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InkRepublic.com - Review of InkRepublic Artisan 50 Dye Inks and CIS System

May 4th, 2011

Jim Harlan
Rockville, UT

Artisan 50 Inks vs. The Refrigerator!


The highest honor any photograph can receive is being placed on someone's refrigerator. I have received that honor several times in my life. However, it is a greatly muted when I see that the inks from my inkjet have faded over time.

The fades happened way back with my Epson 1280 with Epson inks. It was much improved with the Epson 220 but the ink cost was too high. Then I switched to the InkRepublic dye inks and though the price was right the fade was back. I considered switching to the pigment inks but I couldn't stand the thought that the 'snap' that my dye inks delivered would be sacrificed to the longevity of the pigment inks.

Next, I started out a new Epson 280 with the InkRepublic dye inks and while they looked great they faded on the refrigerator test. When my 280 died, I got an Epson Artisan 50 which is the same machine and the inks faded as quickly.

Then I discovered the InkRepublic Artisan Inks. I got 'em in, purged my old inks, and got the Artisan inks going. After calibrating the 'snap' was still there and the prints looked great. I set up a print for the acid test - the refrigerator.

It's been up for 9 months now and still looks great! I put another copy outside in the sun and the UV rays got to it in a couple weeks, so it's not perfect, but must refrigerators don't get that much direct sunlight.

The InkRepublic Artisan inks with the Epson Artisan are a great combination! That and I can print forever very cheaply with the InkRepublic continuous inking system.

Thank you InkRepublic for a great product!

Jim in Utah


* Reply from InkRepublic:

From Oct 2010, InkRepublic has upgraded all the Dye inks to "High Dye" version which is water and fade-resistant. All our bulk ink systems including 1280, 1400, C88, R200, R220, R300, R260, R280, Artisan 50, Workforce 1100 now are shipping with this new High-Dye inks that Jim has been using for 9 months with good result and good fade resistance.. and still counting.


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