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- Apr 19, 2007
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- Canon MB5120, Pencil
You may be overthinking this.I will avoid tank printers, given that you said there could be problems with the print head.
With OEM ink, Canon printers seem to be more rugged in performance. They do like to be used , everyday even, to maintain proper function, but can go several weeks in between prints unless environmental conditions are outside recommendations. My 96 year old uncle might go a month or so without printing with his Canon MP6xx and had no issues with OEM inks. Years later the printer failed and now he is enjoying a Maxify. YMMV
The points I made tend to be within forum consensus on best practices. The consensus is not to wait weeks in between printing. If you print something that uses all the colors, even a nozzle check (which uses the smallest amount of ink), every week or two you are more likely to avoid ink clogging whether OEM or aftermarket inks. That's it. Simple. Mark your calendar, have your cell phone remind you, have your computer remind you. You can do it if you want unless you are away from home for longer periods.
In the end, there are no guarantees. You do what you do and the printer does what it does, sometimes unexpectedly and sometimes regardless of whatever you have done or not done.
How long did your previous printer last? Based on your described issue, it wasn't clogging that shut down your printer. So, take a moment to reflect and then find the printer you think best suits your needs. Keep in mind the suggestions made and follow through as best you can.
Then enjoy printing again.