The Epson Expression range of printers is proving very popular with customers and is very affordable at a cost of around Euro 80 for the all-in-one printer. The down side we are hearing is the price of the Epson XP ink cartridges. Most people would not check out the price of the ink before buying the printer and fall into the trap of buying the cheapest printer only to be caught out when they come to replace the cartridges. The Epson Expression range of printers uses the T1811XL cartridges, the codes for each colours as follows: Black T1811XL, Cyan T1812XL, Magenta T1813XL, Yellow T1814XL.
These printers will work comfortably with the compatible version of the printers and for this reason alone this range of printers becomes exceptionally good value. These cartridges are easily obtained online from the various ink suppliers in Ireland and are perfect for the home or office user.
Some people will ask what’s the difference between compatible and refilled or remanufactured ink, The simple answer is that although the technology of every printer is very complex, Epson, Canon and Brother manufacture a printer with a built-in print head, this means that when you are replacing the ink cartridge you are in fact changing the ink tank. More often than not, printers nowadays use an individual ink tank for the each colour ink (this can be up to 10 different ink cartridges in some printers) this means that when one of the colours run out you simply replace the empty ink cartridge. This is the system that’s employed in the Epson Expression printers. Lexmark, HP and Dell (it’s a little known fact that printers are manufactured by Lexmark for Dell), use an ink cartridge that has the print head integrated into the cartridge.
Each time you change an ink cartridge you are in fact installing a new print head into the printer! These cartridges are usually a lot more expensive due to the complex technology that’s in the make up of the cartridge. These ink cartridges are therefore worth re-cycling because the print heads can be used several times without loss of quality. Overall, the best value ink cartridges are the ink tank replacement type that the Epson Expression printer use as they are both inexpensive and reliable as compatible cartridges.