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Epson 2200 matte black


Salt Lake City, US
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BJNicholls Gold Member Awarded for his contributions to the community and the Resources Charter Member
Wed 16-Jan-08 02:13 PM

I finally had some time to try the matte black cartridge with the 2200. I made the changeover and checked the driver to see if it recognized the new cartridge. It did, and once you verify the cartridge type, you get a message that your current settings may not work properly. The driver then displays a different list of paper options and any custom settings you have saved are not available. You have to make new custom settings, the others return when you go back to the photo black cartridge.

The difference on matte paper is impressive. The first attached image shows a portion of a print on Archival Matte paper, one made with photo black and the other with matte black installed. I also made a color print on Epson's Radiant White Watercolor paper. The shadows were deeper and the color was deeper and more accurate.

One problem I discovered came when I changed back to photo black. The first inch or so of the image came out with an orange cast and it took several passes for the black to stabilize. I'm guessing the flush cycle after replacing the cart didn't clear out the matte black ink - that would perhaps make the orange a chemical reaction where the inks contact each other. I assume I can prevent this by doing a head cleaning cycle in addition to the cycle the printer does automatically.

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