Best Inkjet Printer for Sublimation | How to Select? Buying Guide |

Decided to buy the best inkjet printer for sublimation? We will help you by selecting the best one.

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InkJet Printers Technology

Inkjet printer manufacturers use similar technologies to get the ink onto the paper. But some build the print head onto the cartridge and others into the printer itself. Epson inkjet printers have a built-in print head which means that replacement cartridges contain just plastic, ink, and a smart chip. Brother, Dell, and the majority of HP inkjet cartridges contain a print head built onto the cartridge itself. So every time you buy a new cartridge, you buy a new print head.

The advantages are that the print quality is as good as new every time you replace the cartridges.

The downside is that you are buying a piece of technology every time which can dramatically add to ink replacement costs.

To reduce printing costs using this type of cartridge the options available are usually refilling the original cartridge using an ink refill kit, or buying a remanufactured cartridge. A remanufactured cartridge is an original cartridge that has been refilled, and in some cases refurbished internally with new sponges. Print quality is determined by the age and how many times the cartridges have been remanufactured, and the method of the refilling process. The failure rate on such remanufactured cartridges varies depending on the model.

Ways to find the best inkjet printer

There are a few technology factors you need to check before selecting an inkjet printer. Those factors are as follows:

Check Cartridges Technology

To complicate things further some manufacturers have introduced smart technology to tell the printer if it is using an original cartridge or a refilled one. If the printer senses it to be a second-use cartridge, then it produces an error. It might either stops you from printing or displays an annoying message on the screen. There are usually ways to cancel the error by pushing a sequence of buttons on the printer or performing a series of routines on the PC. However, some new cartridges cannot be refilled and reset.

Canon Inkjet printers

Canon has recently introduced cartridges with chips, for printers such as the Canon PIXMA MG3620. These printers have a separate print head part that clips into the printer and can be replaced when worn. The replacement ink tanks clip into the print head. These particular cartridges contain an ink level chip that estimates the remaining ink in the cartridge. Compatible cartridges with no chips for these printers have been available for some time. It is required that the end user transfers the old chip from the original cartridge and attaches it to the compatible one.

Chip Resetters for Canon and Epson printers

Chip resetters for Canon and Epson printers are available that can reset the ink level on various cartridge types. This means that you can refill the cartridge and reset the ink level back to read full again, preventing ugly error messages. No such chip resetters are available for Dell, HP, and Brother cartridges.

Refillable cartridges

Refillable cartridges have become more popular in recent months. They often include an auto reset chip that automatically resets on every cycle. The downside to such cartridges is that the chip only estimates the ink level. As the users have to always ensure that there is ink in the cartridges to avoid burnout of the print head. The advantage to such cartridges is that they can often be refilled or topped up whilst inside the printer.

Continuous Ink Supply Systems (CISS)

CISS contain ink bottles that sit on the desk next to and at the same height as the printer. Tubes feed from the tanks to refillable cartridges with automatic reset chips. A vacuum is created and the printer sucks ink from the tanks continuously, removing the need to change cartridges or refill them. This can be by far the easiest and cheapest solution to supplying ink to your printer. Particularly if your printing volumes are high. The bad news is that the setup of such systems can be frustrating and painful. Ink tubes need to be positioned correctly, airlocks removed from tubes, and chips have to be recognised by the printer.

Wireless Printers Technology

Wireless printers have entered the marketplace over the last couple of years enabling people with limited space to position their printers in different locations around the house. Printers with this feature tend to be either more expensive to buy or expensive to run. Unless this feature is necessary to your set-up. I would advise against buying one unless money is not a concern and your budget will not be affected.

Your Usage Frequency

The main factor affecting your decision on the printer you buy should be the volume of printing you will be doing during the life of the printer. If you are only going to use the printer occasionally, say a page or two at a time, then the replacement cartridge costs are not so important to your decision.


Typically, if you move into the forty to five pounds price bracket you can expect to acquire an Epson inkjet printer such as, PM-400 Model. It does not cost too much to maintain if using compatible cartridges that is. If you buy a good quality compatible they should serve you well. The printer should then provide you with a couple of years’ service before it will need to be replaced. Common reasons include blocked heads, and the ‘Service Required’ error message that occurs when the printer reaches the end of its estimated life cycle. Resetting the ink counter will bring the printer back into service, and a utility is available online to do this for many models. Unfortunately, many people do not know about this and they send their old printers to land-fill sites.

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