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Printers for Vacation Homes: Good & Bad
Vacation homes. Lots of people have them. And lots also have problems with their printers after long absences.
If the "vacation printer" is an inkjet printer with four or more individual "tank style" cartridges then there is a good chance the printhead has clogged up from lack of cleaning/use and design.
By definition, inkjet printer cartridges are liquid ink. Ink evaporates & clogs printheads. There are two types of inkjet printers: "tank" style with four or more cartridges and "printhead" style with two (black & tricolor). Printhead style cartridges have the printhead as a physical component of the cartridge. When one is empty, clogged or "printing" poorly, simply replacing it means the printhead is being replaced too. And you're good to print.
Tank style cartridges feed ink to the "printhead array", a separate component. When these clog up & can't be purged of old ink by the "testing & the "clean printhead" sequence", it's time to recycle it & get a new printer.
We hear about vacation home printer problems. And they are always "tank' style printers. Epson & Brother only have "tank" style printers. Most HP & Canon printers are also "tank" style, although each offers a fairly broad selection of two cartridge "printhead style" printers. Some are better than others. They may not be great value by certain measures, such as effective cost-per-page. But having a printer ready to use for low level printing is the best way to go.
We can shed some light on this issue.
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