Epson's bottled inks

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Epson is expanding the range of printers which use bottled inks - like the Ecotank printers in the desktop range. Epson is offering a range of 4 color larger format printers like the SC T3100 or T2100 as an entry level 24" printer, they run with pigment inks and are targeted for architectural/technical drawings and ad posters. These printers use cartridges between 28 ml to 80ml (black).
Epson is expanding this printer range with the T3100X model which is the T3100 running with ink tanks and related benefits - e.g. use of other inks - much lower ink pricing than the ink in cartridges.
This T3100X printer uses a pigment black and CMY dye inks T49H in 140ml bottles, priced slightly higher than the Ecotank inks, and there is no T49H dye black ink. The T3100X printer is priced significantly higher than the correspoding T3100 - Epson's typical method as well with the ET...and L... series printers. This new T49H ink set adds to the already wide range of Epson bottled inks - 664, 106, and more as dye inks or 113 as pigment inks.
Epson does not make any promises in regards to the fading performance of this new dye ink - a reason to start a test - in some time
 
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I did a quick fading test of these T49H dye inks for this T3100X ecotank 24" printer over the last 2 weeks, the C and M inks fade slightly faster than the 106 inks I used for comparison in the same run, these inks come in 140ml bottles but don't offer a price benefit over the 106 inks at this time. Prices may drop when this printer becomes more popular. The black ink is pigmented which I didn't test, and not the yellow dye either.
 

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Can you give quick ranking of how the Epson bottled dye inks perform in terms of fading? Also, Do you know of any regional differences between equivalent model inks (like the 106 and 512 or the 673x and 673x20)
 

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I don't have access for out of range inks from U.S. or India or elsewhere, and some other inks are just gray imports from Eastern EU countries.
The 106 inks of the ET7750 are the best, the inks for the L805, L1800 T673 are somewhat weaker but still better than most other inks , as well inks like the 664 inks for the lower end ET-models. These 664 inks are no better than lots of 3rd party inks. The 113 inks of the ET5850 are pigment inks and are not to compare with the dye inks.
These 113 inks are a bottled substitute for Durabrite inks used in lots of workforce WF-models and could be used for refill there.
 
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