This ink test has turned up some interesting findings, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Hongsam inks don’t became a lot more popular in the future, it preforms very well up against the Epson 502 inks, I wonder how it compare to price..I have here the first numbers to show from the latest - most recent
I wonder how it compare to price..
What printer media type selected in driver for the above test?I have an update here for the fading test of the 502 ink set after 2 weeks of outside exposure
9.88 ___ Epson 106 used in the Epson ET7750
14.83 ___Epson 502 used in a variety of Ecotank printers in the U.S. market
13.68____Hongsam HLF inks from China
24.90 ___Epson 522 used in some more Ecotank printers in the U.S. market
24.05 ___Inktec E0010 - a 4 color dye ink set for a wide range of Epson printers incl. Ecotanks
The overall ranking has not changed - the Epson 106 ink ranks on top, and the Hongsam and Epson 502 Claria Home inks run very close, the Epson 522 and the InkTec inks both are pretty weak and belong into another category - there is no reason to pay a premium price for such a weak performing ink - if longevity does not matter users can just go for lower cost 3rd party alternatives like InkTec inks.
The T522 black should be dye, but it might as weak as T664 black.I'm using the WF2010W with all tests, with refill cartridges, and with the matte paper setting quality normal/standard, this utilizes the black ink channel.
The 502 ink does not come with a dye black, I substituted the pigment black in this case with the 106 dye black assuming that the 502 ink performs somewhat similar to the 106 ink.
The Hongsam dye ink comes with a black dye ink
The 522 ink does not use a dye black, it only has a pigment black, I used the InkTec dye black as a substitute since I know that the Inktec dye black is about as weak as the Epson 664 inks - which has a dye black.
The patch sheet has 96 patches, and black is just one of them, the contribution of one patch is thus pretty small to the average of all patches. There are several gray level patches, but these are printed as a mix of CMY, the black ink only prints for 90% to 100% black values.