower replacement supply costs by up to 82 percent when using remanufactured or compatible cartridges. With their prime location, Inkgrabber’s remanufactured and compatible inks, toners, ribbons, and replacement supplies have been hand-picked and tested to ensure the same great quality and integrity found when using the genuine supplies.

While shopping around the web to find the best wholesale ink cartridges, Inkgrabber.com and InkOnABudget.com consistently come up with the highest quality products and the lowest prices. Their low prices are contingent on the fact that they are able to acquire replicated cartridges from China and locally refilled cartridges that eliminate transportation fees and unneeded middle suppliers. Simi Valley Printer Ink will always be offered at a greater discount than large chains and other independent ink suppliers. The main elements people are looking for in a printer, is an affordable price to print while still being able to retain the desired quality on final printouts. No matter what printer you purchase for your document handling needs, Inkgrabber and InkOnABudget will lower the operational costs and the price per printout using the local ink and local toner found in Simi Valley, California.

HP Photosmart A712 Review

The HP Photosmart A712 is a quality, compact Photograph printer ideal for the family or photo enthusiast looking to print borderless photographs at home.  This printer will be able to create enjoyable photos, images, and graphics with resolutions up to 4800 x 1200 dpi.  This is a sleek and stylish machine that will create high resolution photographs in 100 seconds on the highest settings.  This Photo printer features a USB interface as well as blue tooth capabilities for simple set-up and connectivity to computers anywhere in the home.  The PhotoSmart A712 also has a 20 sheet Input Tray for 4 x 6 Photo Paper. The printer only contains 1 easily replaceable HP ink cartridge, producing a tri-color pigment based ink. It also has a 2.5 in. preview color LCD Screen to easily edit and enhance photographs before printing.

The HP Photosmart A712 ink cartridges eject Thermal, Quick Drying Pigments which are highly resistant to water and smudging.  This device will also be able to print onto different types of media including cardstock and transparencies.  Another nice feature is the Direct Photo Printing, in which photos can be printed directly from your Camera’s Smart Card, Magic Gate, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Secure Digital/MultimediaCard, xD-Picture Card, and PictBridge enabled cameras.  This compact Photo Printer will easily be able to fit any desktop or work area, while complimenting and enhancing your personal photo albums. In addition to fitting desktops, this device is completely portable with its light weight frame and convenient carrying handle.

Replacing HP ink cartridges with Remanufactured inkjet cartridges can help reduce the cost of printing.  For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured HP 110 Tri-Color Inkjet cartridge CB304AN.  Also offered are the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges in the Genuine HP 110 Tri-Color Inkjet cartridge CB304AN.  Each Remanufactured cartridge will meet or exceed the OEM cartridges, yielding up to 55 high quality printouts.

HP DeskJet 648C Review

The HP DeskJet 648C is a straightforward personal printer with reliability and simplicity in mind.  The compact design will allow you to easily fit this printer onto any desktop or work area.  It will produce good quality graphics, images, and texts with resolutions up to 600 x 600 dpi. It prints with speeds up to 6 pages per minute for black and white documents up to 3 pages per minute for color printouts.  It contains 2 easily replaceable HP ink cartridges that will automatically realign when changed.  And when the printer shell is lifted, the cartridges will automatically align at the center for easy replacement.  This printer features a Parallel interface and USB port for simple set-up and connectivity to computers.

The HP DeskJet 648c ink cartridges eject Drop-on-Demand Thermal inkjets, giving projects resistance to smudging while maintaining bright color and good detail. This printer will also be able to print directly onto a wide range of specialty papers including envelopes, glossy photo paper, Labels, and more.  The Input Tray can hold up to 100 pages and is particularly easy to fill.  Simply lift the Output Tray and slide up to 100 sheets onto the bottom tray until they stop and you’re ready to print.  This also helps when trying to print onto specialty paper because you can actually see the paper that is about to be printed onto. This DeskJet printer produces good quality text and graphics, perfect for the home user or student looking to get the job done.

Remanufactured cartridges will provide discounts on HP ink cartridges and to lower the cost of printing.  The best deal being offered is the 5 Pack Combo of Remanufactured HP Inkjet cartridges consisting of 3 HP 20 Black C6614DN Inkjet Print cartridges and 2 HP 49 Tri-Color 51549A Inkjet Print cartridges.  Individually you can get the Remanufactured C6614DN Black HP 20 Inkjet cartridge, the Remanufactured 51549A Tri-Color HP 49 Inkjet cartridge, and the Remanufactured C1816A HP 16 Photo Inkjet Print cartridge.  Also available are the OEM cartridges in the Genuine HP 20 Black C6614DN Inkjet Print cartridge, the Genuine HP 49 Tri-color 51549A Inkjet Print cartridge, and the Genuine HP 16 Photo C1816A Inkjet Print cartridge.  Each Remanufactured cartridge will meet or exceed the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 500 pages for black print cartridges, up to 350 pages for tri-color print cartridges, and up to 210 pages for Photo cartridges.

