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« on: November 20, 2005, 05:39:29 AM »
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I see that Atlex.com, the best place I've found to buy genuine Epson replacement ink cartridges online, is selling the R2400 ink carts for $11.20 each and you need 8 to replace a set for a total cost of $89.60. The 2200 ink carts are only $8.90 each and you only need 7 of them to replace a set for a total cost of $62.30.

Considering this, ink cost for the R2400 is 43% more expensive than for the 2200. Given that, is the quality difference worth the price? I personally have not seen any prints from the R2400 so I would appreciate hearing from those forum members out there who replaced their 2200 with the R2400.

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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2005, 01:38:43 PM »
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Your comparison assumes that a set of 2200 cartridges are used up by the same area of print as the 2400. Does a set of 2200 cartridges have the same volume of ink as a set of 2400 cartridges ? Perhaps not

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I see that Atlex.com, the best place I've found to buy genuine Epson replacement ink cartridges online, is selling the R2400 ink carts for $11.20 each and you need 8 to replace a set for a total cost of $89.60. The 2200 ink carts are only $8.90 each and you only need 7 of them to replace a set for a total cost of $62.30.

Considering this, ink cost for the R2400 is 43% more expensive than for the 2200. Given that, is the quality difference worth the price? I personally have not seen any prints from the R2400 so I would appreciate hearing from those forum members out there who replaced their 2200 with the R2400.

Thanks.

Bud James
North Wales, PA
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2005, 07:44:35 PM »
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The ink cost of R2400 may be lower by use of R4800 ink.

You can buy a C.I.S. (cost abut HK$500), use a slip-tip syringe(remember to remove the needle) to aspirate the ink from 220ml cartridge fro R4800 and injected into the C.I.S..  Use the original 220ml cartridge as the storage bottle for aspirating later.

Using this method the ink cost can be lower by two-third and still using original ink.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2005, 02:48:55 AM »
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The ink cost of R2400 may be lower by use of R4800 ink.

You can buy a C.I.S. (cost abut HK$500), use a slip-tip syringe(remember to remove the needle) to aspirate the ink from 220ml cartridge fro R4800 and injected into the C.I.S..  Use the original 220ml cartridge as the storage bottle for aspirating later.

Using this method the ink cost can be lower by two-third and still using original ink.
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Interesting! How about the chip circuit on the 2200 cartridge? I heard that it needs to be "reset" so that the printer thinks that the refilled cartridge is full rather than already empty.

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2005, 02:24:56 PM »
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Seems like you are missing the point. The R2400 is miles ahead of the 2200. If you really want to cut ink costs get a 4800 and forget all those silly work arounds.
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Care is needed discussing this subject. There are three variables worth considering when evaluating the cost per cartridge: (i) amount of ink in each cartridge (is it the same for both printers?), (ii) the amount of ink required for a print (may be less for K3 inks in a 2400 compared with Ultrachrome in a 2200) and finally and (iii) the quality difference. What matters isn't the cost of a cartridge, but the cost of the ink used to make a print and the quality of the print - as for the latter, if you are producing colour prints on matte paper, the difference between the 2200 and the 2400 is a slight saturation boost from the 2400. The real advantage of the 2400 shows in producing B&W prints and prints on non-matte coated media. There is a noticeable improvement, but not to turn the world upside-down.

As for buying a 4800 - yes, the cost per ml of ink is much less, but the machine is far more expensive to buy. A purchaser needs to consider essentially two variables in making this decision: (1) whether the volume and size of prints to be made justifies the large cost premium and (2) whether a RIP will be used. For large volume, large size prints, or for using a RIP the 4800 makes sense, and these factors are likely more important than the ink cost difference. When you buy a 4800 you are also buying a commitment to keep using it frequently in order to minimize the cost of print-head cleanings.
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2005, 03:15:11 PM »
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When you buy a 4800 you are also buying a commitment to keep using it frequently in order to minimize the cost of print-head cleanings.
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An important point that often gets lost in the shuffle.
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2005, 02:19:34 AM »
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Well I did it! I purchased the R2400 to replace my 2 yr old 2200. The first prints off the new machine using Epson Enhanced Matte and Epson profiles are fantastic.

I now have an excellent condition, lightly used 2200 for sale. Anybody interested?

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