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Brother bottled ink BT5000/6000

Discussion in 'Everything Else InkJet Printer Related' started by Ink stained Fingers, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Apr 16, 2018 at 3:47 PM
    Ink stained Fingers

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    HP, Brother and Canon each have one set of bottled inks for their tank system printers - all entry level models.
    Epson now has a range of inks in bottles - Epson 664 for the entry level L... series printers and earlier ET.. Ecotank models, Epson 102 for the newer Ecotank ET models, and it is not clear from the description whether that's the same inks or not - the product brochures don't tell you , but I'm doing a test with those. The Epson 102 bottles have a mechanically coded fill in top, the Epson 664 bottles are just simple bottles . And there are the T673 inks for the L800/805/1800 printers performing better than the 664 inks, and there are the Epson 106 inks for the ET7700/7750 which perform pretty much as the Fujifilm DL inks. And there are some more details - the Epson 664 ink set is all dye CMYK , the 102 ink set uses CMY dye inks and a pigment black, the T673 inks are 6 color dyes, and the 106 ink set comes with CMYK dye inks and an additional pigment black. Epson is using Durabrite pigment inks on the XP home office and Workforce WF... printers since a long time, but there is no tank system printer at this time using using an all pigment ink set (yet). Higher performance workforce printers come with ink bags instead at this time.
    (Don't get confused too much - Epson may use other numbers for these inksets in other busisness regions than in Europe...)
     
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  2. Apr 17, 2018 at 10:23 AM
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    Let me update the readings for the fading test with the Epson 106 - Fujifilm DL and HP GT52 inks now after 4 weeks,
    on the Sihl PE glossy paper, the Brother inks are out of the test now due to disappointing performance.

    ___Ink_____Epson_106______Fuji_DL_____Brother_BT5000______HP__GT52
    (on glossy PE Sihl paper)
    __________C__M__Y__T____C__M__Y__T_____C__M__Y__T________C__M__Y__T (T=Total)

    __week1___2--0--0--2____2--0--1--3____14--1--0--15_______7--0--0--7
    __week2___5--0--0--5____5--0--1--6____23--3--0--26______12--0--0-12
    __week4__13--0--3-16___13--3--1-17____------------______22--3--0-25


    The overall trend stabilizes - the Epson 106 inks and the DL inks run pretty much parallel, the HP inks drop off in relative performance in this test, but since this is an ink for thermal printheads it is not a direct competitor, and the superior performance vs. the Canon bottled inks has been shown in the previous test results.
    It is interesting to see that Epson is marketing 3 different ink sets with very much the same fading performance - the Surelab Ultrachrome D6 inks, very similar to the Fujifilm DL inks, the Claria dye inks for the smaller photo printers and the Epson 106 bottled ink for the ET-7700/7750 photo combos. The good performance of the Epson 106 inks let me phase over from the the DL inks to the 106 inks, they offer very good performance and good availability and pricing for convenient 70ml bottles.
    ( I measured as well the lightness changes over these 4 weeks of the dye black of the DL and 106 inks, it's as well the same, black is omitted in the above test results since the HP inks don't come with a dye black ink.)
     
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