I got my 1280 today. I think i've got the color managment taken care of after 4, 8.5X11 sheets of heavyweight matte and premium glossy (2 each). My question is -- How accurate is the ink monitoring from the driver.
Is 1/4 on the little ink tank icon really about 1/4. I didn't use even this much on mine but I didn't know if it is even close to being accurate.
Sounds about right. Shame the color tank doesn't tell you how much individual color has been used - not that you could do much about it anyway! On the Luminous Landscape they point out, I think its in the 1280/1290 review, that you can get 4 or 5 extra prints out of this machine even when its telling you to change the ink. Just don't power it down once it starts flashing otherwise next time you switch it on it will demand you put in a new ink tank before it lets you do anything. Michael R also said that if it actually runs out mid print you can change the tank without affecting the image quality though I haven't tried that pesonally
That sounds very different to my 2000P. I've found that to give a pretty reliable indication of when the ink is out - I might get one more A4 page when it's showing empty but more often than not the ink will run out part way through.
I'm not sure how Michael Reichmann is managing to change cartridges mid print - the 2000P certainly doesn't stop printing if you ignore the low/empty warnings, it just carries on minus whichever colour ran out. Perhaps he pauses the print while he replaces the cartridge?
...that you emptied 3/4 of the color cartridge with 4 letter-size prints? I am getting far more than that per color cartridge. At what resolution are you printing? I usually print at 1440 dpi and can get at least a dozen letter-size prints on most papers (I don't keep careful track any more) from one color cart. You can usually squeeze an extra 1-3 letter-size prints from the cart when you get the first warning that the cart is running low and should be changed.