13x19 printer that clears clogs easily?

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Simon Garrett Veteran Member • Posts: 7,169
Re: 13x19 printer that clears clogs easily?

NAwlins Contrarian wrote:

At this point I don't care whether or not I get another Epson. I just need a printer that works reliably when it won't get used for weeks or months at a time. I'm just printing for my own hobby use. Windows 10.

Also considering a larger printer, but not if it develops clogs.

The generally-reported experience appears to be that, in a reasonable environment (temperature, humidity, dustiness), and using OEM ink in OEM cartridges, (1) recent models of Canon printers only very rarely develop significant clogs, and almost never develop fatal ones; and (2) Epson dye-ink printers either do not develop significant clogs or are easy enough to clear with one or two ordinary self-cleanings. Although Epson pigment-ink printers seem to have improved, I don't think many people are likely to say that a new P700 or P900 would be substantially more clog-resistant than your P600. So the options are:

* Canon iP8720 / iP8750, 13x19", 5 colors of dye ink;

* Epson XP-15000, 13x19", 6 colors of dye ink;

* Canon Pro-200, 13x19", 8 colors of dye ink;

* Canon Pro-300, 13x19", 8 colors of pigment ink plus chroma optimizer; and

* Canon Pro-1000, 17x25", 10 colors of pigment ink plus chroma optimizer.

FWIW, at home I have an Epson that uses Claria dye inks, the same basic line as the XP-15000. At times it has gone more than three months without printing. I average less than one small clog (as shown on a nozzle check) per year, and that has always cleared with one (or maybe on one occasion two) basic self-cleaning.

The XP-15000 gets a good review from Keith Cooper at http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/epson-xp-15000-printer-review/ .

The nearest Canon equivalent is the Pro-200, which also gets a good review from Keith at http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/canon-pro-200-printer-review/ .

I have the Pro-200 and no clogs so far but I've had it less than 2 months.

Both these use dye inks, which are supposed to clog less than pigment. Dye inks used to fade more than pigment inks, but more modern dyes will outlive most of us. Dye inks may be better on gloss paper, pigment for matt papers, and probably have the edge for black and white. Again, if this is an issue see what Keith has to say: http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/dye-inks-or-pigment-inks-for-photo-printing/ .

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