Printer ink for epson own brand or other

  gel 11:16 27 Nov 12

Hello Own brand printer ink is expensive For my Epson Stylus SX535WD own brand is £41.29 for pack of the 4 From the same supplier the cost is £19.79 Is there any evidence that the cheaper ink is as good as the own brand? I am aware that the printer will inform me that I am not using the correct ink, but does this matter?

  hastelloy 11:25 27 Nov 12

Many people swear by (good) compatible inks but, I have had 2 Epson printers develop print head problems which have made them unusable. I attribute these problems (maybe incorrectly) to compatible inks. Consequently, I always use own brand inks in my Epson photo printer - I'm not so choosy in my HP everyday printer.

You will no doubt get some strong recommendations for compatible inks from satisfied users.

  Chronos the 2nd 11:38 27 Nov 12

I am the complete opposite to marvin42 as I have had Epson printers for as long as I have had PC's and have always used compatible inks with no problems.

So it is really your choice.

  bjh. 12:02 27 Nov 12

I have the exact same Epson Stylus SX535WD (six months old), and alongside it my previous DX6050 (so about five years old). They both run fine on cheap compatible inks. However, when using the cheap inks, they are more prone to blockage if not used for a couple of weeks.

There are two easy answers. The more expensive is to run "Posh" Epson inks through every second or third change of cartridge. The second, which is much cheaper, is to simply print one sheet every few days. I print off a work diary on the DX6050 once a week, and that is enough for tip-top printing the rest of the time. If I don't do this, it does block up, and I have to run the darn head-cleaning utility, which rarely works well. Just make sure the sheet has a little mix of each colour, so all cartridges are used.

I do think the compatible cartridges deteriorate in the machine faster than Epson ones - Epson cartridges seem OK after a few months of light use, but compatibles are drier and less functional.

From the compatible price you are paying, you are still paying much more than I do - I get THESE, which work out at £15 for 2 sets, plus a couple of extra black. I can't say how they last in the 535, as the first set is in (and working), but I bought these for the 6050 for all those years, and it is fine.

I also used THIS SUPPLIER for the DX6050, but not yet for the 535

  gel 17:41 27 Nov 12

Thank you very much for your comments With my 'old epson' I always used compatible inks but I accept that they do dry out so frequently I did a head clean and it seemed to work Now I have bought a new epson, the old one was about 6 years of age and my financial advisor (guess who) says I must look after it

  Woolwell 18:10 27 Nov 12

I use the high yield Stag cartridges in my SX535WD. They seem to have a reasonable life.

  bjh 21:33 27 Nov 12

gel Always good to look after your financial advisor ;)

The Epson Stag do indeed last considerably longer than the Apple... but not if you only do a little printing. They'll still dry out, and can be worse for your printer head in the long run. Aside from that downside, they are better value.

  Woolwell 21:40 27 Nov 12

bjh - I'm not heavy colour print user and have not found any drying out with the Stag cartridges. I can go quite a few days without any colour printing. I use a monochrome laser for the majority of my printing.

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