News: “New” Printers From Canon, Pixma MG5220, MP495, MG5120, MP280, iP4820

Canon Announces “New” Inkjet Printers.

New and improved inkjet printers from Canon?  Not really - welcome to new-old cartridges.Canon has introduced a new set of Pixma Inkjet printers. The Canon Pixma MG5220, Pixma MP495, Pixma MG5120, Pixma MP280, and the Canon Pixma iP4820.  Rest easy, no “new” major printing technology has been developed in the past several years, so these printers represent nothing more than “new” model numbers.  Oh, and new ink cartridges too (cli-226, and pgi-225)*.  There are two wireless printers in this bunch, the MG5220, and the MP495 – we currently have a love/hate relationship with wireless printing.

CLI-221 chip cartridge chips.  All Canon cartridges include a page count and ientifier chip on the end of the cartridgeNew designs, new cartridges…

These five (5) printers (MG5220, MP495, MG5120, MP280, iP4820) have some new plastics and design changes, but they are functionally the same as their predecessors.  There is some software included with these printers to let users print single frames of HQ video, and pictures can be downloaded and printed from Flickr (we could already do that right?).  Nothing major here, just an excuse to introduce a new cartridge series (PGI-225, and CLI-226 series cartridges), and to expand on the existing market for their “HP like” PG-210, and CL-211 inks cartridge series.

“Meet The New Canons”

Canon PIXMA MG5220 *Wireless* AIO (All-In-One) Inkjet Printer:

Canon mg5220 inkjet printer - Canon pixma mg5220 inkjet print cartridges.

Canon Pixma MG 5220 printer. Wireless.

Suprise! These printers use a new cartridge from Canon, the PGI-225 pigment black (larger black cartridge), and the CLI-226 color ink cartridges (including individual photo black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges).  These printers use 5 individual ink cartridges total.

Ink Tanks Used: PGI-225 Pigment Black CLI-226 (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black)

We expect these cartridges to look exactly like the current CLI-221 ink, and PGI-220 ink cartridges.  You can bet the chips on the end of the cartridge are different. Wireless printing is a nice feature in a home or small office with wireless laptops or other devices.

Canon PIXMA MG5120 AIO (All-In-One) Inkjet Printer:

Canon MG5120 inkjet printer from Canon - uses the PGI-225, and CLI-226 inkjet printer cartridges.

Canon Pixma MG5120 Inkjet Printer

Suprise! These printers use a new cartridge from Canon, the PGI-225 pigment black (larger black cartridge), and the CLI-226 color cartridges (including individual photo black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges).  These printers use 5 individual ink cartridges total. These “new” cartridges are the same physical size and shape as the previous cartridges used in this printer series [iP4200, iP4300, iP4500, iP4600, iP4700] the CLI-221, PGI-220] however now there are new chips to deal with, and your old cartridges will not work in this “new” printer.

Ink Tanks Used: PGI-225 Pigment Black CLI-226 (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black)

We expect these cartridges to look exactly like the current CLI-221, and PGI-220 cartridges.  You can bet the chips on the end of the cartridge are different.

Canon PIXMA iP4820 Inkjet Printer:

Just a printer.  Probably a really good one, but the Canon Pixma iP4700, and iP4600 are identical inside.

canon pixma iP4280 inkjet printer from Canon 7-20-09

Canon Pixma iP4820 Inkjet Printer.

Suprise! These printers use a new cartridge from Canon, the PGI-225 pigment black (larger black cartridge), and the CLI-226 color cartridges (including individual photo black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges).  These printers use 5 individual ink cartridges total. These “new” cartridges are the same physical size and shape as the previous cartridges used in this printer series [iP4200, iP4300, iP4500, iP4600, iP4700] the CLI-221, PGI-220, however now there are new chips to deal with, and your old cartridges will not work in this “new” printer.

Ink Tanks Used: PGI-225 Pigment Black CLI-226 (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black)

We expect these cartridges to look exactly like the current CLI-221, and PGI-220 cartridges.  You can bet the chips on the end of the cartridge are different.

Canon Pixma MP 280 (All-In-One) – $69.99

Canon pixma mp280 inkjet printer.

Canon Pixma mp280 - $69.99 list.

