What Printer??

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kevinl
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My Epson R285 printer is dying (I can't get the black nozzles to clean properly - they clogged half way through a print run)
What printer do people recommend:-
I print occasionally on CDs/DVDs with this printer, I print mainly on photo paper & I need CISS (I buy ink in bulk for other printers) - this printer is 'hardwired' into a pc (Windows XP) & in not networked
I have had 6 various epson printers in the past to fulfil this function, but would consider other makes (I have had Canon & HP to fulfil other needs).

Thanks for your suggestions

stuart621
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I've just bought a PX720WD which I'm finding excellent. It's very quick and the quality os first class. I haven't tried printing on discs yet but everything else I've done so far has been very good.

I'm interested in CISS - how does this work? Presumably it is only compatible with certain printers? I was a bit wary about buying this particular printer as it has six ink cartridges but I can get a complete replacement set on Amazon for around £26 which isn't too bad bu I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on CISS.

kevinl
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I've run CISS systems on various epson printers for a few years now - if you are doing large quantities of printing it can save a great deal of money, even compared with non-original cartridges (I pay £11 a litre for ink, but I use a lot!). I did have a problem with one make of CISS (sorry, don't know the make, only the supplier) that was very expensive but the print cartridges leaked after a relatively short period of time (the first one lasted a year, the next one 3 months' the replacement for that 1 month.) Other than that, I've had less problems with CISS than I have had with cartriges.

One thing that you should remember is that you usually have to modify the printer (to a greater or lesser amount) and as you are not using Epson cartridges the warrenty is invalidated.

stuart621
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Thanks. I wasn't entirely sure how CISS worked so I may look into this in the future.