Epson Stylus C88 Review

The Epson Stylus C88 is a color printer with simplicity and user functionality in mind, perfect for the home or sole proprietor that will print documents and photographs on an occasional basis.  It will produce high quality graphics, images, and texts with impressive resolutions up to 5760 x 1440 dpi.  The compact and space-saving design will enable users to easily fit this printer onto any desktop or work area.  This Inkjet printer contains 4 individual and easily replaceable Epson ink cartridges that will automatically realign when changed.  And when the printer shell is lifted, the cartridges will automatically align at the center for easy replacement.  This printer features a Parallel Port and USB interface for set-up and connectivity to computers.

The Epson Stylus C88 ink cartridges eject DURABrite pigments through Micro Piezo inkjets giving projects bright color and good detail with resistance to water and smudging. It will also be able to print directly onto a wide range of specialty papers including envelopes, glossy photo paper, bond paper, and more. This machine will print with good speeds up to 22 pages per minute for black and white documents and up to 12 pages per minute for color projects.  The Input Tray can hold up to 120 pages and is particularly easy to fill.  Simply slide up to 120 sheets into the top slot until they stop and you’re ready to print.  This also helps when trying to print onto specialty paper because you can actually see the paper that is about to be printed onto.

Discount ink for Epson printers is available in Remanufactured cartridges and can significantly lower the cost of printing.  The best value being offered is the 10 Pack Combo of Remanufactured Epson T060 ink cartridges consisting of 4 Black T060120 Inkjet cartridges, 2 Cyan T060220 Inkjet cartridges, 2 Magenta T060320 Inkjet cartridges, and 2 Yellow T060420 Inkjet cartridges.  Also available are for individual purchase are the Remanufactured T060120 Black Inkjet cartridge, the Remanufactured Epson T060220 Cyan Inkjet cartridge, the Remanufactured Epson T060320 Magenta Inkjet cartridge, and the Remanufactured Epson T060420 Yellow Inkjet cartridge.  Also offered are the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges in the Genuine Epson T060120 Black Inkjet cartridge, the Genuine Epson T060220 Cyan Inkjet cartridge, the Genuine Epson T060320 Magenta Inkjet cartridge, and the Genuine Epson T060420 Yellow Inkjet cartridge.

Dell 810 Review

The sleek Dell Inkjet 810 is a compact all-in-one printer for the casual home or home office user. This printer can handle all the home user’s needs having the ability to scan, copy, and print with good quality. This printer can produce vivid borderless photographs with resolutions up to 4800 x 1200 color dpi.  The device is also extremely portable with its compact and light weight design.  And with one individual Dell ink cartridge, setting up and replacing ink becomes effortless as it automatically realigns when changed. The Dell 810 also prints at impressive speeds up to 13 pages per minute in black and white documents and matching up to 13 pages per minute for color printouts.

The Dell 810 ink cartridges have a specialized ink management system to help yield more printouts and specialized Photo cartridges for better, more vibrant photos and graphics.  Additionally, the special pigment black ink is highly resistant to smudging, allowing you to handle to documents right after printing. It’s easy to navigate menu screens ensure that you don’t waste time on your print jobs. The Standalone photocopying allows quick and easy copying without having to turn your computer on. This printer contains a USB interface for simple set-up and connectivity to computers.  In addition this printer can create borderless photographs to help meet your home printing needs.

Discount ink for Dell is available in Remanufactured ink cartridges and can help reduce operational costs.  For individual purchase you can get the Remanufactured Series 6 Dell Color Inkjet cartridge replacing the Dell JF333, KF868, PG324, and 310-7853 cartridges.  Also offered is the InkTec refill kit consisting of 3 color 25 ml bottles for the Lexmark 18C0033, 18C0035 & Dell J5567, M4646 cartridges.  Each Remanufactured cartridge will meet or exceed the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges.

