Ink usage? Epson CX5400

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Christmas 2003 I received a brand new Epson CX5400 printer.
It's quite a nice machine, because it can be also used as scanner or copier.
As bought it was fitted with an Epson TO321 black cartridge and the three
colour cartridges.
In mid August it was necessary to replace the black cartridge at a cost
equivalent to about $43 US.
I felt that ink usage was high; I am a retired senior who doesn't print very
much and the other computer active family member was continuously away for
six months.
The high ink usage seems to be confirmed. Since replacing the black ink
cartridge I have copied maybe seven, maximum ten, 8.5 by 11 single pages and
already the black ink level indicator is down!
As far as I can tell the machine is not using the dregs of the three colour
cartridges to make black; a question it did ask me before the black
cartridge was replaced to conserve the then remaining black. Having already
bought and had on hand the replacement I chose to exhaust the original
cartridge.
I also need now to replace the three colour cartridges. They didn't seem to
last long either but since were used a few times for reproducing stored
digital camera images on 8.5 by 11, that was not as unexpected.
My question; is the CX5400 an 'Ink Hog', same as my V6 truck is a gas hog!
At this rate the ink costs more than the paper!
Would much appreciate any comments or advice.
One possible alternative might be to add one of several older, less
sophisticated printers we have, merely for black/white text which will
comprise 90% plus of the limited amount of printing I will do and use the
CX5400 only for scanning and storing etc.
Is this, what seems to be, high ink/toner consumption typical of this
printer?
Is there anything I can do; all I need is visually readable copies?
The CX5400 was a gift; but the next time, if ever, we contemplate the
acquisition of any printer it seems the typical number of average pages of
text (or quantity of printed characters), per cartridge would seem to be a
specification criteria. Certainly Epson will be on my list of suspects and
probably not a likely choice to buy.
Any guidance/advice/comment would be most welcome.
TIA. Terry.
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    Your catridges lasted from December to August, thats pretty good. Last year
    at college I had the same cartridges in my epson C82 from September thru
    April with the typical college student printing papers and funny's before
    having to replace them. I printed an entire year's worth of papers and
    pictures and flyers.

    Firstly, buy a chip resetter for $5 on ebay. This lets you reset the chip on
    the cartridges. When your status monitor says that the ink is empty, it
    really isnt. You can reset the cartridge to show 'full' and keep printing to
    get the most ink for your money, and replace the cartridge when it truely is
    empty. Doing this will yield much more prints per cartridges. This is the
    best advice I can give you to get more prints from the cartridges.

    Aside from that, shop around for your new cartridges. Someone said that
    their local walmart had a clearance on these epson ink's - all 3 colors for
    $9.95. Also like Tony suggested you might want to look in to getting
    'compatible' cartridges for your printer if you don't like paying so much
    when it's time for replacing them.

