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on 26 December 2013
Looks neat and appears to do what it says.
As you'd probably know about most 'wide-format' printers nowadays (and I've had a few - about 17 at one time - as a home-based graphic designer / photographer), this particular printer also 'self-cleans' every few hours or so.
And what does self-cleaning do? Well, it's meant to unclog the ink from the print heads, or something technical like that, something most small printers only do when switched on for the first time, or after a cartridge change.
So, this self-cleaning also does what obvious thing? Well, it empties out loads of ink - that's what it does! To their credit, manufacturers tell you this before hand; but, oh dear, this one takes the biscuit!
I exaggerate not. This printer has bled dry £60 worth of ink - just from one cartridge change! I have barely printed out 10 A4 colour pages at 25% coverage, plus perhaps another 30 copies b/w photocopies, and it's time to replace cartridges.
And once one cartridge empties - say the yellow - you are not allowed to use the b/w copier. So, just to fulfill a 10p worth of photocopying, you spend another £15 replacing the yellow (assuming you're fooled into sticking to original ink brands).
But that's not all - I won't be writing this if it wasn't true - by the time it 'installs' the yellow cartridge, with all the groaning and whirring 'unclogging' noise - yes, you guessed it - the magenta cartridge self-empties!!
My advice is, if you're going to purchase a printer, any printer, ensure you can find cheap ink replacements, can buy all four (or 2 to 6) colours at once, and have at least one set of back-ups at all times.
Also, if possible, remove your printer plug from the socket at all times between use to avoid creepy, noisy, ghostly operations of blood-sucking, (sorry, ink-draining) through the night.
I might decide to give up this printer out of frustration very soon. Watch this space. But do you think it will be wicked of me to sell on these problems to someone else? And where will I go, knowing printer manufacturers make their money off ink sales nowadays?
Who says dilemmas can't be expensive? :/