Cartridges used in the Canon Pixma mp280 include the 210/211 cartridges – stick with the XL version (full) of these cartridges:

Or The Full XL Cartridges:

This printer “does not” use individual ink cartridges. The black and color cartridges for this printer come in two different ink volumes, the standard fill (half full_ and the XL version of the cartridge (full).  The color cartridge (CL-221) has all three primary colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow) all in the same cartridge.  If you want a printer with individual ink tanks, check out the other offerings from Canon.

We are not big fans of single black and color cartridges with printers. Using a CISS, or CI system with OEM cartridges is a hassle as they ultimately wear out and need replacing.  Not a very aesthetically pleasing look.  On the other hand, individual ink tanks offer the possibility of CISS, CIS use, and generally have cheaper ink cartridge costs.

Canon PIXMA MP495 *Wireless* Photo AIO Printer:

Canon Pixma MP495 inkjet printer - used dual cartridges, not individual ink cartridges.

Canon Pixma MP495 Printer Wireless.

Cartridges used in the Canon Pixma mp280 include the 210/211 cartridges – stick with the XL version (full) of these cartridges:

Or The Full XL Cartridges:

The MP495 “does not” use individual ink cartridges. The black and color cartridges for this printer come in two different ink volumes, the standard fill (half full_ and the XL version of the cartridge (full).  The color cartridge (CL-221) has all three primary colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow) all in the same cartridge.  If you want a printer with individual ink tanks, check out the other offerings from Canon.

We are not big fans of single black and color cartridges with printers. Using a CISS, or CI system with OEM cartridges is a hassle as they ultimately wear out and need replacing.  Not a very aesthetically pleasing look.  On the other hand, individual ink tanks offer the possibility of CISS, CIS use, and generally have cheaper ink cartridge costs.

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Mod: Artisan 50 With (CIS, CISS) Case Modification (Optional)

Artisan 50 (CIS, CISS) Case Mod:

We reviewed this system here – our new favorite printer.  Makes cost per page in the fractions of a hundredth of a cent range.

This modification is not necessary for the CI system (CISS) to work right, it was just an idea.  Actually the CI system we own works fine on the outside of the printer in a more traditional configuration.  However it was fun to do and makes the system very compact.  The lid closes easily, and there is no need to trick the lid closed.

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50

CIS, CISS tubing through back:

Tubing is run through the back of the printer – where waste ink tubing is located.  There is an access panel on the back of the printer.

Artisan 50 Epson CIS, CISS, Continuous Inking System custom modification.

Removed Artisan 50 waste ink pads:

We removed the waste ink pads, and used an external collection system from Octoinkjet (Ink-Anarchy in the UK).  Not sure if it was entirely necessary to remove the waste ink pads for the Arisan 50, however there was much more room to work with after removal, and the tubing does need to flow freely.

We removed the waste ink pad, but here is what our modified Artisan 50 inkjet printer with CIS, CISS looks like.

Waste ink pads for the Artisan 50 inkjet printer:

They are much smaller than the other Artisan series printers like the 700, 710, 800, 810.  We also noticed that the cleaning cycle for the Artisan 50 series inkjet printer used much less in than the Artisan 700, 710, 800, or 810.

Waste ink pads for Artisan 50 inkjet printer - parts inside the printer are at the end of their life.  Buy a new printer? No!

Tubing routed from back:

The tubing now comes from the back and the cover can be completely closed – the tubing slides along a metal shelf, very efficient – not better, just different.

Epson artisan 50 case modification - no cutting, just need a screwdriver.

No more tubing outside the printer:

Works quite nicely, and we can have the CI system put behind the printer, and – as mentioned above – the lid closes very nicely.

Epson artisan 50 inkjet printer case modification.

We got our bundle here.

Deal: Epson Artisan 710 $127.22 Delivered – Amazon

Epson Artisan 710 $127.22

Epson Artisan 710 Inkjet Printer - $128 from Amazon.com

Amazon offers the Epson Artisan 710 inkjet printer for $127.22 delivered.  The Artisan 710 is a great all-in-one 6-color photo printer that will print to CDs-DVDs, includes wireless or Ethernet networking. The once “optional” $30.00 auto duplexer is included with the Artisan 710 – print on both sides of the page (note: the Artisan 700 does not include the auto duplexer, but it is a $30.00 add-on option) is perfect for use with a continuous inking system (CIS, CISS) as the cartridges never move.

