Who Do We Trust for Bottled Printer Ink

Started Feb 15, 2013 | Discussions thread
soloryb Senior Member • Posts: 2,352
Re: Who Do We Trust for Bottled Printer Ink

jtoolman wrote:

I'm looking at Cone inks and cartridge system for a 3880 with a plan to replace each OEM as it was used up. I've seen other posts (and I think a claim by Cone) that the color match is so good you don't have to reprofile the printer after such a swap. I didn't realize I'd have to do a recharge and cleaning cycle after each change out.

Would my plan actually become more expensive in the long run due to the many additional recharge and clean out cycles?

I would not believe that 100%

A very reliable and knowledgable member here just discovered on his R3000 ( using CONE K3 VM inkk set ) that this was not the case. Let it be know this person is very expereinced in profiling and interpreting gamut maps. He realized after disscussing with me that there indeed was a difference. He figures that the R3000 after switching over from OEM to CONE, finally cleared off all the remmants of OEM inks. He had created custom profiles possibly a bit prematurely and the profiles results were taking in to account small remmants of some OEM colors.

He bagan to see differences when comparing prints done with 100% OEM and then later on after being well into the CONE inks.

A new custom Profile solved the problems with the rendition of reds.

If he wants to disscuss in greater details I'm sure he will but I simply wanted to emphasize that there is not such think as a perfect match.

Heck even Epson OEM stock batches will differ.

Thank you for your response. I trust what you say having read many of your knowledgeable posts.

Would I be better off with my original plan of replacing the Epson cartridges with ConeColor as each runs dry? From what I'm beginning to understand, I will have to do these recharge/clean-out cycles for each swap out as well as profiling a set of my printing papers. That's going to be a lot of ink.

What about if I print until I use up almost all of the OEM cartridge inks and then swapped out the entire set (except the Matt Black which I rarely use)? I noticed after three weeks of printing that the gray Epson ink was depleted almost 2/3, while the others were mostly just below 1/2 full. It looks like the gray will deep six first with many of the others having some ink left.

My objective here is to do the change-over to the ConeColor system in the most economical way.

BTW, my 3880 just died (3-weeks new) and Epson is sending me a brand new unit along with another full set of inks. That means I should be about ready for the transition to ConeColor in about 4 or 5-weeks.

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