I'm currently using an Epson 1280 printer, but have been considering upgrading to an Epson 2200 printer. The increased print lifespan is attractive to me, and I'm hoping Epson has done something to fix the head clogging problem I've experienced with the 1280. Unless I use the printer every day or two, I have to run the head cleaning utility 4-5 times before making my first print. I suspect the dry climate where I live (Colorado Springs) may have something to do with it, but that's just a guess.
Has anyone who has had head clogging problems with the 1280 upgraded to the 2200 and if so, is the 2200 improved in this respect? Thanks in advance.
Do you leave your 1280 turned on all the time, or turn it off when not printing? Leaving it on all the time will greatly increase the chances of head clogging on either the 1280 or the 2200 (or any other Epson for that matter).
Whether you upgrade or not would depend on your need for the longevity offered by the 2200. I don't believe you will inherently end up with less head clogging.
I'm pretty good about turning it off when not using it; I had heard that might improve things. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to matter whether it's left on or turned off. I was hoping that either a different ink formulation or a different nozzle design might help improve things.
Your suggestion to keep your printer turned off when not in use seems to work for me with my 1280. I have only had to clean the heads once, I believe, over the last 3 months or so. Are there any other suggestions you might offer? I just don't print that often and I do get concerned that if I don't use the printer often I am headed for problems. Thanks.
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Rick I bought the 2200 about 6 months ago and so far have only had one instance where the yellow head clogged. I hadn't used the printer for a couple of weeks and when I ran my first print the skin tones had a magenta cast. At first I thought something had changed drastically in my color management but then I ran the printer test utility and discovered the problem. I had to run the cleaning utility a couple of times to get it flowing. I wish there was a way to just clean the one head that is clogged. Now I run the printer test every time I turn the printer on if I haven't used it for a few days. Saves a lot of paper and ink. Since then I have gone a few weeks without using it and have not had any more clogging problems. I think the 1280 may have a slight edge over the 2200 in color gamut but like you the print longevity is what appealed to me. Good luck with your decision. Lou
Hi Rick, No, no clogging problems here with the 1280. Of course Arkansas is very humid which may have something to do with it. I usually don't turn mine off, but I am printing about every 3rd day. After reading the thread here I am going to turn it off between prints anyway.