Artisan 710 inkjet printer - $128.00 delivered from Aamazon.com

CIS, CISS a no brainer for this system

The cartridges on this printer never move, so a CI system works perfectly with this printer.  Check out some videos and reviews here:

http://freedomtoprint.com/epson-inkjet-printer-reviews/epson/artisan-710/

Continuous inking system installation video.

Deal: Canon Pixma iP4700 $59.99 Delivered – Amazon

iP4700 – $59.99 at Amazon

Best price we have seen on the Canon Pixma iP4700 inkjet printer in quite a while.  Amazon offers the iP4700 inkjet printer for only $59.99 with FREE shipping in the US. This printer is consistently $99.99 or more at other retailers.  No clue how long this special price will last.

Canon Pixma iP4700 inkjet printer - special price from Amazon $60.00 delivered.

Canon Pixma iP4700 inkjet printer - special price from Amazon $60.00 delivered.

CIS, CISS works great with this printer:

Pick up a continuous inking system for this printer – they work great and are easy to install and use.  Ink quality is outstanding.

CI system for Canon iP4700 – iP4600

canon-cli-221-cis-ip4700-carts

Review – Epson Artisan 50 Waste Ink Pad (Location, Bypass)

The Epson Artisan 50 Waste Ink Pad(s):

Location and bypass.

We recently did a review of this printer with a (CIS, CISS) continuous inking system here – http://freedomtoprint.com/2010/06/22/review-epson-artisan-50-cis-ciss-continuous-ink-system/

The waste ink pads for the Artisan 50 inkjet printer are easy to locate, and oddly, easy to either replace or bypass.  The waste ink tubing is easily identified through a access panel in the back of the printer.  This is helpful if you are going to use an external waste ink system like what Octoinkjet offers. As of this writing there is no reset utility available from Epson, or from 2Manuals.com, but we are sure it is coming as more of these printers go off their 1-year warranty.

The access panel (to the waste ink tube) is on the back of the printer:

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50 waste ink access panel.

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50 waste ink access panel.

Simply remove the cover with a flat head screwdriver to reveal the waste ink tubing.  The waste ink pads are directly behind this area.  In fact, some ink can be seen in the waste ink pad even though this printer has never been used (refurbished).

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50 waste ink tubing exposed.

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50 waste ink tubing exposed.

The waste ink tubing is currently routed to the waste ink pads.  We can now re-route the tubing to an external tank from someone like Octoinkjet.  Use a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the tubing while being careful not to break the connector.

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50 waste ink tube removed.

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50 waste ink tube removed.

Removing The Cover To Get At The Waste Ink Pads.

Getting the cover off the printer was actually quite easy (there is no need to remove the cover, but it was so easy to remove, we decided to post pictures).  There are 4 screws that hold the top on the printer, and once removed, the entire top of the printer lifts off and exposes the insides, and more importantly a full view of the actual waste ink padding.

There are two (2) screws on the back of the Artisan 50:

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50 screw locations on the back of the printer.

Artisan 50 screw locations on the back side of the printer.

There are also two (2) screws inside the font of the Artisan 50:

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50 screw locations for front of printer.

Screw locations - use a phillips head screwdriver.

Once these four (4) screws have been removed, the entire top of the printer lifts off exposing the internal parts of the printer.  Again, there is really no need to remove the cover, but it is very easy to get off.

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Artisan 50 waste ink pads.

Artisan 50 waste ink pads. Nice and white. This is a "brand new" refurbished Artisan 50 inkjet printer.

Another shot with the Epson Artisan 50 print head in the picture…

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support. Epson Artisan 50 waste ink pads.

Artisan 50 waste ink pads. Nice and white. This is a "brand new" refurbished Artisan 50 inkjet printer.

So what is the waste ink pad?

Simply put, the waste ink pad collects any ink that is not used in the printing process, and also when a cleaning cycle is run – this is where the extra ink is discharged.  These pads are super absorbent, so there is really no need to change them (even if they seem full of ink) as they can soak up, and then let evaporate, a ton of ink.  If you get the error message:

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support.

Do not toss the printer!  It can be fixed!  See earlier post:

http://freedomtoprint.com/2010/06/29/news-epson-artisan-50-waste-ink-pad-reset-software/

The Artisan 50 6-color inkjet printer is *perfect* to use with a (CIS, CISS) continuous inking system.