    good luck
    brian


    "Terry" <tsanford@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    news:Xxm0d.42621$Nd6.1256962@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > Christmas 2003 I received a brand new Epson CX5400 printer.
    > It's quite a nice machine, because it can be also used as scanner or
    > copier.
    > As bought it was fitted with an Epson TO321 black cartridge and the three
    > colour cartridges.
    > In mid August it was necessary to replace the black cartridge at a cost
    > equivalent to about $43 US.
    > I felt that ink usage was high; I am a retired senior who doesn't print
    > very
    > much and the other computer active family member was continuously away for
    > six months.
    > The high ink usage seems to be confirmed. Since replacing the black ink
    > cartridge I have copied maybe seven, maximum ten, 8.5 by 11 single pages
    > and
    > already the black ink level indicator is down!
    > As far as I can tell the machine is not using the dregs of the three
    > colour
    > cartridges to make black; a question it did ask me before the black
    > cartridge was replaced to conserve the then remaining black. Having
    > already
    > bought and had on hand the replacement I chose to exhaust the original
    > cartridge.
    > I also need now to replace the three colour cartridges. They didn't seem
    > to
    > last long either but since were used a few times for reproducing stored
    > digital camera images on 8.5 by 11, that was not as unexpected.
    > My question; is the CX5400 an 'Ink Hog', same as my V6 truck is a gas hog!
    > At this rate the ink costs more than the paper!
    > Would much appreciate any comments or advice.
    > One possible alternative might be to add one of several older, less
    > sophisticated printers we have, merely for black/white text which will
    > comprise 90% plus of the limited amount of printing I will do and use the
    > CX5400 only for scanning and storing etc.
    > Is this, what seems to be, high ink/toner consumption typical of this
    > printer?
    > Is there anything I can do; all I need is visually readable copies?
    > The CX5400 was a gift; but the next time, if ever, we contemplate the
    > acquisition of any printer it seems the typical number of average pages of
    > text (or quantity of printed characters), per cartridge would seem to be a
    > specification criteria. Certainly Epson will be on my list of suspects and
    > probably not a likely choice to buy.
    > Any guidance/advice/comment would be most welcome.
    > TIA. Terry.
    >
    >
    >
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    "Terry" <tsanford@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    news:Xxm0d.42621$Nd6.1256962@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > Christmas 2003 I received a brand new Epson CX5400 printer.
    > It's quite a nice machine, because it can be also used as scanner or
    copier.
    > As bought it was fitted with an Epson TO321 black cartridge and the three
    > colour cartridges.
    > In mid August it was necessary to replace the black cartridge at a cost
    > equivalent to about $43 US.
    > I felt that ink usage was high; I am a retired senior who doesn't print
    very
    > much and the other computer active family member was continuously away for
    > six months.
    The Epson C70/80/CX51-52-54 uses the pigmented ink. Although not renowned
    for being an ink hog the combi units do seem to use more. Epson have also
    admitted that they use underprinting (black enhanced over colour) so that
    could explain the higher than expected ink colour usage.It could be time to
    look at good compatibles. Those I distribute in the UK and Europe are now
    available in the USA. The standard JetTec contains 13ml of ink...
    Tony
    --
    Inkylink JetTec UK Quality - Wot others wanna-be
    Epson C64/ C84 Lighfast pigmented inks. R200/300,
    RX500 (all with 30% more free patent chip)
    Canon BCI-3 i560 i750 BCI-6 i865 S-820 / S-900 series.
    Specialist ink refill kits... http://www.inkylink.co.uk
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    Brian wrote:
    >
    > Your catridges lasted from December to August, thats pretty good. Last year
    > at college I had the same cartridges in my epson C82 from September thru
    > April with the typical college student printing papers and funny's before
    > having to replace them. I printed an entire year's worth of papers and
    > pictures and flyers.
    >
    > Firstly, buy a chip resetter for $5 on ebay. This lets you reset the chip on
    > the cartridges. When your status monitor says that the ink is empty, it
    > really isnt. You can reset the cartridge to show 'full' and keep printing to
    > get the most ink for your money, and replace the cartridge when it truely is
    > empty. Doing this will yield much more prints per cartridges. This is the
    > best advice I can give you to get more prints from the cartridges.
    >
    > Aside from that, shop around for your new cartridges. Someone said that
    > their local walmart had a clearance on these epson ink's - all 3 colors for
    > $9.95. Also like Tony suggested you might want to look in to getting
    > 'compatible' cartridges for your printer if you don't like paying so much
    > when it's time for replacing them.
    >
    > good luck
    > brian


    Using a chip resetter to get more mileage out of carts is dangerous. At
    the very least, air can be drawn into the print head if ink runs out.
    Bleeding the air out is a bugger and not for the faint of heart. At
    worst, running a jet without liquid might permanently damage the head,
    according to some posters here.

    About Epsons using black in addition to colors when printing color
    photos, I can attest that the C-80 does do this. Dunno about other
    Epsons. My C-80 began getting bunged up last month, first Yellow
    refusing to print, followed soon thereafter by the other two colors not
    printing. A printed color photo was not colored, just a ghostly image
    made of clouds of widely spaced black dots.

    Eventually I got ink flowing again but I don't know what I did that
    finally worked. I had completely removed the CARRIAGE several times in
    order to avoid flooding the printer while forcing ammonia/alcohol and
    then inks, using a syringe. No joy. No joy. But the next afternoon
    the C-80 began printing beautifully again. Go figure. I'm on a fixed
    income, like the OP, so I was very relieved.

    I posted the heads-up about Epson carts on close-out at WalMart. I was
    talking about the local store only; dunno if all WalMarts are closing
    them out. And the only part# on close-out was the 3-cart package for
    the Epson C-80. No black carts. :-( But yes, they cost 9 bucks and
    some change. I bought 3. Went back for 3 more. And again several days
    later for three more. :-)

    Michael
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    "Michael" <NoSpam@att.net> wrote in message
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    > Brian wrote:
    >>>>
    >> Firstly, buy a chip resetter for $5 on ebay.
    >> <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
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