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Dear Steve...I'm an artist and I use two
Epson printers to print greeting cards. The models I use are the R200
and R300. I make a LOT of prints. I need to reduce my ink costs. I use a
lot of black in particular because in my pictures the background is
usually a solid black. Even though I buy the cheapest OEM ink tanks I'm
still paying a fortune. I know I can either refill the tanks or get an
adaptor to feed the ink from bottles of ink. I know I can do this with a
2200, but can I do this with these two cheap printers? I get really fine
images with these little printers. If not, can I just refill the tanks
after they are empty? If so can you tell me how to do this? Because
years ago I bought a replacement ink kit and I couldn't seem to get the
ink into the tank with that syringe and I couldn't tell how much ink
actually got into the tank. Also I got ink all over everything,
everywhere. And if I did do this (refill the tanks) do I need a "chip
resetter"? Epson printers make really good prints, better than any other
manufacturer, but the printers themselves are a big pain. I don't have
printer problems with my old HP, only the Epson and I've had some
problem with every one I've ever had.
Actually the newer generation of Canon printers will smoke the Epson in every category. They are faster, print better quality images and are by far less prone to print head headaches. We work with most of the different printers on a daily basis and the only printers we use in our office and home are the Canon Pixma 3000. Do not purchase any Pixma printers that have a 2 after the first no. ex. 4200. Canon has redesigned these printers to make them virtually impossible to run a CIS or to refill the cartridges. The Pixma 3000 with the CIS is a wonder to behold and will sit there a print without a hiccup.
If you want to keep using the Epson R models then I would recommend our refillable cartridges and inks sets.
I would avoid the CIS for the Epson R Models and the Epson 2200 because the print heads are very weak in both these printers and they will be a thorough source of contention if you need something to run reliable. The refillable cartridges have had an excellent track record and it is rare for us to hear any complaint when using these. If I were in your shoes, run the Epson R models till they croak, then fill them with cement and use them for a boat anchor and try to find a Canon 3000, 4000, or 5000. Don't wait to long though because Canon has discontinued them and they are becoming scarce.