More info on Epson Waste Ink Reset Software here – http://freedomtoprint.com/2009/12/14/epson-has-an-app-for-that-epson-ink-pads-reset-utility/

News: Epson Artisan 50 Waste Ink Pad – Reset Software

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support.

This is a very common “error” message that may appear if you use an Epson printer of any kind.  Epson puts a pre-programmed self-destruct number (of pages printed) inside each of it’s printers, and the Artisan 50 is no exception.  In most cases it might seem like the printer is no longer functional, however there are solutions.  If your printer is under warranty, simply contact Epson for a replacement at 562-276-7282 (6am-6pm PST).  If you are in Canada, please call 905-709-2567 (6am-6pm PST). If your printer is out of warranty, there are other options.  Don’t toss that printer, it can be fixed with a simple software patch.

Note: the software that Epson provides (via links below) requires a PC (Windows) operating system to run.  Waste ink reset software is not compatible with Mac OS X.  Epson seems to post the waste ink software for printers that are obviously out of warranty period (have been released for over a year).  The Artisan 50 is not listed here, but should be soon – you can always pay for the reset software at http://www.2manuals.com/.

Epson makes available a waste ink pad reset utility for owners of the following printers:

Artisan 700
Artisan 800
PictureMate
PictureMate Dash – PM260
PictureMate Deluxe
PictureMate Express
PictureMate Flash – PM280
PictureMate Pal – PM200
PictureMate Snap – PM240
PictureMate Zoom – PM290
Stylus C120
Stylus C46
Stylus C66
Stylus C68
Stylus C86
Stylus C88
Stylus C88+
Stylus CX1600
Stylus CX3800
Stylus CX3810
Stylus CX4200
Stylus CX4400
Stylus CX4600
Stylus CX4800
Stylus CX5000
Stylus CX5800F
Stylus CX6000
Stylus CX6600
Stylus CX7000F
Stylus CX7400
Stylus CX7800
Stylus CX8400
Stylus CX9400Fax
Stylus NX200
Stylus NX300
Stylus NX400
Stylus Photo 1400
Stylus Photo R1800
Stylus Photo R1900
Stylus Photo R200
Stylus Photo R220
Stylus Photo R2400
Stylus Photo R260
Stylus Photo R280
Stylus Photo R2880
Stylus Photo R300
Stylus Photo R320
Stylus Photo R340
Stylus Photo R380
Stylus Photo R800
Stylus Photo RX580
Stylus Photo RX595
Stylus Photo RX600
Stylus Photo RX620
Stylus Photo RX680
Stylus Photo RX700
WorkForce 30
WorkForce 40
WorkForce 500
WorkForce 600

If you own one of these printers, simply download the reset utility, follow the directions, and apply to your printer.  We covered the reset software from Epson a while back, look here:

http://freedomtoprint.com/2009/12/14/epson-has-an-app-for-that-epson-ink-pads-reset-utility/

Epson iPrint 1.2.1 Update For iPhone OS 4

Epson iPrint 1.2.1 Update For New Apple iPhone OS 4.

This update just appeared in our app store update list  – for the new Apple iPhone OS version 4. No real enhancements.

Neat App For Photos:

If you own both a wireless Epson printer, and an iPhone – this free program from Epson is worth downloading.  Epson iPrint is a neat little application that will allow the user to print photos directly from the iPhone to one of Epson’s many wireless inkjet printers (see list below).  The software has just been updated to version 1.2.1 and is now fully compatible with Apple iPhone OS 4.

While the program is not very robust (will not print documents) it *is* free, and still worth having for that occasional “let me print you a copy” moment.

From what we can tell this is a cosmetic update only – there were some buttons missing in the old version.  No additional functionality added.

We took a look at this handy app back in January:

http://freedomtoprint.com/2010/01/02/review-epson-iprint-print-photos-directly-from-your-iphone/

The features are limited, and it’s only really for photos (no re-touching) – but since it is free and it works with many Epson printers (see list below), it is definitely worth checking out.

Click image for direct link to Epson iPrint software @  Apple iTunes App store:

Epson iPrint v1.2.1 application update available for Epson wireless inkjet printer, and iPhone owners

Supported printers:

  • Artisan 700
  • Artisan 710
  • Artisan 800
  • Artisan 810
  • Epson Stylus NX420
  • Epson Stylus NX510
  • Epson Stylus NX515
  • Workforce 310
  • Workforce 520
  • Workforce 600
  • Workforce 610
  • Workforce 615