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shsmith
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 « on: April 25, 2007, 06:03:34 PM » Reply

I am currently researching printing costs for assorted sizes. It is easy enough for the paper products, but I am having problems finding results for ink costs. I am looking at purchasing either an Epson 7800 or 9800.

I recall seeing a reference made by Michael to ink costs per square inch for the 7800 but I noticed his calculations were based on a 52 square inch print. This has me a little confused as I can not find a standard size that will give me final number. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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LoisWakeman
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 « Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007, 06:08:22 AM » Reply

If you have the ink cost for a given size print, surely it is simple to work out the cost per square inch, and thus for the standard size you wish to use? Or have I missed something?
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 « Reply #2 on: April 26, 2007, 09:04:45 AM » Reply

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I am currently researching printing costs for assorted sizes. It is easy enough for the paper products, but I am having problems finding results for ink costs. I am looking at purchasing either an Epson 7800 or 9800.

I recall seeing a reference made by Michael to ink costs per square inch for the 7800 but I noticed his calculations were based on a 52 square inch print. This has me a little confused as I can not find a standard size that will give me final number. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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As I did with my first 7600, I kept very accurate tracking information on ink consumption for the 7800 for first 2 months of use.  Factoring waste for head cleanings the ink consumption tracked was 0.021 ml per square inch.  So, for example, an 8 x 10 print area = 80 sq. in x .021 = 1.68 ml ink.  My ink cost factor is \$0.41 per ml (usd) (based upon \$90.00 per 220 ml cart) for a total ink cost of \$ 0.69 .  That number is based upon 1,440 dpi print mode on smooth coated stocks.  You mileage may vary.

I hope this helps,
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 « Reply #3 on: April 26, 2007, 10:51:24 AM » Reply

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As I did with my first 7600, I kept very accurate tracking information on ink consumption for the 7800 for first 2 months of use.  Factoring waste for head cleanings the ink consumption tracked was 0.021 ml per square inch.  So, for example, an 8 x 10 print area = 80 sq. in x .021 = 1.68 ml ink.  My ink cost factor is \$0.41 per ml (usd) (based upon \$90.00 per 220 ml cart) for a total ink cost of \$ 0.69 .  That number is based upon 1,440 dpi print mode on smooth coated stocks.  You mileage may vary.

I hope this helps,
Ed
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A square foot with an HP Z3100 on matte paper should ask for 1 ml and the price approx. 0.37 \$  per ml.  Twin packs = 260 ml. Based on European ink price, I have no US \$ price for the twin packs.

There has been a thread on its ink use:

[a href=\"http://luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=15890]http://luminous-landscape.com/forum/index....showtopic=15890[/url]

Gloss papers will use about 1.5 X that number, with the gloss enhancer added 2X. Gloss enhancer is slightly cheaper and should be set against additional varnishing if an inkset doesn't deliver a good gloss.

Ernst Dinkla

try: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Wide_Inkjet_Printers/
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Avalan
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 « Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007, 12:06:17 PM » Reply

shsmith

Don't have the answer for the ink cost you have asked.

Have you researched Z3100-24" ?  If not you may find it a better choice  compare to Epson 7800.

These are the links to LL reviews:

http://luminous-landscape.com/reviews/prin...00-review.shtml

http://luminous-landscape.com/reviews/prin...omparison.shtml
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hippy Green
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 « Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007, 10:46:26 PM » Reply

have look here this may help http://www.inkjetart.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=38

Cheers

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