My EPSON T10 Printer runs out of ink easily

My wife, fortunately, won this Epson T10 printer over a raffle in their Christmas party last December 2009. We utilize it only this May 2010, because we are still using our old HP printer. We only decided to use T10 when our HP printer runs out of ink.

At first, I thought we would be able to save expenses for ink since this printer offers a newer technology. The reason is you can purchase the ink cartridges per color. Meaning we would only replace the cartridge that we frequently use. Also, as stated on its box it prints faster with 22 pages per minute.

The printing characteristics were OK. However, after printing 35 pages of a term paper the low ink signal begun to blink. It showed a warning that black ink was about to run out.

Comparing to our HP printer I think this particular Epson model is inferior. Because with our HP printer, even if I print as many as 50 pages, it won’t run out of ink that easily.

Also, what I noticed about this printer is that it is very noisy during the printing process. I have printed forms and pages and it consumed around 20 minutes so also the 22 pages per minute is not true.

The ink cartridges are sold by set for Php 1360 (all four colors). But if you’re going to buy individual cartridge it would cost Php 500 each. The ink cartridge price is similar to our old HP printer but HP prints more pages than this Epson T10.

Enough of this negative feedback. To be fair, Epson T10 also has its good side. It has a program that if the black ink will soon run out it would ask the user if he/she would allow the printer to mix all other remaining colors to create a composite black. For me, this characteristic is somehow unique with Epson so at least there is one good side.

Also, this type of technology in which the ink cartridge is in the individual containers is probably new to Epson. I am pretty sure, in the upcoming new printer model, they will be able to perfect their design. Hopefully, the ink will last longer, and it also becomes cheaper.

Good thing we only acquire it through a raffle. If I’m the one who bought it and we had this experience, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself. How about you do you have a new printer? Can you share something about your experience?

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5 comments… add one
  • Ang Kuwago

    We’ve had our HP PSC 1440 Printer for around 5 years now, and I get a decent 100-something pages per black cartridge. The color cartridge rarely runs out, but maybe that is because I typically print just documents with some colored logos. The black cartridge is around P700– Not bad, in my book. Although, I am thinking of getting a printer with a continuous ink system so I can print much more.

    • matt

      Thanks for sharing, I’m also planning to convert my epson T10 to continuous ink system. :-)

  • Lauren

    I do like the continuous ink feature, and I hope other companies start using it soon, but I’ve never been happy with epson. I’ll stick with my Canon and HP printers. If I won one, I’d probably just try to sell it on e-bay or use it for a giveaway on one of my blogs.

    • matt

      hahahaha. It’s our first time to use EPSON, sad to say its a bad experience.

  • Syed Hasan

    I used Epson Printers like T11 , T101 , T111 & T13 also.
    I used Cont. Ink Supply System (CISS) with sverals but everytime result was unexpected. After some days of using CISS, the printer head caused jam and result useless print out. This is the cause that these printers carry Individual Ink Cartridges (like Cyan,Magenta,Yellow,Black), if one of them get jam into printer head, the print out result useless.

    Then I gave up CISS and used Original Ink Cartridge (like 73N/91N).
    There not the actual solution found. If any one of the cartridges run out of Ink and replace with new one ,printer sucks more than some ink as ‘Ink Charging’ from every Ink Cartridges(C,M,Y & K).

    and another one is if somehow power supply cuts durind printing , then after giving the power supply to the printer it takes ‘Ink Charging’.

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