I seem to recall seeing the amount of ink used in switching between Photo Black and Matte Black with the 3880. It seems to me it is different, depending on which direction you are going, and I also seem to recall that it was different if you did it using the on-printer menu, as opposed to the software. Of course, I can't find anything on the subject in the manual.
Or am I imagining all of this because it's an hour earlier than it should be today?
I seem to recall reading somewhere about different usage between the two blacks depending on which way you are going but I don't remember where I saw that little bit of minutia. As far as differences between using the printer controls vs. the software printer driver that is a new one to me. Maybe it will come back to us in April when daylight savings time rolls around again.
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I've seen claims of 1.5mL switching from PK to MK and 4mL switching back from MK to PK. I don't recall any difference in usage based on how the switch is initiated. Although, I do recall that a simple nozzle check uses less ink from the printer menu than does a software initiated check.
$3 to switch matte to glossy, $1 to go back. That doesn't sound so bad. The 7600 seems to have been a lot worse. (Looks it up...) yeah, it was. It took about 12ml to go in each direction, so that was about $7 each way. (And the 9600 was twice as bad.)
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Sun 18-Nov-12 02:46 PM | edited Sun 18-Nov-12 02:49 PM by JECoutre
Ink used in MK to PK and then PK to MK differs depending upon the printer model. Epson now lists both the amount of ink and the time to switch for some of their printes especially newer ones. Check it out.
As for clearing nozzle issues, some printers such as trhe 4900 and 7900 clean by nozzle (really ink) pairs vesus older printers that use all inks even if only one is deficient. Ditto for ink volume in cartridge levels and space in manintenance tank pre-requisits for cleaning applying to pairs versus all inks.