AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Orpington, Kent
Small cheap Samsung laser black and white is my friend and companion, and I'd take it to a desert island.
My daughter has a an Epson matching your spec, Elvis, and when it's on form it produces fabulous colour prints. However, if you don't use all colours frequently, the pinholes in the heads clog up. On the other hand, if you use it too often, the pinholes in the heads clog up.
On most inkjet printer makes, the print head is in the cartridge so you get a clean new one every time you change a cartridge. This is obviously wasteful, so Epson have fixed heads which are theoretically not user serviceable. When ours blocked, Epson helpfully offered to sell us a new printer. In the spirit of the DiY thread, I managed to clean them using isopropyl alcohol injected from a syringe via model aircraft fuel hosing, wiping the heads from underneath with pieces of photo paper bearing blobs of alcohol.
What also happens is that eventually the surplus ink reservoir fills up. This turns out to be a sponge which can't be accessed without dismantling the printer. If you dismantle and reassemble, you need factory software to reset the head alignment...
I really like my Samsung laser printer though.