We have an Epson Workforce 845 printer. I need to reorder ink cartridges soon. Is there any place where I can compare the capacities of the 126 vs 127 cartridges in units of ounces or milliliters?
The Epson website only says that the 127 gives "50% more prints" than the 126, but it also costs 58% more ($29.99 vs $18.99).
I found a couple of websites that provide cartridge capacities in "pages", whatever that means. Here are a couple:
Using these page counts, the 127s capacity is between 28% (for black) and 58% (for color) than the 126s.
This website claims that Epson cartridges hold 8-10 ml of ink, but doesn't differentiate between 126 and 127. It further claims that comparibke cartridges hold 15ml (50% more) and refillable ones hold 20ml (double).
I wonder why printer manufacturers fail to disclose the capacities of their cartridges in standard units. Would that make it too easy to compare prices?
Sometime ago, I had a different inkjet printer (can't recall model). One time I bought replacement cartridges from a third party. Not only did they not work, but they damaged the printer. So I have been using cartridges from the printer manufacturer ever since. Up to now, I have purchased replacement cartridges from Amazon. Their prices seem at least as good as anywhere else, their delivery is usually quicker, and the generally stand behind their sales.
So I have 2 questions:
1. Does anyone know what the capacities are of the 126 and 127 cartridges? Apparently, the black cartridges are different from the color cartridges. On my 845, they are the exact same size, although there is extra space to the left of the black cartridge, so there may be a higher capacity version.
2. Is there a reputable third party cartridge manufacturer offering higher capacities, lower prices, and no problems? One website recommended House of Inks, which sounded like a tattoo parlor.
Consumer Reports did a quasi-review, but failed to evaluate any specific sellers due to a "fractured market". I have found CR to be way more cautious and fixated on peripheral details than I am.
Top Ten Reviews did a recent review. I have found their reviews to be spotty.