Every new printer comes with a set of cartridges to get the printer started, but will usually only last for a few pages of print. Hopefully you will have done your research before actually buying the printer to ensure that it will work with a compatible ink cartridge that is sure to be a fraction of the cost of an original brand. Epson printers in general accept compatible ink without any issues. The new range of Epson Expression printers are no exception and savings of up to 70% can be made against the original brand price.
Of course it’s always good housekeeping to check for the cost of the ink cartridge that your printer will use before you buy the actual printer. Also, giving a quick call to a reputable ink supplier will alert you to any issues there might be with using compatibles. This may be an issue if you were considering purchasing a HP printer but as a rule, the Epson range gives little or no bother in this respect.
The Epson Expression range of printers use four colour ink cartridges black, cyan, magenta and yellow. The advantage of running a printer with four individual ink cartridges is that you can replace one colour at a time when they run out. If you choose to buy a two cartridge printer, for example a Canon printer that uses one black and one tri-colour ink cartridge, then replacing the colour can be expensive as once it runs low on one colour the whole cartridge must be replaced. A big advantage using compatible ink is that the cartridges are generally filled to capacity so you will receive more ink in your cartridge than an original brand.
The Epson expression cartridges come in a standard and high capacity version. The high capacity version, also known as the XL, will produce more prints than the standard cartridge and is better value when bought as a compatible. Epson printer’s track record overall using compatible ink is very good with few printers rejecting the cartridges. From time to time the printers may display the message ‘cartridges cannot be recognised’. If this message appears when you first insert the ink cartridge then it’s likely that the cartridge is faulty, you can try removing and reinstalling, if this doesn’t work then replace the cartridge. If this message appears during printing then it’s likely that the ink is running low big advantage using compatible ink is that the cartridges are generally filled to capacity or has run out, check the ink levels (some printers will not display the ink volumes on compatible cartridges so this is also an indication that it’s time to replace the cartridge). Overall, the Epson Expression are a great All-in-One printer that works well alongside the compatible Epson ink cartridges.