years compatible cartridges have been increasingly undermining
Epson's market share of the replacement inkjet cartridge
market. Print quality of most alternative inkjet cartridges
is arguably every bit as good as compared to an Epson replacement
cartridge and in comparative studies there is
a perceptible or even a distinct improvement in colour
vibrancy with some makes of Epson compatible inkjet printer
began adding chips onto cartridges quite a few years ago
- named "Intellidge" cartridges.
impression is given that the chips are "clever"
and measure ink levels, however, they in fact do no more
than add complication and act as a "control"
over how many prints a user gets from a cartridge.
use of the "Intellidge" chip system has been extended
to all new Epson inkjet printers over that period to date.
Indeed it looks as though Epson will not be manufacturing
any new printers which do not use chips.
THE EPSON INTELLIDGE CHIP SYSTEM
The chips do not measure actual ink level(s) inside
The chip simply sits on the cartridge · and
when installed it is connected to circuitry inside the printer.
Without a chip connected and without a chip which "indicates
an ink level" · The printer will not function
The printer will function properly with non Epson
DOES THE EPSON Intellidge System "WORK"?
a new cartridge is installed the chip registers "full"
and therefore the Ink Level Monitor shows "full".
During printing (or indeed cleaning cycles) the droplets of
ink fired through the printhead are being counted · once the total
number for the cartridge is reached the chip is "switched
off" At that stage the printer can not be used to
print and in normal circumstances an end user would instal
a new cartridge.
RESETTER · REFILL SYSTEMS
have Chip Resetters for five types of Epson chips currently
available. The pin layout on chips has varied over the years
first there were 7 Pin chips and then 9 Pin chips were used
on T711-4 and T801-6 cartridges in EPSON PRINTERS. These
earlier types were in a 4-3 layout and then a 5-4 layout.