Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Ink jet printers

Just a word of advice: do *NOT* buy an Epson ink jet printer. printer. Oh sure, they print very, very well. But after about a year, the heads clog up to the point where all attempts to run the head cleaning program make the innards of the printer into a solid clog of goo. It seems that the head cleaning program discharges into a little sponge, and once that little sponge is saturated... well, no more workee! While you can disassemble the printer, get at that little sponge, and clean it out, it never seems to work right afterwards... this is a fundamental design flaw, and I went and looked at the latest greatest Epson personal ink jet printer at the store and it has the same #$%@ design flaw.

My places of employment have been using HP inkjet printers for years. Never a clog, even on printers that sit idle for a month between test runs. They don't have the high resolution of the Epson, but they just work and work, and if the head ever clogs, the head is actually part of the ink cartridge so you just replace the ink cartridge and voila!

The one I brought home last night is the HP Deskjet 5440. We'll see. It can't do worse than that #$%@ Epson.

- Badtux the Computer Geek Penguin


  1. I have an Epson 1280, once the desired printer for photographers. I reguarly check the print heads every time I print.

    Epson's premium glossy photo paper rocks though.

  2. Yeah, it's frustrating, Epson's printers print very, very well. But those bloody print heads clog up if you even look at the freakin' thing wrong...

    - Badtux the "Had my fill of Epson" Penguin

  3. I've always had HP printers and they've lasted until I needed to upgrade.

  4. I've had an Epson Stylus C84 for a year and a half. So far, so good. The only thing I hate is having to replace the ink cartridges now and then. They're not cheap...


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