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- Apr 19, 2007
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- Canon MB5120, Pencil
Regardless of how many different colors of ink used by a printer, using an aftermarket ink can significantly impact your percetion of the quality of the print.Does the quality of photo print from a 5/6-ink photo printer change a lot with compatible ink in an obvious way?
There are good aftermarket inks and each brand will demonstrate different amounts of faithful color reproduction, or issues such as fading and bronzing, for a given paper and printer. Yes, paper can make or break a print - definitely all not created equal., though this difference may be less important for casual printing, particularly text, an article or a web page.
Many aftermarket inks are crap. Avoid inks that are marked "Universal" as there is likely no effort to match the ink to your printer to give good color reproduction and will probably fade fast.
Some issues can be resolved to one's satisfaction with a custom ICC printer profile or tweaking of the color settings in the printer. More on this below.
FYI - Color reproduction is a measure of how well a particular printer, inks and paper get along together. A printer uses software - the printer's drivers - to manage these three separate factors. When you select Glossy photo paper in the printer, you are using a set of software instructions called an ICC or ICM Printer Profile. This Profile file has been custom created to specifically match printer model, specific brand ink and specific brand and type of paper. Each manufacturer's printer has its own created ICC Printer Profile and it is designed for their printer , their OEM inks, and their OEM papers. Change any of these three factors and color reproduction may suffer, sometime greatly. You may not notice or care, but others may find it intolerable, and will try to compensate by using another different ink or paper, tweak color settings in the printer, or make/purchase a custom ICC Printer Profile matched to their printer and desired ink and paper combination. It's up to you what your tolerance level for using Non-OEM inks and paper may be.
Since you are in England, if you are considering refilling, then you might want to investigate OctoInkjet in England. They have quality inks and refill supplies. The owner is a trusted member of this forum and his inks are of high quality. Nothing is as fade resistant as OEM, but Octoink inks perform as well as expected being aftermarket inks based on discussions on the forum.
Precision Colors is in Canada. I have happily used their inks extensively. I am in the USA, but if I lived in Europe then I would have bought from Octoink due to shipping expense.
There are other European aftermarket bulk inks that perform well - forum members will need to advise you. There are also aftermarket single use prefilled ink cartridges, some better than others, which the forum might be able to identify for you once you select a make and model printer.
Again, your satisfaction is the only thing important in the end.