HP DeskJet 3420 Review

HP DeskJet 3420 Color Printer

HP DeskJet 3420 Color Printer

The HP DeskJet 3420 is a basic printer that brings reliability and ease of use to the home user.  This is a personal inkjet printer that will be able to print black and white documents as well as color projects to meet your printing needs.  It can create good quality graphics and images with resolutions up to 2400 x 1200 dpi for clear and precise detail and color.  The printer can produce up to 10 pages per minute for black and white prints and matching up to 3 pages per minute for full color prints.  It contains 2 HP cartridges for less maintenance and each cartridge will automatically realign when replaced and center when the shell is lifted for quick and easy exchanges.  The printer can be connected to devices through a USB interface for simple set-up.

The HP DeskJet 3420 ink cartridges contain HP PhotoRE technology, which recognizes text and graphical page elements to ensure perfect printing every time by automatically adjusting settings. It will also print onto premium papers such as transparencies, Iron-on transfers, and envelopes.  The sleek and ultra-compact design will enable this printer to easily fit onto any desktop or work area.  The Paper Input Tray will be able to hold up to 100 sheets and is extremely easy to fill.  Simply slide up to 100 sheets on top of the bottom tray until they stop and you’re ready to print. This also helps when trying to print onto specialty paper because you can actually see the paper that is about to be printed onto.

Replacing HP ink cartridges with discount Remanufactured inkjet cartridges can help reduce the cost of printing.  The best deal being offered is the 6 Pack Combo of Remanufactured HP ink cartridges consisting of 4 Black HP C8727AN ink cartridges and 2 Color HP C8728AN ink cartridges.  For individual purchase, you can get the Remanufactured C8727AN HP 27 Black Inkjet cartridge and the Remanufactured C8728AN HP 28 Tri-Color Inkjet cartridge.  Each Remanufactured ink cartridge will meet or exceed the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges, yielding up to 280 pages for black cartridges and up to 240 pages for color cartridges. Also offered are the OEM cartridges in the Genuine HP 27 Black Inkjet cartridge (C8727AN) and the Genuine HP 28 Tri-Color Inkjet cartridge (C8727AN). You can even refill old or used cartridges with InkTec Refill kits being offered in a black refill kit containing 2 black 20 ml bottles which can fill four empty cartridges and a color refill kit containing 3 color 25 ml ink bottles, one of each color (Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow).

Epson Stylus CX3800 Review

Epson Stylus CX3800 All-In-One Printer

Epson Stylus CX3800 All-In-One Printer

The Epson Stylus CX3800 is an all-in-one printer ideal for the home or home office.  The printer can scan, copy, and print with impressive speeds of 17 pages per minute for black and white documents and up to 9 pages per minute for color projects.  The printer uses a 4-color advanced Micro Piezo inkjet technology which allows borderless photographs to be produced in resolutions up to 5760 x 1440 color dpi for professional looking quality.  This is a fairly easy-to-use printer ideal for the home user looking to print photographs on one machine.  And, with convenient individual Epson ink cartridges, you take control of ink usage, replacing only the color cartridge that runs out.  The printer contains a USB interface for simple set-up and connectivity to computers.

The Epson Stylus CX3800 ink cartridges eject DURABrite Ultra pigment inks making projects resistant to water and smudging allowing users to handle paper right after being printed. In addition, the printer also recognizes and prints directly onto envelopes, transparencies, cards, and more. With Direct Photo Printing, photos can be printed directly from your digital camera’s media cards SmartMedia, Memory Stick Duo, SD Memory Card, xD-Picture Card, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick PRO, CompactFlash, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, or PictBridge enabled camera.  This compact printer can even produce borderless 4 x 6 inch photographs in 48 seconds. The printer has a 100 sheet Input Tray, located at the back which is particularly easy to fill.

Replacing Epson ink cartridges with Remanufactured cartridges can significantly reduce the cost of printing.  The best value being offered is the 10 Pack Combo of Remanufactured Epson T060 ink cartridges consisting of 4 Black T060120 Inkjet cartridges, 2 Cyan T060220 Inkjet cartridges, 2 Magenta T060320 Inkjet cartridges, and 2 Yellow T060420 Inkjet cartridges.  Also available are for individual purchase are the Remanufactured T060120 Black Inkjet cartridge, the Remanufactured Epson T060220 Cyan Inkjet cartridge, the Remanufactured Epson T060320 Magenta Inkjet cartridge, and the Remanufactured Epson T060420 Yellow Inkjet cartridge.  Also offered are the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges in the Genuine Epson T060120 Black Inkjet cartridge, the Genuine Epson T060220 Cyan Inkjet cartridge, the Genuine Epson T060320 Magenta Inkjet cartridge, and the Genuine Epson T060420 Yellow Inkjet cartridge.


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