Artisan 50 with pigment inks?
Artisan 50 with pigment inks?
Jun 13, 2012
Just wondering if anybody here has tried the little Epson Artisan 50 with a set of pigment inks? Several of the popular sellers (InkRepublic, Inkjetfly) are offering pigment ink sets for this printer, and I'm tempted to pick one up and try it as I've given up on my old R2400.
I'm assuming this printer is similar internally to the 1400/1430 models since they share inks? I tried Inkjetfly's pigment CIS on my 1400 about a year ago but could not get rid of the "pizza wheel" tracks, and eventually switched back to my dye ink CIS. Print quality was good though. I still have alot of pigment 1400 ink left. Because of my experience on the 1400 I'm leary of trying pigment again on a dye printer.
My plan would be to buy a set of refillable carts for the 50 and reuse the ink.
Sorry I cannot give you first hand experience. I recently decided to replace my Claria inks with dye inks from Inkjetcarts because I do not think I print enough to avoid having clogging problems with pigment ink. Maybe I am just being too cautious. I have heard of others printing with pigment inks in the Artisan 50 and the Stylus 1400. Zone 8 has been using Inkjetfly pigment inks in his 1400 with success.
There is another company, Precision Colors, that sell pigment inks for the Artisan 50 that they call Klariah ink. It comes in preloaded and automatically resetting cartridges that are refillable. They say that their inks are manufactured by Ink Specialists. They are located in Canada and have an eBay store at
They also have a web site, but it does not seem to be properly set up yet. For example, when you click on Epson printers, you get ink for Canon printers.
Paul in New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Thanks for the info. Is Klariah a brand new ink, as I have been able to find very little info about it? I've heard from many sources that Image Specialist inks are very good, so that gives me some confidence in it.
Hi Paul -- I ordered a set of pigment cartridges for my Artisan 50 from that site, Precision Color. They arrived with confusing instructions about downloading and installing the necessary profiles. I've never done this task before and when I asked for help from Mike at Precision Color he basically said he hadn't time to teach the procedure to a novice. I offered to pay him to walk me through it on the phone and got no response. I have no alternative to returning the ink and cartridges unless you might know someone who'd be willing to help me over the phone. I'm quite willing to compensate this individual, wherever he or she might be. -- SG
I have to say, I have always found Mike to be extraordinarily helpful, and no one understands printers and cartridges better. There are limits, however, and I guess that he lacked either the time or the means to support you in this case, as the software really can be very complicated and not at all standardized. Other than that I can't comment, because I obviously don't know anything about this particular incident. I do note, however, that all these inks and cartridges are sold at very economical prices, and it would probably be very difficult for any dealer to also offer detailed computer support on software products they don't sell.
I have an Artisan 50. The paper handling mechanism is going out and Epson is sending a replacement under warranty.
From what I have read about the 1400 being reliable and well-built, the Artisan 50 might not be at the same quality level as the 1400.
Will just have to see how the replacement does.
Am trying the refillable pigment ink cartridges from InkJetFly and they appear to be working well.
Thanks and good health, Weogo
I know, resurrecting an old thread.
Curious if any of you out there have tried pigments on this printer yet?
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I have read a long but comprehensive test reports on niffty comparing with all the dye inks from OCP, InkRepublic, Image Spec, Epson....etc. The result from OCP and InkRepublic have the best performance in terms of color match as well as the longevity. Hence if cost of printing is your concern, pigment inks are always more expansive than dye and perhaps you can look into both OCP and InkRepublic's dye inks for these Artisan printers.
If it is not an option, take a look at the great OCP and inkrepublic IRK4-nano pigment inks too.
Which OCP pigment Inks are 1:1 Compatible with the P50 / T50 / 1400 6-color dye printers?