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However, there are two disadvantages to pigmented inks. In general, pigmented inks do not have the same vibrancy as dye-based inks. Also, pigmented inks cost more to formulate and manufacture.
Epson used Wilhelm Research as the source of the claims for 100+ year life. There are many seperate papers on this website, with many different results.
When we read the fine print, we drew two conclusions:
Today, if we take a photo with a digital camera, we will probably email the photo to our daughter, who will save it on her hard drive or even burn a CD with it. When she wants a print of the photo, she can print it out. If the photo fades in ten years, she can print out another copy. We no longer need "fade-proof" prints.
We also know from customer feedback that if you purchase the Epson because you want to put a sign in your window that will last for years, you will be disappointed. Regular inkjet prints will last a few weeks in bright sunlight and air, while the pigmented Epson inks will last a few months. It's an improvement -- but you'll still need to reprint that signage.
Most color inks are dye-based. Dye-based inks dissolve in water just like sugar in water. Although dye-based inks dry after a few hours, they are never safe from water.
Pigmented inks, such as the black used in HP and Lexmark, and the new Epson black and color inks, have the advantage of sticking to the paper after they dry. Although they are damp and vulnerable for several hours after printing, after they dry, they tend to stay in place -- within limits. Text usually remains readable. The Epson advantage is found in a few limited cases.
Refilling any of the Epsons is possible, but is trickier than the other major manufacturers, largely because you will need a chip resetter, and also because the cartridge construction of the new Epsons is complex.
Overall, we suggest that you look carefully at the HP or Canon products if printing cost is important to you. Although the Epsons are good, we think that their advertising manager is better than their products. Epsons are good, but not that good. And we would rather reprint from a CD at will than worry about the extra cost and hassle involved in refilling Epson cartridges.
Also - See what Consumer Reports says about ink fading.
A Word about Color Compatibility
Our inks are very close to the original Epson inks in color performance. In fact, they are typically within +/- 3 percent of the same color intensity, or roughly 1 part in 30. But what does that mean?
If you are an ordinary mortal, then you won't notice any color difference. In fact, you won't notice any color differences with our dye-based inks, also. But you will find that they are much closer to the original than so-called "universal" inks.
However, if you are one of those people who see 12 shades of yellow, a graphic artist, a professional photographer, or similar color-attuned individual, you will notice a difference between our inks and the originals. And you will need to adjust the color balance somewhat if you want to match the originals. What does that difference mean for your business?
You will need to decide. Many customers say that they can live with the minor difference in exchange for the lower price of the inks. However, other customers say that they must keep the original color balance. If you must keep the exact original color balance, you should only purchase genuine Epson cartridges and not refill. You will not be happy refilling. You must make that decision.
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