Ink Cartridges With Built In Print Heads A Mixed Bag

2009-08-24 08:28:39

Published on 2009-08-24 08:28:39

When it comes to inkjet printers, one of the biggest differences is whether or not manufacturers choose to install print heads directly into their ink cartridges or keep them as part of the actual device.

According to the East Valley Tribune, there are benefits to both systems, with Epson generally choosing to keep print heads within the device, while HP often includes them in its cartridges.

The US newspaper explained that if a print nozzle gets clogged up, then it is simply a case of changing the cartridges in an HP device, while more maintenance work may be required in the Epson.

However, it added that the reason Epson chooses to keep the print heads in its printers is because it uses more expensive Micro Piezo technology, while other brands use cheaper thermal technology.

The newspaper also noted: "The higher level HP printers use print heads with many more nozzles, which makes incorporating the print nozzles on the cartridges too costly."

Recently, US-based inventor Etsy launched a range of light fittings made entirely from old ink cartridges including light fixtures.

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