||This is fantastic! I'm sure there aren't too many people interested in the Epson 1400 as a printer, because it's quite a few years old, but, there may be a bunch left who are thinking of adding a CIS system to theirs; & I'm sure overall, this is how the other sponge-less systems are going to be.
First, a rave about CISINKS: Stupid fast shipping! From order to doorstep. Thanks for manually applying the coupon to my Paypal order, as well. Touches like that bring you ahead of the rest.
Opening the cis system & looking in, is a bit daunting, but really straight forward. This kit contained everything I needed to install it in my printer. I have been using refillable carts for many years, with CISINKS pigmented ink. Now I only have their gear in there, & am not even looking at the other company. The professionalism here, as well as the price, outweighs all the rest.
The instructions which came with the system, & that are available on-line, are helpful. I went ahead & installed the system, with the printer off & un-powered at the strip. It takes about two hours to get things together, lined up & printing. Much of it, because I didn't want any spills, & I was evacuating the aforementioned carts.
Only the Magenta had a printing issue, the others are spot on. I'm sure with more deep cleaning, I can get it back together. The prints are fine, & look as great as previously.
The tubes are a monster all of themselves. The instructions say to prime the carts, first, but you have to raise them up & in, to get them in place. No big deal, just adjust the ink tanks to level out the ink.
Placing the tube holders, still isn't working like I would like. The tubes keep hitting on the left approach, even using letter (US/CN) paper. Something I'll need to look in to, as I don't want to hear it slapping every time. Not a big issue, just a personal one.
Not having any more space on the table for the tanks, I mounted them at desk level, with some Velcro brand hoop & loop fasteners (they are a bit heavy full), on to the printer.
One other thing, is the (dust) cover/lid, doesn't go all of the way down, because the hoses have to run over the top. A little fabrication can fix that, but isn't needed to run.
Aside from that, the carts registered full right from the start. Something they never have done before. But of course they will, I don't have to wonder about them being full any more.
If you're contemplating a CIS system for your printer; I hope this review brings you to this side of the fence. Now I always know how much ink I have, & how long I have to buy refills. I like the minimum mark level on the tanks, & it's about 1/4 of a (12ml) cartridge. I measured it when evacuating the other carts & one had about 1/4 of a fill left.
So far, I haven't noticed any leaking from any of them; & am especially mindful of LC, which seems to really be thin (or just many bad carts). If I am able to update this later, I will. A main concern is going to be when I want to clean the print heads, & how to equalize the carts to the tanks, when they are out. Other than that, I look forward to many more years printing with this printer & set up.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]