Cone pigment versus Cone dye ink....

Started Nov 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP Petruska Veteran Member • Posts: 8,259
Yes you can mix OEM and Cone ink...

in the printer and Jon Cone states this on his site, but with a 3880 using refillable carts and piggy-backing the OEM and reset chips I don't believe that you can mix OEM and Cone, or others, refillable cartridges.  I'm not an expert with this on the 3880 as I don't have one.

On the Cone pigment gloss, it is more glossy than the OEM, where some papers exhibit gloss differential using OEM ink, they don't when Cone is used.  Sometimes the Cone ink is actually more glossy than the glossy paper finish.  I have tested Cone inks using the Epson profiles and 3rd party paper profiles made for use with OEM ink with great results.  Cone does have a long list of custom printer profiles available for the 3880 using various papers and Cone ink.  Cone will warn you that Epson's ABW mode will not give the B&W peformance as well as the Epson OEM ink, but I really don't see much differences at all.  I also generate custom ICC profiles for all my papers and inks so ink variations disappear.

I also tested Ink Republic's K3 VM ink set and wasn't exactly impressed, the gloss was there but there was a strange magenta color.  I understand that new IR K3 ink chemistry was recently released and may be much better.  Image Specialists ink matched well to OEM colors but was more towards a matte finish, as was the new OCP K3 VM ink set.  I have never tried Inkjetcarts ink and there have been favorable reviews.  For me after two years of testing a lot of ink for both the Epson and Canon printers I'm staying with Cone pigment and dye inks until some issue forces me to change.

Bob P.

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