Cost of Inkjet Printing Report v1 Published by Red River Paper

I just had a chance to read over a comprehensive ink usage test by the folks at Red River Paper. The company produces and sells many quality papers in many sizes and finishes. I specifically mentioned their Paper Sample Kits in my book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, because I think that their sample packs of paper offer a fantastic value and opportunity for testing.

This quote from their testing page gives a brief overview of the report:

Using the Epson R2400 and Epson R1900, we conducted a series of print tests to determine how much ink is used in a full coverage 8”x10” print. From that figure we extrapolated ink usage per square inch. The objective is to share a realistic cost per print vision with inkjet users.

As the company indicated in their testing, some of the “real world variables” that may change the cost per page for many users was the amount of ink used during cleaning cycles. I’d also raise the issue of ink that is lost when switching from matte to photo black ink, which is necessary on some printers to get optimum results on matte and semi-gloss/gloss papers. The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 is an example of a printer that requires inks to be swapped, unlike the Epson Stylus Photo R1900, which does not require inks to be swapped. Both printers were also tested for the report, and I hope that they test more printers in furture reports.

To read the entire Inkjet Printing Report, visit this page.

Andrew Darlow
 

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JACK LARSON - June 9, 2008

I agree about the Red River value for testing out their papers. For my HP B9180, I have tested out both their inkjet sample packet that includes 2 sheets of all of their papers, and their 13×19 in. paper packet. For what it is worth, I also have found that For their Aurora Art papers, I like using the HP Hahnemuhle Smooth Fine Art profile better than the profiles for the Aurora Art papers on the HP 9180 Yahoo Forum site (this is where Red River directs you for profiles).

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Andrew Darlow - June 9, 2008

Hi Jack. Thanks for your helpful comments. Your profile suggestion is also a good one. I often will choose a similar paper profile just to compare it to either a company-provided profile or one that I custom make.

I also highly recommend testing with a standard image, such as the PhotoDisc target (both for testing a monitor and a printer). There are many good ones at L2.2 (just click on Chapter 2 at the top of this page).

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