Tip & How-To about Epson Stylus CX5400 All-In-One InkJet Printer
Using recycled ink cartridges in your ink-jet printer is never a more economical way to do colour printing, unless you are willing to become a master technician on your particular product and have ready access to print heads and machine engine unit replacements, you will also need manufactures service software/website to reset waste counters/error codes.
It is expensive to print in colour full stop. Printing cost is at least 30cents ink-jet and 10cents toner/laser per sheet
Laser b/w and colour is far cheaper per sheet, but setup costs are one time expensive but they are also a lot more reliable printing system.
Your machine will stuff up sooner rather than later when using non genuine consumable, and when it does it will cost more than the machines worth to even look for repair, so be prepared if choosing this road to purchasing a new printer every few cartridges if you are lucky.
If your using non genuine products and you want machine looked at by a professional the first thing you will need to do is install all genuine products in to your machine to allow correct fault diagnostics to be done, this is before any repair cost that maybe incurred.
Recycled/refills/aftermarket ink cartridge faults include – not recognizing ink, poor print quality, error codes, wont come to ready, erratic carriage movement, lines, waste counter issues and also paper feed problems, circuit board/connection faults caused by leaked ink
All machine manufactures have websites where you can download drivers and software needed for operation with your computer
Listed below are the main sites, if you’re having trouble finding any then remember Google is your friend.
Cheap printing can be achieved using b/w lasers they cost less than 2 cent per sheet and have a brilliant reputation for print quality and dependability. Then if you need the occasional colour go to the shop, let them have the hassle, stress, time and expense of running the machines and the cost is still relatively cheap to you.
There are many consumers still printing with 10 year old laser machines, you would be extremely lucky to find a 3-5 year old inkjet. I did find one inkjet customer that impressed me. He runs a cake shop and he prints with a Epson inkjet that uses edible ink printed on paper like icing sheets to decorate his cakes.
If you must recycle well buy one that has already been proven to be adaptable to the concept, so that means go back to older units that were not so clever.
Older Lexmark, Epson and HP were once easy targets, there was and is a lot of development gone into managing bulk ink delivery systems,and software has been cracked and parts can be sourced
Most new machines come with starter inks that do not contain as much as new ones usually 3ml instead of 5ml to enable cheaper selling cost, but also note that about 2ml of ink is in the tubes that run from ink carts to print head. These modern machines have all sorts of tricks and chips inbuilt that will discourage any refilling attempts
People that need to do colour printing like more than 8 pages a day, should be using full colour toner based print systems.
ie OKI, HP, Brother, and Kyocera all have great reliable printing systems, The OKI c9600/9800 series is a brilliant photo quality aka What you see on display is what you get on the paper full colour laser printer
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