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Old Nov 17, 2002, 1:28 AM   #1
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I just bought an Epson photo 820, and it is using a quarter of a tank of ink per four 8x10 pages I print out, ouch. Is this typical of a photo printer??
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Old Nov 17, 2002, 9:18 AM   #2
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when a printer adverts up to 300 pages per cartridge it is refering to document pages with only 15% coverage. a photo image covers substantially more then that. so your ink use will be obviously higher printing images.

the ink level register is not a precise visual aid it is only an approximate of what is used. it may only show in 4 or or 6 or 8 increments.
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Old Dec 16, 2002, 6:05 PM   #3
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What dpi are you printing at? I've found that there is little noticeable difference between the 1440 and the 2880, and the latter uses much more ink. Make sure you use the correct paper type setting for the media you're using, too, for the printer will dispense different amounts of ink depending on what you have in there.

I have the same printer, and it DOES use quite a bit of ink, though.
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Take a look at the software from Inksaver.com supports many printers and does cut the costs of printing in my experience.
[http://www.inksaver.com]
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Great - this is good to know. They offer a free 15-day trial, so I'm willing to give it a try if it doesn't cost me anything. Problem is, my last color cartridge (from Carrotinks.com) is out of everyting except black and cyan! I hate how the pinks and blues run out first on this thing (Epson Stylus Photo 820).
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